7:10 am - Sunday - March 3rd - GNHS - 57° F, humidity 59%, wind 9 mph out of the west by southwest.....crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 69° F. On this date in 2018 TLE and I met good friends Roscoe and Geni, whom we met while working in one of the General Stores at Yellowstone NP, for dinner at the Arizona Room in Grand Canyon Village.....
Sunday, March 3, 2024
Saturday, March 2, 2024
6:52 am - Saturday - March 2nd - GNHS - 58° F, humidity 69%, wind 12 mph out of the south by southeast....crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 71° F. On this date in 2014 TLE and I were at a family party with our son Tim, and his, then, future wife, Laila.....
....I know it may seem trite to mention that it was just New Years day a few days ago, right? And it is just 4 years until the next Leap Year!
....when you are deeply engrossed in a book the time seems to melt away, and suddenly it is 4 pm. I did spent part of the day outdoors in my anti gravity chair reading, but didn't really do anything else of a productive nature. The weather guessers are forecasting another wind event this weekend, only the winds are completely out of the west, southwest, and southeast.....no north winds. Nevertheless, around 5 pm TLE and I began lowering our sail shades, putting away the market umbrellas, then lowering the flag pole, and the dining canopy in preparation for the winds. Better to do it before the winds arrive, and not at 2 am in the morning, if you get my drift.
While we were in Arizona a significant portion of the many replacement parts for our various damaged RZRs and Generals arrived. There are still a lot of parts in the proverbial pipeline, but at least they are finally arriving, and can be installed in preparation for the time, which is fast approaching, when we return everything to Polaris. At any rate, there is a large pile of large boxes in front of the COA office, which need to be dealt with before our Saturday customers arrive. Time to get dressed, and begin moving boxes!
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Friday, March 1, 2024
7:39 am - Friday - March 1st - GNHS - 59° F, humidity 59%, wind 7 mph out of the west by northwest....crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 73° F. On this date in 2023 TLE and I awoke to rain, and then a rainbow at GNHS......
Our first full day back home was a deservedly laid back day after a week and a half of non-stop socializing, and driving. We haven't had to turn on any of our heaters since late last week, so we are officially in that vague, nebulous 'shoulder season' between winter and spring where the temps and weather are quite idyllic. We stayed in bed until after 7 am, then spent a leisurely couple of hours sipping coffee, and watching the weather forecast for the next week before taking a 2 mile out and back walk, our 16th since December 26th.....
....after a brief cool down period we both did our toning workouts, and then settled into reading. It is so quiet here at GNHS right now that it is almost spooky. Pretty much everyone in the park is either a permanent winter resident, or working.
Speaking of weather forecasts.....there is a large winter storm about to hit southern Oregon and northern California which is forecast to dump 8-10 feet of snow at the higher elevations all along the Sierra Nevada mountain range. LPG&RVR will be getting snow for the next week solid.
Around mid day I took care of a couple of minor projects around the 'lido deck' area, then returned to reading with a nap, or two thrown in for good measure. As things stand right now we only have rentals on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is a group of 8 guys out on a bachelor party adventure. We're renting them four 4 seat RZRs for the adventure for four hours, and I'm a little nervous about this whole thing. I can just see them flipping one, or two of the RZRs....hope I'm wrong. On Sunday we have just one 2 hour rental in one of the General 2 seaters, and that is it.
TLE and I have just 4 weeks left in our final go around here at GNHS before heading back north to LPG&RVR, so we're kind of on autopilot for the next two weeks, but then we begin to pack things away in preparation for lift off April 1st, which is a Monday. We'd like to be back at LPG&RVR by the 7th, or 8th as opening day for the golf course, and RV park is the 13th.
Also, during the next few weeks we'll be getting new 'shoes' for the VW, and the trailer....that is 8 tires in all. They will all be Michelins, which we are buying through National Tire Concierge, just as we did last year when we had 4 new Michelins installed as drive tires on the Newell. Needless to say, these tires will be significantly less expensive than the Newell tires which cost around $2,500 last year. These 8 tires will run about $150 each, or around $1,200 + tax. Once these 8 tires are installed we'll be set tire wise on all our rolling stock for around 6-8 years. As a comparison, the last time I replaced the tires on the trailer back in the summer of 2015 it cost us around $125/tire through Amazon. The current Amazon price per tire for the same tires is now $241, so National Tire Concierge has really come through once again. With the final 8 tires we will have bought 14 tires through them....all Michelins for a tad more than the other popular brands (Bridgestone, Firestone, Toyo, Uniroyal, General, etc.). While the trailer tires will be 9 years old this summer, they still look brand new, and we have not had one tread separation. When we bought the trailer it had some off brand Chinese trailer tires on it, and over the first 2 years of our travels we had to replace a tire every few months due to tread separation. Switching to the Michelin light truck tires has been a game changer for us!
