ZION

So friends, here are the photos from Zion at last.

We had such a great time on the trip to Zion with the Sun City Anthem RV club. Lots of outdoor activities, lots of happy hours and lots of shared memories.

The first day, shortly after arrival we had happy hour, heavy appetizers and then a camp fire with our two guitarists, John and Doug playing while the rest of us TRIED to sing. Out of the 40 or so there, only about two had a voice that you would want to listen to under other circumstances.  But then it was all in good fun.

The second day we hiked a couple of easy trails in Zion. It was a perfect day … cool weather and clear skies.

Having had enough hiking, we shopped in Springfield the third day  and went to an old Mormon ghost town just outside of Rockville in the old town of Grafton with our friends Scott and Donna. It had a small cemetery, a school house and a couple of other old buildings. The interesting thing about the cemetery was seeing how many people died from the pandemic flu and from Indian attacks. Also, it was interesting to see how short their lives were. Most died either as children or as young adults. You might notice in one of the photos someone was trespassing while taking photos. Naughty!

The last day we went to Kanab and we stopped to see BEST FRIENDS, a beautiful animal sanctuary just outside of Kanab. It is a wonderful organization that has made a huge impact on turning shelters into no-kill shelters. They have saved thousands of animals since inception. You can volunteer there and we are hoping to do that some day.

We also kept seeing these strange creatures as we were driving around. What? You paid $20.00 for an ostrich egg? Silly tourists.

 

At the end of the trip, our great wagon master told us he and his wife were retiring from being wagon master for this trip.  (Jack and Rochelle) He asked for volunteers and all hands pointed to Lennard, my husband.  Hmmmm … Who is going to do all the work?

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Could not ask for more breath taking scenery!

 

 

Shakedown Trip to Yuma

We made our first (virgin) trip to Yuma Arizona.  Leaving from Las Vegas, we took the road least traveled. That route leads you down through Searchlight, past Laughlin and Bullhead City and then past Quartzsite to Yuma on the freeway.  The only problem was the roads from Searchlight to Quartzsite were two lane, winding and “rollercoaster” like.  My dear husband was holding onto the steering wheel for dear life. In spite of the roads, we made it safely and arrived at our friend’s hookup site in one of the communities down there.  The first night we had a get-together with another couple and the second our friends hosted a happy hour for about 16.  How nice was that?

After the get to-gethers, we had a bonfire in our friend’s  fire pit.  Our “little red fire pit” had not arrived on time to bring it with, but we did not need it.  The weather was perfect.  Even at night you only needed a sweater.

The next day we went across the border to Los Algodones.  In this safe border town you can get your teeth fixed, get new glasses and fill your prescriptions.  What a deal.  The town is filled with vendors and spenders.  It seems the town has avoided the drug cartels, because the business from the tourists is more valuable to the residents.  We would not hesitate to go there again.  You need a passport to return to the US.

The time down there was marvelous and a great place to visit.  There are lots of snowbirds who migrate there from Canada and other places for the winter, so it’s a good place to make new friends. Yahoo!

First Big Trip to the Oasis

Our first “big” trip in the new motorhome was about five miles down the road to the Oasis RV Park in Las Vegas, Nevada.  It is near the Silverton and Sun Coast Casinos.  We were charged a “locals” rate of $42.00 for an upgraded site.  We were lucky enough to get to park in-between two of our friends who are experts at RVing.  The park is very nice with wide spaces, a doggie area, swimming pool, Wi-Fi,(charged &6.00 for this) small restaurant, fitness area, and lots of palm trees.  The people working at the park were very accommodating and friendly.

Friends from the Corvette club joined us for Happy Hour and dinner and we had a great time with only several small disasters. (I couldn’t get how the microwave worked as a convection oven, but finally figured it out) But, the company and the food was wonderful.  The weather was perfect and we had a great time laughing and telling lies until the wee hours of 9 PM. What ever happened to staying out until 2 in the morning?  I guess time flies by.

We loved out queen sized bed.  Not too small after being used to a king size.  We tried out the electric fireplace, and it was wonderful!  Our two professional RVer friends were a great help and taught my husband how to empty the tanks.  The park allows a RV wash company to come through so we got the “rig” washed for $2.00 a foot.  We weren’t sure if that was a bargain or not.  Husband thought he could wash it easily too.

All in all it was a success, and we did not think we needed to take the RV back where it came from. We will see how the next venture out into the wild turns out.

Purchasing a New RV Without a Clue

Okay, first of all, I have to say…don’t do it this way.  We were planning on purchasing an RV for some time and did some research, but not nearly as much as we should have.  We did, however, decide on a floor plan we liked. We  knew we wanted to have a dinette (to sit at and blog from) and a bed you could walk around, so it was not so hard to make the darn bed. Other than that we did not have any preferences.

So, first of all we looked at class B and C vehicles, around 24 feet, thinking we would have an easy vehicle to drive, it would be gas friendly and we would be able to go where other RVs could not.  Good thoughts, right? Well, okay if you aren’t going to spend a lot of time in it.  While we were shopping, each salesman asked us how we were going to use it.  Our reply was, “We want to go on a road trip around the US for a few months next year.”

“So, you’ll be staying in hotels then?” said the salesman, looking at us like we were dummies.

“No, we want to stay in our RV.”

“Well unless  you want to go to jail for assault on each other you might want to look at a larger option.”

On to the next option.  Now we decide to go to a RV show.  Pomona had one at the end of the summer, so we got up at 5 AM and drove all the way to Pomona to get there when it opened at 10 AM.  No problems, we arrived right on time and began our search, knowing we would not buy one… we were “just looking”.

If you have ever been to an RV show, you know it is gigantic.  After about four hours of looking around, we were thoroughly confused, lost and could not remember what we had seen. No lunch and it was hot.  We had began to think we would like the class C motorhome by now as opposed to a class B.  Finally, we found a sympathetic salesman, who sat us down and asked us, “So what do you want to use the RV for?”  Back to our answer of going around the US in an RV.  Now, we knew we needed one at least 28 feet long and were afraid to have one more than 32 feet long. Then he said, “Since you are going to travel around the country sightseeing, would you like a good view?”  Answer…yes.

“Let’s look at a class A then.” I’m looking at these HUGE vehicles and thinking, no way, they are too big. So, like good little consumers we take a test drive in a very nice Winnebago.  Wow, you can see everything.  It was marvelous. Okay, now we could see the advantage of the class A motorhomes.

We proceeded to begin looking around for the floor plan we knew we wanted and wandered into a very fancy looking area of Tiffin Motorhomes. Once we saw those, we hesitantly asked the price.   Not too, too bad. Maybe we will take a test drive.  Test drive over and sold!  We were sold and I, usually being the cautious one, was completely out of control and said, “I’ll buy that.”  My husband is kicking me and saying we weren’t ready. Thank goodness for him or we would have left with it.  It is now 7:30 PM and we are thirsty, tired and hungry.  We take off for home and stop along the way for dinner, at which time I inform my husband that that was the one I wanted.  2015 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 31SA. Decision made.  Now, all we had to do was negotiate.  We called the salesman and told him we were interested.  He gave us a price and we negotiated back.  “We don’t want to buy unless we get a substantial reduction in the price.” Three hours later we owned a new motorhome.  Yes!

We still did not realize that we really had lucked out, and had chosen a great RV with a good warranty, and it was just what we needed for our upcoming trip next spring.  Talk about being lucky even though we did not have a clue!