We had to veer south for a bit for a dental appointment in Los Algodones, Mexico. It was a perfect opportunity to stop and visit our friends Jeanette and Dennis, who were camped at her dad’s property near Dulzura, California, which was (kind of) on the way.
Last year, Jeanette and Dennis helped us with a WordPress migration and development of some variations of our photography logo. Their business, Motorhome Office of Design and Technology, offers graphics, illustration and web development at a reasonable cost. So we also planned to get some help from them on some technical issues.
We arrived at Jeanette’s dad’s lovely hilltop property where their vintage 1978 Wanderlodge bus, the Cheddar Yeti2, is currently camped on a very nice pad with a patio and rose garden. The property has a lovely pool and jacuzzi and a great deck. Unfortunately, it was too cold for the pool.
The home also has a great bar room with the largest collection of beer taps we have ever seen. Literally thousands of them. Very cool.
We had a working session with Dennis and Jeanette all day the next day and hung out together in the evening. Our plan was to leave for Yuma the following day, but they offered us an alternative: leave Island Girl there, drive to our appointment and back, and they would take care of Angel. We couldn’t pass that up, and decided to forego Yuma stay and drive to the border in our car.
Our visit to the dentist, Dr. Eva Ureña was for a follow-up on some earlier treatment for me and just a simple cleaning for Hector. We, and some others had to wait a while to see the dentist, it seemed she was overbooked.
On our way back we noticed an interesting structure on a hill by the road, and drove up to take a look at it. As we drove up the dirt road, a flying saucer drove in front of us and blocked our way. Fortunately, the aliens were friendly and invited us to check out their saloon down the road. Then they took off into the hills, never to be seen again.
A little further down was a patch of land full of old vehicles: RVs, trucks and cars with aliens sitting in the driver’s seats and flying saucers throughout. A truck with “Coyote’s Flying Saucer Retrievals and Repairs” written on its side stood ready to provide services and a sofa with an alien looking through a telescope into the skies, possibly at his home planet, completed the community. There were no humans around. Hmmm.
But there was more interesting stuff to see. We saw an open gate that led to what seemed to me like a junkyard, but to Hector it looked like heaven. He loves to photograph old cars and trucks. So we drove in and discovered the Motor Transport Museum, a private museum that is normally open on Saturdays only.
But on that day several guys were doing restoration work there, thus the open gate. And they allowed us take a look around. There are rows and rows of vehicles and all kinds of mechanical equipment in conditions from decrepit to just plain old.
If we had driven to Yuma in Island Girl, we would have missed all this fun! Who has this much fun while going to the dentist! We do!
Back at Jeanette and Dennis’ pad, we had an invitation to dinner at her dad’s. Not just dinner, but a fabulous Cajun dinner made by their friend, Bomber, who was doing some work at the house. Delicious!
After dinner, Bomber brought out some VERY interesting infused moonshine from somewhere in California (I forgot where). We of course had to sample this unusual stuff. I had a preference for the apple and Hector for the blueberry.
Then in the evenings, we had community dinners and good times with our friends. Somehow, the Cheddar Yeti2 seemed to call to Angel, she loved being inside the big bus. And of course, she loves Aunt JJ and Uncle Dennis who took good care of her while we were away.
It was unexpectedly idyllic and Jeanette and Dennis made us feel so welcome. We wound up staying five nights, and were able to launch our website at the end of the week. What a productive and fun week!