Sunday, November 29, 2015

Gobble 'til ya Wobble!

Although a little late....
Happy Thanksgiving!! 
I know a lot of you out there have been celebrating all week and weekend with your families and friends. We missed our family and friends back "home" and hope you all had a great day of good food, laughter, fun and games and making memories.

While some of our family was having fun in Sunny Florida celebrating together

Our daughter Brittney with Roscoe, my mom & sister, Courtney with Frankie

and decorating the Christmas tree...

What costumes??!!
we celebrated with our tribe~ our road family, out here in the desert.

You wouldn't expect a huge Thanksgiving day feast in the middle of the desert, but it happens almost every year...and it's gooooooood!! 
This year I made up a list of everyone (about 45 people) and what they would make and/or bring, we had everything from Turkey and mashed potatoes to pies and napkins.
Bob supplied the fryer, peanut oil and turkey's (among other items). Jamie fried one turkey and "Papi" cooked the other one in his grill...They both turned out totally scrumptious! 
I'm sure some of you are curious as to how we fried a turkey out here. I have included some pictures and video link below for your viewing pleasure.

First, Papi will come over to go over it again, to make sure you don't screw anything up!

Having a couple of brave & helpful men around helps

Pat the bird down, make sure it didn't take any of your jewelry!

Make a wind barrier because, well....we're in the desert and we need that flame! If one way doesn't work try another...and another until it does!

Dress for the part! Jamie is much too purty to be burning anything! 

 Drop it like it's wait, don't do that! 
Drop it like it's going into 350* of peanut oil!!!

Look at it bubbling!
Eddie was a big part of the support team.

Let it boil/fry for 45 minutes

 Get suited back up to raise the bird

Deliciously Golden Brown

Everyone is waiting on this bird!!!

The transporter

The bird is in flight with the Star of the day

Thank goodness, we had two birds...the first one went down fast with this group! eat, laugh and be jolly for the rest of the day!
Wish I would have taken more pictures of the food and our friends but sometimes you just go with the flow and before you know it, the day is over.
We all ate 'til we were ready to pop. I think I had two layers of food on my plate at one time...didn't want to miss anything!
After the meal, the guys watched football, the ladies talked and laughed and everyone was able to take something home, if they so desired.
It was a great day and I'm glad I took the time to put together that list, everyone else did the work and brought it all together on one big table.
Thank you to everyone that made it possible to have such an amazing celebration out here in the wild. I know it means a lot to many of us and we are glad you could join us and be a part of it.
(Early or belated) I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you spent it exactly as you wanted to.

And if you still haven't had enough Turkey time with us, you can click here 
to see Bob Well's blog about our day!


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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Silly Times at Silly Al's

At least once a year, while in Quartzsite, we try to make it to Silly Al's...a super yummy restaurant that serves really great pizza among other Italian dishes of lasagna and spaghetti. 
This time around, we've made it here twice!

The first time we went was on a whim and it turned out to be a silly night of fun with our new friend, Debra. (Debra's Blog) 
 We shared a large pizza (14") and a couple of beers.

Silly Al's is a restaurant but they also have karaoke and dancing on certain nights of the week.
Right when we were finishing up with dinner they started up karaoke. It had been such a long time and karaoke used to be one of my favorite things to do many years ago, so Debra and I signed up...Debra needed a little coaxing but she went with it and we had a great time singing.
I sang Blue Bayou by Linda Ronstadt, for the first time ever in public! Everyone was so nice afterward and applauded me with's a hard one.

Catching my breath

Debra ended up singing Mama by The Judd's even though she asked for Grandpa...she was great and everyone showed their support with applause.

She even got people to dance

We ran into another new friend, Dean, who is also part of the metal detecting club.

A nice man named Sonny, fell in love with Debra and asked her for a dance to Lady in Red. It was so cute...Debra's still got it!

The second time around our friend, Mike, invited everyone in camp out for dinner and that turned into one of the most fun nights we've had in a while.
(Sorry for the poor photo quality)

Even Bob & Judy made it!!!

