Los Algodones Mexico Time

The weather here in Yuma has been nice this week with a few scattered clouds and a couple of coolish days but overall it’s been terrific. Made it out on the bikes yesterday. The first time for Kath since the day that shall remain “un mentioned” last July when she had some up close and personal time with the pavement resulting in the fracture of her wrist. She ended up doing fine with a bit of wrist swelling and throbbing pain but it settled with some ice and Tylenol. She needs to get it in shape for the BBR19 ride in France this May/June 2019 so starting now makes sense.


IMG_0131  Headed down to Los Algodones Mexico today which is just inside the California/Mexico border and only 15 minutes drive from Yuma. Effort free crossing by foot with a great big ass parking area on the US side making the crossing much less work. Lots of typical Mexican shops with most of the same stuff we see each year in Bucereus. Amazing showing of pharmacy, liquor and dental shops there. Apparently it is huge business for that type of tourism so if you need a tooth pulled, orthodontist work or prescription drugs or whatever, you are good to go in Los Algodones. One thing I didn’t expect to see was the shop offering Stem Cell work…. I did not see that coming!

IMG_0134  Met a terrific couple at a local watering hole for a Margarita and chips and salsa. They were from Arizona and seemed intent on buying up all the local art. We got a kick out of her T-shirt that explained that she simply didn’t give a fuck! They said that many US citizens come to Mexico to buy all their needed medications as they are a fraction of the cost when purchased in the US. Sun was nice, and the drinks and people were nicer! Great way to spend the 23rd of Dec we’d say.  Talk soon.  C and K

‘Tis the Season!

Well the Christmas season is here in all its glory… no snow here but we were greeted today with our coolest temps yet… 10 this am but warmed to mid teens later. We received the daily Yuma rag today but this festive flyer caught me eye…

Since we’ve been here, just over two weeks, there have been three reported tragic shootings where two were accidental involving one young child shooting another with an unsecured pistol in the house. The third was a “road rage” event not far from here where one guy shot a man and a woman. Guess they REALLY cut him off! Love the title on the paper of a Christmas Classic Sale…. Just wow!  Stay safe this holiday season everyone.  C and K

Two weeks in

Howdy folks. Kath and I are doing well here in Yuma. Weather has been hovering between 22-27 daily with brilliant sun. So nice to be feeling this summer like weather in Dec! We have met many new friends here. The community is very supportive as both US and Canada Snowbirds are here for the same reasons.

We remain astounded by just how dry it is here. The ground hasn’t seen much moisture since the summer so it is so compacted when it does rain the water doesn’t sink in; just stays on top and evaporates. Have managed to get in a round of golf last week; a few more to go soon.

We have visited old Yuma downtown which was a bit different to what we expected. All very low level buildings without any glass and steel structures. Some very nice restaurants though. We walked on a trail adjacent to the Colorado River which devides Arizona from California. Saw my first ever fake palm tree cell phone tower…. photo to prove it below.  We’ve been enjoying the local “street meat” tacos as well as doing most of our own cooking on the BBQ.

This afternoon we are heading out to explore and take in a “Date Milkshake” recently recommended by some Canadian friends here. Will report on it next post.

For two weeks in, all is good.  C and K

4×4 views to die for, and an amazing dinner.

Howdy folks. It was US Thanksgiving here yesterday and so I was invited by Bob Lukens out to do some 4×4 offload stuff in a CanAm off-road vehicle. There were three vehicles total and we departed Yuma about 9am but before we’d clocked three minutes driving, we were already bouncing through the desert dunes. These vehicles were terrific and can simply go anywhere!

I wasn’t sure where we were headed but I was told to bring plenty to drink and a packed lunch as we were going to visit the “Great Wall of China”…. OK.  We weren’t ten minutes into the ride when one of the vehicles had a flat tire. They had all the equipment to repair that on site so within ten minutes we were once again underway. I was amazed at the scenery being so dry with some kind of vegetation that can endure such harsh environment. We reached the foot of what seemed like a significant mountain and up we went essentially riding the peaks of each level on the way up. A well marked and worn trail led us to a huge Marker/reflector panel at the summit about two hours drive. The origin and purpose of the huge metal panel was the topic of much debate as to what its purpose actually was. Anyway, we could see well into California across the Colorado River and south into Mexico for miles. It was a slightly overcast day and temps at the summit were around 70 degrees. Not a terrible way/place to enjoy my packed lunch. On the way out, the group mentioned we would be visiting “Hitler’s Bridge”…. I said Pardon??? Anyway they wouldn’t explain, they said, “you’ll just have to see it”. We began the trip down the mountain and once on the flats below we came across this bridge… pictured below, and they were right, I wouldn’t have believed it unless I’d seen it. The Swastikas across the side walls of both sides of the bridge were dated  “1907” so well before the Nazis claimed the use of this symbol. Hitler would have been just a young boy when this was built so clearly it was not reflective of the Nazis but I have to admit, the whole site made me a bit uncomfortable. Once at home I googled it and found the following:

“For the Hindus and Buddhists in India and other Asian countries, the swastika was an important symbol for many thousands of years and, to this day, the symbol can still be seen in abundance – on temples, buses, taxis, and on the cover of books. It was also used in Ancient Greece and can be found in the remains of the ancient city of Troy, which existed 4,000 years ago. The ancient Druids and the Celts also used the symbol, reflected in many artefacts that have been discovered. It was used by Nordic tribes and even early Christians used the Swastika as one of their symbols, including the Teutonic Knights, a German medieval military order, which became a purely religious Catholic Order.”.. who knew!

