Happy Trails RV Resort
We got a new toad!
Just kidding. What a beauty this shiny Studebaker Champion is though! Speaking of shiny, our Montana is getting a Spa Day finally! Well, after we hang out with Curt and Glenda.
We met up at a small lake in Scottsdale for a little "hike", then it was off to Andreoli's Italian Grocer/Cafe for lunch.
Always love hanging with Curt and Glenda!
Just when I almost get my ducks in a row!
Our friends John & Tina took us here and it's great if you like casual authentic Italian food. Great Sammies and pasta dishes! Andreoli's Italian Grocer.
Some beer tasting, of course, at Goldwater Brewing.
Since it was right before Halloween, some people were in costume.
We didn't do much, just hung out with Steve's stepmom, Bunny, her son Robert and some of the gang.
We enjoyed the beautiful sunsets of course.
Diana took some cute Halloween pictures of Jaxon Trick or Treating back in California.
I love this one!
It finally happened... SPA DAY!!Chi Girl Detailing (short for Chicago where Jim's wife was from). It was one of the more expensive, but the only one that could fit us in. The methods and products were very similar to all I called. We do not have full body paint, so oxidation happens over time even though we wax it a couple of times a year. His price was $23/foot based on the model number of our trailer. So what did we get for $875?
First off, Jim is the owner and does ALL the work HIMSELF! This was a day and a half process.
The Oxidation Removal and Gelcoat Polish is a 3 Step Process which included:
Pre-Rinse & Wash (RV soap only, no chemicals used)
Oxidation Removal using a Heavy Cut Compound with a Rotary Polisher
Gel Coat Polish applied with a DA Polisher
Selant (rated at 8-12 months of protection) applied using a DA Polisher
RV Detailing with Trim UV protection
Windows cleaned, wheels/tires cleaned and dressed.
Before & After. It now shines like a mirror!!
We knew it was somewhat dull but, BOY once he got going you could see the difference! It even took out all the minor tree/brush scratches.
Jim is very thorough! He would double check with a towel to make sure he got every spot.
On his trailer is all the water, scaffolding, tools and cleaners he used.
Before and After of the other side. Just amazing!
Polish on and being removed.
The front cap needed it the most. It's hard to tell, but it's now super shiny!
We were SO impressed and more than satisfied with his work. I love it when something exceeds your expectations! He even polished the kingpin (looks brand new!), washed and dressed our steps and bike rack too. It would've been extra for the awning, but we just put a new one on so we didn't need it. The trailer almost looks brand new. There is no way to know how the decals will end up looking as they are made of different material, color, etc. Some came out looking better and some the same. The "Montana" on the front is the only one that came out looking more faded. No surprise there though. It takes the most beating by the sun. We are now looking into replacing it or having it removed and painted on. A project for the spring. If you are in the Pheonix area and in need of professional washing/waxing, we strongly recommend Jim of Chi Girl Detailing! He was professional, prompt, courteous and always got right back to me with texts and phone calls!The next day we left Arizona and headed back to California for the rest of 2022. As we passed Quartzsite, we spotted The Yacht. This thing sits on a trailer and is always parked somewhere out here in the desert for the winter. Always cracks me up.
|View from the map on my iphone.
We took the usual I-10/215 then onto 395 for a slightly different route. As usual, when I spot something curious, I look on the satellite map for what it is then start googling or looking on Geocache. Well, something caught my eye in the desert outside of Adelanto. On the map it had a very unique shape. I quickly found out it was the Thien Vien Chan Nguyen Buddhish Meditation Center. It's open to the public and even serves free vegetarian food. I read about it and I'd love to come back through and visit the gardens and buildings and learn more about it. What I found out was that in 1977 a monk left Vietnam and all the sufferings the war brought. He bought a small piece of land and practiced his new life alone for 7 years. Later he and others built a temple, monastery and verdant oasis to relieve human suffering.
|(picture from internet)
California City, CA
Borax Bill City Park
You can't tell but with the big storm coming in the temps dropped and it got really cold and windy!
Site 2.This was a great city park. Very small but obviously built for off-roaders. There are bathrooms, showers, first aid area and large sites with electric, water, garbage, patio & tables. There are several levels of fees depending on if you use power and/or water and if its mid-week, weekend or holidays. If you don't use any hookups, it's free. You will see and hear low flying military aircraft during the day. It was quiet at night. Nice place for our overnighter.
One last overnighter at our favorite Elks Lodge. Site #18. W/E/Dump.
Driving up Hwy. 99 and enjoying all the colors of the crops.
We almost made it to Placerville without the rain spoiling our nice wash & wax job. It figures.
Interesting clouds at sunset.
I had fun cooking up some new recipes.
Spicy Pumpkin Chili. Turned out delish!
The fall color was pretty along the river behind our site too.
Loved the black and white swans.
Then it was off to the Bay Area to enjoy Thanksgiving with some of the kids. It's more difficult as almost all of them work in the medical field and we can't all be together for the holidays.
|A different take on the Deviled Eggs. Green peppers, bacon & avocado.
Nice job with the table, Ryan.
Lindsay made a great Sangria with pomegranates.
The kids liked the idea of a Cajun Thanksgiving so they ordered a Turducken.
Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pie.
Hurley and Jaxon.
Some 35 Year Single Malt Glenmorangie Scotch after diner.
We played some fun games afterward too.
Daddy reading to Jax. We stayed a couple days then had to get back home.
There was a dinner out with our daughter Kaylee to the Boiling Crab.