We had a couple of guys from France, Lars & Michel, that flew in to film people in our camp for a few days, they came to dinner, too!

It was a great time. After dinner, we lost about half of the group to bedtime, so we moved over to a smaller table where we could see the dance floor. I was #10 on the list for karaoke and Mr. Will was #12.
The first song I sang was 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton, Will sang Born in the USA by Springsteen. Everyone (that was left) got up on the dance floor and kicked around some moves, it seems like we all had a blast! The guys moved over to shoot a few games of pool, while the rest of us talked, danced, and sang.

Lars trying to keep his game face!

Michel & Jamie

Mike shooting a good game

Me & Lars, such a happy guy!

Michel in full concentration mode

Jamie doing his thang

Me & Michel

I ended up singing a couple more songs, even getting asked to sing a duet with Whistler (a local), just having a good time with everyone around. It really was a great "ending" to a good year with so many wonderful friends we get to meet on the road. It was nice meeting Lars & Michel, we hope to see them again very soon....maybe in January!

You just never know what one can get themselves into, out here in the desert. Seems we've found a fun lil' gathering place for the Winter that fits everyone's needs.
Thank you Mike, it was certainly a night to remember!


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Friday, November 27, 2015

Hunting for Treasure

 At one time or another, during a conversation out here, prospecting is bound to come up. This past year we have met many people that have the "Gold Hunting" buzz, most of them having metal detectors of their own. On a Saturday while working on Ray's brakes, the guys went into town to get parts and stopped off at a Mining-Prospecting store. Jamie came back with lots of great information and wanted to join the club so a few days later went back and did just that. He paid $20 for the whole year, so he's good until December 2016! When he became a member, he received a Member pin, a club card, a map to the mines that the club members are allowed to prospect at and he will receive discounts on the hunts they hold.
The first hunt of the season was this past Saturday. 

We didn't know what to expect; will there be 15 people there or way more? We thought we'd arrive at least a half hour early to register as well as getting a feel for what was going to happen during the hunt. We drove in and were stunned at how many people were there. We saw ladies selling homemade things, people hanging out by the coffee dispensers, sitting around talking and laughing, people were walking around getting their detectors just right...there were people everywhere! 

The hunt started right at 1:00 p.m. Charlie starts it off with a small pep talk as well as stating the rules. Everyone lines up around the perimeter of the field, registration tags get checked, then a horn is blown and they take off! People that do not do the hunt, hide 15,000 coins and 36 tokens (only 5 tokens per person). The tokens get turned in at the end of the hunt for prizes.

These ladies stayed near the perimeter line and were finding stuff left and right!

He was a great hunter!

Jamie digging up treasure!

Dean found some good stuff!
What a beautiful place to spend time hunting for treasure

You get to detect and hunt for one hour, then they blow the horn and everyone comes in with their findings!

Mr. Krandall's treasure

My babaa' got his hunt on!

After the hunt is over you get to keep whatever you find; Quarters, Nickels, Dimes. If you found any tokens, you turn them into the smiling ladies at the main table and they give you your prize! Prizes this time around were little nuggets of Gold (yes, real Gold), old Silver coins & one lucky guy won a metal detector!!

The beauty of the hunt

Our new friend, Tom. Tom got a gold nugget for finding a token.

Everyone hanging out to see who got what!

 We met Charlie Weinheimer, Quartzsites' Metal Detecting President & Huntmaster. He was a great tipster and a pretty funny guy, just click the video link below to get your Charlie fill and see what the hunt is all about!

Charlie & Joe Wallingford (Vice President) told us that this is the smallest hunt of the season...there were 100 people there! The biggest hunt of the season is January with 200-250 people hunting, the prizes also get bigger and better! 
We are thinking about getting a detector for me too, but we'll have to see how it goes...we're still saving up our monies for a guitar! 
It really was a fun time. I went out after everyone left and found a Quarter and three Dimes! It is a fun little hobby and who knows, we may find something a lot bigger than coin change!
To find out more about the club in Quartzsite, clink the link below.

See you at the next hunt!

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