As the Old Man (our daughters' occasional name for their Beloved Father} approached his annual birthday -- yes, I still recognize one each year and count myself fortunate to have gotten there -- we noticed that my Driver License was about to expire -- on my birthday. What a wonderful present! And Suzy's license was to expire six months later.
To renew our Driver Licenses in our legal domicile, the State of Oregon, would have required a hasty trip across I-10 into that morass called Southern California, then a quick segue onto I-5 for approximately 900 miles to get to Salem, Oregon. And of course then, there's the return trip, assuming we pass the eye and other tests! That's going to be about a 3000 mile round trip. In the motorhome, twenty driving days, at least as many recovery days along the way. By car, ten driving days, ten motel nights, thirty restaurant meals. Nooo-o-o-o--o--o---o!
So we decided now is the time to switch to being Arizona residents. Suzy had done some research, of course; biggest question was the cost. Every one we had talked to told us that vehicle license fees would be well above Oregon's, and we found that to be true. But first, how about getting Driver Licenses in Arizona? We had to drive all the way to Sierra Vista, about 30 miles (but we had to go there anyway for other things), took a number in the MVD office and waited our turn. We needed to take an eye test, with our glasses. They found out we could each see, so they took $10 each and told us to wait to have our pictures taken. Then they issued our licenses, good for five years. That easy!
In the meantime, we have now settled into what could be called "summer normal" for our park. Only 93 leaseholders (out of of 297) are still here, along with 13 "guests" (folks who are renting a site). The monsoon season officially began on Friday, June 15, with a caution from forecasters that the rain doesn't necessarily begin right away. In fact, it waited until Saturday, June 16! Nothing since, thank goodness, because we have a major erosion project underway in the park that was supposed to be finished before the monsoon rains hit. The rain won the race!
|Cleaning out the old wash that has flooded a few times in the past.|
|It's a BIG job!|
|Getting set to build a "plunge pool" to receive the water coming down from the properties behind us.|
|They moved out mountains of dirt, and brought in mountains of boulders.|
|The first course of boulders in place.|
Summer time has brought out the wild life for sure!
|This is "Our Family" of Gambel Quail, the ones born on our back porch. Seven youngsters have survived this far.|
|Black throated sparrow.|
|Don't know this fellow's name, but a few of them call our site home.|
|Silver Cardinal getting a bite of a peanut cake.|
|And of course, you've already met our Gila Monster and the Drill Sergeant!|
|The Gila Monster on the prowl.|