The 2011 Trip
Part 87 – The male pickup

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

The temperature at 4:10 AM was 44.5F with a clear sky. The furnace came on as we got up but the trailer felt a bit warmer than it has at this time lately. They claim the rattle snakes will come out from hibernating when the temperature remains 50F or higher at night. Well, we should be okay for awhile at least. One lady caught one trying to enter her trailer last year and after that kept the door closed. There are no flies or insects and a lot of them leave their doors open including the screen door. The temperature dropped slightly and was 44.2F with a clear sky at 5AM. At 8AM the temperature was 49.2F with scattered cloud. The propane bottle went dry at 7AM so it is learning or we are learning. Maybe it was just the luck of the draw again.

We spent the morning at Apache Junction creating inflation at the RV supply store, Wal-Mart, paid the Internet Bill and filled the propane bottle at Apache Propane. We had lunch at the Subway Sandwich place at Wal-Mart and there had a good chat with a gentleman who had been a tail gunner in England with 8th Bomber Group. After the war he worked at various jobs in Michigan and retired a Baptist Minister. Very interesting. He was the oldest in his crew at 23, the pilot was 19 and the rest teenagers, so he must in 90 or older today. He claims the experience bothered him more today than it ever did. No wonder wars are fought with teenagers. Always hungry boys who are going to live forever.

When Joan and I walked down the parking lot at Wal-Mart this afternoon we watched another one ton dually pull in next to ours. It was identical to ours except 4-wheel drive. It was from Ontario and had a set of imitation leather testicles hanging from the trailer hitch. We figured that it had to be male and had a good laugh over it. We reckon if that one is male our 2-wheel drive is female. Maybe one should get a Minnie Pearl hat complete with flower and price tag for the cab roof. If we were to be around that one often we would. We will not likely ever see it again. There are so many RV parks, as they call them around here, that it could be parked anywhere. We did not see those who were in it. They were in the store by the time we reached the trucks. The parking lot is huge and a lot of one ton dually's park way down in that section.

The Wal-Mart parking lot and the streets are full of out of state vehicles. We have seen the one other Nova Scotia vehicle only and it was awhile ago. We still have not seen one from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland. A Jeep with Yukon plates passed us the other day. But Ontario, Quebec and the Western provinces are well represented. There is a Canadian pot luck dinner here in the park this Saturday and there are well over 150 names on the list. Joan is taking a couple of pies. We will no doubt have more on this in this Saturday's report.

We arrived home when the temperature was 62.6F under partly cloudy skies at 2 PM. The sun was hot and it sure felt hotter than that. We then sat out in the sun for over an hour. The breeze was cool and nice.

We had 14023 kilohertz on while around the trailer. At 4:30 PM I had a good chat with Mike over in Hillsboro, Texas, up a bit on 14024 kilohertz.

At 5:50 PM we had supper over, the dishes done and the temperature was 60.5F under partly cloudy skies still. The sunset was little to write home about. There were no clouds to make it impressive.

Robert gave me some records for this site for February from the 1st to 17th inclusive. There are an average of 16 visits per day to this site. We did not realize there were this many people this bored per day.

The day ended with the movie again. The temperature was 48.0F and a clear sky. Another day is history. They zip on by very fast.

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