Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Oasis - New Furniture

Furniture Upgrade at the Oasis...

I was not terribly happy with the original furniture I purchased for the Oasis and by chance found some different furniture, although more expensive of course but I like it much better and hopefully will hold up well in the desert sun.

I also found the perfect sign!

You will note it was 6:40 in the evening and still over 90 degrees, but quite comfortable under the ceiling fan and solar shield trellis!

The perfect spot to spend the evening watching some hockey and enjoying a cold PBR!

I got a new tall bar height table and two chairs - two more on the way!

Wanted to make sure I was happy with them before ordering more!

I also ordered six regular height chairs to match!

Surprisingly these are very reasonably priced at Home Depot and they deliver - $39.96 for two, which is under $20.00 a chair!

I have ordered two more of the tall chairs, they are comfortable and match the other chairs and will work at the table or at the bar!

LINKS - Several people have requested links to the items I purchased...

Table and chairs - Amazon!

Chairs - Home Depot

Stay tuned - I have a wonderful prime Rib Roast in the freezer calling my name and will very soon be a wonderful dinner on the patio!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Thursday, April 4, 2019

So Long Good Friends - Seafood Fest

I have been craving some Florida Stone Crabs for a long time...finally decided to order some to be flown in and thought why not have a special seafood dinner for some of my departing is always a sad time as I watch our Snowbird crowd depart the park.

All of our regulars are special, but there are a few who really contribute to the success of the park and I wanted to show a little extra appreciation.

We started off with some cold appetizers for Social Hour - cold stone crab with mustard sauce or warm butter, fresh shrimp cocktail with cocktail sauce, I am pretty sure it was all a huge hit - Lori Prestwood camped out in front of the stone crabs and enjoyed a feast, everyone else had to get permission to take one or two...we have now determined Lori loves crab! I wish I would have taken a picture of Lori in front of the crab dish...

Stone Crab on Ice

Ready to serve!

Fresh Gulf Shrimp on Ice

After all the stone crabs were consumed, we turned to the kitchen, I saute'd some shrimp and scallops in a butter garlic sauce and Stephen and Jessica Dotson prepared some fresh asparagus and angel hair pasta, Lori had some left over fresh garlic bread in the kitchen and I had made some Hush Puppies, plates were prepared and we all enjoyed a delicious meal.

No Pictures I was too busy eating!!

Several people brought some dessert and everyone left full!!

Still a few of us left through April so the fun continues!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Friday, February 8, 2019

King of the Hammers 2019

We had a cold start this morning temp was 29 degrees when I got up this morning early to open the park and then head for Johnson Valley and the King of the Hammers Race.

Frost on the truck bed cover...

Every year Hammertown expands bigger and bigger...

The Course - 3 laps the winner took 6.3 hours to finish.

Big crowd at Chocolate Thunder the canyon where I usually go to watch...

For some reason this year they reversed the track through the Chocolate Thunder Canyon, so I was a little upset as the spot we normally view from was now the end of the canyon rather than the beginning and the entrance through the rocks was by passed this year, so not nearly as exciting to watch...wish we would have know, maybe could have picked another spot to view from, sadly with more and more people getting a good spot almost requires going the night before and nailing a spot down before the crowd.

I managed a few good pictures...

The cars are amazing and an engineering marvel...

That's not a stock Jeep under there...

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Were they good - Yes they were!

Bacon Wrapped Scallops with an butter garlic-scallion cream sauce

The other day when unpacking some totes to find software disks to load in my new laptop - I discovered a long lost treasure, my scallop shells which I use to serve one of my specialties, so I decided it was time to cook up some scallops, which I love.


Scallops typically are mostly tasteless unless they are old then real fishy, but fresh or freshly frozen are sweet and need a good sauce to bring out the flavor of the scallop.

My favorite is a fresh butter garlic/scallion cream sauce with a little kicker of pepper and chili powder. So crushed chopped garlic in a small sauce pan with a stick of good salted butter and some finely chopped green onions - simmer in the melted butter then put a tablespoon of flour in a few ounces of cold milk or cream - shake briskly to dissolve the flour then slowly stir into the sauce pan of butter and garlic - stir until it thickens. Add some fresh ground pepper to taste and some chili powder or cayenne pepper to add a little bite.

Bacon wrapped scallop under the broiler for about 15 minutes each side - turn once until bacon is crisp!

Spoon some sauce in the serving shell and then add the scallops and spoon some more sauce on top.

What a great presentation!

Shared in the clubhouse with rave reviews while watching the College Football Championship - YEA CLEMSON!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Chili and a few PBR's at the Oasis

I am not much for NFL Football, but one of my neighbors asked if I was going to watch the game, so I fired up the Crockpot with some cold weather Chili, fired up the heater and opened the Oasis for the game...beautiful evening out with calm winds and a little warmer than it has been.

Chili cooked for about 18 hours..

Heater works great!

Inviting atmosphere for sure..

Game on - Seattle wins...

Love how it looks at night...

As the winter weather warms up will have to have a few more gatherings...

Stay tuned for details on my next adventure!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Oasis Ready for Snowbird Friends

Other than some additional paint and clean-up and plants the Oasis is pretty much ready for my winter friends. It has been quite a bit of work, but I am extremely happy with the results - evenings out watching the World Series has been quite pleasant, other than the fact that Boston won - but hockey season has started so will be watching some more games outside.

New Furniture!

New Heater for Ed and Shirley! Have to shorten by about 14 inches to fit under the trellis!

Very pleasant in the evening hours...

The solar shield provides nice shade and should hold in the heat from the new heater!

I Have some great plans for new appetizers and snacks!

I Plan on some wonderful Happy Hours and relaxing on my new patio, hurry up winter friends!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest

Friday, October 12, 2018

Oasis - Paint, Music & Trellis

Since returning from Ohio I have been busy working on the trellis and new items for the Oasis. I have added interior and exterior speakers and new amp for stereo, wire shelves, another set of metal shelves and finished the wood part of the trellis. Hardware store trip today for a few more painting accessories then will get it finished over the weekend - flat area of the shed will get a coat of beige paint in the coming weeks.

Once I get the trellis painted I will be installing the sun shield fabric and the ceiling fan...also have more outdoor furniture ordered so when my winter friends get here there will be some nice seating.

The rest of the trellis is up!

Dark brown trim is started the entire trellis will be dark brown!

New wire shelves

4 stereo speakers - two inside and two outside

New stereo amplifier - still needs a little wire cleanup! It sounds great!

Another set of standing shelves for tools etc...

Two more 6 foot lengths of LED Light tubes for the trellis - on a dimmer!

Paint supplies!

Hope to have everything completed by the end of the month, ready to enjoy some nice music and friends at Cap's Oasis!

Capt. Jim - "The Wanderer"

Traveling and photographing the Southwest