Saturday, November 28, 2015

La Posa West LTVA, Quartzite, AZ, Day 12

Saturday, November 28, 2015, La Posa West LTVA, Quartzite, AZ, Day 12, 0 Miles, 3,585.9 Miles for the Trip

Yesterday it was warmer both during the day & overnight at home in Oswego, NY than here in Quartzite! Doesn't seem fair! I know it will get warmer later in the week, but I'm burning lots of propane. One good thing about propane here - it is about as inexpensive as I've seen it on the trip.

Nothing happening today. The big event was defrosting the refrigerator. While it doesn't frost up as much here in the desert as in more humid areas, it was pretty bad. The fins in the area under the fans remains frost free, but the fans only cover about 1/4 of them. I should get a couple more so the entire fins are covered, but so far I haven't found the same ones I already have & I'd like them to match. They don't draw much current, but adding 3 more would add to my "parasite" load since they run all the time.

Other than that the day was spent reading. No photographs.

Not sure what dinner will be, but something simple. Well, it was simple from the cooking end of things - I went to Sweet Darlene's for their Saturday night prime rib dinner. Not bad, and very good for $15.00! I'm not sure why, but I'm eating out more here in Quartzite than on any of my trips. Inexpensive restaurants with reasonably good food?

Until Tomorrow -

Friday, November 27, 2015

La Posa West LTVA, Quartzite, AZ, Day 11

My New Neighbor
Friday, November 27, 2015, La Posa West LTVA, Quartzite, AZ, Day 11, 0 Miles, 3,585.9 Miles for the Trip

Another cool night, but the furnace kept the trailer livable. It didn't warm up all that much during the day - low 33°F, the high 61°F. After a walk & breakfast I went to the Hi Jolly cemetery to shoot a photo of the marker for the tomb of Hadji Ali (where Hi Jolly comes from). He was a camel driver who worked for the army before the Civil War as part of an experiment to determine if camels could be used a pack animals. The camel on top of the tomb is a tribute to Big Rd, Hi Jolly's favorite. More photos of both at today's LakeshoreImages page.

I also did some Christmas shopping since it is Black Friday (not that there seamed to be any Black Friday sales).

When I got back to the trailer I wandered down to meet a new neighbor that arrived last night. People joke about campers that bring their whole house - well, he did! It isn't quite finished (the inside is still a shell except for a working toilet & holding tank), but it is a tiny house on wheels. 13'4" tall so it fits main highway bridges, and sure attracts attention. The owner said he had people chasing him to get a closer look. I'm not sure where he is from, but he stopped in Phoenix on the way.

I did a bit or reading (in a sweatshirt & quilted vest), then cooked dinner - Rice & Orange Chicken. Looks to be another cool night - it is already down to 54°F at 6:00.

Until Tomorrow -

Thursday, November 26, 2015

La Posa West LTVA, Quartzite, AZ, Day 10

Thursday, November 26, 2015, La Posa West LTVA, Quartzite, AZ, Day 10, 0 Miles, 3,585.9 Miles for the Trip

Happy Thanksgiving! I had my turkey dinner at Sweet Darlene's in Quartzite. Far more food than I could eat, topped off with delicious pumpkin pie. On the way out I met the ladies that were at the table next to me at the Grubstake Social Club (where I waited over an hour for my fish dinner).

On the way back to the campground I stopped by the Reader's Oasis Bookstore & talked a bit with Paul Winer (in his cod piece). I don't know if he owns or manages the store, but he took my money for a couple of books. He also gets dressed to do concerts. I guess he isn't any more strange than the Naked Cowboy in Times Square! Rather than include the photo here, you will have to go to today's LakeshoreImages page.

