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Travels with Tapatai
Windy, Windy,Windy
Fred/111 degrees/blowing dogs off chains!
07/21/2012, Glendale, AZ

Taking a nap until 4 and then getting up when the trailer started shaking. Thinking it was an earthquake I looked out the window to see strong winds and dust blowing everywhere. It was blowing at least 20 knots with higher gusts. It was also getting dark as in dark clouds and was probably going to rain. It had been predicted so no surprise other than the wind and dust or sand.

We found our favorite Japanese restaurant only 5 miles away so we went and had a great dinner of Phlidelphia roll, edamame, Goyza, and tempura shrimp and veggies. While enjoying the delicious meal at our window table, it started to rain and rain it did for the next 4 hours or so. I guess it is the monsoon season in this part of the world.

Made it back to the trailer for showers and some reading as we tried to fall asleep in the 100 degree heat. Not easy as the air conditioner is loud, so you were not able to sleep due to noise or heat, take your pick.

Anyway tomorrow we are off to Flagstaff.

Hot, Hot,Hot
Fred/111 degrees!
07/21/2012, Phoenix

Long day of driving but no traffic. Left home at 6:45 and headed out Hwy 8 towards Yuma. Couple of rest stops on the way and then the highlight- lunch in Gila Bend! I don't think much has changed in Gila Bend in a long,long time. Some new fast food joints and we opted for Dairy Queen which happened to be the last one before getting on the highway to Phoenix. Had a cheeseburger and strawberry shake and P had an apple bacon burger.

It was 108 there so we hit the road for Phoenix and arrived at oue rv park and it was 111! First hookup was the power and the ac on. Of course I printed out a trip tik for P to navigate with and our first stop was the Desert Sands rv park where their website said thT they wouldn't take any rv,s built before 1999. So screw that and I realized that I had made my reservation at the Desert Shadows rv park after I printed the trip tik, so after some consternation, we pulled out the phone and called for directions, or I should say P called. Men don't ask directions!

So we are here Nd taking a nap in the ac before we head for Scottsdale to a great Japanese Sushi restaurant that we kno about. After that a dip in the jacuzzi, shower and to bed. Getting up for an early departure to Flagstaff where we will get some altitude. Supposed to be in the 80's there. We will see so stay tuned!

Locked and Loaded
Fred/Beautiful summer day
07/20/2012, Point Loma

Well we are loaded and hitched up and ready to go tomorrow at 0:dark 30. We will head to Phoenix where 108 degrees is waiting for us but it is only for an overnight before heading up to higher elevations to Flagstaff.

So stay tuned to the adventures of Fred and Penny and our 1956 Airstream, Skippy.

Changing modes of transportation
07/14/2012, San Diego, CA

Well we have been hanging around San Diego for awhile as Penny heals from her rodeo accident and now it is time to get on the road again. That in itself is another story for another time. You may have noticed that the boat picture is now our 1956 Airstream Safari. It is 22' long and only 7.5' wide but is light weight and a ball to camp in. We have owned her for about 8 years now and love it when we get out. As Tapatai is in Catalina with our partner we are headed out to Colorado for about 3 weeks.

We will head to Gunnison, CO where we will participate in an Airstream rally with 85 other trailers for 3 days. We will leave SD this Saturday and stop in Phoenix for the night and then in Flagstaff the next night staying at Black Barts RV park, also known for its saloon, dance hall and steak house. Should be fun. Then the next morning we head to Mesa Verde National Park where we will stay for 3 days and nights and tour the cliff dwellings dating back some 700 years, so stay tuned for some photos.

Then on to Gunnison with some short stops in Durango, Silverton and Ouray but we need to arrive in Gunnison in the afternoon so we can wash the trailer and report in to the campground where we will circle the wagons. This should be lots of fun with old friends and meeting new ones. Much like cruising, its the people that you meet on the way.

There will be seminars on trailer restoration, swap meet, chili dump (more on that later) and general messing around in trailers and happy hour. Western dress is required for the dinner so I finally get to wear my boots, hat, and my new western shirt that I have had for over a year.

After Gunnison we will go up to Crested Butte which is only about 20 minutes away and visit our daughter Michelle, her husband John and our granddaughter Maile who is 13. We are looking forward to that visit.

Afterwards we will work our way back home leisurly with a stop at the Grand Canyon that neither Penny or I have ever seen. Again looking forward to that stop.

So stay tuned and follow our adventures with Skippy, our 1956 Airstream Safari which has been completly restored. In fact all day today and tommorow I am working on it to get it ready for the road.

Till then, see you down the road!

07/20/2012 | fletch
If you get a chance check out Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, where God practiced before making the Grand Canyon.
07/21/2012 | Fred Delaney
Will do Fletcher as we have several days there.
07/24/2012 | Tranquila
Skippy sure is looking bright and shiny and very handsome! Enjoy!
Home Finally
The Turtle Bay 3
06/16/2011, San Diego Police Dock

Well we made it and tied up at the Customs Dock at 11:30 AM. Only 53 hours from Turtle Bay for a pretty fast run. We tied up and our luck was still holding. The Custom's officers were just getting off a boat and we said that we were here to check in. They came on board and looked at our paper work and passports and all check out. They took a cursory look at the boat and the refer and freezer and we had already bagged the produce that we knew would not be allowed in and they thanked us for having it ready. I declared Penny's two bottles of Tequila and the 4 bottles of left over Mexican wine and the few cans of Mexican beer and they let us keep it all. They did ask if we had any repairs done in Mexico so I suspect that if you had major work done that you might have to pay duty on it.

We also checked out of Mexico for San Diego in Cabo San Jose so we did not have to stop in Ensenada to check out of Mexico like some boats did. I asked what would happen if we had not check out and he said that he would like to have some paper work showing that you at least checked out of the last port of call even if it was to Ensenada.

It only took 15 minutes and we were on the way to our dock at SDYC and home. Felt good to be home but in a way it was bitter sweet as I would just as soon be back in Mexico. All in all it was a good bash and we were underway for 125 hours so not bad. Even 11 days in Turtle Bay beats having to go back to the office!

What's that Smell, It's the Barn!
Fred and the boys
06/06/2011, 13 miles south of Point Loma

Woo hoo, only 13 miles to go to Point Loma and to home. First a stop at Homeland Security to check in and then to the SDYC.

The ride up from Turtle was just fine and no adverse weather. Most wind we saw was probably 15 knots and the seas long period and 2-4 feet. For the last 24 hours we have had flat calm seas and little or no wind.

Ellen commented that with 9 boats leaving at the same time does that constitute a regatta! Well yes and I think we are first in our division, that is sail boat. I am sure that the 2 power boats have already made it through Homeland Security or stopped in Ensenada. Hopefully the others did not stop in San Carlos due to the weather report that it would be 20-25 as we saw nothing of the kind nor did Commanders Weather see it. Thanks to Commanders for great routing and weather information, it was very accurate, useful and best of all comforting.

06/06/2011 | El Tiburon
WooWho! Welcome home. Sarah
06/07/2011 | Bob Kenniston
Fred...Congratulations on making the trip of a lifetime! Or, is this just the first of many now that you have free time? I was just talking to Penny on Sunday and she was very happy you were on your way and sorry that you missed the graduation.

Welcome home and here's to the next adventure!

All my best,

06/11/2011 | Mark R
Welcome back!

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