Thursday, October 19, 2017

Home - Base

Yes we have a home base now. We reported on this last year on the SKP Co-Op lot we picked up.

We returned here to do minor repair and of course laundry. I believe Susan did 9 loads of wash. We were invited over (including Dakota & Tilly), to Mike, Lorraine place, along with Jim and Dorothy for dinner and drinks. Mike did an excellent job on the steaks, along with the salad Susan made.

With good friends, puppies by our side, life is good.

While here I made a repair to our roadmaster guardian rock shield. The driver's side mounting bracket is made from a casting, once it breaks, you cannot weld it, however, me being me, I made a new bracket, drilled, bolted it back in place. Life is good again.

Today, Thursday, we will be heading out to Gila Bend for a overnight stay and then on to Puerto Penasco, Mx., for a 2 week downtime on the beach.

08 Gold #4695, DaGirls Rv Travels
Aka Dakota & Tilly
Safe Travels and Journeys

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wrapping up - AIBF 2017

It has been a great adventure at the AIBF. Sorry for not posting during this time, as mainly we get up, crew with a balloon team, visit friends, take photos of the various balloons. Then come evening head to our work station and then come home. Then in between we visit see some wonderful friends and sit back and then get ready to start it all over again.

This year Susan arranged and setup for 17 Rv's to come in and be Volunteer Navigators. Out of the 17 Rv's only 1 person choose not to work, and 1 person experience an accident that made it impossible for him to work.

In the end everyone enjoy themselves and had a wonderful time.

This year I was able to get a balloon ride, along with Lorraine and Dave. Susan opted out the first day and said let Dave go, she was scheduled for the next day, but our balloonist got sick. She will have to wait another year.

Our work at the Gondola Club was easy. We were scheduled as drivers. We were both scheduled as parking lot attendant for 1 day each. It really turned out to be easier than courtesy shuttle. Our time spent with the customers were little and usually only when they needed a ride.

Dave, was an excellent team leader and has been during this for well over 10 years. Dave loves the long hours and working at the Gondola Club.

Susan and I both enjoyed our time here, the more we do it, we each learn the ends and out of chase team and meeting the balloonist on and off the field.

Plus some special photo ops;

But, alas, it was time to wrap up and head out. We opted to head to Casa Grande instead of Enchanted Trails Rv Resort. We had not planned on driving the whole way, but that is what we did. 450 miles, straight to our lot at Rover's Roost. SO this is where we sit, until Thursday, when we head to Puerto Penasco - beach front.

In the meantime, this 3 minute video wraps up our fun at AIBF:


DaGirls Rv Travels
Aka Dakota & Tilly
Safe Travels and Journeys
You Tube Video - Roadrunner Song

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The first day of AIBF is done and over with, and a busy day it was.

Our day started out, around, 4 pm, getting up and prepping to leave, that is I was leaving, Susan wanted to stay at the Rv, and see the balloons from here.

I went to the field and went to find Don and Robin. Susan and I crewed for them last year and they were returning once again to AIBF. It is so fun to be on a crew, as the excitement from the balloons and crew. I stayed and helped for awhile and  then went off to shoot some-photos.

I went to the Navigators tent, checked in on Jane, and a few others of our group who were driving shuttle carts this year. Once done and coffee, I took off for the Rv, and got home just in time to help out with a Balloon that landed right behind us. Susan was already working with them and she had been  on the Rv roof taking photos, many of them of.

But as soon as he was wrapped up, pack up and gone, Lilly, dropped by and decided to stay awhile.

We received pins, Bob, received coffee, sweet rolls and beer (not to drink yet).

Press Here - AIBF Balloon Photo Link

DaGirls Rv Travels
Aka Dakota & Tilly
Safe Travels and Journeys
You Tube Video - Roadrunner Song

Friday, October 6, 2017

Big Day Tomorrow - AIBF Grand Ascension

Final day, before AIBF kicks.
We have a grand tour of the area, discussion with Team leaders or rules.
Had a beautiful but cloudy morning for the first day of balloon lift-off.

And took a few shots of the area.

All of these were good shots, however this one might win a prize:

Balloon floating across the sky, as the moon was settling.

DaGirls Rv Travels
Aka Dakota & Tilly
Safe Travels and Journeys
You Tube Video - Roadrunner Song

Final Countdown

DaGirls Rv Travels
Aka Dakota & Tilly
Safe Travels and Journeys
You Tube Video - Roadrunner Song

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

2 days and counting

Sorry for the big delay, as we arrived and setup, at the Enchanted Trails and Rv Resort. Our Slide motor went ratcheting. Up Oh, we looked at each other.
Slide went out 8 inches and only came back 4. That's all she wrote. So, since Sunday we have been living in a 100 sq. ft. house. Having to crawl over the bed, to get into the shower and sink. No way to get into our draws and put away the laundry, you name it and all of a sudden you realize what you are missing.

