Where We've Been (45 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!

Where We've Been (45 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
We are working at Ruby's Bryce Canyon City, Utah...

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Maggie Was Chugging and Sputtering…Again!

It has been two weeks since we have contributed a blog and so much and nothing has happened since then…

Last week we did a Walmart run to Cedar City this time which is over the mountains but a beautiful ride. We arrived without incident and settled into to our site at CedarCity KOA with the plan to stay two nights and shop on Saturday. It was a warm, peaceful sleep. Check out our separate review of our stay.

On our way to shop Maggie began to chug along, sputtering and coughing to the point we pulled over into a parking lot to get her to stop chugging. We soon realized we needed a few items which we ended up having to come up with alternatives until we could get to Walmart to buy those items. It was just a few miles there and back and she made it without incident. Jerry changed the fuel filter, air filter, crank case filter and added dry gas, Stabil and gas treatment, all in the attempt to help her breath again without sputtering. It seemed to have worked since we made it back to our site at Bryce Canyon without any other issues…talk about a stressful ride back.

Our week was filled with incidents that led us to the predicament we are currently in…

Tuesday they began a controlled burn which did not get out of control but the smoke was really heavy beginning on Tuesday night and finally ended Friday morning.   I already have breathing issues at this altitude so all that smoke almost choked me beyond anything I could imagine.

But the good news was we were going to get out of the cold and smoky area for our two days off and head to Mesquite, Nevada for a play day…

On Friday morning the skies opened up and the torrential rain began, along with loud thunder and some very bright lightning strikes…this lasted most of the morning and afternoon with a few open opportunities of clear, sunny skies, but then…

When we got off work the skies were clear and we decided to give it a whirl…we packed Maggie up and was heading out with just one stop for gas at our station located a block away from us where we filled her up and then we were off…NOT!

The chugging began again, not as bad as the initial time she did it last week but still not her usual get up and go powerful engine she usually has so we turned back to our site to figure it all out.  We barely made it back to our site and hooked her back up when the skies once again opened up.  This time it poured so hard we could barely hear ourselves inside our rig, then the hail began which we could not hear ourselves think and the thunder rumbled the ground and the lightning cracks made us both jump out of our seats.  These storms continued throughout the night with a few intermittent times in between of clear skies.

Oh boy what a night, we stayed up past midnight just drinking wine and talking and we both realized that we were not meant to be traveling this weekend and as hard as it is on both of us to feel as if we are “stuck” here now we are planning to make the best of this week and possibly through next weekend.

Jerry is working on getting the part he needs to be delivered to us so he can replace the fuel pump, which we think, hope is the solution to resolve her chugging.  Then there are things we have on our list around this area to do where we will not need to travel to and our cost will be significantly low because they give us deals on many adventures because we are working at Ruby’s InnGeneral Store. We will be taking rides on Ruby's ATV’s Guided Tours, we will take a Wagon Ride to the rim, we will attend the Rodeo, we will attend a cowboy showing with dinner at Ebenezer’s Barn & Grill, and we will take several trips into the canyon. Then once Maggie is feeling better and the weather cooperates we will take a trip off this mountain and have a play day.

Until then we are focusing on the bright side of our lives and stop with all the negative nellies that we have been enduring lately. We know Maggie has to be replaced, as well as our bikes so we are exploring all sorts of different ideas…from possibly downsizing to a Class B to possibly getting a vehicle and towing a trailer and so many options in between.  

We are choosing to spend our time on all the possibilities and not sit here and have melt downs about the bad things that are happening. Things will look up once we choose to see the possibilities and stop dragging ourselves down by dwelling on all the bad. Life is full of ups and downs and when we dwell on the down we tend to stay at the bottom, but as soon as we embrace the down and live our lives anyway to the best times, the outcome is brighter. Not always easy but we are working on it. Life is good!

For more photos, check out our Google + Web Albums.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Wine Tastings

We have not been doing much wine tastings while we have been here in Utah since their laws really make it difficult.  We hope to change that in the upcoming months with visits to other surrounding states which do not make it that difficult to purchase wines. Beer is available in stores in Utah but all other alcohol, including wines must be purchased at a State mandated store and there are few and far between.  

Winery 2013 California Riesling – A light, crispy, dry start and a lightly sweet finish that we gave a rating of 7.6 out of 10 that has 11% alcohol from Acampo, California.  With aromas of citrus, floral, Jasmine and lime that we would recommend but would probably not purchase again since it was too dry for our tastes.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Cedar City KOA

1121 North Main Street
Cedar City, UT 84721
435-586-9872 or 800-KOA-9873

We paid $49.58 per night using our KOA 10% membership card for a pull through water, electric, sewer site on gravel that was not very level. There was a concrete slab for the BBQ and picnic table, and a grass area too. The price also included free Wifi and free cable.

