Larry Farquhar

Our adventures, from Larrry's viewpoint.

January 2008 Travel Log

01/31/08: Quartzsite, AZ: Oops! I let the website fall behind again. After leaving Mittry Lake, we spent a week in a RV Park near Brenda, AZ visiting friends. This is a couple we work with during the summers. We just lounged around for the week and started reading a bunch more. We then moved to our desert boondocking location outside of Quartzsite, AZ. We were joined by over a couple hundred Escapee Boomer friends for the annual winter "Boomerang. Plenty of game playing, meals together, activities, and social hours. We did go into town a few times and bought a few items.

We had an electrical plug short out in the motor home. It was nice being able to get a replacement RV electric outlet in town. When I had a shock mount on the Jeep break, Boomer friends had the tools needed to extract the broken bolt. Unfortunately, I also sheared off the extraction tool. A bad situation just got worse. A repair shop in town wanted over $700 to remove the fuel tank and cut out the broken bolt. I'll wait and try some other ideas first. So for now, we're driving the Jeep minus a shock.

Connie has gotten involved (again) with the craft of beading. She's made a few bracelets and earrings while sitting out here in the desert. This is a popularDesert made craft among our friends and motivates her. A couple users from the Military Campgrounds website (www.MilitaryCampgrounds.us) came out and camped near us for a few days. A bunch of website users got together in town for breakfast. We had fun introducing our new friends to the Boomers and this lifestyle. We played may rounds of "Pegs and Jokers", the current RV game of choice. One couple here made a oven from mud, much the ways the Native Americans did. It's his first time making this type of oven and he's created a stir among the campers here. They're all interested to see how it turns out. Yesterday, he baked bread in it. Although the oven developed some serious cracks, it works.Desert made

We're one of the last few RV's still out here. At one time, there were over 100 RV's staying here. More are pulling out today and we're down to a couple dozen of us holding out. We're trying to make it for a couple more days on our low water supply. We've lasted 14 days on 95 gallons of fresh water. I think we'll do fine and still be able to take showers in a couple days. We'll then park (store) the RV here in town and leave it for a few days. We're going on vacation again! This time, we're taking a four day cruise from San Diego, CA to Cabo San Lucas, MX. We've never been on a cruise, as Larry gets motion sick fairly easy. This is a test to see how I handle it. We're both looking forward to it and hope the weather is warm. This cruise is with many of our Boomer friends, so it'll be a floating party.

We're also getting some "media" attention. We were interviewed today by a writer for the Army/Navy/USAF Times regarding our lifestyle and military campgrounds. This afternoon, a grad student is coming to talk and take photos for a project he's working on about fulltime RVing and snowbirds.

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December 2007 Travel Log

12/31/07: Mittry Lake, Yuma, AZ: Hope you had a happy holiday! Don't send me hate mail because I didn't wish you a "Merry Christmas". Between the various websites I operate, I have about 25,000 visitors a month. I doubt everyone is a Christian and celebrates Christmas.

We had a wonderful lunch with Larry's old boss, Gene and Patti Tolle. It's always fun to catch up on what's happening in each other's life. Gene was instrumental in hiring me at my last "career" position. However, we both were the victims of a high tech start-up company not turning a profit in 7 years. The company finally went bankrupt and closed their doors. A year later, we sold everything and started our 'new' life traveling fulltime. Later that week, Leslie and Andy took us to the Phoenix Botanical Gardens at night for dinner and the Christmas Luminary display. Although cold and windy, we enjoyed the display and time spent with them.

Time flew by leading up to Christmas. Lots of last minute shopping and baking. Connie's parents arrived in town a few days before Christmas. They stayed with our eldest daughter, Leslie. Connie loves to entertain, so we hung out there all weekend with Connie preparing almost all of the meals. Her parents took everyone (9 of us) out to a great dinner. They headed South to Casa Grande on Christmas eve to spend time with Connie's Grandmother, Cappie, who is now 93 years old!!! The same day they left, Larry's Dad came into town and spent the night with Leslie and Andy. So we continued the visiting with family throughout Christmas day. A couple days later, we headed to Casa Grande ourselves for the day to visit Connie's Grandmother. Of course, there was good food there also.

