Moving on – to Winterhaven, CA

1/1/17 in Winterhaven, CA (Pilot Knob-ROD)

Because rain was predicted for today, we’d put our slides in (except the closet which would come over my part of our bed) and jacks up yesterday. Thank heavens, because it was pouring when we were ready to get going. Naturally, the rain largely stopped as we neared the Resort exit.

Our next good news, the gas station at Fry’s (where we needed to get fuel) was open, thus we could also hook up our toad/towed car. Yay! On our way by 8 too. It rained periodically on our trip, with headwinds, but not like Florida rain and we didn’t run into any flood waters thank heavens.

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Because I’ve changed to a Windows 10 computer the GPS that worked with our Microsoft Streets and Trips program was incapable of communicating with my computer, so I’m using a phone app: Maps.me. Having loaded the various state maps on to this program, it runs a GPS on those maps, thus I’m not using data/WiFi/Cell phone service. It’s very comforting for me. We also learned a nice trick to help us go the route WE chose. We list the turns we want to take on a sheet of paper at the dashboard, so both of us can see it. For example, on this trip our list reads thusly:

R>US60W

LL>I-10E

RR>SR347 (Exit 164)

R>SR84

R>I-8W

RA (Rest Area) MM85

RA MM22

R>Sidewinder Rd (Exit 164)

L>Sidewinder Rd

R>Frontage Rd (Pilot Knob RV)

In time I may wean myself off MSST. We’ll see. I really like these new aids.

We arrived right at noon. We were here last year for the same reason, to see our Mexican dentist. Hopefully we won’t have the number of cavities that we had last time!

This campground is okay for a desert place. They have a nice pool and small hot tub, with a variety of activities and very friendly campers. There are level sites on sand with concrete pads and generally a tree for each site. You do need to pay an extra $5/day if you choose a 50 amp site over 30 amps. No WiFi but Verizon is good and TV satellite has lots of sky. Right off I-8 but the sound hasn’t bothered us. It does tend to be windier than other places north of here. We got to choose which available site we wanted-#160. We love that it’s really close to our exit to Algodones, Mexico, where our dentist is. We’ll be here until Jan 10th, so let us know if you happen to be around when we are.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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2 Responses to Moving on – to Winterhaven, CA

  1. Lily says:

    I’m not sure why you need to pull slide outs in if it rains. Can’t you sweep the water off the awnings from the roof right before you leave? I’m always learning!

    • Patricia Elser says:

      It feels easier to John to pull in the slides BEFORE it rains (just before traveling, not every rainy day), so he doesn’t have to sweep the water off the awnings before pulling them in on travel day. As it happened it poured rain that travel morning, hard, especially the moment we were pulling out of our site. We’d been in a situation when it poured hard all morning and we hadn’t pulled in any slides so we basically waited until it backed off. We’d much rather be on our way….

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