Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Day 164, Tuesday, January 15 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 39

Tuesday, January 15 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 39 - 0 Miles, 8,082.2 Miles for the Trip

A very wet night & day. Over 1" of rain. While there is a flood watch on for the area, the washes in the campground are mostly dry, with puddles all over. The sand & gravel surface can get you - step in the wrong place and you sink in one to two inches into mud that was like rock when dry. Hard to tell by looking which is solid gravel and which is a mud pot. I didn't go for my walk this morning, the fisrt time since getting to Quartzsite. I don't mind walking in snow, but don't like walking in the rain.

Not much time outside, although a group of us got together and chatted during one of the brief "dry" spells. Very little solar charging during the day - I went from -24 amp hours this morning to -21 at 3:00. At least I got lots of reading in!

Dinner will be a baked chicken quarter (maybe grilled if the rain lets up) and steamed vegetables.

Until Tomorrow -

Monday, January 14, 2019

Day 163, Monday, January 14 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 38

Monday, January 14 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 38 - 0 Miles, 8,082.2 Miles for the Trip

We seem to have alternating weather. Today was mostly heavy clouds, with a prediction of overnight rain. The area is getting crowded; 3 more RVs moved into our area, and many more in the areas next to us. We had a couple of large class A's that pulled in and felt that someone that was in a smaller class C that was here first should move so they could park where they wanted. By the way, a couple of rangers came out and talked to the guy with the German Shepard. I think they convinced him that if he wanted to stay in the park, he had to keep his dog on a leash.

Lynda talked with the rangers afterwards, and they don't really have a plan for dealing with those already here once the shutdown ends. They are hoping people will show up at the offices once they open & pay for the time they were here, but there since there hasn't been any kind of records of when people arrived, they will have to take folks at their word. At $40.00 for 2 weeks, I'd hope people will be honest about using the place...

Today was laundry day. I was hoping that it was early enough before the Big Tent event that it wouldn't be too crowded, but no such luck. No problem getting a couple of washing machines, but long lines waiting for dryers. I finally got one (but really needed 2), tossed some extra quarters to make it run more than my usual 40 minutes, then headed for a shower. For the first time in years, I had to wait for a shower! Things calmed down by the time I got out of the shower, and I was able to split my load between two dryers. It still was a long morning.

Back at the trailer I made the bed & put the laundry away. I don't plan on doing laundry again until well after the show. I sat outside for a bit, but by 5:00 it had cooled off enough that I made dinner.

Dinner was a New York Strip Steak, a spinach & noodle Knorr's side.

Until Tomorrow -

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Day 162, Sunday, January 13 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 37

Sunday, January 13 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 37 - 0 Miles, 8,082.2 Miles for the Trip

Another nice day day at Quartzsite, with mostly sunshine, and temperatures in the mid 60's. Mel & Lynda danced their RVs around until both were happy with the locations, and we sat around and talked for part of the afternoon. I also did some reading, as usual, sitting out in the sun; even caught up on the Syracuse, NY news reading the Sunday paper on line.

One of the neighbor's (not my friends from California) has a large German Shepard that he has designated as a service dog so he can take him anywhere. In fact, the said I should get one & do the same so I could take it on the trails in National Parks. I have no desire to do that, but to each his own. He ran into a problem today - He also doesn't believe in leashes. BLM requires dogs to be on a 6' or shorter leash, and while lots of people here in the area don't leash their dogs I guess his dog went after one at another trailer (that was leashed). Lots of angry words! I know many travel with dogs, but they can restrict where you can stay, hike, etc, even if you do obey the rules and keep them leashed.

I also Facetimed with Don & Anne, and called my son for our weekly chat. No big or little accomplishments for the day, and around 5:30 the sun ducked behind some clouds over the western mountains, it quickly got cold, and I headed for the trailer & dinner.

Since I had a microwaved Orange Chicken Steamer for lunch, dinner was a simple sandwich & snap peas.

Until Tomorrow -

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Day 161, Saturday, January 12 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 36

Lynda's Toyota Sunrader
Saturday, January 12 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 36 - 0 Miles, 8,082.2 Miles for the Trip

The nice 70°F+ weather has taken a vacation. It only got up to 60°F today, with some light, late morning rain. Now, at 4:00, the rain has stopped, but there are still heavy clouds, with the possibility of a few breaks as the sun sets. Not enough to fill the batteries, but they are only down 10 amp hours.

Around 3:30, Lynda, a Toyota Sunrader owner from California arrived, one of the few class C's that is built from fiberglass in two halves, like a fiberglass trailer. She is set up next door, and another friend Mel is on his way. He isn't bringing his Toyota Class C, but is now towing a 24' trailer. We will pretty much fill up the area. I'm also including a photo of the back of the trailer showing the painter's pole with the weather station & my glow ball, photo at today's LakeshoreImages page.

Other than a bit of reading, both forums, web pages as well as a library book on the Kindle (John Sandford's Holy Ghost), I didn't accomplish a thing today. Then again, that is about average for the last 36 days here at Quartzsite!

I did wander to the La Posa South entrance, and picked up 5 books from the table at the closed office. It is interesting how the different areas are different. There is the same table at the entrance station here at La Posa West, and there isn't anything on it but a couple of rocks. The table at La Posa South is covered with books, clothes, puzzles, etc.

Since it looks like the rain is going to hold off for the rest of the afternoon, dinner will be a Turkey Bubba Burger and the rest of the applesauce.

Until Tomorrow -

Friday, January 11, 2019

Day 160, Friday, January 11 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 35

Friday, January 11 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 35 - 0 Miles, 8,082.2 Miles for the Trip

You can tell it has been a bit warmer than previous weeks; I had to fill a propane tank after 9 days rather than 7. Still not like last year when I was going 2 weeks, but an improvement over December. Quite a line at the 76 gas station (where the nearest propane fill is located). In fact, lots of lines & traffic everywhere. The big tent show doesn't open until next week, but it seems there are lots of folks that are here early. Our campground area is still about the same, with a fair amount of room left, but some of the other parts are getting crowded.

I did my usual reading, both the Kindle & the computer, mostly outside in the sun & 72°F temperature (I checked with home at Oswego, and it is going down to 0°F tonight). The clouds moved in during the late afternoon, and rain is predicted for the weekend, but I really can't complain.

I finally remembered to listen to Science Friday on NPR. One of my favorite programs, but the time zone change moves it from 2:00 to 12:00 and I keep forgetting to tune in on time. Tonight will be another favorite on WXXI (the Rochester NPR station) Echoes. They do a 2 hour show of interesting music Fridays & Saturdays.

Around 4:30 I headed to Sweet Darlene's for the Friday Fish Fry. As usual, very good. For a switch, I got double coleslaw & no potato. I really like their coleslaw...

Until Tomorrow -