So, I went in search of locating a new slide motor, good thing, LCW is an hour later, so after calling at 7:30 their time on Monday, ordering one and requesting over-night shipping it arrived by 11 am, Tuesday.

Once I looked the motor over, I notice that the shear bolt in the parallel gear shaft was a ¼ inch dia. So a call was placed to LCW, after a good 15 minute phone call, I was still confused as to what size the shear pin should be and where. In the gear shaft of the rail support arm.

Well as it turns out, the original factory drilled out the 1/4 inch to a 3/8 inch. Now I know why the gearbox is destroyed and not the shear pin. Instead of engineering the correct motor/gearbox to the weight of the slide and gears on the rail. The MFG, just drilled out and put in a bigger shear Pin.

So, I spent the day, drilling and working on our slide, finally getting it done by 7:30 – 8pm, and during the day, installing a Winegard Traveler (Automatic) and a WiFi antenna on his Rv roof for Tom. Needless to say, it was a busy one for me and a little stressful.

But I kept my wits about me, Susan keeping me fueled and hydrated, and we were done in time to have company over. 

Sometime in the future i will do a complete write-up on the slide. In the meantime onto AIBF and friends. 

In the meantime be watching for our AIBF photos

Link Press Here 

DaGirls Rv Travels
Aka Dakota & Tilly
Safe Travels and Journeys
You Tube Video - Roadrunner Song

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Packing Day - Day 6 and counting down

So, here it is Saturday, last day/night at the Cochiti COE.

Friday night was spent breaking bread & wine with Jeff and Linda.We also met our neighbors Jan & Bill. They will be attending the AIBF with the SKP's Boomers Group.

I also like to tell you a very liitle bit about my new toys:
First is my Endoscope Wireless Camera - LINK PRESS HERE .

Mine happens to be 15 Ft, the image is clean and bright, just the right size to get into host hard to reach places, not suitable for turbine engines, but, reaching behind the back of the radiator system?   Yes sir, can't wait to try this baby out.

My next toy, was shown to me by Tom, he purchased this little gizmo in Jan. So far very pleased with it. I have read the reviews and watch a video.

Spent a few minutes setting it up based on our current position. I also have it link to both or our phones. We will be trying it out, when we move to Enchanted Trails RV Resort on Sunday.

One of the important things to remember:

Maximizing your battery life:

In order to understand how to maximize the battery life of your LevelMatePRO, you will need some basic understanding of how the device works.  In simple terms the LevelMatePRO is always in one of two states, either in a “sleep” state or an “awake” state.  When the device is in a sleep state it is using an extremely small amount of battery current and is not able to be connected to by your smartphone or tablet.  When the device is in the awake state it is using a much larger amount of battery current and is able to be connected to by your smartphone or tablet.  So where battery life is concerned the more you can keep the device in the sleep state the longer your battery life will be.

The other important thing to understand about the LevelMatePRO is how it switches from the sleep state to the awake state and vice versa.  The device is designed to switch from the sleep state to the awake state when it detects motion.  So when you arrive at your camping location the unit will be in the awake state and will be connectable to your smartphone or tablet for use of the system.  Lack of motion switches the device from the awake state to the sleep state after a certain number of hours that is defined by the user through the LevelMatePRO app.

On Thursday we traveled to Albuquerque, for some supplies and other items. 2 of those items were 2 new 6 Vdc deep cycle batteries. Costco, here has Interstate Batteries for $84. A far cry from the $135 I was quoted in Arizona. Now all I need is 2 old batteries as core return.

This now brings my storage up to 880 Amps. I completed the installation in less than a hour. Next week I will redo some of the cables, to make a cleaner look overall. Can't wait to try them out with the solar, that is if the sun decides to come back out soon.

Sun Slowly Rising Up in the Distance

DaGirls Travels
Aka Dakota & Tilly
Safe Travels and Journeys
You Tube Video - Roadrunner Song

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Day 8, and counting

Well, here it is Thursday, we spent Wednesday inside as the rain came along with cool weather. Today however we are on Albuquerque, picking up supplies and packets
So will keep this short. Today turned out to be a warm one.
So we will stay long enough to do the dirty deed and get home.
Dakota is hoping for dog park and of course DQ. So we are in search of places.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tent Rocks Hike - Day 9 and Counting Down

We decided to make the most of Tuesday, as news was rain on Wed. and Thur. I have been looking for a good hiking trail and settle in on the Tent Rocks Hike. A gentleman we met over in the Pillar area, recommend this hike.

