Into the Desert..

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
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Trip End Jun 04, 2012


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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

We hung around camp for the morning.  I went next door to visit Ralph, who was busy with a project.  He was starting to build a Tin Man.  It's similar to that from the Wizard of Oz, but smaller, and hangs and spins with the wind.  It's made of both new and recycled pieces: cans and screws and a few pop-rivets.  

We went across the street from our park and looked at some used motorhomes.  They ranged in price from 45K to about 125K.  Lots of slides and places with 1.5 bathrooms and such.  We found a couple that were appealing, but we're content with Shorty.  He's home sweet home for us and paid for.  Please don't mention our looking to him...he's a sensitive sort of a guy.

We had lunch and headed into the desert to search out a few caches. The first two were pretty easy, located in larger containers covered with sticks in obvious areas, but not too close to the road.  The next, "Whoa Cow!", was located near a concrete, pre-cast cattleguard. The name is quite clever to me, anyway.  We put in about half an hour and were about to give up when I noticed a clue.  There it was, where I'd looked before, but missed.  Another one bites the dust!

The next was about a mile away, also located near a tree.  Actually it was in a hollowed-out portion of the tree and camouflaged quite well. Just by accidentally looking at the right angle did it appear.  Very well done, indeed!

The last one was a total bust.  It was supposedly located by  the "Crazy Tree."  We spent a half an hour scouring the area, but never did find it.  It was a larger cache, so should have been visible.  My theory is that someone moved it for some strange reason.  I logged the DNF and mentioned my that it was not there.  It was fun though and got us out into the desert again.  I took a few shots of the area near the caches.  The desert is filled with life.  We saw more of the Arizona Quail and heard more mourning doves.  A speedy gopher did it's best to move fast enough that we wouldn't see him.  He nearly made it, but with our outdoor-trained eyes, we both got a glimpse of him.

We headed back to town to visit another of the huge Flea Markets. Lynn made the find of the day.  We've been looking for an electric fry pan like the one we got in 1968 as a wedding gift.  She found the same one, in better shape, for $15.  She offered the kindly gentleman $10 and, of course, he accepted.  Now we have one for the coach and one for the house.  God is good!  But you knew that...

We shopped a very large RV supply store located in a tent.  Some things I'd never seen in person.  There are thousands of RVs here and only hundreds of actual houses, so I'm sure the fellow does a great business.

Upon our return, Ralph came over to show us the finished Tin Man. Very cute and impressive.  He'll hang it in the park club house and see who wants to make one for themselves.  Then, he'll furnish the parts and tools and teach others how it's done.  Quite a project for an "almost eighty-five year old."

The day went quickly, as most days do when we're busy.  it's a wonderful life and we're grateful for it.  Thanks again for stopping by and also a special thanks to those who sent comments.
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ferd on

I think ole Ralph is a real tinkerer.....ole mechanic or engineer? Glad that you continue to enjoy the cacheing!

mnoble61
mnoble61 on

Nice shots of a beautiful area--also looks warm and though home isn't real cold, it is a much warmer winter than any I have had. Joe and Jolean are leaving for Yuma today....just below you....so maybe you will run into them.....You have given me an interest in Cacheing so now a new thing to look into and put on my bottomless bucket list. thanks!

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