On Tuesday we drove to Mesa, Arizona to visit with our former neighbors from Knappa. This is nearly a three hour drive. Two of the three rest areas were closed. We didn't stop to stretch so we were both a little stiff-legged by the time we arrived. Gary is struggling with congestive heart failure, diabetes and kidney problems. He is now on dialysis three times a week and will continue for the rest of his life. We had a great visit and were able to meet two of their friends. It was another three hour drive back to Quartzsite.
Wednesday we did a few chores before heading for Parker, Arizona. This was a 30 minute drive. We had lunch with our friend, Betty. We met Betty when she spent a summer in the same RV park in Wallowa. We hadn't seen her for three years, but we talk periodically on the phone. Betty suggested we eat at Paradise Cafe in Parker. The cafe was decorated in happy colors but not over done. We all enjoyed our lunch. But the best was conversation with Betty. After catching up for three hours, Betty headed back to Needles, California where she is staying this winter and we stopped for a few groceries. We plan to do big shopping on Friday but needed milk, etc.
When we returned home we did chores towards getting ready to move the RV to Senator's Wash tomorrow, which is 20 miles north of Yuma. It's about an hour drive south from Quartzsite. By the time we got back to Quartzsite this afternoon, I was exhausted. My body felt like it weighed 300 lbs. I sat for a bit then got dinner into the oven, but couldn't do more. I read while dinner cooked.
Our visits with friends is uplifting. Certainly worried about Gary's health, but such a joy to see our good friends.