Pilot Knob, Old Yuma and Mexico

It’s been a few days since I’ve posted but I’ll try to bring you all up to date on what we’ve been doing..

Sunday we checked into Pilot Knob RV Resort.  The park is located about 8 miles west of Yuma just off I-8.  Its a nice park with full hookups and the lots are not too close together.  We are on a corner and the view from our patio is to the west out towards the Imperial Dunes. The Dunes are a very popular place for off road enthusiasts. We travelled back to the Arizona Marketplace in the afternoon and picked up a sunshade screen for the awning.  We had looked at them when we were there on Thursday and decided to pick one up.  The price was very good compared to what we’ve seen in Canada.  I texted Patsy to see if they were around and we drove down to east end of Yuma to Sundance RV Resort where they were staying. We visited for a little while and made plans to go to Mexico on Wednesday with them. We also stopped at Walmart to pick up a few groceries before heading back to the park.

Bocce Ball

Monday morning I joined some of the other people in the park to play Bocce Ball.  Kim and I had played Bocce Ball with friends when we were in Madoc on Labour Day and it was a lot of fun.  The Bocce Ball court here in the park is nice but it has some challenges because of all the rock in the soil.  It made for an interesting game.  We played for a couple hours and I did fairly well.  A lot of fun anyway.  Monday evening I played some Texas Hold’em poker in the clubhouse.  Our friends Rob and Bill travelled up from their Resort to join the game.  They quite often stay here at Pilot Knob so they know a lot of the people here.  I was a little later arriving to the game than them so I got placed at a different table. It was limit poker and the game ended at 9:00 pm with everyone cashing out their chips at the end.  I managed to play the whole evening with my original $5 entry but I had nothing left at the end.  Didn’t get very many good hands so it was tough to win many pots.

Tuesday morning we headed into Yuma to visit the Old Downtown area.  They were having a open air market on Main Street which we just stumbled upon, so we walked around and explored some of the stores and the merchants on the street.  There was a country and western fiddle group played in one area so we stopped to listen for a bit.  They were actually quite good.  Of course we stopped at McDonald’s for a few minutes to use their WiFi.  Also, we went to the Yuma Palms Mall to go to Sportsman’s Warehouse to have a peek.  We’re looking for some new collapsable chairs.  The store is much like a Cabela’s or Bass Pro, but was definitely more geared to hunting and fishing.  At lunch time we found a Chick-Fil-A close by the Mall.  We’ve come to love Chick-Fil-A and don’t often see them, so when we get the chance we stop in.  On our way back to the park we noticed the Stinger B parked in the BLM behind the park, but the Jeep was missing.  A little while later we saw the Stinger B with Tom and Deb in it heading further back into the BLM with Ken and Shirley close behind.  I texted Deb to tell her they might have a couple visitors in a bit.  So we headed out into the BLM to find them and had a short visit with them.  Tuesday evening was another Poker night.  This time it was a no limit tournament.  This is my favourite.  It was a 5$ buy-in and you could rebuy twice for 5$.  Those of you that play Hold’em poker know what that means.  There were 18 people in the tournament and I got knocked out at 11th.  It only cost me the original 5$ I didn’t use any rebuys.  It’s just a friendly game, no one gets too serious and the guys at my table were a lot of fun.  

L -R Tom and Deb Duchaine, Ken And Shirley Kay, and Kim

Wednesday morning was our trip into Los Algodones, Mexico.  Bill and Patsy and Rob and Pat and Kim and I travelled around the town.  They’ve been there often and were willing to show us around.  They know many of the local vendors and we were able to get some nice discounts on things that we bought. You can drive your car into Mexico if you want but most people park in a large parking lot on the USA side and walk across the border, which is what we did.  Just as were entering Mexico we ran into Tom and Pat Duchaine on their way into Mexico too.  We chatted with them for a bit as we were walking in.  About mid morning we stopped in one of the local restaurants for breakfast.  Kim and I shared a Ham and Cheese Omelet with Rice and Beans.  It was very good and the price was right, $3.99 US.  About 11:00 Bill and Patsy and Rob and Pat headed back to the USA and Kim and I wandered around for a while making a few more purchases.  If you don’t mind haggling with the vendors you can get some really good deals.  About lunchtime we were done our shopping and but Kim had wanted to have some Mexican food for lunch.  So we found another little courtyard restaurant and Kim ordered a Beef Burrito and a LARGE Strawberry Margarita.  I wasn’t hungry after my big breakfast so I just had a Corona Cerveza (beer).  The restaurant was very busy.  After lunch we got in line to re-enter the USA.  The line can get quite long depending on the time of day.  It took us a little over an hour to get to customs and about 30 seconds to pass through.  An interesting fact about Los Algodones is that many Americans and Canadian Snowbirds travel there for their Dentists and Dental specialists and also for Vision care.  The prices are extraordinarily cheap, but the facilities and Medical staff are top notch.  Los Algodones is actually the Dental treatment capital of the world.  Most of the travellers there each day are there for Dental treatment or Vision or Pharmaceutical Prescriptions. 

Line of people returning to USA
Mexico/ USA border

Wednesday afternoon George and Suzie Yates arrived at Pine Knob Resort and they are in a site not far from us.  George drove by and invited us over for happy hour. So we headed down to their place.  While we were there Ron Font stopped by.  Ron and his wife Loree are from Ontario and they have a seasonal site at our home park Rock Glen and spend the winters in Arizona.  We had heard of Ron and Loree before so it was nice to finally meet Ron anyway.  Loree wasn’t feeling well but we’ll meet her another day while we’re here.

Thursday the weather forecast was for rain all day but in the morning it was just light rain. I headed down to the park office to register for another week.  We decided to go to Yuma to get a few groceries after lunch.  By the time we got back to camp the rain had stopped and we had a short happy hour with George and Suzie before the skies darkened and the wind picked up.  Back to the RV before the rain but only by a couple minutes.  We had homemade hamburger soup for supper made in the Instant Pot.  It was very good.

Well now you’re all caught up as I write this post on Friday Morning. Weather, all in all, has been pretty nice here in Yuma with yesterday as the exception. Been some nice t-shirt days but it always begins to cool in the late afternoon when the sun gets low in the sky. We’ve had one rather cold night since we got to Yuma. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the update. Bye for now.

Ken

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