Friday, March 7, 2014

Dentist, Lettuce Days and Friends

It has been another sunny week here in Yuma.  That is not really unusual as Yuma is the sunniest city in the US with more than 300 days of blue skies a year.  That said, March did come in like a lion with about 1/10 of an inch of rain:)  Unfortunately, when it does rain it is not a cleaning shower, but just enough to turn the dust on the car and RV into muddy brown spots.  There must be a half dozen RV washing companies driving through the park every day. We have not used the service, but understand that it is very reasonable.
We returned to Algodones to go to Rodriguez Dental, the same dentist we used on our last visit, to have our teeth cleaned.  We were able to walk in and were both done and smiling in an hour.  It still amazes us how many dental facilities there are in Algodones, in addition to eye doctors and pharmacies.
 The day we went the forecast called for a chance of showers so there were not a lot of people on the streets.  Since we visited earlier, there was nothing we really "needed" so after our cleaning we walked back to the USA.  Very few people drive into Mexico here.  There is a huge parking lot right   by the border check point where most people park and walk to Mexico. 
Yuma is much more than just a snowbird spot.  It is a huge agricultural area because of all those sunny days.  They say if you are eating lettuce in the US during the winter, it probably was grown in Yuma.  For those of you who know Nanc, she is right at home where she can get a fresh salad.  
There were several booths with chefs doing there thing.  Here Chef Ray, a Food Network challenger, performed his magic of turning food into art.  Very neat!!!
We have seen ice sculptures many times, but have never had the chance to see one created.  This artist started with a dremel tool to draw the picture on the ice then went to work with a chainsaw and then a rasp to make the final work.  It took about a half hour to complete then was left to melt under those sunny Yuma skies.
In the farmers market area this guy was roasting peppers.  We bought a couple of bags and they are wonderful.
They do charge to get into Lettuce Days, but we more than covered the admission fee with the bags of free lettuce and other vegetables Dole was giving away.  If you are in Yuma in early March make sure you don't miss Lettuce Days.
When we passed through Yuma in 2010 we looked up Dick and Joan Morgan who we had not seen in many years.  Nanc worked with Dick over 30 years ago.  While we have always exchanged Christmas cards we had not seen them since Dick retired.  They have both had some health issues lately, but are looking really good.  It was great getting caught up with what has been going on in their lives.  I told Dick he is my hero as he has been retired for 25 years.  Oh, if only we can be so fortunate!

1 comment:

Bobbie and Jim said...

Great post. Thanks for the photo of the dentist you went to. I saved it for our trip across the border in a couple of weeks. How long will you be in Yuma?