I guess everyone know that I turned 40 last October. That is a time when you start thinking that your life is half over and reflect on where you are in your life. Some guys get a new sports car, some guys get a girlfriend, some guys get plastic surgery or some other make over. Well I got my self a duck boat. Is it because I am having a mid-life crisis? I don't think so. I think I have just wanted a duck boat for a long time. I talked about getting one for a couple years but I didn't get one because we were going to be moving. Now since we aren't moving, I got the boat. I was able to find one that is exactly what I was looking for. I got a 2008 Excel 18X51 with a 35 HP hyperdrive. I will post pictures once I feel well enough to go out and take some. October can not come fast enough!
Yesterday, I started not feeling well and today I haven't been out of bed very much. Hopefully tomorrow I will start feeling better.
We leave for Disneyland on Thursday. We will be there for 6 days and we will celebrate Brit's 16th birthday while there. I am sure we will have a great time.
Here is a quick recap: Had a server failure and had to restore the data from backup. Celebrated my sisters birthday with her and her family. Flew to Phoenix. Drove to LA (towing a 5th wheel in So Cal. really sucks). Changed time zone and Daylight savings on the same weekend. Spent 4 days in Disneyland. Ate one big turkey leg. Flew from LA. Reloaded Windows on 15 computers. Flew back to LA. Spent the night in a Mesquite RV park. Drove home from Mesquite in under 5 hours. My Mom had surgery. Performed a server migration. Setup an Email server. Replaced a failed Router at 12:30 on a Saturday night. Went to Brunch with my family. Earned a free flight on Southwest. Had my biggest month (total sales) ever. Adapted to a new puppy. Welcomed home my family. Celebrated my Mother's birthday.
Got to go now. I have a breakfast tomorrow morning downtown at Little America. I need to be there by 7:30.
Collared Peccaries also know as the Javelina (or Javelin as my family like to call them), are very hard to find. They are called the Ghosts of the Desert, now I know why. Nate and I hunted hard for 2 straight days and didn't even see a single animal. We saw plenty of sign (tracks, poop, eaten vegetation) but we did not see any animals at all. We had a good time and look forward to chasing them again next year. We were able to ride Qaud runners and covered a lot of territory in 2 days. We did see tons of birds (bluebirds and Cardinals included), Mule deer, squirrels, jack rabbits, cottontails, lizards and lots of cat tracks.
The hunt goes for a few more days but I will need to plan on next year. If you want to go, start planning on it now.
Well I haven't posted too much lately. I have been traveling back and forth from Phoenix to SLC quite a bit. I think I have traveled more on airplanes this calendar year then the past 10 years combined. I think today was my 9 flight. I will be headed back down next weekend.
It is great to be able to spend time with my family on the weekends. We have been doing a lot of fun things and just spending time together. We have been to museums, state parks, botanical gardens, olive farms and ghost towns. Everything down there is a new adventure for us.
We are starting to see the end of the road for this little adventure. Kim and the kids will be back home on March 15th. I hope Kim and the kids will be able to adjust back.
Well, we have made it to Arizona. Here is an update:
Wednesday we left around 3:00 and drove to Mesquite to spend the night. We had planned on staying in the Walmart parking lot, but it was clearly marked that you could not spend the night in their parking lot. We then drove over to the Casablanca where the parking lot was full of RVers. We setup in a small quite corner and grabbed a bite to eat and went to bed.
Thursday morning we woke up, grabbed some more McD's food, packed up the RV and hit the road. We arrived at the RV park around 6:30 and started setting up. The campground host and another RVer help me back in our 5th wheel without hitting the fire hydrant or any other cars or RV's. We then leveled out hooked things up and had a nice dinner with Jen, Nate and the girls at Olive Garden. When we were done eating, Nate asked our server if his wrist was OK, well Anthony went on a 10 minute story about how he had been cut in a drunken brawl. We could barely contain our laughter.
Friday we spent the day driving around getting familiar with the area and going shopping. The dogs freaked out and so did Kim for a little while. At this point I thought we may be driving home in the morning. Jen and Nate invited us over for dinner, had some really yummy chicken and watched the Sugar Bowl. Huge win for the Utes. When we arrived back at the trailer we found a leak in the toilet, so we had to turn off the water for the night.
Saturday we woke up and headed over to Camping World to get a replacement hose for the toilet and a few other supplies we needed. I swapped out the hose on the toilet and it was still leaking. Turns out the toilet had a crack and I had to go back to Camping World and buy a new one. Once that was fixed, we finally cleaned up and had dinner over at Oregano's Pizza. Mmmmmm. After dinner we came back to the trailer and played the Office game and settled in for the night. The weatherman told us that a winter storm was coming in on Sunday.
Today, we woke up and had brunch at Sweet Tomatoes. The we drove around some more. BTW it is 50 degrees and raining, I guess that is a winter storm down here. I am still in shorts and a t shirt.
Tomorrow, I will fly home in the morning. I will work for a week and fly back down on Friday morning. It will be hard to leave my family, but I feel like they are in a good situation. Kim seems to be doing better physically and mentally. Phoenix is a nice area to live. Even in a trailer park.