Last Day In AJ

 Posted by at 7:06 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 212010

This is our last day in Apache Junction, or AJ, as the community is known locally. The last six weeks have gone by in a blur, and while we are more than ready to scratch our bad case of hitch itch, we wish we had more time to spend with Terry’s parents and sisters, who live here. There are still some folks whom we have not been able to get together with, and we’re sorry that we just ran out of time.

We had a few beautiful days last week, but yesterday dawned gray and wet, with temperatures fifteen or twenty degrees below what we had been enjoying. Here I was, thinking that winter was over, but apparently we just had a temporary reprieve.

Yesterday, our friends John and Karen Knoll stopped by to visit for a while, and to pick up a couple of bundles of newspapers to take to a Newmar fulltimers rally they will be going to, as well as to a couple of RV parks they will be visiting. We always appreciate it when folks help us spread the word about our work.

About 4 p.m. we went over to visit Terry’s parents, and took them out to dinner. By the time we left the restaurant it was pitch black and raining hard. Terry’s mom, Bess, was driving, and she was having a hard time seeing and dodging deep puddles in the road. We were all glad to get back to their place safely.

We only stayed a few minutes, because it was getting late, but by the time we left, it had stopped raining and the moon and a few stars were breaking through the clouds.  

If the weather cooperates today, we have several chores to do. I want to flush our black tank, rearrange some things in the back of our van, and we have to get things inside of the Winnebago packed and stored. Whenever we sit in one place for a while, we tend to leave things like books and small appliances out to make them more accessible, instead of putting them back each time we use them. So now we have to remember where everything goes, and put them there. We also have several orders to fill and get ready to send out tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow we have an 11:30 a.m. appointment to get new tires on the motorhome, and depending on what time that gets finished, we’ll head out toward Yuma. I doubt that we’ll make it all the way, so we’ll probably spend the night somewhere between here and there.  

We’ve had a nice visit to Apache Junction, but all good things must come to an end, and it’s time to get on down the road.

Thought For The Day – You’re getting old when your wife gives up sex for Lent, and you don’t know until the 4th of July.

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  8 Responses to “Last Day In AJ”

  1. Safe travels, guys.
    I sure wish we were headed to Yuma, but family obligations outweigh wishes.
    We will be at your rally in spirit and TechnoRV will be selling our books and DVDs there.
    I got a kick out of yesterday’s post. I don’t know that I have 10 least favorite places, but your #1 is our #1, too.

  2. Sorry we couldn’t get together while you were in AJ. Was hoping also to see you in Yuma but unexpected family obligations will prevent that. We’ll be heading East for the Summer so maybe we’ll see you in Ohio. Safe travels (and keep the gun cocked).

  3. We have itchy hitch to the 3rd degree ourselves and dream of going to the Gypsy gathering in Yuma, but our Workamping obligations in SW FL aren’t over until April. We need to turn on our long range scanners to rendezvous with a future gathering. We remember well how much fun we had at L.O.W. in Tucson March of 2007 right before we started full-timing.

  4. We know what you mean about the Saturday rains. We took a day trip up I-17 to Cordes Junction and it almost snowed! This morning our “dry” wash is running quite high here in N. Phoenix. We plan to relocate to Mesa/AJ today and hope we can dodge the expected showers. Tomorrow the forecast is for 70% chance of rain. :-0

    Is the RV parking area at the Yuma Fairgrounds paved or gravel? Last year in Casa Grande we were parked beyond “Lake GJ” but still had to navigate around it to get to the seminars. Maybe the rains will be gone by March. Fingers crossed!


  5. Nick can you tell us what brand of tires you got or are getting and where they fit on a quality scale. I’ll be in the market for some one day and am intersted in the usual aspects of quality vs price and longevity.

  6. I hope to read answers to the questions from Chris and Cooljudy.

  7. I hope to read answers to the questions from Chris and Cooljudy.

  8. I know what you mean… Time just flies while we’re living this great full time life of ours. At first I am sad that it is time to go and then I get excited about the new adventure ahead… Travel safe & have fun!!!

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