Do you remember our friend Linda? She lives in Silverton, Colorado during the nice time to live at 9,305 feet in elevation. But when it isn’t nice to live there (say, October – April) she is an RV’er. Linda and her late husband John were some of the first friends we made when we started working at Amazon in December of 2012. They introduced us to this LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area), and we have looked forward to seeing them whenever we got the chance.
Linda is now adjusting to flying solo, and we have had the pleasure of her company a couple of times this season. She is currently traveling in a Class C trailer like this one:
It’s just the right size for her and her dog, Hope, but it can be a bit large to run around town in. I had been looking at the local events calendar to see what she and I could do for a girl’s day out, and we found a craft fair that was scheduled on the same day as the farmer’s market, so we made a plan and off we went.
David was so sweet to stay behind and provide doggy day care to Hope (Linda’s miniature Australian Shepherd). But honestly, who was watching whom? Hope’s job was to make sure David didn’t go up on the roof while we were gone!
Linda and I put on real going-out-in-public clothes, and I even put a little mascara on so that I didn’t scare people too much. Then we were off to the Farmer’s Market at the “Mall”. It wasn’t a large market, but we definitely scores some sweet deals. I picked up an assortment of 3 red/yellow/orange bell peppers for $1.00 – for all 3, not each! Also, a head of cauliflower for $1.50. And finally, a bunch of asparagus ) labelled “Sparagus” for $2.00. Linda found some lovely tomatoes, too. It was a good haul for a short and sweet stop.
Well, all that shopping left us parched, so we hit the Starbucks drive-thru. I think this was my first Starbucks of the year (I have chosen Dunkin’ Donuts, Coffee Bean & Tea, or something local) and an iced coffee hit the spot. Next, we headed to the Yuma Potpourri Artists Arts & Crafts Show at the Foothills branch of the Yuma County Library. The facility was just beautiful:
The crafts show was very small, which surprised us, as this was advertised heavily. We may be spoiled by the size of crafts shows we have attended in the past. There were three self published authors, several beaded jewelry makers, pressed flower cards, a pastels artist, and a lady who sold recycled aluminum cutout ornaments, like the butterfly you see in today’s featured photo. I purchased this lovely butterfly for $1.00. I thought it was appropriately made from an Arizona Iced Tea can. It is now affixed to the screen door of the rig.
One of the cutest moments of our day out was when David sent us a text from Doggy Day Care letting Linda know that Hope was doing great and that they were out on a walk. That was so considerate of him!
Linda didn’t find anything that she couldn’t live without, so we next went off to find the Foothill Shoe Store, home of an endless offering of shoes by Keene, Birkenstock, and SAS. We didn’t look up the address, but since Foothill seems to be a smallish area, with really just one main drag, we figured it would be easy enough to find.
And this is where the day got really interesting. As we hit the end of the main business artery without spotting the shoe store, we went to turn around and discovered a lovely new-ish RV/residential development called “El Rancho Encantado“. Now, I don’t want to turn into a salesperson on you, but if I was in the market for a lot to park the rig on, I probably would have written a check. This place was gorgeous! Linda and I walked around to each of the lots that have been built on and are for sale, and looked at the second phase lots. Here is an example of a 754 sq ft casita that is built on a lot. This still allows for 2 RV full hookups.
Like I said, we are not in the market to buy, but Linda is looking at where she is going to start her next chapter; maybe it will be here. And if it is, I know there are hookups for when we visit (and David is always available to work on that outdoor kitchen or sunroom).
After we swooned over this development, we google mapped where the shoe store really was! Just one exit down the highway, and we were squeezing into a packed store. They were having a sale where they pay the 8.25% sales tax, so it was a popular place. Linda found what she wanted, and we were out of there as quickly as possible.
Now, with grumbling tummies, we decided on…you guessed it…Chipotle for lunch. Mmmmm.
Our last stop was at Imperial Date Gardens to pick up one of their 11 lb boxes of dates to share. These are just so yummy, and they freeze well, so I decided to get a box before they were sold out.
Once home, it was really time to get cooking!
With the latest episode of “Glee” playing on my laptop, I decided to make the recipe that my friend Sharon posted on my Facebook wall for Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower. It was tasty! And HOT! I served it over a bed of fresh spinach, but did not make the ranch dipping sauce, as I have not found an oil-free Veganaise.
It was a full day, topped of with watching the boy’s high school soccer AZ State Championship match on TV. Yes, that is reaching for entertainment!
I hope you had a good day, and night, and that the Hallmark holiday didn’t get you down.
I’m glad that we could have this chat,