Monday, February 19, 2018

Day 199, Monday, February 19, 2018 - La Posa West LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ

Back At La Posa West for the Night
Monday, February 19, 2018 - La Posa West LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ, 80 Miles, 4,257.3 Towing Miles For the Trip

Last night's fireworks were excellent. Again I took far too many pictures, and them proceded to post far too many as well. If anyone wants to see what individual shells are available, I have the place! Again, we called it quits a little after 9:00, and they continued the fireworks until 10:30. Sure did shake the trailer! I did update yesterday's page with a couple of photos, and the link to the last set of fireworks pages.

Since I did most of my packing yesterday, it was a quick "getting ready for the road" this morning. Glad I did alot yesterday - it was cold this morning. Lots of wind and 51°F.

I stopped at the Parker Walmart for water & a couple other things, then drove across the street to Safeway for a 12 pack of Big Wave Golden Amber beer. Since I probably won't find it in the East, I'm bringing some with me.

I filled an empty propane tank at the hardware store, then drove to the Main Street Laundromat, hoping I could fit both the truck & trailer in their parking lot so I could do laundry without unhooking. While it was crowded, I did find a way.

After doing laundry, I pulled into La Posa West for the night. I'm in just about the area I was in for most of the winter, however I did jocky around until I found an area where the trailer was level without unhooking.

After making the bed, I edited last night's fireworks photographs and added them to the Link to Four Days of Fireworks.

Dinner will be a Chicken Mushroom Pot Pie that is currently in the oven.

Until tomorrow -

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Day 198, Sunday, February 18, 2018 - SARA Park Rodeo Grounds, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Day 7

Fireworks, Day 3
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - SARA Park Rodeo Grounds, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Day 7, 0 Miles, 4,177.3 Towing Miles For the Trip

We (Dan & Chris, the owners of the Bigfoot parked next to me) went to the Sea Scout's Pancake breakfast. Juice, coffee, sausage and, of course, pancakes for $5.00. A lot easier than making them yourself. Just in case you looked at yesterday's page before I added the link to last night's fireworks, here is the link to the updated fireworks page.

Again, many are single bursts rather than a large show display, although there were plenty of them as well. There were long breaks between displays, long enough that many left before the show was over. I left around 9:40, and there was at least one batch of large displays after I hit the trailer.

After breakfast, I processed last night's photos, and uploaded the pages. I really have to get control of the size of my site - it is currently 6.63GB and 62,067 files. The files are a bit exaggerated since some pages uses the Lightroom Web page generator, which makes many small files, but the total size is accurate.

A few RVs pulled out today, but most stayed until tomorrow. There is no difference in the price, so unless you need to be somewhere else for the President's holiday, you might as well stay. I'll be heading back to Quartzsite tomorrow to do laundry, fill a propane tank, etc, then start the trek East.

I'm going to have to check the schedule for the 2019 Quartzsite Fiberglass Rally, hoping that this program is still the week after. As long as we sign up for next year in the next couple of months, we can get the same site, with the option of moving to another with a better view if the people in them don't sign up. A site in the AA row would be nice since you would be able to watch the fireworks out the trailer's back window, but G2 (the one I'm in) is a short walk to the viewing area at the front of the upper deck.

I spent the rest of the day sitting outside reading.

Dinner was a barbecued chicken sandwich supplied by the park.

Again, I'll probably have to add tonight's photos tomorrow if the show gets over too late.

Until tomorrow -

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Day 197, Saturday, February 17, 2018 - SARA Park Rodeo Grounds, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Day 6

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - SARA Park Rodeo Grounds, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Day 6, 0 Miles, 4,177.3 Towing Miles For the Trip

This is going to be a quick post since it is pretty late. I've been taking more fireworks photos & I'm ready to call it a day, even though they are still firing them. Since I took over 400 images, it is time to stop. I'm sure there are quite few rejects, but now I'm just listening to them. This is one of the times I do wish I had a front window on the 21 since it is aimed at the fireworks. I'll process and add tonight's fireworks tomorrow.

Other than putting together a page that links to all the different fireworks nights for this show, and a much belated page for the Oswego Harborfest fireworks, I didn't do much else.

Dinner was barbecued chicken supplied by the park.

Until tomorrow -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Day 196, Friday, February 16, 2018 - SARA Park Rodeo Grounds, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Day 5

An Air Burst

Friday, February 16, 2018 - SARA Park Rodeo Grounds, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Day 5, 0 Miles, 4,177.3 Towing Miles For the Trip

After posting yesterday's journal, I hauled my camera & tripod to the level above the parking lot my trailer is in & found a spot on the front edge that had a pretty good view of the fireworks area. They started firing off shells well before dark. I took some photos with my 70 - 200 mm lens, but would have preferred the 24-70mm for some of the images. I'll try that tonight. Actually, a 50 - 150mm lens would probably be the best from the position I was at, but I don't have such. We will see if the 24-70mm will do.

Last night was mostly individual bursts with a few multiple displays. Here is a link to some of the images. I'm using Adobe Dreamweaver's built in web page generator for the fireworks pages. I don't like it for my general posts since it doesn't lend it self to text all that well, and it is a "pig" as far as the size of the files it generates, but it is faster to put together a page with a batch of photos, and easier to browse through since you can go directly between the higher resolution images, or use the index page to get to an individual image. Since I have little experience with cascading style sheets, I do wish someone would make a template that has the ability to add text windows.

I'll add more as the day goes on, but will probably be a day behind with the photos since they generally start after dark.

Well, it is now after dinner, and I did shoot the fireworks tonight, and processed them after I got back. I quit at 9:00, but they are still going on. Here is a link to tonight's images.

Dinner will be chicken tacos at the rodeo grounds dinner.

Until tomorrow -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Day 195, Thursday, February 15, 2018 - SARA Park Rodeo Grounds, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Day 4

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - SARA Park Rodeo Grounds, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Day 4, 0 Miles, 4,177.3 Towing Miles For the Trip

Another day without photographs. Until they start the fireworks, there really isn't all that much to take photos of. It looks like there is a RC flying area in the park since I've seem a couple of stunt planes flying each day, but they are far enough away that they are not worth photographing.

Another relaxing day. The sun came out, so the solar fully recharged the batteries even though I microwaved breakfast & made a pot of drip coffee. I lent out my portable solar panel to the Bigfoot next door since it looked like his solar panel wasn't working. He went to Quartzsite for a new controller, and while my panel charged his trailer a bit while he was gone, my controller doesn't seem to be working right. Since I don't use it when connecting the panel to my trailer, I have never noticed the problem. I'll probably order a new controller since I like to have the portable panel available to operate with or without a controller.

After my 3:00 eye drops, I started a chicken stew/soup. Hard to decide which it is, but I make it with lots of vegetables, potatoes, canned beans, chicken thighs, & chicken stock. I make enough for one meal plus 2 for the freezer.

Other than that, I spent the day sitting outside reading.

Dinner was chicken stew!

Until tomorrow -