Saturday, March 9, 2013

Ride, Rain, Relatives.....

Riding around the Imperial Valley - north of Yuma, AZ
Thursday was a perfectly hot day for a motorcycle ride.  We did just that.  It was great to ride in short sleeve shirts.  That's how hot it was.
One of the many fields that yield vegetable crops.
Our destination was the Imperial Dam.  It diverts the Colorado River to keep the miles and miles of canals filled with water for irrigating southern California farms and orchards.
Canal water that is diverted from the Colorado River.
We arrived at the Imperial Dam but focused our attention on the lake and marshes created by holding back the water.  This lake is large and provides for recreational watercraft sports while offering local fishers plenty of opportunity to catch the 'big one'.
Friday morning rain in Yuma.
By 4:00 am Friday morning, I awoke to the patter of rain on our RV.  That signaled what our day would be like.  The rain came down in buckets near mid-morning. Shortly after the downpour ended, the sun was out and the ground dried quickly.
The sun is out....and the ground is drying.
Bernie and Rita (my brother and sister in law) were joining us for a mid afternoon visit, followed by dinner.  Although we thought we could enjoy the outdoors, that wasn't to be. 
Staying out of the wind.

It was windy and cool - meaning it was in the high 50's / low 60's.  We sat indoors, enjoying some laughs and banter, while monitoring the WGC Cadillac Golf Tournament and the Curling Brier being held in Edmonton, Alberta.

Jeanette put together a wonderful dinner and Rita contributed a tasty broccoli and grape salad.  With 'hot off the grill' chicken thighs,  we enjoyed a wholesome dinner indoors. 

We will join Bernie and Rita for a few hours this morning (Saturday), to take in the Lettuce Festival in Old Yuma.  Several local chefs will be preparing various dishes to include lettuce grown in this region.  It should be fun.  Following that, Jeanette and I may find another reason to take an afternoon motorcycle ride in the area.
Jeanette and I believe that this home, in the Yuma Foothills, quite likely belongs to a snow birding farmer.
Checking the local weather reports, it appears that the southwest Arizona/California area is slated to heat up.  Low 80's temperatures are forecast for a return tomorrow and heating up to the low 90's within a few days.

And that's just the way it's been here, these past couple of days.

Thanks for dropping by.


  1. Gotta love those hot t-shirt bike riding days.
    The Imperial Dam area is very nice, we have stayed at the BLM land there a few times and really enjoy it.

  2. I think all of us in the southwest are hoping those forecasts of warmer weather are accurate. We could use a few weeks of hot weather before having to head home.

    Hope you get that bike ride in today!

  3. Sounds like a cold, but none the less great day. Enjoy the Yuma Lettuce Days Festival and your ride!

  4. I love visiting the Imperial Dam area... it would be a great place to ride the bike. Hard to believe it actually rained out in that area! Enjoy!

  5. you almost make me miss our biking days..but I'm satisfied to live thru yours...with you....