We're only expecting around 25 RVs coming into the park this weekend, so we're not sure if we will get any walk up business, or not. We'll see.
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Thursday, February 29, 2024
8:04 am - Thursday - February 29th - GNHS - 59° F, humidity 63%, wind 6 mph out of the southeast.....crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 75° F. On this date in 2012 TLE and I were courtesy parking at the home of Michael and Georgia Day near Austin, TX on the shores of Lake Travis.....
We had another great night of sleep Tuesday night, and were up around 7 am Wednesday, which was our getaway day.....getaway in the sense that we would be driving back to GNHS to begin the final 4 weeks of our stint there. All the carpet which got wet in the 'flash flood' has dried in just a few days, which is amazing, but not unexpected in the ultra dry climate in which Wittmann, AZ is geographically located. Parting ways with Tom and Darlene is always bittersweet. By 9:45 am we had packed the car, and were saying our 'until next times to Tom, Darlene, and Wade. Five minutes later we were cruising north on US-60 toward Wickenburg where we took on 11 gallons of premium unleaded, and then continued on US-60 through the small towns of Aguila, Wendon, Salome and Brenda before hitting I-10 westbound around 11:50 am (Arizona time).
We crossed back into California around 12:10 pm, regained the hour we gave up 3 day earlier making it 11:10 am, and made a quick stop in Blythe at the local Albertsons to get some Frappuccinos at the Starbucks in the store.....a Tall vanilla bean for TLE and a Venti Mocha for moi. We were back in the car in 10 minutes, and merging onto westbound I-10 shortly thereafter.
The drive west on I-10 was mostly uneventful. Traffic did stop one time for about 5 minutes near Desert Center, but we were back up to speed within seconds after the traffic began to move again. We exited I-10 at Box Canyon Road, and began our 20 mile descent down Box Canyon into Mecca where we stopped at the Mexican Market for some produce and in 15 minutes we were resuming our drive southeast on US-111. We arrived back in GNHS around 1:40 pm California time without further incident. Needless to day, but I will anyway, I am done driving for a while....lol! Starting with our trip to Poway last Monday (19th), until arriving back home Wednesday (28th) we have driven 850 miles....I'm getting tired all over again just thinking about it. All that being said, I must say we are so pleased at how well the VW has run these past few months compared to last year at this time.
Within 30 minutes we had unpacked our clothes, put them away, and TLE had put away the produce. I sat down in my recliner around 2:15 pm, and continued reading the current post apocalyptic series. As I sat in there reading, I thought how wonderful it is to be back with TLE in our tiny 220 sq ft home on wheels!
We'll have a few days to recuperate from all of our social interaction this past week before Charles and Phyllis arrive Sunday afternoon for a week stay here at GNHS. Again, no pictures were taken Wednesday, but that's cool because I know all of you have great imaginations!
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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
7:53 am - Wednesday - February 28th - Newell House - Wittmann, AZ - 53° F, humidity 57%, wind 5 mph out of the northeast.....partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 73° F. On this date in 2013 TLE and I were in St. Augustine, FL dry camping at a local RV park.....
I slept like the proverbial log Monday night....do logs really sleep? I just thought they laid there on the ground, in the forest, slowly turning into compost for decades. I don't feel like I'm doing that when I'm asleep....lol. I guess the characteristics of a log are where the saying came from...you know, they just lay there, unmoving, for decades. Anyway, we didn't get up until almost 8 am Tuesday morning, but at least we both felt like we had recovered from early Monday morning's festivities (the 'flash flood'), and the sun was actually peeking through the heavy cloud cover we've had the last few days.
We took a 1.5 mile walk around 9:30 am averaging, once again, 3.3 mph. It is a little different walking on a gravel/sandy road than on pavement. It feels like we are walking faster than 3.3 mph, but we are obviously not.....
.....Tom and Darlene erected a street sign in front of Newell House, a few years ago (2020 I think)....the street coming into the compound is Wildcat Drive, and the road in front of Newell House is called Newell Parkway. Tom's son, Scott, was able to add Newell Parkway into Google Maps so you can actually look up that street in Google Maps, and it will take you right there.....pretty cool, huh?
Tom and Darlene returned home mid afternoon, and TLE and I continued to read, with conversations thrown in here and there. I'm reading another post apocalyptic series, and have now finished the 2nd of 3 books in that series.
