Tuesday September 3It’s a little difficult to think about our trip as having actually started. Aside from the first several days, it mostly seems like what we’ve done is drive. Today we find ourselves in Globe AZ, in another parking lot of an RV park called Apache Gold RV. This time next to a Casino. Yesterday we stayed a night in Yuma. The only unifying theme is the heat. 112 in Yuma and 95 in Globe. But at 3000’, at least Globe cools down a bit a night. Not like the blast furnace of Yuma. We are in transit to Silver City in New Mexico for a few days. At 6000’, it promises to be a bit cooler still. The RV parks the last couple of days are a must due to the heat. In Yuma, we ran the air conditioner all night. Here, we just need it during the day. We are staying a couple of days mainly because we are tired of driving, and we do need to do laundry and shop because there won’t be much in the was of services in the BLM camps we are aiming for.
When last we left you, we were battling ants in the rig and preparing for my nephew’s wedding to be held Saturday August 30. The wedding went off mostly really well. The country club it was held at was in a lovely setting and the building was very nice – all just 2 miles from our campground. Good thing because there was an open bar all night and we all made very good use of it. The only drawback was the air conditioning had failed in the morning and was still not working by the evening. I was expecting a wonderful blast of cool air when walking into the building in my buttoned up blue suit, but what I got was just a slightly cooler version of being outside. It did not bode well for the rest of the evening and in fact it was really warm all night. Once the ceremony was over, all jackets came off, and more drink was consumed. All of the wedding pictures here are from friends and/or family. I didn’t even bring a camera with me because I knew there would be so many others there already.
My nephew Alex, was married to his girl, Alyson, in front of many family and close friends. All parents and grandparents were beaming and it was really nice to see all my family together for such a happy event. The band was great and we all danced despite the heat, Alex is a very handsome guy and Alyson is just gorgeous. and everyone seemed to have a great time.
We both really enjoyed the wedding, but it was also nice to say goodbye and be on our way. Returning to the LD, we discovered the battle with the ants was still raging. I’d have to say the ants won, but not without taking huge losses. A few stragglers are still with us, but it took leaving the campground to stem the tide. Even with spraying around the tires and the cords leading into the RV, they still seemed to be finding a way in. On Sunday morning our next battle was with the infamous L.A. Freeways. As we sat in stop and go traffic, looking at the lines of cars stretching for miles before us, I couldn’t help thinking of the lines of ants we had just (mostly) left behind. At least the ants were moving.We did finally get out of L.A. and made it as far as Yuma, AZ, before stoping for the night. We thought it was hot in L.A. but at 112 degrees, it was an out of the frying pan situation in Yuma. I’m talking blast furnace hot. We found an RV Park with an open site, pulled in and hit the air conditioner. How hot was it outside? For showers, we didn’t need to turn on the hot water heater. Cold water straight out of the ground was heated just right.
It was a little late and Mary didn’t feel like cooking (other than sitting in the RV) so our RV park host recommended the terrific Mi Rancho Mexican restaurant for dinner. She was so right. Great food, JUMBO margarita’s (a couple each), and air conditioned – the comfort trifecta!
In the morning, after filling up with cheapish Arizona gas ($3.25 at Arco) we again headed east on Highway 8 to where we are now, the Apache Gold RV Park. Since they have a pool, and there is a scenic drive nearby, we plan on staying a couple of days. It will also allow the recent heat to pass a bit. There is slightly cooler weather and thunder showers predicted for later in the week, and at the higher elevation, hopefully life will get a little easier soon. We’ve never traveled in this part of the country at quite this time of year, and the heat is proving daunting. I’m really hoping White Sands will be tolerable by the time we get there in a week or two.