Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Day 130, Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - La Posa West LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 23

The New Location at La Posa West
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - La Posa West LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 23, 0 Miles, 3,740.2 Towing Miles For the Trip

I don't know why, but it was colder this morning at Quartzsite than yesterday at Sedona, 3000' higher. I started out wearing my heavy quilted vest, but after setting up the portable solar panel & a few other things around the trailer, it warmed up enough for the light one, which I wore for the walk for coffee.

After breakfast & a bit of reading, I called the Rite Aid in Blythe to check that they had my eye drops in stock. They did, so I drove to Blythe for drops & Albertson's for supplies. While I prefer Safeway, there are no Rite Aids in Parker (or anywhere else in Arizona) where the nearest Safeway is located.

Lots of repaving on I 10 between Quartzsite & Blythe so it took a bit longer than expected. Amazing how closing down one lane of a 2 lane interstate can back up traffic.

I picked up some baked chicken & mustard potato salad for an early dinner. The chicken was OK, but the salad too dry. I didn't do any more outside set up, but did replace the smoke/CO detector that insisted in reporting excess CO when nothing that burned was running (other than the refrigerator, which is sealed outside). I now have a separate smoke detector & CO detector that has a display that shows the CO level.

Dinner will be some crackers & cheese since I had a large, late lunch.

Here is the campsite photo. Not all that different from the other La Posa photos since I only moved a few feet, but a different orientation.

Until Tomorrow -

Monday, December 11, 2017

Day 129, Monday, December 11, 2017 - La Posa West LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 22

Monday, December 11, 2017 - La Posa West LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 22, 250 Miles, 3,740.2 Towing Miles For the Trip

After breakfast I headed out of the campground, and the Arrowhead Mall in Glendale. I have to say if the Arrowhead Mall is much less "citified" than the Biltmore, it gives me good reason to stick to the "sticks". At least I found a parking space for the truck & trailer.

The Apple Store was great, as they usually are. I couldn't trade in my old iPhone 5 for the $40.00 they would give me if it was in good condition, and since it is a replacement with over 90 days of use, they wouldn't give me another replacement. I had them recycle the phone since the face was floating 1/8" off the body of the phone due to a swollen battery.

The transfer of my iPhone 5 stuff to the new iPhone 10 from my laptop went OK. I did it in the store in case I had problems. I still back up to the laptop rather than the cloud (us old folks just don't quite trust the cloud to be there when you need it). All in all, it took about 45 minutes.

At Quartzsite, I filled up the fresh water tank, then headed back to La Posa West. No one moved into the area I was in before going to Sedona, but I set up in a different position since my plan is to tilt the solar panels & I wanted the trailer in the correct orientation for the tilt. All I did was level the trailer. I'll do the rest of the set up tomorrow. No site photo, because I didn't think of it before I went to Silly Al's for pizza & it was dark when I got back.

I ordered a vegetarian pizza, and have to say it was excellent. I also have to say it was the first pizza I've had that included cashews as part of the toppings.

Until Tomorrow -

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Day 128, Sunday, December 10, 2017 - Rancho Sedona RV Park, Sedona, AZ, Day 4

My New Owl
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - Rancho Sedona RV Park, Sedona, AZ, Day 4, 0 Miles, 3,490.2 Towing Miles For the Trip

A warmer night, and a very nice day. I walked around the campground saying good by to most of the Scamp Campers; there are 3 of us left for tonight. After talking with a couple of different Arizonians and hearing horror stories about driving through Jerome pulling a trailer, I decided to take the truck & leave the trailer in the campground. Since I want to go to Glendale to pick up a new iPhone, it made sense for that reason as well.

I have to say that while it would be possible to take the trailer through Jerome, you wouldn't be able to stop (no parking) and there were some hairy twists & turns as well as narrow streets. I did find a parking place for the truck and wandered around town. I bought a "T" shirt from Paul & Jerry's Saloon (the oldest family owned bar in Arizona), and made the mistake of wandering into the Firefly on Main St. Some beautiful rugs that were well beyond my budget, but I fell in love with a locally made owl.

After that it was back to Sedona and a drive up Schnebly Hill Road. About 3/4 of a mile past the campground turn off it becomes a 4 wheel drive, high clearance road with some nice views of more red rock. I waited until sunset, but it was quite cloudy, and color never developed. The photos of Jerome & red rocks are at today's LakeshoreImages page.

Just before dark I arrived back at the campground. I hooked up the trailer so I wouldn't have to do it in the morning cold (those weight distribution bars are solid cold steel!) I also dumped the trailer tanks, then headed for the showers. OK shower except the water ran into the dressing area.

Dinner was a salad & a Chicken Empanada.

Until Tomorrow -

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Day 127, Saturday, December 9, 2017 - Rancho Sedona RV Park, Sedona, AZ, Day 3

Luminaries at the Festival of Light
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - Rancho Sedona RV Park, Sedona, AZ, Day 3

Another cool morning that warmed up quickly. We did trailer tours at 10:00AM. I have photos of the outside & inside of most at today's LakeshoreImages page.

I sat outside in the sun & read for a bit (Stephen King's Sleeping Beauties), then headed to the Festival of Lights at the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. Lots of stages with performers, Christmas lights & six thousand luminaries (paper bags with candles inside). I managed to get a photo of one of our Scamp Campers & dog with Santa, and a new musical instrument I've never seen before, a Chapman Stick. It is a cross between a guitar & a piano. Impressive sound.  More photos of the festival at today's LakeshoreImages page.

After the festival we headed to Picazzo's for excellent pizza & salads. I had a white pizza with mushrooms (For those that haven't heard the term, a white pizza is oil & garlic in place of red sauce)

Until Tomorrow - 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Day 126, Friday, December 8, 2017 - Rancho Sedona RV Park, Sedona, AZ, Day 2

Sedona Red Rocks
Friday, December 8, 2017 - Rancho Sedona RV Park, Sedona, AZ, Day 2, 0 Miles, 3,490.2 Towing Miles For the Trip

I woke up at 5:00, looked at the outside thermometer. It read 30°F, so I went back to sleep. By 9:00 is was still in the 30's, but I climbed out of bed anyway. Actually, it wasn't too bad out in the sun, although the campground has lots of shade, so you have to look for it.

After breakfast I headed out to some of the red rock views of Sedona. While the red isn't as red as the rocks in the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, the views are impressive. I started at the airport, then drove around to many of the trailheads. I only did part of the trails; enough to get some interesting photos. The parking at the trailheads was close to full - I often got the last slot. Most are Forest Service areas, so hanging my Senior Card in the window took care of the fees. They have credit card machines at most of the trailheads where you pay $5.00 for a day pass if you don't have a card. Kind of handy - they also have them at some of the campgrounds at Death Valley & it is faster & easier than putting a check into an envelope & into the iron ranger. Of course they need an internet connection to process the card, so they won't work everywhere.

I didn't label the images by the names of the formations, but did have the GPS adding the locations to the EXIF data (only on the linked 1000 pixel versions) so if you are interested, you can find where I went. Lots more locations that I may try to visit on Sunday.

As promised, I included a campsite photo. That, and many more of Sedona including a panorama from the airport are at today's LakeshoreImages page.

Dinner was a microwaved Thai Pad Thai dinner.

Until Tomorrow -