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October 2007 Travel Log

10/29/07: Travis AFB FamCamp, CA: After we left the SKP park a week ago, we went into the town of Manteca, CA to get some minor RV repair work accomplished. The most serious problem we had was our generator had stopped working. While there, we also planned to get a leaking ice maker repaired. For over a year, we've had the water turned off on the ice maker and were periodically filling it with a cup of water. We never had it repaired, as this involved removing the entire refrigerator to gain access to the back of the ice maker. We were hoping our service contract would cover the repairs of it. It turned out the RV repair shop we had an appointment with couldn't work on generators. But we found another repair shop within 10 miles. But this too, turned out to be a bit of a fiasco. They called to get permission to work on these items from the Service Contract. It looked like the ice maker repair wasn't going to be covered, since it was a "hose" that was broken. Hoses are not covered, since they can wear out. Since we there, we authorized the work anyway. After one day, they stated the fridge needed a new hose and the generator was working fine. They let us spend the night (with electric hook-up) in their lot. When we got the RV back, the generator WASN'T working. They tested the electric with the inverter ON and thought the gennie was working fine. We let them know of their mistake. At the end of the second day, the ice maker was repaired and they hadn't started the generator yet. So we spend another night in the lot, but the ice maker worked fine. On our third day there, they soon came back and admitted they would prefer us to go down the street to an "air cooled engine" repair shop who was better equipped to work on the generator. The good news was, somehow, this RV repair facility talked our service contract into covering the repairs on the ice maker. So we just paid our $50 deductible! Yippee! We drove just a half mile away and had the generator worked on there. They were fast and efficient. The worst part was, we had to pay another $50 deductible, since it was a different repair shop. The total bill was $250 for the ice maker and $390 for the generator. We paid a $100 deductible.

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November 2007 Travel Log

11/15/07: Monterey, CA: After leaving Travis AFB, we stopped in Pleasanton, CA to visit with Bob and Nancy Colvert, more Boomer friends, who are managing a Christmas Tree lot for the holiday season. We dry-camped in their lot, which they're still setting up. We enjoyed a fun little potluck dinner together and catching up on travel stories. We then headed to Monterey, CA, where we're currently located at. We were going to stay in the military campground here, but the Colvet's suggested the Elks club. A little cheaper, with electric and water hook-ups.

Monterey Butterfly SanctuaryWe've explored this pretty seashore town of Monterey and had a wonderful lunch on the Fisherman's Wharf. WeSun Fish, Monterey Aquarium ,CA visited the Monterey Butterfly Sanctuary, which is an area Monarch Butterflies migrate to each year. Although I couldn't get a close-up photo of them, we saw hundreds of these butterflies grouped together in the trees. The highlight has been spending many hours at the Monterey Aquarium. We were impressed with how the Aquarium displays and teaches about the marine life. The displays were entertaining, as well as educational. It's a popular location for children and school field trips. We had never seen a "sun fish" before. These HUGE fish were over 6' long (a small one), and were oddly shaped. We were most impressed with the Jelly Fish exhibit's. A wide variety of the "jellies" were displayed in a very colorful and photographic method. Some looked like they were from another planet.

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September 2007 Travel Log

09/24/07: Huntington Lake, Sierra NF, CA: We're counting down until we move to warmer weather. It's been getting below freezing each night and we've had a little snow. Although, 11" was predicted for a couple days ago, we only got a dusting.

We've moved our motor home to another host site. Yippee! This site is allowing us to have satellite Internet coverage. This means you can see our location on the map again, and the RVCam is changing photos every minute again. We also have a sewer connection here, but the electrical power is even WORSE than before! Just running the refrigerator on electric, the battery charger, and then turning on the electric heater brings us down to 98 volts! So we've started running the fridge on propane, which now gives us 105 volts. Looks like we're back to running a generator when we need to microwave. Having fulltime Internet coverage again also means I'll be updating these travel logs more frequently again (I hope).

I need to say a special "Thank You" to Steve and Joanie. This great couple camped in our campground for 2 weeks and had us over for dinner and a few "social hours". They showed a GREAT appreciation for Connie and I, as well as all other workers involved in running the campgrounds. As I mentioned before, feeling appreciated is a reward for this type of work. We've made other camper friends during this summer and we're looking forward to meeting them all again next year.

I've also mentioned many times before that one of the advantages of this mobile lifestyle is the freedom to change plans. We've done it again. Instead of heading directly to Arizona when we leave here, we've decided to head to the Sacramento and San Francisco areas for a month or more. We plan to have some minor work done on the motor home and decided there's much more to see and do in that area. We've never been there, so we'll have plenty to keep us busy while the rig is in the shop. Our only goal is to be back with our daughter's in Arizona for Christmas.

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