February’s Windshield View

February’swindshield view” was taken on the 13th of February at 11:57, looking west from our new site @ LHR. It was a Saturday morning and I had to walk in from the road, the temperature was -10 degrees on the dash of the SportTrac and was confirmed by a similar reading inside of the coach. I have been making a trip to the coach every few weeks to confirm that the solar is keeping the batteries fully charged and was pleased today to see that they were 100% charged again. There were a few coyote tracks on my walk through the park but not much else with the cold snap driving most creatures into some form of hibernation.

February 2018: Found us leaving the Arizona desert and heading for the bright lights of the casinos in Nevada as we spent a couple of nights at the Pioneer Casino in Laughlin Nevada on the Colorado river. The Pioneer casino offered seven days of free lot-docking for just the price of signing up for a “players card” and as a bonus they throw in a few bucks of “free play” on the slots which we were able to promptly donate back to the casino in just a few moments. There are a number of casinos in the area, all with frontage on the Colorado river and have formed a beautiful river walk between casinos as well as a water taxi system on the river to move people around. Las Vegas was our next stop at a full hook-up campground just a couple of blocks south of the famous Las Vegas strip at Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort. Miss Laurie had a Scentsy meeting in Vegas and it was Super Bowl weekend so we found ourselves so busy we did not get a chance to enjoy the park as we should have. From the bright lights of Las Vegas we headed back to Arizona and one of our favorite boondocking spots Craggy wash located just north of Lake Havasu on AZ-95 where we settled in for 10 days of off grid camping, Craggy is a BLM area so free camping for up to 14 days. But after 10days in the desert we headed south to meet up with Bob & Shari at their winter campground in Ehrenberg AZ at the River Breeze RV Resort, back to full hook-ups and a week of hard partying to celebrate Bob’s birthday, warm weather, a little golf, and pretty much any other excuse to have a adult beverage. After a week we headed further south to Quechan Casino in Winter Haven California for a couple of days of lot-docking and a side trip to Mexico to purchase some glasses and prescription drugs that are all available over the counter in Mexico. And we finished off February in Yuma Arizona at Fortuna de Oro RV Resort, this was a free camping spot that Miss Laurie scored while attending the Quartzsite RV show in January, this was a huge campground with multiple pools and activities, our experience was not good although it had nothing to do with the park, it was because of a whole crew of drunken senior idiots on golf carts crashing into things like our brand new satellite receiver. The stay there just left a bit of bad taste for the park although it was most likely a nice park if you picked the correct area to stay.

February 2019: Will seem very laid back as compared to our adventures of 2018, and similar to January 2018 we were still at Oak Grove RV Resort in LaBelle Florida for our four month winter stay. Totally different than our normal nomadic lifestyle being settled into one location left us heading out of the resort on many day trips to the beaches, or shopping, or on kayaking adventures. We continued to enjoy the park amenities like the pool, pickle ball, bingo, and other events offered during the month. I was playing golf weekly with others from the park, but the highlight of this park was the wonderful people we met during our stay. We truly made life long friends which developed during our season at Oak Grove RV Resort.

February 2020: Found us at LaPosa West LTVA which we have visited a number of times, mainly because of its closeness to the Big Tent RV show held in late January. We were still at LaPosa West because I was adding a couple more solar panels onto the coach roof as well as having some solar charging issues because of a voltage drop across our resettable fuses. We also took day trips with Bob and Shari to Yuma to have lunch and visit with Francine and Gilles, as well as a trip west into California to the Glamis sand dunes and Cibola National Wildlife Refuge on the Colorado river on the California / Arizona border. After dumping our tanks and reloading with water we ventured a little further north to one of my favorite BLM dispersed camping areas Plamosa Road where we made a trip to the “Desert Bar” and visited with Ray from “Love your RV” another fulltiming Canadian who was also out at Plamosa Road. By the 11th of February we were heading back toward the bright lights of Las Vegas. Las Vegas has a lot of different spots to stay in the area from the extravagant RV resorts to boondocking areas out near Lake Mead. We chose a campground at Arizona Charlies which is located at a good sized Casino on Boulder Highway, we chose it because we could get an inexpensive month long stay which gave us a place to leave the coach while we stayed at our time share with friends and also a place to remove the kayaks and bikes from the SportTrac so we could take advantage of the valet parking at the Timeshare. As silly as this may sound even though we are full time RVer’s we still need some vacation time and we use our timeshares for this purpose, whether its pool time, beach time, casino time, show time its just good to be able to enjoy a little actual vacation time. After our week in our timeshare condo we found ourselves taking in the sights around Las Vegas. The coronavirus was just making its presence known although everything was still open, buffets and all, this was the time during which Trump was still calling it a democratic hoax.

February 2021: Finds us snowed in on Picton Street in Goderich, now February in Goderich has had some excitement. We have had a runaway train that destroyed a building after hitting a transport on its way to derail at the end of the railway line next to the harbour. Huron has moved to the “orange” level when we emerged from the “stay at home” order which has meant that we can now enjoy a meal at a restaurant with two of our closest friends. The continual snow storms had blocked the road into the coach at LHR, and the extreme cold temperatures have made the trek into the campground more of an endurance test. But during the last week of February the need for a propane delivery had forced the plowing of one track into the park allowing me to get some great footage of the beach area and extending my practice with drone flight. Some milder days and the longer days with the sun higher in the sky have seen the snow settle quite a bit. Miss Laurie has completed another month at the blue sign store, I have spent the another month reading, and Mr. Sam has pretty much taken over total control of my editing time by standing or sitting on my keyboard. So recent editing has been confined to Mr. Sam’s nap times that while are quite often are also totally unpredictable.

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