Left the furnace temps for a day or two.
Trip Start May 01, 2010
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My folks lived in Apache Junction for over 20 years, so we stopped by their former home in a 55+ park to see how the place was. The park must have new managers, as all of the homes and yards were clean and well maintained. It makes you feel good to see improvement. The temps were well over 100 when we got onto the Phoenix 101 loop to I-17 and north to Flagstaff.
101 gave us a different view of the surrounding communities. We have always been down at street level; today we looked out and over. There has been so much growth in the past 8 years that it is a wonder we recognized anything. The little town of Mesa is still a favorite even though they had rolled up the sidewalks on Sunday. No activity at all.
Driving today was like driving through our Eastern WA "hill country" except for the cacti. Scrubby grasses and brush in the low lands changing to taller trees at 7000+ ft. In one place on top of a plateau there were hay fields. Elk and Deer warning signs again but they just seem to be teasers, as we didn’t spot any.
After we parked and hooked up the RV, we had another storm with the addition of pea sized hail this time. The salad for dinner tasted yummy and my little “Redi Set Go” cooker worked well to “bake” little heart shaped spice cakes. We have a microwave but no oven so need to work around that. Ahh, what a nice treat the cakes were.
Louie is continuing to slosh down the road with us. He had a bath and his house cleaned this morning, then I wrapped the tank with his blankie and placed cold water bottles around him to try to maintain an even water temp. It helped some, but at other times, the temperature swings can be 20 degrees or more. Not the best habitat for the little guy. He still seems happy and is always excited to have us stop and chat with him—he thinks he will get food I’m sure.
Cool weather and I hear trains close by. There will be good sleeping tonight!
Note: Glad to hear you all are ok with my ramblings lately. <G>
Gas: $3.19 gal