Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bullhead City, Arizona 1/2017 to 2/2017

On January 12 we arrived from our weekend in Vegas to our new home for the next 13 weeks.  My new assignment was with Synertx Rehab.  I worked with them last year at a facility in Lake Havasu.  This job was between two facilities, The Legacy and The River Gardens. They were on the same road about a mile from each other.  We were staying at Vista Del Sol RV Resort on Bullhead Parkway which was a nice drive of only 10 minutes from work.  This is a very nice, gated resort with all the amenities, casita type homes in the front,  and RV's in the back of the resort.  Our view was gorgeous!   Only problem, was the wind, and we were high on a hilltop.  More of that later.
Our first site at the resort utilizing  Kirk's panoramic talent. 
Our 2nd site. Nice pull in with awesome view where we stayed until time to head north. 

On January 16th, we met our Wisconsin friends for dinner at The Riverside Casino in Laughlin.  Dennis and Diane are the owners of Chapparal Campground in Wonewoc, WI.  They were on vacation visiting friends Scotty and Sue, in Vegas.  Scotty and Sue have been campground hosts at the Chapparal.  They were spending a night in Laughlin which happens to be across the river from us about 15 minutes.  Except for my nasty sinuses, we had a great dinner and visit with our dear friends.  
Good times with good friends. Me, Diane, Sue, Kirk, Scotty, and Dennis. 

On January 19th, Kirk took the RV to Lake Havasu to have the topper on one of the slideouts tightened.  We had new toppers put on last year when we were in Havasu.  They apparently "forgot" to tighten it, causing it to flap in the constant gusty winds here in Bullhead.  Well, we later found out that they still didn't correct the problem.  So we'll have someone else take a look at it after we leave here. 
Another beautiful view from our site.  Mostly seen from the inside of the RV due to the high winds. 

Kirk's birthday was on a Monday this year.  So, I had to work, and he did what he loves....played a game of golf.  That evening we ate the buffet at The Avi casino. It's pretty good with way too much food. Doesn't hurt that we get a discount cause we have a players card.  I love that I get to spend Kirk's birthdays with him. Love that guy. He's my BFF!   We returned home and turned in early as we both were at the tail end of being sick.  
One of the perks here in Arizona, the most beautiful sunsets!

Well, lets talk about the wind.  Some of the comments from locals "The wind only blows 2 times a year.  Six months out of the north, and six months out of the south."   Now, mind you, Bullhead City has beautiful views, and we had one of the best views atop the hill at Vista Del Sol on Bullhead Parkway.  However, and that's a big HOWEVER, the wind was our nemesis.  Holy Moly, just how much, and how long can that wind blow!!!   To the locals defense, they did say that this has been one of the worst winters for cold, rain, and wind that they have ever had.  That being said, it was very frustrating for us to not be able to sit outside and enjoy the view, go for walks, and do outside "things" without getting blown away.  We most definitely took advantage of the few nice days that we did have.  Many times we had to bring in the slides on the RV to keep the toppers from ripping off.  One night, we even went over to the Edgewater Casino and got a room,  just so we could get some sleep.   More later on this wind thing!

At the end of January, Kirk and I decided to try the gluten free way of eating.  Kirk has had many moderate issues with his health lately.  One night I was researching "stuff" and came across a long list of symptoms of which Kirk had about 15 of the 20.  These were all related to Gluten intolerance.  Generally, Kirk will argue with me about trying new "health" things.  However, this time he was more than willing to try it.  Within days his symptoms were starting to alleviate.  He loves how he feels with the gluten free, but, he sure does miss his bread, and flour tortillas.  I also decided to go gluten free with Kirk as it makes meal planning a whole lot easier, and have found that it actually has helped me with feeling better also.  Apparently, gluten can do some nasty stuff to one's body.  Okay, with all that being said, when we are on the road, we do tend to "cheat" sometimes.  But, we are trying to improve on this.

On January 31, we FINALLY had a beautiful day!  We could actually sit outside.  It's the little things!
That weekend, 2/4 our RV park hosted a car show.  This turned out to be a pretty big deal, with lots of people attending.  The local Lions Club was selling raffle tickets, which we bought.  I always try to support the Lions Club as they provided me with glasses when I was growing up.  Our family was pretty poor, and could not afford the glasses, and the Lions Club stepped right up.  A wonderful organization.  I won 3 prizes with the raffle drawings, YAY me!  Movie tickets, a tank top, and some kind of metal sign.  I love winning stuff!
This was actually a pretty nice car show at our resort on a rare nice weather day  

On 2/5, we took a drive up to Christmas Tree Pass, just outside of Laughlin, on the way to Vegas.  It's a 15 mile dirt road which includes Grapevine Canyon, and Spirit Mountain.  We took the short hike and saw the petroglyphs.  You don't have to be a great hiker for this.  It's short, and very family friendly.  Towards the end of the drive through Christmas Tree pass, you will see how it got its name.
The start of the Christmas Tree Pass. 
Some FYI on our short hike at Grapevine Canyon driving through Christmas Tree Pass. 
Some of the amazing Petroglyphs on our hike
Thus the name of the Pass!

I'm embarrassed to even admit this, but here goes.  Because of the crazy windy days, Kirk and I decided to go to the workout room at our park to get some kind of exercise.  I was on the treadmill, and to make a long story short, wasn't paying attention, and "flipped" off to the side.  OUCH!  Other than a few bruises, and abrasions, and my pride depleted, I was fine.  Thank God, Kirk was there to rescue me.  Never went back there again.  

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