As always, we had a communal dinner with Tom, Darlene, Wade, TLE and I. By the way, Wade is a long time friend of Tom and Darlene who lives in Alberta, Canada, and flies down each winter for a few weeks to visit, and get out of the cold Albertan winter. I think this is the 4th, or 5th time we have been here at Newell House at the same time
Our interlude here at Newell House is coming to and end after just 3 days. It is time for us to return to GNHS, and our final 4 weeks there before we head north for the summer. TLE's sister, Phyllis, and Charles are coming in their 5th wheel to visit us for a week beginning March 3rd.....here we go again, from one social engagement to another!
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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
7:22 am - Tuesday - February 27th - Newell House - Wittmann, AZ - 55° F, humidity 48%, wind 2 mph out of the south by southwest....mostly cloudy today with a forecast high of 72° F. On this date in 2021 I had just finished polishing the ALCOA aluminum rims on the Newell.....
.....then took a long nap to kind of catch up on the lost sleep from the night before, then took a long shower in Tom's mancave shower, which has one of the 'rain' showerheads, plus unlimited hot water (think tankless, on demand water heater).
Monday, February 26, 2024
8:33 am - Monday - February 26th - Newell House - Wittmann, AZ - 58° F, humidity 76%, wind 3 mph out of the northeast.....cloudy today with a forecast high of 74° F. On this date in 2013 TLE and I were dining at Manatee Island Grill near Stuart, FL....one of my favorite pictures of TLE and I......
Sunday morning around 11 am we bid adieu to Tom and Claire after 3 days of conversation, which was sometimes intense/deep, sometimes light, but always interesting. Our hearts were full, and we really didn't want to say our 'until next times', but life continues to roll, so we did.
By 12 pm TLE and I were in the VW to begin a 4 hour drive to Wittmann, AZ to visit good friends Tom and Darlene. You may recall our last visit here was in the Spring of 2021 when I replaced the shocks, and air bags on our 1982 Newell Classic. Since we have Hunter to take over the rental operation Sunday we were able to leave early enough to get to Wittmann by 5 pm, and before sunset....we, of course, lost an hour to the Mountain Time Zone.
We took a different route than we have in the past, mainly because of our location on the east side of the Salton Sea. There is no direct route to I-10, so the fastest route had us taking HWY-111 west to Mecca, which is 20 miles in the opposite direction from where we wanted to go, but it was the fastest route available by 25 minutes. We then turned up a highway called Box Canyon Road which took up 20 miles back east where we connected with I-10 eastbound....
....the drive up Box Canyon Road was really quite scenic, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
We made a rest stop, after two hours of driving, at the Flying 'J' truck stop in Ehrenberg, AZ (just over the Colorado River which is the border between California and Arizona) to use their bathrooms, and just walk around to stretch our legs. From there we we continued on I-10 eastbound to the US-60 exit toward Wickenburg, then south to Wittmann, arriving at Tom and Darlene's around 5:10 pm....without incident....nice!
We were just in time for dinner, so we hauled our bags into the guest room, and sat down to a great dinner, and conversation. Tom was at a board meeting of a local business when we arrived, but he was home by 8:20 pm, and he and I talked until pretty late before we both headed for slumberland.
Around 2:30 am I heard Tom and Wade (a friend visiting from Alberta, Canada) talking excitedly in the hallway outside our room. I got up, and as I approached the door to our room noticed the carpet was very squishy, and WET! Wait, what? Apparently the rubber flapper in the water tank of the toilet had failed when last flushed, and the water had been running into the toilet for a couple of hours flooding the hallway outside or room, the bathroom (of course), the foyer, and the the long hallway leading to the living room and kitchen. There was at least an inch of water covering the tile flooring in these areas, and the water was quickly seeping into the carpeted areas bordering both hallways, and the dining room. I would estimate the water in the long hallway was about 1 inch deep....that is a lot of water!
Needless to say, we all sprang into action to get rid of all the water. Tom brought a 15 gallon Shop Vac to begin vacuuming up the water, Darlene pulled out her carpet shampooing machine, and I used a large squeegee to push the water down the hallway, through the foyer, and over the threshold of the front door onto the front porch. TLE and I then began mopping up what water was left with old towels. Finally, around 5 am we had done as much as we could do, and went back to bed....what a night!
As I sit here typing this morning (Monday) I am still a little groggy, and wishing I hadn't lost those 2.5 hours of sleep, but it is what it is. At least everything is drying out, and we can walk around, and I'm enjoying a wonderful cup of coffee.
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