We needed to return the car to the Garrett’s before we left, which meant Mimi needed to drive something. She chose the RV and made her way safely down El Camino Drive to the place they were renting. There was one problem, however, there was no place to park and she couldn’t see the numbers to know which one was theirs. The only place to pull over was on the bend with the “No Parking” signs. (She doesn’t recommend you ever do this). Thankfully, the Garrett’s made their way to us, we hugged, said thank you, Steve retrieved the car and Papa hopped into the driver seat. We were off again, this time headed East.
We still weren’t certain which way to come back, but Papa was adamant that he did not want to go north, so we went south. And south we were. Right at the edge of the Mexico and California border—headed toward Tucson, Arizona. We cut right through the Cuyamaca and Laguna Mountains of the Peninsular Range mountains (I looked it up) with signs revealing our elevation level: up 2,000, 3,000 and then 4,000. But, what goes up must come down; Papa was in his glory, but Mimi felt like she was on a rollercoaster ride. I can tell you, she was happy when the ride was over. 😬 The next one was the Cucapah range.
The mountain areas were pretty neat to see, though. One area that we drove through was just rocks; the mountain was covered in all different sizes of rock. Then there were mountains covered in green bushes, and some covered in trees. We also drove past sand dunes and we’ve seen our first cactus trees. Three times, as we were driving through the desert we had wind gusts hit the RV hard. THAT is a bit unnerving! Papa had to grip the wheel hard to keep it steady. Mimi was so happy he was driving because she’s not sure she could have kept control like he did. At one point Papa asked Mimi to check the temperature in the desert – it was 108! When we stopped for gas it felt like 108, too!!
As we drove we made the decision to drive up through Phoenix, Arizona and get back on Interstate 40 so we can stop and see some of the sites we wished we’d had time to see on the way out. That’s where we parked for the night, in a little park in Black Canyon City, Arizona. We’d called to see if there was a place for us and the recording said “arrivals after 6:00pm can drive around and if there’s a spot you can pull right in and square up in the morning.” So, that’s just what we did. We drove around, found a place to park, did a load of laundry, ate dinner (pray we didn’t eat spoiled meat), and played Quixx. Papa beat Mimi both games.
Papa had gone to check the laundry and when he came back in the RV a grasshopper joined him. Mimi was hanging the front privacy curtain when something hit her in the face. She thought Papa had tossed something, but when she looked down, there was a grasshopper on the edge of the curtain. You should have seen Papa and Mimi chasing a grasshopper in the RV to get it out! Those little creatures sure can hop—fast and far. It took us a few hours to find it and get it out and when we tried one time a moth flew in. Pesky little things. There are rabbits everywhere we walk here, too.
Oh, Mimi also seems to have popped a blood vessel in her finger somehow. She was carrying the laundry to the laundry mat and noticed her ring was feeling tight on her finger. Had to use lotion to get the ring off as it swelled right up nice and big. We also discovered we don’t have any hot water. It remains a mystery as to why but that’s a problem we need to solve soon.
Well, I guess that’s about all of the adventure for today. We hope you’re all enjoying school and for Mason and Emery, ready to get back to it! Tomorrow is the first day for them! Have fun!
We love and miss you,
❤️ Papa and Mimi