We hope everyone had a beautiful holiday season. The year is nearly over and what a year it's been!
We finally made it south for the winter and we couldn't be happier. We had a lot of trials and tribulations to get here, but it's all been worth it. We would not have been able to do it if not for the help of good friends and family. We can't think of how to thank you enough for your support, except to always pay-it-forward.
We finally rolled into Arizona earlier this month. We boondocked in Quartzsite the first night and the sunset was one of the best we've ever seen.
We headed for the Mesa Spirit Thousand Trails park and rested there for a couple of weeks. Come to find out that the pools are heated to 92°! What's not to love about that!
Then we headed in to Don's sister's house in Sun City where we are currently driveway surfing.
They took us to the Phoenix Zoo for the Zoo Lights display. Wow. It was wonderful. We didn't take any video or pictures because we wanted to be completely emersed in the experience. We'll be going back in January to vlog it. It's cheaper to go after the holiday. We also want to see the animals during the day. They have a $2 senior discount or $2 discount if you get tickets on line. They accept Arizona issued EBT cards for reduced admission. They also have scooter rentals. Check the rates on their web page.
We will be celebrating the new year with her, her husband, her son and his family. Don's sister and hubby bought a new rig and will be taking it on a maiden voyage in her son's driveway. We'll be following with our rig, too, and spending the New Year weekend with everyone. Party on!
The end of December and most of January will be dedicated to doing little fixes to our rig. The back door is rotted out on the bottom so it's sagging and it won't shut properly. Don will have to replace that. We need to block up the vent that's behind the refer. We need to sanitize the fresh water tank. We need a new gate valve for the black tank. We need a new vent fan. The blades shattered when there was debris in there. After 25 years we imagine that the plastic blades are very brittle. Why there's no screen both below and *above* the blades is a mystery. Who designs these things?!
We still have not had a chance to get the front end of the van checked out. We noticed that the clunking/knocking noise occurs whenever there's a really strong gust of wind or a semi-truck is passing us on the left and the air turblence pushes us to the right. We think that it's probably a bushing or the sway bar. There are no Les Schwabs in Arizona so we could still use your help in getting it inspected and repaired. If you'd like to help, we have a GoFundMe for this purpose.
Looking forward to the time spend in Arizona for the big RV show in Quartzsite at the end of January and then the beginning of heading back north and another adventure filled year ahead.