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Driving Miss Donna - what does this mean? Whenever I want to go somewhere, if Don is home he will usually drive. He always says he is driving miss Donna! This blog is for our travels, usually with our truck and fifth wheel trailer, but sometimes in our other wheels. When we are not vacationing check in for updates, although less frequent, about our life at home and our wonderful family:)

Friday, April 5, 2013

Yuma, AZ

We had never stayed in Yuma before, previously only taking a day trip to see where it was and visit Algodones, MX.  So off to stay for a few days and a chance to visit Walter and Pat Parker.
Walter and Pat stay at the Cocopah Golf and RV Resort on the southwest corner of Yuma.  t is quite a beautiful place, as the golf course weaves through the RV sites, and all is green and irrigated.  I suppose a golfer may say the RV sites run through their golf course?
This visit included some odd firsts – I travelled across to Algodones and had my teeth cleaned.  Not sure how to select a dentist, as there are hundreds of them, but Pat made some inquiries with her friends and we picked one.  It was a great experience, and I will go back for sure.  It costs $25 but since I had a coupon it was only $15!!  When we selected health benefits we did not take dental, as it cost an additional $1000 per year per person.  Currently we both have very healthy teeth, and could not justify paying that.  Since my dentist quoted over $400 for a cleaning I opted to go with what I fondly refer to as my Mexican Dental Plan or MDP.  Ha Ha  Thanks to Pat for taking me across the border.
Next new site on the tour list was the Imperial Sand Dunes.  Now we have experienced sand dunes in Oregon before, but these are even more overwhelming.  Maybe it’s due to their placement along the interstate?  The right picture shows some tire marks, etc.  There are many signs indicating the sand blows across the highway, and ploughs around for clearing.  So kind of like our snow, except the 30 degree temperature doesn’t have a – sign!

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Oh and something else we had the chance to do was visit a date farm and have a date shake.  These seem to be the rage around here, but essentially it is a vanilla milkshake with ground dates.

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We had to be in Yuma on Thursday still – the market was open!  Pat and I went bright and early trying to avoid (for my comfort) the heat.  I bought a small RV mat (Thanks Ivan for the tip) for only $12.  I usually find the large door mats too big for us, we just need a place to wipe our feet before we come in.  So 5x7 was the answer…
I did see some items that might interest Don, so when we went back I showed him the data I had collected, and back we went.  His purchase?  Portable solar panels for the trailer!  I’ll post photos when we get them set up next time we dry camp.
So that is the end of our time in Yuma.  Thank you to the Parkers for being great hosts, and finding us such a great site to park in!
We are on our way to California today, but it’s only a short one hour drive.

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