(First paragraph removed, thanks to Barb Westerfield for solving the problem of getting rid of an unwanted Tab. Why didn’t I remember that from my editing days?)
As the title suggests, our winter home in Benson, AZ is just a mile south of Interstate 10, a favorite route of many RVers heading southwest toward warmer climates for the colder months. One of our neighbors lets us use their RV lot for visitors passing through. So far we’ve enjoyed visits from the Kings, Armstrongs, Andersons, Yusts, Maylebens and Sheppards. We expect our next visitors to be the Hills toward the end of the month. But you never know who might pop up!
While Dan & Jenny Sheppard were here, Don grilled a tri-tip roast, Santa Maria style. The trick to making this roast flavorful is to buy it untrimmed, and literally burn the fat side.
The final result is juicy and yummy!
Nobody went away hungry.
We also saw the movie “Lincoln” in Sierra Vista. It started out a little slow, but got very interesting. It was a great history lesson with wonderful actors, especially Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field. If you haven’t yet seen it, we highly recommend it. Don and I had previously seen “Skyfall” and also recommend it to anyone who’s a 007 fan.
Dan, Jenny and I went to happy hour at the Escapees Saguaro Park in Benson while Don was cooking the tri-tip. I stopped by Pat Livingston’s motorhome where she’s spending a couple of months in the SKP park, and convinced her to go with us. Here’s Pat in front of the Sheppards’ motorhome.
Part of the happy hour group – such a big turnout we had to keep adding tables so everyone would have a place to sit. Bruce Ratcliff, standing, practiced making Polar Bears (an adult beverage made with Kahlua, Vodka and ice cream) and shared them with everyone. There will be a Polar Bear party at the park on January 7, and I know Bruce will have his mixing techniques perfected by then.
Don and I strung Christmas lights around our fence, and Don hung the icicle twinkle lights on our awning, with Dan and me helping by holding and moving the ladder.
Inside, I put our little tree on the dash and added ornaments we’ve collected in our travels, along with our Christmas stockings. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Finally, we welcomed our newest neighbors who moved in next door to us. That’s a BIG 40-ft. triple-axle 5th wheel! And a BIG truck to match. It was a little tricky to get the trailer backed in, but the driver (former owner of the rig) was skilled and had plenty of help from neighbors.
Eric & Jane will need to modify the free-standing awning so they can open the bedroom slide fully. But they did manage to place the awning post between the rear slide and the door of the 5th wheel once the trailer was in its final position.
Welcome to the neighborhood, folks!