The entire park was well maintained with inviting landscaping and is nearby many wonderful areas to see.

Even though they have pet policies not everyone abides by them like our neighbors for instance. They left their yappy little dog in their trailer when they were gone and it barked but when they left it in the trailer with the door open while they were visiting in the park and it continued to bark for hours right into our windows which we had opened because of the warm temperatures that we had to finally call to complain. The woman on the phone said she would immediately take care of it and within minutes she found our neighbor and they came and closed their door or took the dog with them, not sure which since we were already in bed for the night.

The laundry was located at the front of the campground which was open to the public and most of the washers were out of order so we chose not to do our laundry while we were there.

The entire staff were very accommodating and were available and eager to assist when we needed anything and kept the restrooms spotless.

Even though the price is very high, we would probably stay there again and would highly recommend it to others.

For more photos, check out our Google + Web Albums.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Chill Out and Freeze Out

Last weekend was time for a big Walmart stop and that is exactly what we did.  We drove about 100 miles north to Richfield on UT-89 and it was a gorgeous drive.  No mountain climbs or descends just mountains all around us and a few we drove through.  Loved this drive, check out all of our photos of this drive and more at our Photo Web Albums.

Due to the weather forecast of freezing rain for Saturday morning here on the mountain we chose to take off after work on Friday afternoon.  We were on the road by 3:30pm and settled in at the Richfield KOA by 6pm, just in time to watch the NASCAR Trucks in Kansas.

We did our huge shop at Walmart on Saturday and returned to the Richfield KOA in time to watch the NASCAR Sprint race but due to the weather in Kansas there was a long delay so we stayed awake until after 11pm to finish watching it.

Work is still fun even though we have an idiot working with us, but only one and he is not management which makes it easier to handle.  We never understand why there always seems to be one person who just refuses to follow the rules and gets away with it.  He is not family and there is a lot of family members working and they work hard, him…not so much!

The plan is to hang out this weekend and just chill out, or should I say freeze out.  Yep, another snow storm hit the area and we once again not only got a few inches of that white stuff but the temperatures dropped to below freezing for the next 5 or more nights, and highs only in the 50’s.  Hopefully summer will arrive soon since this weather is getting old fast, way too cold for us!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Richfield KOA

590 W 600 S
Richfield, UT  84701
8/29/2011, 5/20/2012 & 5/10/2015

2015 UPDATE - We paid $40.06 for 2 nights using $10 in KOA points and also using a special promotion for staying Friday night and receiving Saturday night for $10.

It was cold, rainy and all the amenities were not opened yet since it was prior to their season.  New owners have taken over and they are doing some remodeling of things but otherwise it looks in great shape as it has been the last few visits we have made to this location.

We paid $34.65 using our KOA membership card for a water, electric, sewer pull-thru level, shady, gravel site with free cable and WiFi.  Our Verizon phone and MiFi worked great and we hooked up our dish for NASCAR on Speed Channel which was not included in the lineup.

Both times we visited, we noticed how very clean and crisp the entire park was and it was right in the middle of a neighborhood.  Everywhere you look it is well manicured and clean.

We relaxed on our patio, had a nice glass of wine and were not bothered by dogs not on leashes.  They had rules and they followed up on them.  As a matter of fact they have a sign on the grass at the entrance to the office that reads “Here lies the last dog that pooped on my site”.  Or, something to that effect…LOVED IT!  Again, we are not dog haters, but we do not have any and do not appreciate them exploring our site and leaving a piece of them behind.  There are so many great dog owners and it only takes a few bad ones to really make it bad on everyone and that is a shame.

If we are ever in the area we will definitely stop by here again and we highly recommend it to anyone who is in the area.

For more photos, check out our Picasa Web Albums.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Bryce Canyon Adventurous Weekend

After work on Friday we were finally able to take a bike ride to check out our backyard and what a fantastic ride it turned out to be. Old Bryce Town across the street from where we work at Ruby’s General Store finally opened so our first stop was checking it all out, especially the Ice Cream Store! After enjoying our treat we adventured to the back roads and we are so glad we did.  What a view right in our own backyard.  It is not open to the public so it was so surreal and exactly what we needed to see. 

On Saturday we took the shuttle bus into the park, our first stop which is the last shuttle stop before they begin the trip back was Bryce Point. It is impossible to take a bad photo because everywhere you look is such an amazing place to take another great shot.

We plan to do several trips into the park so we only got off at two of the stops this trip, our second stop was at Sunset Point.

There is also a narrated tour bus that we will look into which takes the drive a lot further into the park that will be a future trip for us since reservations are needed.

Next week will be our shopping trip to one of the Walmart stores for our monthly stock up of needed items.  It will be a 100 mile one way so we will stay the night in Richfield, Utah and return on Sunday.

For more photos, check out our Google + Web Albums.