Monday, March 1, 2021

'On the road again.......'

 6:44 am - Monday - March 1st - Yuma, AZ - 43° F, 25% humidity, wind - 5 mph out of the north by northeast.....clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 72° F.  On this date in 2017 we hiked up to the stone snake sculpture near Borrego Springs, CA with Becky Schade, a nomadic friend we first met while working at Amazon in Fernley, NV in 2014....

.....our view this morning......↴

As the sun rose in the east Sunday morning it became obvious it would be a day of crystal, clear, blue, wind swept skies.  All of the online weather forecast showed winds in the 20+ mph range along our route to Yuma, AZ out of the north by northwest.  We, as you know, prefer not to drive when it is windy, but sometimes you have no choice, but to proceed with a stiff upper lip, and hope for the best.  This is the third time on this one month trip we have done something we prefer not to do (drive at night, drive in the rain/snow).  We have dental appointments Monday morning in Los Algodones, Baja California, and we did not want to make the 176 mile drive early Monday morning.

After saying our 'until next times' to Tom, Darlene and Bob (Sandy was still asleep) we rolled out through the entrance gate around 9 am.  While there was a breeze, it was not too bad early on, but as we merged onto I-10 we began to feel the push from the passenger side.  Fortunately, we only had to cover about 10 miles of I-10 before turning south once again for another 30 miles to I-8, where we were once again headed west, and there we began to be buffeted about by the wind.  Much to my surprise, this only lasted about 30 minutes, and the winds seemed to abate somewhat, and were not an issue the balance of our drive into the eastern outskirts of Yuma.

We made one rest stop at the Sentinel Rest Area near Sentinel, AZ with about 70 miles to go.  The drive was completely uneventful, which is for what we always hope.  We arrived a little after 12 pm Arizona time, and were in site #408 at Foothills Village RV Park a few minutes later.  This is an older Encore/Thousand Trails park, but it neatly kept.  They provide contactless check-in online, but we were escorted to our site via golf cart by one of the park hosts, Peggy.

So, why did we choose an RV park 21 miles short of Los Algodones?  We normally park overnight in the Quechan Casino RV parking area, but due to the Wuhan Flu they are not allowing overnight parking at this time.  We, normally, do not make reservations, another thing we do not like to do, but because of the Wuhan Flu pretty much every RV park requires reservations.  Another reason was our former managers at Ramona Oaks RV Resort, Rich and Marnie, are staying just a block away, and we wanted to see them.

Around 3 pm we walked about 1/2 block through the park to a gate which led to a local cafe where we met Rich and Marnie for a late lunch. We talked non-stop for almost 2 hours before saying our 'until next times'.  By the time we exited the restaurant just before 5 pm the winds had begun to die down.  It was such a blessing to spend time again with Rich and Marnie, and I look forward to the next time our nomadic paths cross!

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