So, on Saturday, March 15th at 9:00 a.m., we headed north, arriving at Happy Trails at 3:45 p.m. No, it didn't take us quite that much time to drive up there, we stopped at Redburn Tire to add a little more air to the new tires and also stopped for lunch.
We got settled in our rental lot and quickly started taking lots of walks and bike rides to find the perfect lot for us! Bill, our realtor, worked closely with us and we soon ruled out any lots backing up to busy roads (too noisy), any near the pickleball courts (too noisy) or any golf course lots (too expensive and too noisy with golf balls landing everywhere!). We also wanted to have the motorhome windshield facing east or north rather than west or south.
Meanwhile, we had several repair items to get taken care of including a leak in the bay door under the kitchen sink and some leaks under the engine. The water leak got taken care of by a couple of trips from a mobile RV service and the engine leaks finally got fixed after three trips over to Cummins Rocky Mountain, once for diagnosis, once when two of the three parts came in, and one last time when the third part came in. One would think that they could have called us before the second trip to reschedule and do all three parts at one time... Too much common sense can be dangerous, I guess.
We did take some recreational time, too. On Sunday, March 23rd we headed up to Lake Pleasant Regional Park and did a little exploring. Here are a few photos...
|Lake Pleasant marina|
|I've fallen in love with cactus blooms!|
|More gorgeous blooms...|
|We even discovered a pirate ship!|
|Waving in the "ringer" pitcher for the women's team|
|That's a lot to swing an arm around!|
|Adoration complete - time to play ball:)|
|John, Sam & MaryAnn in the "pink"!|
So, we extended our rental by a couple of weeks and engaged a contractor to remodel the bathroom during the summer. We made regular trips to Home Depot and had quite a time picking out everything from shower unit to fixtures and faucets. We also selected a window to have installed upstairs and new outdoor wall lights. We've never had a house built so this was a fun experience - at least for me! And, an added bonus: Sam called and said they were getting new washer & dryer, did we want their old set? You bet!
Well, everything is ordered and Darwin, the contractor, will pick the rest of the stuff up as it comes in, so we're good to go.
|Going to LOVE this shower!|
|Argentine Giant Cactus|
|Sam & MaryAnn's Rosie in her special carriage!|
|And, this is Buster taking a break|
|Beautiful blooming Palo Verde tree|
|Hummingbird in nest by Sam & MaryAnn's front door|
Tuesday, April 15th - Spring is here and so are our good friends, Curt & Diane. They've flown down here and will ride back to Washington with us in the RV - fun trip ahead!
|One of many Happy Hours at Happy Trails!|