It is really 2 hikes in one, but you can do either.
We invited Jeff and Linda to join us, and along the way we met up with Peter.

Jeff, Linda, Peter, Susan & I.

The total distance is 3 miles round trip with an increase of elevation of 700 Ft. As you hike you will be taken through a slot canyon, with HooDoos, trees, sandy trails and switch back. The hike is listed as easy to moderate. 

The trail is easy to follow, however there are a few places where you are required to step up over 2 ft. So, people with knee problem, take it easy and coming down, sit down and slide off. 

Once we were back, it was in search of dinner. I settle in on Lupitas valley cafe - Press Here. Tom and Diane recommend Lupitas during their stay here. Lupitas is a converted home for the Nuns of "Our Lady of Guadalupe Church".

It is strange being in a very small town and yet, here is a restaurant, serving excellent food. No alcohol, but, it might be possible to bring your own bottle of wine. Call ahead to verify or just leave it in the car and ask.

Anyway, back to the Hike, the day started a little cloudy and windy, but once in the canyon, it became a little warm. I need to remind everyone, bring water, and snacks. 

The hiking is in a National Park System - No PETS allowed - and please do not leave in your car.

DaGirls Travels
Aka Dakota & Tilly
Safe Travels and Journeys
You Tube Video - Roadrunner Song

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

10 Days and Counting Down to AIBF

Alright we landed at CoChiti Lake, NM., in a COE CG. We are in the West side and the older section. Since we have been here, we made a run to Bernalillo, NM., for supplies, Dakota and Tilly came along to check out the Pet Store. Sorry no DQ this time.

We have made numerous walks to the boat ramp area, Dakota, has learned to run and jump in the water from the dock. Where she learns this stuff, I'll never know. She has been lizard hunting around the Rv. Found a hole big enough to put her head in. Susan covered that up real fast.

I spent time cleaning the outside of the Truck, by hand (spray bottle and rags), and then spent time waxing it.

On one of our walks I came across a centipede and a millipede, cool. Then on Sunday I came across a new pet. I did ask Susan if I could keep it, that is if it wanted to come home with me.

Well it didn't, so I let it continue its journey.

Tom and Diane stopped by, as there were on the east side, they have since moved onto the KOA east of Santa Fe.

Jeff and Linda, arrived yesterday afternoon, from Farmington, NM. We got together for dinner and stories.

I always keep our maps updated as to where we have traveled and places we have seen. The map is located on the right, all you need to do is click on it to enlarge.

Here is a small recap of the map:

If you have not clicked on the map to the left, then you are missing photos of the areas we have been to.

WooHoo, I finished my navigator training video yesterday.

Last Word - Get Out there and have Fun

DaGirls Travels
Aka Dakota & Tilly
Safe Travels and Journeys
You Tube Video - Roadrunner Song

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Wrapping Up Here at the Royal Gorge CG - 13 days and counting

As full timers, we have learn to be patience. And the pass week was no difference, as road construction was on the highway. So, you can see by the photos what some of our time went to:

During our time at the CG, we came across this object paying next to a electrical box:

On the back was the words, if you find this you can keep or re-hide. All they asked is you post on Facebook under "    ".

One of the places we found was a drum factory and store:

The drum on it side was made for Mick Fleetwood for concerts, however he has never picked it up. So it remains at the store.

I thought this photo was neat at the clouds show a mountain.

We also made the journey to Los Alamos for the day. Needless to say, many people have been there, so there was no need to capture photos. But i will say, we found a Paw Friendly Pub, where we enjoyed chicken tacos and a beer on the patio.

The final trip was the enchanted circle. One place we stopped allowed a short hike in the Carson National Forest.

One of the last stops of the day was the town of Eagle Nest: Susan and I both agreed, this would make a great place for a fall rally. Prices were great, fishing awesome, hiking in the NF and just plane quiet place for a few people. Best route in, would be from Raton, NM. 

Eagle Nest

This week, PBS has been showing a 10 part series on Vietnam. I have seen most every show on Vietnam, and try to understand the WHY?

The 2 photos came for the Vietnam Memorial located in Angel Fire:

For additional reading Press HERE

 The last photo I cannot really describe. Put if you click on the photo, notice the bracelets on the top shelf, left side. Total number is 7, these are the MIA's that have been returned, compared to the ones still missing that were from the area.

DaGirls Travels
Aka Dakota & Tilly
Safe Travels and Journeys
You Tube Video - Roadrunner Song