Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Day 121, Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - Imperial Dam LTVA, CA

Gravel Pit at Imperial Dam
Well, after a flush yesterday, and a full tank with gray tank cleaner overnight that I dumped in the morning, the smell is gone. It must be blueberry pie remains since that is about the only food stuff that goes down the drain. I wipe everything before washing, but the blueberry pie sticks to the pans well enough that soaking is the only way to clean them. I filled the tank to 1/3, and will add more tank cleaner to slosh around on the trip to Imperial Dam.

I arrived around 11:00, and the trailer still smells normal, so I'm calling it cured, although I do have to find out why it is leaking odor into the closet.

Imperial Dam LTVA is in California since it is on the other side of the Colorado River, but the only way in is through Arizona, they use Arizona time, and your phone will likely lock on to an Arizona tower, so that makes sense. Yuma is the nearest city with large stores.

I'm in my usual area, just above the Gravel Pit Pavilion. It is usually either empty or just a single RV, but today there are about 5 of us in the area. It is large enough that no one is on top of anyone. Lots of sun & 78°F at 2:00.

After setting up I checked the cell coverage. I haven't been here in a couple of years, and in the past Verizon was all you could get at this level. Now both Verizon & AT&T have a signal, but AT&T is near unusable, even with an amplifier - nothing shows on my iPhone 10. AT&T: -116dBm, 1.7MB down & .3MB up. Verizon: -101dBm with an amplifier, 26.5 MB down & 5.2MB up.

I took a short walk, discovered another Escape (a 17) in another part of the camping area that I might wander to tomorrow.

Dinner was a microwaved Healthy Choice Sweet Sesame Chicken meal.

Until Tomorrow -

Monday, February 17, 2020

Day 120, Monday, February 17, 2020 - Split Rail RV Park, Quartzsite, AZ

Site 28
I packed up, said many good byes, then headed south on AZ 95 around 11:00. The plan was to stay at one of the Quartzsite LTVAs for a night, but I have developed an really bad gray tank odor. Since it is vented to the outside, that should not be a problem, however I suspect there is a bad splice in the vent line that goes through one of my clothes closets. The result is the clothes in the closet, and, to a lesser extent, the entire insides of the trailer stink!

I decided to stay in a place that has full hookups so I could flush the tank, then fill it with a bunch of gray tank cleaner, leave it overnight, and drain in the morning, hoping to solve the problem. I'm in site 28, a full hookup site for $25.00.

So, my 78 day streak of dry camping has ground to a halt. Only for a day since I still plan to head to Imperial Dam tomorrow. Since I'm here for the night, I'll also do a couple of loads of laundry. The machines are pretty small, at least compared to those at the Laundromat in town, so it worked out to 3 loads, both wash & dry. Still less expemsive at $1.50 to wash & $.25 per 15 minutes to dry, than the downtown laundromat.

Dinner was a late lunch at the Chinese restaurant. Very empty - much of the Quartzsite crowd had moved on. I even got a parking space at KB Tools!

I'll probably snack on some cheese & crackers later.

Until Tomorrow -

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Day 119, Sunday, February 16, 2020 - SARA Rodeo Grounds, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Day 7

Sunday Fireworks
Another warm day, hitting 74°F mid afternoon. Another day of goofing off. After processing & posting last night's fireworks photos, I sat outside, did some reading, talking, and enjoying the sun. I hit the showers around 2:00.

I'll try to quit shooting (although I probably shouldn't use that term around fireworks) early tonight since the show is not as big as last night's, and since I'll be on the road tomorrow morning.

As you can see, I did quit early & put the pages together around 8:30. Lots of "blasts" still going on, but I can watch them out my back window, and I have hundreds of photos of them.  Both last night's & tonight's photos are linked at my 2020 Western Winter Blast page.

Dinner was a BBQ Chicken sandwich, beans & potato salad with Chips & Water. The beans were canned, but the potato salad and the chicken were excellent.

Until Tomorrow -

Day 118, Saturday, February 15, 2020 - SARA Rodeo Grounds, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Day 6

Saturday Show

A warm but partly cloudy day. Enough sunshine to fully recharge the batteries. We had a group pancake breakfast cooked by Pat & others, after which I processed & posted the photos from last night. I'll do the same with tonight's photos. There will probably be more since Saturday is the "Big Show".  I added links to Saturday Photos.

A family from Alaska moved into the slot we have been sitting in at the wall at the top parking area, but they & the folks in a motorhome next door were willing to let the 8 of us park in their area,

Dinner was Tri Tip & Chicken provided by the Rodeo Grounds.

Until Tomorrow -

Friday, February 14, 2020

Day 117, Friday, February 14, 2020 - SARA Rodeo Grounds, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Day 5

The Finally

Happy Valentine's Day!

I goofed off all day, reading or just enjoying the sun. I did add a couple of rows of fireworks photos to yesterday's page; nothing special since they didn't have an actual show, just demos.

I will add tonight's photos tomorrow since they will be shooting until 11:00. A link to The Photo Pages.

Dinner for tonight & the next two nights are part of the SARA Rodeo Grounds experience. Tonight was Chicken Marsala.

Until Tomorrow -