Moving On

Sometime in March we started to see RVs vanish from Yuma. Before long the same constant traffic that we’d seen a few months before coming into the area was repeating itself but in reverse. Gaps started showing in the RV parks where rigs had been sitting for months.

“When it starts to hit 80 degrees, the snowbirds head out,” someone told us.

Well, it wasn’t 80 yet, at least not this year. So we stayed awhile longer.

We had things to do.

We took the RV in for a check-up.

Got a slide-out adjusted and hoped to get a leak underneath the rig fixed, but after spending most of the day taking off the underside covering and looking for the source of the leak, the repairmen told us they’d have to order a new tank and that would take more time than we had before we needed to head out. To our surprise, they didn’t want to even patch the existing leak. So we paid our hefty bill for a relatively minor repair on the slide-out (all that other labor cost for nothing except a very expensive diagnosis) and called it a very long day.

The unrepaired leak will mean limited boondocking, but that won’t stop us from having adventures!

And the time was fast arriving when we’d have to leave the SKP park, which was closing for the summer.

The rig was waxed and — other than the leak — in good repair.

We stocked up on the ripening tomatoes our neighbor left for us (thank you, Fred!)…

Took a few more whiffs of the flowers blooming amid the cacti…

Watched the local Roadrunner hurry its prey to an awaiting family…

Breathed in the fresh desert air…

Stocked up on fresh produce…

Took in the vast aroma of the blooming lemon trees…

Snapped a few more photos of the Harrier…

… and vowed that instead of focusing on the sand storms…

…we’d remember instead Yuma’s blue skies (nearly the same shot… except now you can see the mountains in the distance)…

… and rainbows.

It was nearly May and time to fly the coop.


About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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3 Responses to Moving On

  1. Levonne says:

    Wow! Fantastic photos. I love Yuma. We just left Arizona last year after being there for fifteen years. The Camp Host Housewife

  2. Levonne says:

    Hi Ellen,
    Thanks for your comments last week on weight. I lost 3.5 pounds since then by cutting out desserts and fatty breakfasts (except of one each per week vs. daily). At Weight Watchers, when you are in the heavy duty losing phase, they have you weigh just once a week and focus on food and exercise the rest of the time. Once you reach your healthy weight and are ready to maintain, then they have you weigh every day so that you can make the necessary adjustments on a daily basis. This strategy worked in the past for me. Except I didn’t make it through maintenance successfully! Take care you two…The Camp Host Housewife (and Photographer)

  3. Ellen says:

    Congrats, Levonne! I can identify! I hit my goal awhile back (okay, my first goal) and I’ve managed to stay under it, but it’s like a part-time job 🙂 Have you been as amazed as we have at how hard it is to find great local produce in many parts of the country? It’s July and finding good strawberries should be a no-brainer, right?!?

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