Monday, January 15, 2018

Day 164, Monday, January 15, 2018 - La Posa West LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 57,

Evening Light
Monday, January 15, 2018 - La Posa West LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 57, 0 Miles, 3,746.2 Towing Miles For the Trip

The sunset last night wasn't anything special, but the setting light on the mountains to the east was wonderful. Unfortunately, there are a bunch of RVs & power lines in between me & the mountains, but it was still pretty light.

On the way back from coffee I was "attacked" by the wild Dachshunds living in a Dutch Star Class A for the second time. They didn't bite, but climbed all over me, which can be painful when wearing shorts. A little different this time; the owners, rather than apologizing, also joined in the attack when I suggested that there was a leash law here in the campground. I was told that I should walk somewhere else, not past their RV and to go away. Nice folks! Most of the people here are thoughtful of their neighbors (well, other than the construction generator guy). Unfortunately, there always seems to be one or two that pose a problem.

Another nice day, although a bit cooler than yesterday; only in the mid 60's. I did sit outside and read a bit - current book is Ian Rankin's Black & Blue, a Scottish police procedural. I've read a number of his books in the Inspector Rebus series, but found a few that I missed. It is a little strange going back to the middle of the series since I've read the end, but still well written books.

Other than that. not much happening today.

Dinner was a couple of Chicken Empanadas, and the leftover Knorr Garlic Noodles.

Until Tomorrow -

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Day 163, Sunday, January 14, 2018 - La Posa West LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 56

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - La Posa West LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 56, 6 Miles, 3,746.2 Towing Miles For the Trip

I headed to the dump station today. It has been 33 days since I filled the fresh water tank & dumped the black & gray tanks. Going by the gauge, I suspect I could go another week before making the trip, but that would put me at the dump station in the middle of the Big Tent RV Show, a time the population of the campground increases by at least 1000%. So, I packed up & headed out today. There was still a 45 minute wait, with one of the slowest dumps I've ever seen in front of me. I met a fellow New Yorker while waiting in line.

I folded down the solar panels. The might have been OK for the 3 mile drive to the section of the campground that houses the dump station, but that includes part of AZ 95 that has a 55 MPH speed limit, and the backs of the solar panels are a pretty large area; I decided to fold them down. It took about 20 minutes, including one galled stainless bolt. I have a large can of stainless lubricant at home, but none with me & naturally, one of the bolts galled. It snapped off when I forced it so I needed a replacement. Other than that, the trip was uneventful. The panels are back to being tilted.

It was another 70°F day, so I called my son in Oswego to gloat. They are having weird weather (nothing new for Oswego). A couple of 57°F days last week; 6°F today. At least the two feet of snow on the roof melted, but they got another foot last night. It looks like a great winter to be here in Quartzsite!

I also talked with Don & Anne in Binghamton; the same strange winter weather in Binghamton, NY.

Dinner was international night - a couple of burritos made from left over pork chop, and a Greek salad, along with some Italian wine.

Until Tomorrow -

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Day 162, Saturday, January 13, 2018 - La Posa West LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 55

Iron Pyrite (Fool's Gold)
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - La Posa West LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 55, 0 Miles, 3,740.2 Towing Miles For the Trip

Another quiet day at Quartzsite. I took 8 already read books to one of the book stalls & traded them in for 4 new ones, wandered around the booths in the area, and bought a few more books, and my annual rock. So far it has been a meteorite (maybe) in 2015, A piece of Malachite in 2016, a chunk of obsidian last year, and a 3" diameter, 3 pound piece of iron pyrite (Fool's Gold) this year. All inexpensive pieces (Today's was $18.00) that are used to decorate my TV stand at home. Photos of the meteorite & Malachite are on today's LakeshoreImages page.

That was about it for the day. I did stop at one of the dollar stores for some Knorr's sides, and cooked their garlic shells to go along with a couple of pork chops for dinner.

Until Tomorrow -

Friday, January 12, 2018

Day 161, Friday, January 12, 2018 - La Posa West LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 54

Friday, January 12, 2018 - La Posa West LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 54, 0 Miles, 3,740.2 Towing Miles For the Trip

I spent much of the day installing a JVC radio in the trailer. Whether it is better or not than the Pioneer, it is the final installation! I haven't run it much, so I don't know if it is an improvement or not since I had to leave just as I finished to pick up my Rite Aid order in Blythe.

It must be my lucky day - they had all my prescriptions in the right amounts; no second trip necessary.

Since the prescriptions wouldn't be ready until 4:30 Arizona time, the plan was to pick up some Albertson's baked chicken for dinner. I have some pork chops that were the original plan, but I didn't want to grill them after dark. The Albertson's chicken looked terrible, so I skipped it. Dinner was a microwaved Amy's Thai Pad Thai dinner.

Until Tomorrow -

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Day 160, Thursday, January 11, 2018 - La Posa West LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 53

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - La Posa West LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 53, 0 Miles, 3,740.2 Towing Miles For the Trip

This morning I took the short walk for coffee & stopped at Marie's stand for coffee and a breakfast burrito, this time stuffed with Chorizo. Not bad, although still too much for me for breakfast.

A nice day to sit out and read. While it started out cool, like yesterday, it warmed up quickly, and only a light wind.

I checked with the Blythe Rite Aid &, of course, my prescriptions were not ready. No FAX from my home town doctor. I called them and evidently, the method of ordering refills changed since I left home. When I left, the nurse said just have the pharmacy you are at request refills & they will FAX them while I wait. Well, they did, but it seems Oswego Family Physicians doesn't trust California pharmacies. When I called they said they were waiting for a call from me before they would send the refill scripts. I'm so glad "This will be easier than carrying paper prescriptions". Right! So, I have to wait until tomorrow to find out if they have gone through the system.

On the good news front, the 5th wheel with the loud generator moved. Someone (maybe who didn't hear the generator running or is deaf) invited them to move next door to them on the other side of the wash, moving them about 500' away. We can still hear the generator, but it doesn't prevent conversation.

I need to start thinking about heading for the dump station. While I am pretty sure I could go at least another week, that would put me in the middle of the RV Show, where the dump station line goes from the usual couple of minutes wait to hours (although Linda headed over to the dump station an hour ago and still isn't back, so it may be getting busy already. It has been 30 days since I dumped & filled the tanks, which is almost double what I could do with the 17. The larger tanks on the 21 are handy. Maybe I'll head over during the weekend.

I did run out of bottled water, so I made a trip to the Roadrunner Market for a gallon. I'm going to wait until I get back to New York to install a faucet & filter so I can use the fresh water tank for drinking & making coffee. While the water in the tank is potable, the water here in Quartzsite is a little salty, and since the unchlorinated water sits in the tank for weeks or months, I prefer to use bottled water or a separate filter.

Dinner was the last refrigerated bowl of rice & orange chicken. There is still one in the freezer.

Until Tomorrow -