I do need to complain about Verizon. While their data service here & in most of the places I've been to had been good to excellent, their customer support needs work. I have a 20GB per month plan and my Jetpack is suppose to show my usage. I noticed that it has not changed since I upgraded my Jetpack on November 10th. I'm also suppose to get emailed notices when I go past 10GB, 15GB, and 19GB. I know I have used more than the 2.14GB that the Jetpack shows. I went to "My Verizon" and is shows the same 2.14GB that shows on the Jetpack. When I went to the detailed data usage page it has a daily usage section that can be downloaded as a spreadsheet. That looked to be up to date, but I would need to download it every day, and since it doesn't show totals, add to the spreadsheet a simple formula to get a total. Not to hard to do - I checked, and as of Monday I was at 10.5GB. Still, I don't think I should have to do that to find my total usage, and as I said, I'm not getting the emailed alerts.

I decided to call Verizon, got through to a customer service rep almost immediately, then spent 20 minutes trying to explain the problem. When he finally caught on, he transfered me to a tech rep, who promised he understood the problem & would take care of it in 24 hours. So, today, since my Jetpack still shows 2.14GB, I went to My Verizon, and on to the detailed data page, and guess what? The daily usage list is empty! Nothing new, and the old data disappeared. An interesting solution to the problem, at least from Verizon's point of view since all I can see is the wrong amount, but it isn't the solution I wanted. Now I can't even download & process the daily amounts to find out what I used. I know it is a holiday, but it has been well over 24 hours & I haven't received the promised phone call or email. I'd be willing to bet that if I went over my alloted 20GB for the month, Verizon would be able to show me the proof that I did.

The rest of the day was spent reading. My turkey dinner (at lunchtime) was large enough that I don't think dinner will be much at all. I did get a Skype session with my daughter & grandkids.

Until Tomorrow -

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

La Posa West LTVA, Quartzite, AZ, Day 9

Quartzite Sunset
Wednesday, November 25, 2015, La Posa West LTVA, Quartzite, AZ, Day 9, 0 Miles, 3,585.9 Miles for the Trip

A bit of wind overnight, but the temperatures were so warm the furnace never came on. This morning the wind was bouncing the trailer around. I forgot what dust is like during windy conditions at Quartzite. The mountains surrounding the area disappeared. As the wind died down towards the end of the day, they slowly reappeared on the horizon.

I drove into Quartzite to refill my empty propane tank. Much cheaper here than the last fill in Texas - $17.50 in Texas vs $11.51 here for just under 5 gallons. After that I checked out a couple more junk sales, then dropped off the propane tank & headed to Blythe to see if I could get a pressure test. I did, and it is a bit higher than the last check. I'll call my NY doctor to see if he thinks I should do something about it. I won't be able to do that until at least Friday since by the time I had my test it was already after 5:00 in NY.

I tried sitting outside reading, even put on a sweatshirt with a hood to deal with the wind, but finally gave up & headed inside. I did take a couple of photos of the sunset & a panorama of the campground.  The panorama is at today's LakeshoreImages page.

Dinner was a couple of cheese brats, and home style baked beans.

Until Tomorrow -

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

La Posa LTVA, Quartzite, AZ, Day 8,

Another Moon & Sunset Photo
Tuesday, November 24, 2015, La Posa LTVA, Quartzite, AZ, Day 8, 0 Miles, 3,585.9 Miles for the Trip

After my walk I drove to La Posa South to check for a new location. It is funny how you get attached to an area. I found a location that looks good, is closer to the bathroom, water & dump stations, but I'm reluctant to move. I'll think about it tomorrow. I did take a late photo of last night's sunset with a bit of color on the horizon.

After breakfast I drove to a book store & met the naked man. Evidently, he is a Quartzite fixture. So tanned you can't tell if it is his skin or a body suit, but it looks like all he is wearing is a cod piece. I didn't get a photo; maybe next time. After that it was off to the two local medical facilities to see if I could get a eye pressure test. I have glaucoma, and my NY doctor suggested I get a pressure test about now to be sure the eye drops are doing their thing. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be anyone in Quartzite that can do the test, so it is either off to Parker or Blythe. I may try Blythe since I haven't been there yet.

I spent the rest of the day reading. This is the first day since I arrived in Quartzite with clouds. They got heavier as the day went on. The solar panels fully recharged the batteries but at dusk the clouds covered most of the sky. We will see what tomorrow brings.

Dinner was a Turkey Bubba Burger & snap peas.

Until Tomorrow -