Day 564: Windy Day in the Desert

Shabbos was nice here, the temperature was just a bit on the warm side of perfect. A BLM Ranger stopped by to make sure we knew about the 14 day camping limit rule. She said they do have a problem with people staying longer, which may explain why we see most of the RVs here parked on private land whose owner isn’t local and/or doesn’t care about squatters.

Last night was very windy, I got up at 3am to bring down the windsock lest it be torn apart.

Today continued to be windy, so sadly there was no flying today. The change in weather did bring interesting clouds:

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Towards sunset, the kids and I went for a bike ride:

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Day 562: Making Ice Cream

Today in homeschool, B made ice cream.  The lesson explored why adding salt to the ice allows the cream to be cooled enough to make ice cream:

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Shake shake:

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It was actually pretty good:

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B finished her Purim poster:

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This afternoon I went for a ride north on Ogilby Road to Indian Pass Road.  The pavement isn’t the greatest, but I love the scenery:

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I then rode south on Ogilby Road to the interstate.  After crossing the overpass, the road rather abruptly ends:

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Good Shabbos from BLM land near Ogilby Road outside of Yuma, AZ:

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Day 561: Padre y Madre Mine – Aerial Recon

This morning I took off a couple hours after sunrise on flight 35:

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I flew east to visit active mining near the Padre y Madre Mine, which was first worked in the late 1700s.  The modern mine is a pit mining operation.  The massive pit is to the right, and the sandy terrain under me is all tailings:

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The Cargo Muchacho mountains rise up to the north. I briefly entered the canyon that contains the massive American Girl pit mine, now idle, but I was concerned about unstable air coming up and over the mountains, so I decided against going over there:

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This brown butte was also interesting:

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I passed by (and over) all sorts of off road vehicles heading out to explore the area:

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We had a full day of homeschool today, including B’s math lesson with Trish:

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Trish and B made hamantashen:

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M and B collected and chopped up a couple dead ocotillos for firewood:

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Trish made a doll hat for B’s doll:

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In the late afternoon, the kids and I went for a bike ride to explore abandoned mines in the area:

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On the way home we found half a car in a wash:

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The kids love doing their campfire, even though it’s in the mid 70s when we do it:

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Trish created some Purim art based on the artistic style of Keith Haring:

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Day 560: Back to the Wild

This morning we left Paradise Casino and did a bit of food shopping.  We then stopped at a Laundromat, where we did the laundry and M appears to have attempted to jump start his modeling career:

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Leaving Yuma, we drove about 15 miles west and north to find a location to camp until the warranty approvals for RV work have been received by the dealership.  We passed some old mining structures in the Ogilby Hills:

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We finally found a spot with the right amount of seclusion, phone connectivity, and flat enough terrain to launch my PPG.  The cactus my parents purchased for us in Borrego Springs a couple weeks ago is doing quite well:

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The ocotillo here are in bloom:

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M and B found a couple jumps to ride their bikes over:

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I set up my PPG and decided to go for a flight:

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Liftoff of flight #34:

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It was a lot of fun flying out over the area and seeing all the RVs.  There must be over a hundred of them spread out over a pretty big area.

M practiced his kiting:

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B gave kiting a try for the first time:

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We were treated to an amazing sunset:

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The kids dragged over a dead ocotillo and we had a nice campfire:

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We’re looking forward to spending about a week out here.

Day 559: Mexican Dental Care

Today we dropped off our RV for warranty work in Yuma. We then drove to the border, parked our car, and walked into the town of Los Algodones in Mexico.  The town is 6 blocks by 2 blocks and has dozens of dentists, opticians, and pharmacies.  The town is filled daily by American and Canadian seniors who come here for medical tourism:

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We’ve been here twice before for dental work and to buy a new pair of glasses for Trish.  Today we all had dental cleanings done.  It was $120 for the four of us, which is significantly cheaper than having it done in the US.

We had to wait about half an hour in line to go through the US border crossing, all the while being encouraged by Mexican peddlers to buy everything from ceramic turtles to asparagus:

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Our “waiting in line in Mexico” selfie:

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It turned out that despite the fact that I had sent in photos six weeks ago of items that needed warranty issues, and was assured that the warranty approval process had been initiated, nothing had in fact been done.  I did make sure via repeated calls that our new rear staircase was in stock.  The dealership told me I’d have to come back with it once they got warranty approval to cut out the bent brackets and weld on new ones.  We drove to Home Depot and within and hour I had coaxed, via sledgehammer, the brackets into being straight enough that they accepted the new stairs:
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Tonight we drove back to Paradise Casino to overnight there.  An RV that was towing a trailer carrying an ultralight and a PPG trike pulled in.  We chatted for a while about area fly-ins.  Small world!