Friday, January 22, 2010

day 2 Yuma

Weather report for our spot in the southwest.

The weather was going nuts yesterday, many places flooding around us , we had heavy rain, and it was pretty windy , my maximum wind speed on the mini weather station was 39.3 mph., the wind charger was going nuts. ( but not as bad as the time in Cody Wyoming)

We had enough water slowing past the trailer that I decided to fill my water tank with rain water.

I have on-board a pond pump and wanted to try it out, I hooked up hoses to the pump, and added a filter, used the inverter from the suburban, dug a small hole next to the trailer and pumped rain water into the fresh water holding tank, it took about 20 minutes but, it did fill the tank, worked great.

I now know the system will work in a pinch if needed in the future.

This morning I used some of that same water to take a shower, it was good....

The forecast for today from the weather guru's was to be cloudy and windy.

Well, the forcasters in this area are not too accurate, it was sunny and small wind 10 mph or less.

As for other RV'ers the rain showed some newly discovered water leaks, so a trip to the RV supply house was in order to purchase sealant to stop leaks, they said they were selling alot of it.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

In Yuma Arizona

After studying the weather for the southwest I decided we ( the trailer, suburban, and gadgets) needed to get to Yuma Az quickly to avoid the high winds forecast.

Last night I slept until 2:30 am and started the trip again, by the time I arrived at LasVegas NM, it was very windy and I was very sleepy.
I stopped at a Wal-Mart and crawled back into the trailer and fell asleep, 3 hours later I awoke.
The windy weather had passed and I continued on my trip.
The remainder of the trip was mostly sunny and windy at times, but dry.
About 5:30pm this afternoon I arrived at the destination.
Sleepy Hollow RV park on an Indian Reservation.

Met Art and Jim and had a couple of beers and now need to recoup..

tomorrow's forcast:
Showers. Isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Very windy. Highs near 66. South wind 20 to 30 mph in the morning... becoming 25 to 40 mph in the afternoon. Gusts to 40 mph in the morning...becoming 55 mph in the afternoon. Chance of measurable rain 90 percent.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The snowbird adventure of 2010 has begun

I had planned to leave for Yuma yesterday. But, while getting ready I checked the tire pressure on the trailer tires, the right rear tire was low on air (gauge showed only 15 lbs).

I I started up the air compressor and filled the tire after filling the tire, I noticed air leaking from the valve stem. After bending the stem air was leaking from the rubber stem, it was badly weather checked, I had no choice but to remove the tire and have the stem replaced, I removed all of the tires and took them to Big O tires and had new stems installed.

No need to have flats or torn up tires on a 2000 mile trip.

The trip was delayed one day...

It's Tuesday and I left a 9am and have made it to Albuquerque NM.

I received a couple calls from Dee and a friend asking about the weather, they had heard reports of a winter storm warning. In many places it was sunny But, very windy, going through Santa Fe there was about 4 inches of snow on the grass.

The roads were dry and at times wet , still very windy.

So, I am at the San Filipe Hollywood Casino, they have a very nice lot set up for RV'ers, with electrical hookups, ( for a $15.00 fee) very flat gravel, and a fuel station with non-tax fuel :)

Edit: I forgot to mention that this casino has free wifi and it works very good, using it to post the blog


Monday, January 4, 2010

Last hunting trip of the season

We left the trailer in our spot in Nebraska on the last trip, so on Wed. of last week the dogs and I traveled back out for another hunting excursion,

I was watching the weather reports and the temps were not predicted to be too bad.

We started hunting on Thursday, We finally bagged a wild turkey, but, only one pheasant, the pheasants are extremely difficult to get close enough to get a shot at now. The temps were in the 40's not bad.

We celebrated new years eve with local friends. The same folks in the cooking contest, in Atwood Ks.

We hunted on new years day for about a half day.

The following morning we hunted for about another half day. no success on getting close enough for a shot even with the dogs

Saturday Morning we woke up to 15 deg. temps , decided to return home with the trailer.

we invited Chris and Ash ( and Ash's extended family) to try out the wild turkey, it was decided to fry the turkey in peanut oil to see how it would taste.

Frying of the turkey went without a hitch (no fire)

The turkey turned out to be very moist and tasty..

The next 2 weeks will be used to prepare for the next trip to the southwest for some "snowbird" time ...