Last evening, being the new kids on the block, we were graciously invited to a US Thanksgiving meal two doors down from us. There were about 35 people at this backyard potluck so the food was both plentiful and abundant. We have been made to feel very welcome in this community and we are very grateful for Bob and Doreen Lukens who have graciously connected us here. They have helped guide us to the best places to get us comfortable quickly including cell phones (now working great), internet, and various other shops one should know about while living the Arizona experience. Many thanks to them.

Today we are back at working on TRP and COPE planning well into 2019 now. We are most grateful that our retirement from the military has led us to this place where we can continue to pay forward our own good health and happiness. We are also grateful to those clinicians and support people who continue to deliver the programs to an extremely high standard. Also to Wounded Warriors Canada who have continually provided the funding to allow us to do this work.  It truly does take a community to make all this happen. We are particularly grateful for the fact that we can be in this place and still do all that important work. Have a great day!  C and K

Yuma my Best Friend!

Kath and I made it toYuma a couple of days ago and have spent the time getting things settled like internet and cell phones. One has been successful thus far and one a miserable fail.

As we arrived we met Bob and Doreen Lukens (Shari’s M and D) who graciously helped us secure the spot we have parked our rig for the next 4 months. We are in a regular residential area where they have converted the property into two 50 amp sites for big rigs. This gives us huge property and no RV park rules to comply with. We are on the east end of Yuma looking south into Mexico. Very desert like and the heat has been terrific thus far. Our trailer made the trip rolling well down the highway without any incident at all. Truck performed well but its time to rotate tires and change the fuel filters.

Beam Speed internet is up and helloing me to get this note out to you. Installed yesterday early and in about 30 minutes. Cell phone instigation didn’t go as well yesterday after struggling to get our older iPhone 6s unlooked through Telus and then loaded up with a US SIM card. All seemed to load ok but then it never did give us service through Verizon. I went back to the dealer and they struggled for an hour with Tech Support to no avail. I drove away without a functioning US cell phone and now it is Thanksgiving here so we will have to continue to use our Canadian iPhones this weekend but we are still on our Canadian/US plan so we are good.

I am off this am with Shari’s Dad Bob in his CanAm four wheeler. We are going to some place called “The Great Wall of China”…. that should be interesting to say the least! Anyway they have made us feel very welcome to our new “hood” and we are looking forward to a milder and very different winter this year. I will post photos of the ride this morning later today. We have a date with another neighbour for Thanksgiving Dinner. Apparently about 30-40 people are expected…. Talk soon.

ps. I will forward our new US cell number soon.     C and K

Palm Desert or bust or 3:10 to Yuma….

Well we decided to take the extra day tomorrow and stop at Palm Desert today. We really enjoyed the Orange Grove RV site last evening at Bakersfield. Kinda cool living in an orange grove!

Wow what a nice spot at Indian Wells tonight. The 20 degree evening is also not hard to handle. We went through some interesting terrain today including the Mojave Desert (wouldn’t let my dog live there) but it was interesting just the same. Many wind machines; in fact more in one place than I’ve ever seen before.

Stoped at a great little hole in the wall, Boran California (photo below) had about as much stuff on the walls as could be imagined. Great Huevos Rancheros for brunch though which really hit the spot. This evening we are waiting to head out for dinner while also waiting for laundry to finish. All this while savouring a beer for me and cider for Kath.

Tomorrow we will have just 2.5 hours into Yuma… I think we’ll leave late morning so we get in around 3:10…. they should make a movie called that I think😝 Ha!

Talk tomorrow or the next day after we get our new high speed internet installed. We think we could get used to this!💃🕺🏻 C and K

A wee bit Smokey!

We have made good time the past two days getting down the road over 340 miles each day. Trailer pulling well, highways fantastic, drivers insane… As we made it through the Chico area yesterday, just north of Sacramento, the smoke became increasingly dense. It reminded me of interior BC this past summer but perhaps a bit worse.

From the road at lunch and using our new app, RV Wizard, we were able to source a camp spot near Sacramento. Great program giving all the local campsites across North America, rates, photos and contact info as well as reviews. Anyway, we phoned ahead and reserved a spot at SAC West RV park in western Sacramento. A bit pricey at $65/night especially at this time of year but it appears we are not the only ones looking. The campsite was full last night! Likely all the Canadian Snow Birds doing the migration.

Camp was complete with a covered heated swimming pool, large sites with 50amp service and a petting zoo! That’s right a petting zoo. No I didn’t play with the goats… When I signed in yesterday I was offered four freshly laid eggs…. I did not see that one coming!

Today we are hopeful to get past Bakersfield and then on to Yuma on our fifth day. We will manage to shave one day off the drive given the great road conditions.

Mall the best, we are well and living the dream.

C and K