Saturday, February 10, 2018

2018 King of the Hammers Desert Race

Always a fun event for me to attend - it is held in Johnson Valley about 30 miles from the RV Park - they turn a large piece of BLM Land into a town of about 40 thousand people and then hold a week of various races from motocross motorcycles, side by sides and one day of open class with the final race being the Ultra 4 Racers which is the ultimate Desert Challenge.

The race combines high speed desert racing at speeds of over 120 MPH and three different canyon rock climbs, so the vehicles are custom built to tackle both environments...quite a feat.

So me and about 45 thousand other spectators spend the day in the sand and sun...I took a few pics!



Managed to catch the winner going by!


And second place as well!


The terrain for the rock crawling segment is a tad rugged!








Some close racing...


Sometimes ya land on your nose...




Huge crowd at the finish line and big screen!


Over a 100 vehicles entered the race and 29 finished - it is a tough grueling race of over 120 miles and several vehicles are still out on the course waiting to be retrieved...

Great time stay tuned for more adventures now that I am feeling great and back to normal!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Blog Update - Health and Hummers!

You always dread the truth and reality when it comes to your health or lack of it..had a little shortness of breath and swollen ankles and feet so time to get checked out!

I have enjoyed my life to the fullest and have never been terribly concerned about taking care of this old body - hard chargin, hard drinkin, hard workin and hard smokin..well it has caught up with me and time to be a little more focused on some lifestyle changes!

A visit to a cardiologist is in my near future - heart is strong, but on the verge of Congestive Heart Disease, so time for some new meds and time to get a little more exercise and work on quitting smoking.

Enough about that, it is what it is...this morning the electric was off and so had to make my coffee in my French Press with hot water from the propane stove - it was great and went outside and had a long visit from some hummers at the feeder, this little guy was very comfortable with my presence and allowed me to get a few great pics...

HUMMERS!



You Lookin at ME??





Also the new higher bar stools arrived the other day for the Oasis - Love them.


Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Hummers and an Oasis Update

Things are moving forward on the Oasis - got the patio cleaned up and removed all the old unused lumber. New table came today for the bar stools that do NOT fit the bar...have two new ones due to arrive any day which should be the correct height, if not they will get modified...

Change of plans before paint and stain, call for a nice trellis over the patio with a sun-shield fabric and a ceiling fan for those wonderful spring and summer nights...

Step backwards on the golf cart will know more tomorrow - had a battery short out and need to replace, new batteries are going to have to fit in the budget for the next couple months...


Here is a 3 shot pano of the patio area..


The new table fits the chairs perfectly!


The top matches the chairs...


The Hot Dog cooker arrived ready for the Grand Opening - Chili Dogs with all the fixins..stay tuned!


Bar top got another coating of epoxy - 1 more to go!


Sat out on the patio and watched the hummers hit the feeder!



Took a few Hummer pics..




More to follow over the next few days - bar stools to put together and the change of plans for the trellis!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Oasis Update - Bottlecap Bar!

A few weeks ago I saw a news article about a person who layered new pennies on kitchen countertops then coated with clear epoxy and I really liked the look and decided to try something similar at the Oasis.

So my good friends at Fans Sports Bar were good enough to save up two small plastic grocery bags of beer bottle caps. Yesterday I Gorilla Taped the edges to keep the epoxy from pouring off the sides and to hold the bottle caps and set out to layer the bar area with all variations of beer bottle caps.

Only one hick-up - I guess I failed in a major work math problem - should have measured the square inches of the bar and the height of a bottle cap and calculated the amount of epoxy resin needed to fully coat the bar with about 1/16" inch above the bottle caps - needless to say I ran out of epoxy before covering the entire bar...so four more quarts are on order! Once it is completely poured the bar top will be a smooth clear top looking through to all the various bottle caps!

Hatch is open!


Who can see the word??



Kegorator is on and working - beer distributor set to deliver a keg after Christmas and clean the lines and set up!


My outdoor kitchen continues to expand - got a nice toaster oven - for corn bread, muffins and cookies!


Found a switch on the side of my bar sign that sets the liquid in motion to fill the glass!


Once the bar top is complete - will be working on setting up the outside patio furniture and plan the grand opening in mid-late January!

Stay tuned still having fun in the desert!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Oasis Update - Lots of changes!

The past couple weeks have been busy here at the Park as I transition from my Summer duties to my winter duties and still keep moving forward on the Oasis.

Bought two bar stools that were listed as bar height, but still a little short for comfort at the bar, have two more on the way which are taller and will use these two at a outdoor Bistro Table for the patio.

I managed to acquire my own personal Golf Cart or at least what was left of one...the batteries were shot and had to push it home the first evening out, but as luck would have it, my next door neighbor bought 6 new ones for his cart and the ones he took out were way better than mine, so we swapped so he could return mine for the core charges...they should last me a while as long as I keep them charged when sitting in the driveway! Personal Note - next time when changing batteries which are very heavy wear old clothes - ruined a almost new T-shirt with battery acid holes and my new jeans are now a little more fashionable!


A good friend sent me a nice sign for the Oasis!


I took my Christmas Ham Bone and put it in the crock pot for some home made Navy Bean and Ham Soup...nice to have a counter to cook on!


A good friend brought a Kegerator he has had, and never used - bought it for $40.00 - Ice cold as soon as I plugged it in...


Now to order a keg and get the distributor out to set it up and clean the lines etc...


I am loving my new regular Dish hookup with a Hopper and a Joey for in the trailer - can record and watch a ton of shows and the new "Smart TV" gives me access to a ton of movies and sports...WiFi is also working really well.


Still Boycotting the NFL - But sure enjoying the college Ball...

All is well here in the Desert and great to have my winter friends arriving daily - should have the patio and furniture before the end of the month and a Grand Opening for the Oasis in early January! It should be a great place for me and my friends to relax in the evenings.

Stay Tuned for more winter fun!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Oasis Update!

Gonna be a busy week at the Oasis and my new site...

Hope to get the trailer moved this week, maybe Tuesday. Have Mohave WiFi scheduled for Wednesday morning to install Internet Access and Dish TV Scheduled for Thursday for Sat TV...I have had Dish with a portable dish but wanted better service with more features so have the larger dish being installed on the shed - a Hopper for DVR Capabilities and then a Joey for the TV's in the RV. Plus the TV in the shed is a Smart TV so will have it hooked to wireless internet for ROKU, HULU etc...should be fun.

Already have the wireless Router installed for Media, and Oasis Guests - Free WiFi!!

The hatch for the Bar opening is now finished and works well and locks for night time security.



The "Bar" is level and the PBR Sign installed and my friends at Fans Sports Bar saved two huge bags of beer caps which will cover the bar and then covered with clear Epoxy...should be a fun project!


A gift from a friend is installed and functional - Can you guess what it is?



Today is clean-up the patio day and tomorrow spread some more gravel and level the site for the RV....then move and hookup the hard sewer line to the Trailer and of course get the WiFi operational and Dish on Wednesday and Thursday!

Anxious to get moved and then add some patio furniture and plants and get settled in my new spot!

Stay Tuned - Winter friends are arriving daily and all the winter activities crank up next week!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest and Alaska!