Blogging Vacation is Over – Time to Quilt and Enjoy Arizona

I really cannot believe that it was 2 September 2015 when I did my last Blog before beginning the packing and loading of the 5th Wheel for our annual trek to Arizona.   Time has flown by.  My hands are doing very well, guess the rest has helped – so glad I went to the Doctor before leaving!  We left Texas on the 20th of September and here it is 15 October!  We had a fairly uneventful trip (one exception – the trailer brakes developed a short in the wiring harness).  Such fun going through El Paso, Texas in the rain and have that issue.  Clay would flip the turn signal on or the hazard lights on and the brakes would go on…..  We were very lucky as we pulled off IH10, we were within 1.7 miles of a Camper’s World.  Clay did the trouble shooting and found it was the harness connection – only cost $80.00 and we were on our way to Las Cruces, New Mexico at Hacienda RV Park.  We stayed for 3 nights to rest up and it was really worth it.  Here are some pictures of where we stayed in Las Cruces.

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Hacienda RV Park, Las Cruces, New Mexico
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LC Hacienda RV Park
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View of the Organ Mountains from Hacienda RV Park

Here are pictures of our winter home taken upon arrival in Las Cruses.

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The Winter Home on Wheels
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Winter Home Away From Home

Clay and I were so exhausted from everything during the last year or so and the “getting ready to go” mostly from our decision to upgrade to the SWM Direct TV System and change to HD Televisions.  That change over just about did us in.  It is interesting that 2 years ago I wanted to do this but Direct TV kept telling us that we could not get the HD signal, etc, blah blah blah…. This year we bit the bullet and decided to just upgrade the TVs to HD and use the existing Dish! This was supposed to be an easy thing (LOL) it took about 6 days and right up to the last minute leave to learn more than we wanted to about the change over (especially the total cost)!  We now have HD TV and Whole Home in our 5th Wheel – and it works great!  BIG LEARNING CURVE ON THIS ONE!  Upon our arrival in Las Cruces, we decided to stay 2 nights and rest up – then we decided to add one more night and found out that it would be free!  Nice treat.  Hacienda RV Park is an upscale park and easy in and out – we did not unhook the entire time!

We left on the morning of the 24th of September and arrived at Tombstone Territories RV Park on Hwy 82, by Whetstone, AZ early afternoon.  Setting up took some time and it was horribly HOT HOT HOT that day.  But we were thankful to have made the last leg of the trip (about 900 miles from home) without any more issues!  This is the first time we have wintered at this RV Park and it is absolutely perfect.  Since we live in the country, living in the middle of the Desert is really no different.  The spaces are great – 40 feet x 80 feet –  and we were placed in a great space.   All of spaces are pull through – so much easier to drive in and out rather than having to maneuver into a tight space.  This park is 150% improvement over the other RV Park we had stayed at since 2006.  So all in all, this is one of the best winter trips we have had in a long time.  No real problems, peace and quiet, and life is finally good again.  Here is our “semi-permanent home” for the winter.

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Our Space at TT – Notice the Large White Poles – That is Clays Ham Radio Antenna.  The other “flag” looking thing is a Yagi  for Verizon Cell Tower for the Jet Pack Internet
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Wide Open Spaces and the Dragoon Mountains in the background.
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Cloudy Day in Arizona – This is called “downsizing” for the winter – a lot less to clean!
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The Dragoon Mountains (East of Tombstone Territories RV Park)
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View of the Whetstone Mountains and the Club House
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The Arizona Sky – Looking at the Dragoon Mountains

We stay on Texas time rather than changing back and forth.  Arizona is the only state in the Union that does not honor Daylight Savings Time (of which I absolutely hate), so when we get up at our usual 6 AM, it is 4 AM here.  We keep 2 different clocks to remind us as we walk out the door that we are 2 hours ahead (LOL).  I can hardly wait for 1 November – as we will at least get one hour back!  One of the most beautiful things about Arizona are the Sunrises and Sunsets.  You can see for yourself!

Beautiful Sunrise
What a Sunrise on a Cloudy Morning
TT Sunrise
Sunrise at TT RV on a Morning Walk
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Another Beautiful Sunrise during a morning walk.
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Here Comes the Sun!
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Beautiful Rainbow after a rain event.  Notice the sun shining on the Dragoon Mountains.
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The Blue Skies with the Beginning of the Rainbow
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Beginning of the Moon Eclipse

This week we went shopping for a new computer chair for Clay (there is a Long LONG story about that shopping spree-but all ended great)!   One of the great things about being married to an “Engineer” are the things that they can design, fix, and change original configurations in a RV.   Clay installed fluorescent lighting in our 5th wheel when we purchased it in order that we had plenty of lighting.   Most RV’s do not have that type of lighting and it is hard to quilt or read in the dim lighting.  (He has totally redesigned the inside and outside of this 5th Wheel and customized it to meet our needs.) (I will save those pictures for another time)  The downfall of the great lighting is that the light above me and next to me shines in the TV can interfere with our view of the TV.   I purchased a neat lamp for $40.00 at Staples to accommodate my nighttime handwork.  It is absolutely wonderful when I want to do hand work while watching TV.   Another shopping spree yielded 2 new purses.  I found 2 Dooney and Burke purses that I love.  One is a smaller version of the larger one that I will use when I do local shopping.  The larger one will hold things that I might need if I am going to Tucson or we are headed to Bisbee or Tombstone for the day.

New Lamp
Staples Lamp – Has a group of 4 LED lights and provides wonderful lighting!
Dooney and Burke
Dooney and Burke

I hope that you have enjoyed the pictures and the happenings at the beginning of a Winter Vacation in Arizona.   Next Blog will be on quilting.  Have a great week-end.  It rained all night and still cloudy, but a wonderful cool day!



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