THIS VENDOR (orange shirt) HAD ALL HIS GRANDKIDS PICTURES IN THE ADS ON THE BOOTH
We sure are liking these warmer night time temperatures over here closer to the California State line. Sure cuts down on the propane heating bill. With the recent rains there is a fair amount of desert greenery around especially along the edges & down in the washes. (creek beds) Nice to see some new scenery on our morning walk this morning too.
WALKING ALONG A DRY WASH AS THE DESERT BEGINS TO GREEN
Had a better night's sleep & didn't feel quite so cranky this morning so figured I might be able to put up with myself OK if I went with Kelly into Quartzite this morning. Main objective was a new wind sock pole & told Kelly on the way in we had 12.7 minutes to get in, get the pole, & get out. She didn't think that was funny so took me to McDonalds to humor me. It worked:)) Some groceries after that & then into the shopping melee we went. Crowds weren't nearly as bad as other years though & it wasn't like 'bumper cars' jostling around banging into people all the time. We missed all that manic mayhem by about a week!! Only had one little bluster when I couldn't immediately find a convenient parking spot like I thought I should.
OUR LITTLE HOME IN THE DESERT
Meandered around a bit until we reached the flags & poles vendor that we have been to for the past 3 years in a row. The nice old fellow, Sam, & his staff were still there & he thought he might have remembered us. Well, he might have remembered Kelly:)) I've never really been too memorable you know. Picked ourselves out a new pole & told Sam we'd be back next year for another one after I step on & break my third pole in a row probably. Said he'd put us in the book as reliable 'repeat customers!!'
IT’S SAM, OUR YEARLY WIND SOCK POLE MAN:))
About 40 minutes of browsing was about enough for me so Kelly left me sitting on a chair near the road like a good little boy. Well, after about 10 minutes that plastic chair got kinda hard so I headed back to the car & tried to squeeze myself in the door after some inconsiderate & obviously skinny jerk parked so close to my door it was nearly impossible. But, I sucked it up & did it.
SOME COLORFUL SIGHTS ALONG VENDORS ROW (click on pics to enlarge)
Kelly was back in half an hour & we drove over to the other side of vendors row on Tyson Wells & had a look at few more things. Popped into a nice little eatery called Bad Boy & I would recommend this one. This is where a lot of the vendors & working people come. It's nice & clean with good food. It's across the road from 'The Gambler' & just east a bit.
WAITING FOR SOME ‘EATS’ AT BAD BOY………….
We were back to the rig by 2 & found a note in our door from a fellow we had met a year ago when we were here. He's been following our blog & when I said last night we were in the same spot as last year Peter & his wife Patty knew exactly where we were. We'll give them a buzz later.
At precisely 2:37 this afternoon our onboard visual EB (eyeball) radar detected 2 bogeys fast approaching our RV space from 11 o'clock high. I was up on the roof working on a vent cover & heard them coming. Kelly was down below on the computer & immediately sounded the alarm. Looked to be a big fifth wheel followed closely by a small Class C. Within seconds she scrambled our first line of defense. 3 F-16 furry dog fighters roared out of the motorhome in full afterburner mode & turned to attack the approaching bogeys head on. Squadron leader Max led the charge with his 2 wingmen (wingdogs) Checkers & Max on either side. They all opened fire simultaneously at long range instantly scoring direct barking hits on both bogeys because I saw a drivers side window going up. Both vehicles immediately banked to the right breaking off their approach as our F16 furry fighting dogs delivered a full broadside of barks to the vehicles as they skimmed by on our port side & kept on going. Thought I saw the Class C trailing some smoke. Our first line of defense had saved us again. We welcomed the tired crews as they came trotting back to the motorhome & congratulated them all on another job well done. They were soon back in their favorite spots & sound asleep. Bravo guys, you saved our peace & serenity once again:))
Later in the afternoon a couple of ultra lites flew over & that reminded me of a post I wrote while we were boondocked here back on January 4th of 2008. I called that post, AN AVIATOR WAVES FROM THE SKY. It was also the time we took out & sold all our Motorhome furniture too. But, that's another story.
CAN YOU SEE THE GREMLINS FACE IN THIS PIECE OF KNARLED DESERT WOOD & AN AVIATOR FLYS OVER IN THE MORNING SKY
And a big welcome to Ken & Nanette, our latest followers. Welcome aboard folks & thanks for traveling along with, The Bayfield Bunch:))
No idea how long we'll stay here but Kelly's headed back into the Q tomorrow morning for some more of that there browsing stuff. Not me, I'm staying put right here in the quiet desert & plan to get caught up on a stack of emails that have piled up. I always feel bad when I don't get right back to people with answers to questions or comments on things. I have even slipped a bit on my blog reading & am still only half way through my National Geographic Astronomy book that I started a very long time ago. By the time I get to the end I'll not have remembered the beginning!!
SUNSET OVER THE DOME ROCK MOUNTAINS
GROANER'S CORNER:(( A blonde said, 'I was worried that my Mechanic might try to rip me off. I was relieved when he told me all I needed was turn signal fluid.'
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