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Updated Aerial View

2017 Aerial View

Last June we posted an updated aerial shot of the homestead courtesy of the Maricopa County Assessor’s website. I was surprised to see an update for 2017 of our property, but here it is. There is not much changed from the last aerial except this time, the RV is not parked in its spot behind the garage and the runoff creek on the west side of the property is clearly complete in the new photo.

There are some other minor things that appear in the comparison of the last versus the current including some changes to the shrubbery in the courtyard and elsewhere. We are still a work in progress on a smaller scale, but even those are important to us. We have a project of bringing rocks to the east of the driveway to keep the monsoon runoff from undermining the concrete on that side. That should be complete before the summertime, so we should be OK there.

It has been interesting to watch the progress we have made since first starting to build the house in 2010. We may never be “absolutely complete,” but we’re asymptotically approaching that point.

What’s for Dinner (On the Road Again)?

Meatball Sandwiches

When we head out on an excursion, one of the important concepts is what to eat and when. The Better Half will generally prepare something that is quick and easy to just heat up and eat when we get to the terminus of a day trip. Today, that item happened to be her meatball sandwiches which were popped in the microwave and devoured even before setting up camp. A cold beverage helped to wind down from an hours long desert crossing.

If we’re going to stay for several days in a place, then the routine gets modified to a full-on dinner preparation. For example, tomorrow, we will be having Corned Beef and Cabbage with boiled vegetables a day late in recognition of Saint Patrick’s Day. And on Sunday, Grilled T-Bone Steaks with Asparagus Tips in Rice on the side.

It’s a good life on the road under these circumstances. ;)

Classics Around Town

A 30’s Classic A 60’s Classic

We enjoy several classic car shows here in Wickenburg every year. There is the February Classics when we have the Gold Rush Days Celebration, there is a Fly-in and classic cars event in October and there is a Classic show in December for the Cops Who Care Toys for Tots event.

In between the disciplined car showings, we also see classics being used and driven in and around town. Last week, we passed this clean 30’s classic on our way to do some shopping (above left) and today, we saw a clean 60’s classic on its way to the tax man (above right - both clickable images). We also see several classics around town in various stages of restoration and some others where, as far as we can tell, are just vintage but with no apparent restoration being done.

National Team Roping

Team Roping

This is the first year that The Better Half and I have made an effort to go out to the Rancho Rio rodeo grounds and witness some of this week’s final National Team Roping championship ropers do their thing. We have been talking about doing this for a long time, but being basically reclusive in our retirement, we have been sitting it out. Today, however, on a whim, we decided to head out to the arena by the Hassayampa and check it out.

TBH took the (clickable) image above of a roping team just at the point where they both had ropes on the steer and were about to take him down. As I recall, this team had a eight second or so time which was pretty good although there were better times later in the session.

We were there for about an hour or so and besides the action in the arena, there were commercial booths, horses, dogs and cattle everywhere and about several hundred horse and livestock trailers plus motorhomes, trucks, cars and sand rail ORVs. AND it was a beautiful spring day with the high temperature under mostly blue skies at about 80 degrees. Today was most enjoyable.

Signs of Spring

Turkey Vulture

The Better Half took this (clickable) photo of a low-flying turkey buzzard in August of 2015. These birds migrate south for the winter, but lately we have been seeing a few of them circling in the skies over town. Undoubtedly a sign of an early spring.

We also see buds on our plum and lemon trees. The Opuntia Cacti in the area have started showing signs of new paddles and flower buds.

I read somewhere that these early springs can be attributed to El Niño conditions in the oceans. Of course, all the whacko enviro-fascists will blame me, and others like me, for driving my Earth-f*cker RV and polluting their tiny leftist notions of the planet.

Meanwhile, the buzzards are back, gracefully circling overhead, patiently waiting for something to die.

Breaking in the New Portable Grill

Pit Boss Grill On Site Grillin

When we traded in our Georgetown Motorhome for the new rig, we left the grill that was part of the outdoor kitchen module in the old RV. That left us short of a very important component for camping - an outdoor grill. So, to rectify that shortcoming, we bought a replacement grill, the Pit Boss.

We burned the new grill in at home (per recommended user manual instructions) when it arrived a couple of weeks ago. A few days later, we grilled a two-inch thick T-bone steak on it in order to get a feel for how the Pit Boss would perform. That went well and The Better Half and I enjoyed the steak. The (clickable) image above left is new grill being burned in.

This past weekend in California, we initiated the first road trip usage for the grill. In the (clickable) image above right, you can see the setup in the campground with the attachment to a propane bottle with the grill on a folding table alongside the RV and yours truly in the act of grilling a pork loin inside of the stainless enclosure.

We had a lesson learned while grilling this time in that this two burner grill gets a LOT hotter than our grill at home and requires a lower flame setting in order to keep from scorching the meat. Regardless, the dinner was great.

Red Classics

Red Classics

The Better Half and I went into old town today, where, on Frontier Street, the Classy Classics were again assembled. TBH took this (clickable) image of the “red end” of the display where the three classics were parked.

This weekend is “Gold Rush Days,” an annual event featuring the old cars on Friday and a parade and Senior Pro Rodeo on Saturday. Display booths and a carnival surround the Community Center all three days of the weekend.

We had an absolutely gorgeous day today with temperatures in the high sixties and low seventies. Unfortunately, however, there is a 50% chance of rain on the parade tomorrow.

TBH and I still plan to walk the quarter mile from our house down to the parade route in the morning but we will bring our umbrellas just in case.

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