update UPDATE update
Looking back I see it is almost a month since I have updated our blog. It was not my intention and I am not going to offer an excuse for dropping out of the blogging spirit but my heart was just not in to writing.
We spent a great summer with our boys and their families, especially the little people. It seemed as though every day we were on the go. Couple that with mega problems with our air conditioning system in the coach and I was one busy dude trying to cope with it all. Having A/C problems when in the northwest isn't critical as temps are cool enough most days and nights but now that we are in the southwest not having a functioning A/C makes for a sour attitude and sour attitudes don't make for good blogging.
We made a hurried trip home by flying to Minneapolis, renting a car, and meeting Kathleen's appointments for her six month check-ups and I'm happy to report all is well. We got to see my mom for several hours on two of the days we were home and we stayed with Jim and Alyce (Kathleen's brother) and then drove to La Crosse each day for the appointments. It was such a hurried trip home and fully scheduled that we didn't even have time to stop and visit our close friends in the Wisconsin area.
We are now in Yuma Arizona waiting for two more Canadian couples to join us and we will make a small caravan of four units as we plan to cross the border and head south to Lo De Marcos Mexico for our winter stay. Glen and Brenda Tooke from Campbell River, BC are already here.
This SKP park here in Yuma has a beautiful pool and both Kathleen and I have been spending a great deal of time there. You would think we would both turn in to prunes pretty soon, but so far, no visible signs. There are a number of sno-birds arriving here almost daily and it is fun to talk with them while at the pool.
We crossed the border in to Algodones Mexico for a few hours each day for the last three as Kathleen got a new pair of trifocal glasses and a beautiful pair of frames for $80.00. Then she had a root canal in one tooth and a porcelain cap placed on it. We were quoted $1,200.00 for the root canal in Washington State and in Algodones it was $250.00. The cap was $180.00. The Mexican dentists were excellent and came highly recommended by fellow RV'ers who have been going to them for years. It was a husband and wife, both dentists that worked on Kathleen. We are very pleased with there work and will return again and again if needed. They had no problem accepting our personal check for payment. As an aside: Crossing in to Algodones Mexico is a piece of cake. One parks in a beautiful black top parking lot, walk to an entry gate and just simply walk in to Mexico to shop the stores, seek out a dentist of which there are hundreds, visit the pharmacy of which there are hundreds, and check out the optical shops of which there are hundreds. I wouldn't even begin to count the street vendors. We had several mid day lunches there and always while sitting in an outdoor courtyard being entertained by live music. Mexico--ya gotta love it. Crossing the border back to the states is not a piece of cake. I can understand the need for security and I don't have a problem with that at all but the attitude of the U.S. customs personnel leave a lot to be desired. On our last trip back across, the line outside leading to the actual crossing was several blocks long and seemed to move very slowly. We discovered why. Only one agent of four was on duty as the other three had gone to lunch. The long stand in the hot sun was not appreciated.
My little scooter is in the Honda Shop getting a new fuel pump as I have been unable to get it to run. Once I get it back and if "my" fix of the A/C continues to hold, I will be back to a "happy camper". It's amazing how when things are looking up, ones attitude changes. It's good to be back!!