Thursday, May 24, 2018

More from Prescott and Another Trip to Algodones


A few photos from our final day in Prescott, where we hiked the 4.5 mile Salida Gulch loop with Eric, Maureen and Sandy and saw some petroglyphs.


Eric and Jim.



Maureen made us laugh while making us pose.


That evening we met John and Sandy at Tara Thai, where the waiter felt sorry for us trying to take a selfie.



Although it is definitely a twisty mountainous road, Jim had no problem driving the Lazy Daze on Hwy 89 between Prescott and Congress. We hooked the Subaru back up after we got down Yarnell Hill, and with sharing the driving it was a surprisingly easy 330 miles back to Jojoba Hills. Terry and LuAnn returned from South America while we were gone so we are enjoying having them as neighbors.

One of the ponds at Jojoba.


Besides the usual, we spent last week cleaning up since our weather has been so pleasant. Jim scrubbed the roof of the Lazy Daze after removing all the vent covers, then did some caulking while I cleaned and polished the rest, along with the car. Now we’re in the process of refinishing some of our cabinet doors and drawers. It’s great to have the shed to work in.

Jim was walking back from the fitness room the other day and saw this bobcat strolling down the street. By the time he could get his phone out it ran up through a site and down a wash. Another couple was there and she managed to get a photo. They are spotted hanging around the park frequently.


Monday we drove to Algodones where we each had appointments to get a crown, or so I thought. Jim went first, got prepped and had a temporary put on. When it was my turn, Dr. Fonseca looked at my tooth and decided there was still a little swelling of the gum where I had the extraction six weeks ago She didn’t want to make a crown that might not fit well once the swelling completely resolves, since the crown I need replaced is next to the extraction site. No big deal but it means another trip to Algodones in month or so, or she said I could wait until the fall and get it done when I return for an implant. She polished the old crown a bit since it was irritating my mouth, so I may just end up waiting. She said it should be fine until then but not to chew anything hard on it. Since I’m missing the tooth next to it I’m not chewing much on that side anyway so that shouldn’t be a problem.

Candid shot of Jim in the dental chair.


Jim’s permanent crown was ready at noon on Tuesday so we spent the night at the Best Western at the Yuma Palms mall. It’s been many years since we stayed in a motel room, and although it was surprisingly nice, we couldn’t believe how much stuff we had to pack just for an overnight trip. And of course we forgot a few things. We have been spoiled by traveling with all of our worldly belongings in the RV for so long.

There isn’t much going on in Yuma, so we did a little clothes shopping since the mall was convenient, used the fitness center, then took advantage of our two free happy hour drinks, beer or wine. Since the beers were all light we each had some wine, and took the second glass back to our room where we ordered a Domino’s pizza to be delivered, then watched a movie. We are such party animals!

After a night of tossing and turning despite the bed being quite comfortable, we went over to check out the free breakfast, which as we expected didn’t consist of much in the way of healthy foods except for oatmeal and fruit. Then it was back to Algodones where it didn’t take Dr. Fonseca very long to put on Jim’s permanent crown. It looks and feels good, so he is happy. It’s really great going there now that all the snowbirds are gone. There were very few people on the streets and it only took a couple minutes to get through customs both days.

Our plan right now is to hang around Jojoba until after the 4th of July, with maybe a couple short trips in between, then start working our way to Canada. But knowing us that could all change. We’re just happy to have a place to spend two of the big summer holidays.

And one more photo.  A group of Gambel's quail came strolling through our yard the other day, followed by at least 10 baby chicks. They were so cute trying to jump up into our fountain for a drink.


11 comments:

  1. Love the quail...and the bobcat!

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  2. You guys have been busy!! Glad Jim got is crown on but sorry you have to wait. Its better to wait and have it done right.
    That bobcat looks pretty intimidating!!

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  3. Ahhh, Prescott. We are still so torn about whether to buy there or not!

    Very cool that you've got bobcats strolling through Jojoba!

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    1. Prescott is a really nice town, good size and has all the amenities we want, lots of trails to hike and bike, and is in a great location. Unfortunately it's growing very fast and home prices are high.

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  4. Prescott looks like it was a good place to spend time in May. That is great you were able to make it all the way back in a day, 330 miles is more than I like to drive. It sounds like Algodones is easier to deal with in the off season, but I don't know about staying in a motel....can't even remember the last time I did that!

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    1. You wouldn't believe how quiet it was in Algodones last week. We would have spent more in gas for the Lazy Daze so the motel room made sense, but we didn't really enjoy it.

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  5. Sorry I missed you coming through Yarnell. I knew you could do 89. Seeing a bobcat regularly is awesome.

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    1. 89 was no problem. Nothing like some of the roads we've driven in Colorado!

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  6. Wonderful rock art panel, and such a cute pic of the two of you! Bummer you weren't able to finish your dental work (I'm getting my implant finished this month and so glad to be done with it), but nice that it can wait until your planned return. Beautiful bobcat!

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  7. Glad to be back home and to be able to spend time catching up with the two of you. We haven't seen the bobcat for ourselves yet but hope to. We did see a roadrunner carrying a lizard in his mouth the other day. Happy to have such fun neighbors!

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  8. It is nice to have a place to return to that you know you can relax and have room to do little chores. John loves being able to wash the car and MH. We have so many quail out back. There are several families and tons of babies. They are so darn cute!! I've been watching the quail run around and waiting for the babies.

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