Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dome Rock BLM Area, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 7

Sunday, February 7, 2016, Dome Rock BLM Area, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 7 , 0 Miles, 4,057.9 Miles for the Trip

Another beautiful day at Dome Rock. I didn't do a count today, but more Casitas, Escapes, and a Trillium moved in. I went for a long walk before breakfast & climbed to a couple of mines near the top of Dome Rock. While only a mile each way, much of the end of it was quite up hill. By the time I got back it was shirt sleeve warm, so I decided to make hash browns & eggs for breakfast. I would have added bacon, but I didn't have any.

After breakfast I added a couple of alligator clamps to a neighbor's solar panel & received a large bowl of bean soup in exchange. After that it was sitting around reading, and talking with neighbors & new arrivals. I took a break to call my brother on Nantucket island where his cellar is flooded along with his back yard. It has been a wet & snowy winter, and while the back yard has flooded many years ago, it hasn't since 2000 or so. I also called my son in Oswego, and they have been having the driest & warmest winter he can remember. Of course that is because I'm here, not there!

I finally broke away from talking to make dinner around 5:00, and made a run to the LTVA dumpsters to get rid on a couple days of trash. While I'm no longer staying there, my permit that lets me use the services is good until April 15th.

Dinner was a salad & the donated bean soup. A bit different from my 15 bean soup, but good.

Until tomorrow -

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Dome Rock BLM Area, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 6

The Southern Sky & 5 Planets?
Saturday, February 6, 2016, Dome Rock BLM Area, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 6 , 0 Miles, 4,057.9 Miles for the Trip

A couple of people have asked what my "Glowing Ball" looks like. The photo only shows one color (I suppose I could make a movie, but I'll hold off on that), but it slowly dissolves between a variety of colors. I built a bunch white only versions of these in the pre LED days using clear Christmas lamps & a 6" diameter kid's plastic ball for a production of Midsummer Night's Dream that worked well in the dream scene. As you can see from the second photo, after dark the contrast is too much for much color to show, so I took the first photo at twilight.

I got up a bunch of times during the night & towards dawn to take some photos of the 5 planets just before dawn, & the Moon & Venus at sunrise. While I can't guarantee that all five planets are in the panorama, it does include most of the southern sky. I'll leave it up to you to pick them out! More photos at today's LakeshoreImages post.  As usual, don't download the large version of the panorama unless you have a good sized data allotment & a fast connection.

I moved this morning to a site a little closer to the main area so I have to include a new site photo. A bunch of Casitas moved in today - I'll add the total a bit later..

It is going to be difficult to keep an accurate count of trailers since people are arriving all the time & parking all over the place, but a rough count as of 3:30 is 11 Casita 17's, 2 Casita 16's, 3 Olivers, one Scamp 16, 2 Scamp 19's, 2 Escape 17's, and 1 Escape 19. The Escape 21 left for the weekend, but will be back.

Until tomorrow -

Friday, February 5, 2016

Dome Rock BLM Area, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 5

The Tree & Cactus Next Door
Friday, February 5, 2016, Dome Rock BLM Area, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 5, 0 Miles, 4,057.9 Miles for the Trip

I love the weather. It is getting warmer every day (and night). The furnace only ran enough to add 4 amp hours to the battery drain, and most of that was around sunrise, the coolest part of the night/day.

For anyone following my journals, you know I'm obsessed with trees, so I took a couple of photos of the tree next to my current location. I say current, because I may move tomorrow morning. If the space is still available, I'm going to move closer to the main entrance so I will be closer to the Dutch Oven demo & other goings on. While I like my cactus & tree and neighbors, the location is a bit far from the center of things.

After breakfast I checked the propane and found an empty tank. I stopped at Loves to get it filled, waited 5 minutes for someone to arrive to do the filling, gave up and headed to Fill R Up Propane. Same price ($1.99 per gallon), in fact I got a discount because I'm a Vet.

After that it was back to the trailer and sitting outside eating peanuts & reading. I met more new arrivals - as far as I can tell, we now have 3 Olivers, 8 Casitas, 2 Scamp 19s, and 3 Escapes, a 17, 19, & 21.

Since it is Friday, a bunch of us went to Sweet Darlene's for the Friday Jumbo Cod special. Along with excellent cod, the had coconut cream pie as a dessert special, so we all had a piece. Very good pie!

Until tomorrow -

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dome Rock BLM Area, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 4

Thursday, February 4, 2016, Dome Rock BLM Area, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 4, 0 Miles, 4,057.9 Miles for the Trip

I took a long walk around the area before breakfast, then read forums & blogs. Around 11:00 I gathered laundry & headed to town for the laundromat. A good time to do laundry - not at all busy. After getting back to the trailer, putting away all the clothes & fighting to make the latitudinal Escape bed, I spent the rest of the afternoon sitting outside eating in the shell peanuts and reading.

Two more Casitas & a Scamp 19 have moved into the area. It isn't crowded yet, but more are arriving every day. The weather reports look good - improving temperatures every day for the next week & no rain.

Dinner will be left over stew. I even got enough to freeze two batches for the future.

Until tomorrow -

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dome Rock BLM Area, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 3

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, Dome Rock BLM Area, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 3, 0 Miles, 4,057.9 Miles for the Trip

Another cool night, with the furnace running quite a bit even though it was set at 58°F. I walked around the area this morning before breakfast. No new trailers at the time, but during the day another Oliver & an Escape 21 arrived.

After breakfast I drove to Parker to shop at the Walmart & Safeway. I bought the supplies to make a stew since I haven't had one in quite awhile.

There is a cool wind, but hunched behind the trailer in the sun it is nice sitting outside & reading while I stop every 15 minutes to stir the stew. Other than that, I'm not doing much else. I did get a comment at my Blogger page from Lynne to say hello to the the Oliver folks, so I stopped over again to let them know she was asking about them.

Guess what? Dinner was stew!

Until tomorrow -