Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Day 164, Tuesday, January 15 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 39

Tuesday, January 15 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 39 - 0 Miles, 8,082.2 Miles for the Trip

A very wet night & day. Over 1" of rain. While there is a flood watch on for the area, the washes in the campground are mostly dry, with puddles all over. The sand & gravel surface can get you - step in the wrong place and you sink in one to two inches into mud that was like rock when dry. Hard to tell by looking which is solid gravel and which is a mud pot. I didn't go for my walk this morning, the fisrt time since getting to Quartzsite. I don't mind walking in snow, but don't like walking in the rain.

Not much time outside, although a group of us got together and chatted during one of the brief "dry" spells. Very little solar charging during the day - I went from -24 amp hours this morning to -21 at 3:00. At least I got lots of reading in!

Dinner will be a baked chicken quarter (maybe grilled if the rain lets up) and steamed vegetables.

Until Tomorrow -

Monday, January 14, 2019

Day 163, Monday, January 14 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 38

Monday, January 14 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 38 - 0 Miles, 8,082.2 Miles for the Trip

We seem to have alternating weather. Today was mostly heavy clouds, with a prediction of overnight rain. The area is getting crowded; 3 more RVs moved into our area, and many more in the areas next to us. We had a couple of large class A's that pulled in and felt that someone that was in a smaller class C that was here first should move so they could park where they wanted. By the way, a couple of rangers came out and talked to the guy with the German Shepard. I think they convinced him that if he wanted to stay in the park, he had to keep his dog on a leash.

Lynda talked with the rangers afterwards, and they don't really have a plan for dealing with those already here once the shutdown ends. They are hoping people will show up at the offices once they open & pay for the time they were here, but there since there hasn't been any kind of records of when people arrived, they will have to take folks at their word. At $40.00 for 2 weeks, I'd hope people will be honest about using the place...

Today was laundry day. I was hoping that it was early enough before the Big Tent event that it wouldn't be too crowded, but no such luck. No problem getting a couple of washing machines, but long lines waiting for dryers. I finally got one (but really needed 2), tossed some extra quarters to make it run more than my usual 40 minutes, then headed for a shower. For the first time in years, I had to wait for a shower! Things calmed down by the time I got out of the shower, and I was able to split my load between two dryers. It still was a long morning.

Back at the trailer I made the bed & put the laundry away. I don't plan on doing laundry again until well after the show. I sat outside for a bit, but by 5:00 it had cooled off enough that I made dinner.

Dinner was a New York Strip Steak, a spinach & noodle Knorr's side.

Until Tomorrow -

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Day 162, Sunday, January 13 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 37

Sunday, January 13 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 37 - 0 Miles, 8,082.2 Miles for the Trip

Another nice day day at Quartzsite, with mostly sunshine, and temperatures in the mid 60's. Mel & Lynda danced their RVs around until both were happy with the locations, and we sat around and talked for part of the afternoon. I also did some reading, as usual, sitting out in the sun; even caught up on the Syracuse, NY news reading the Sunday paper on line.

One of the neighbor's (not my friends from California) has a large German Shepard that he has designated as a service dog so he can take him anywhere. In fact, the said I should get one & do the same so I could take it on the trails in National Parks. I have no desire to do that, but to each his own. He ran into a problem today - He also doesn't believe in leashes. BLM requires dogs to be on a 6' or shorter leash, and while lots of people here in the area don't leash their dogs I guess his dog went after one at another trailer (that was leashed). Lots of angry words! I know many travel with dogs, but they can restrict where you can stay, hike, etc, even if you do obey the rules and keep them leashed.

I also Facetimed with Don & Anne, and called my son for our weekly chat. No big or little accomplishments for the day, and around 5:30 the sun ducked behind some clouds over the western mountains, it quickly got cold, and I headed for the trailer & dinner.

Since I had a microwaved Orange Chicken Steamer for lunch, dinner was a simple sandwich & snap peas.

Until Tomorrow -

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Day 161, Saturday, January 12 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 36

Lynda's Toyota Sunrader
Saturday, January 12 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 36 - 0 Miles, 8,082.2 Miles for the Trip

The nice 70°F+ weather has taken a vacation. It only got up to 60°F today, with some light, late morning rain. Now, at 4:00, the rain has stopped, but there are still heavy clouds, with the possibility of a few breaks as the sun sets. Not enough to fill the batteries, but they are only down 10 amp hours.

Around 3:30, Lynda, a Toyota Sunrader owner from California arrived, one of the few class C's that is built from fiberglass in two halves, like a fiberglass trailer. She is set up next door, and another friend Mel is on his way. He isn't bringing his Toyota Class C, but is now towing a 24' trailer. We will pretty much fill up the area. I'm also including a photo of the back of the trailer showing the painter's pole with the weather station & my glow ball, photo at today's LakeshoreImages page.

Other than a bit of reading, both forums, web pages as well as a library book on the Kindle (John Sandford's Holy Ghost), I didn't accomplish a thing today. Then again, that is about average for the last 36 days here at Quartzsite!

I did wander to the La Posa South entrance, and picked up 5 books from the table at the closed office. It is interesting how the different areas are different. There is the same table at the entrance station here at La Posa West, and there isn't anything on it but a couple of rocks. The table at La Posa South is covered with books, clothes, puzzles, etc.

Since it looks like the rain is going to hold off for the rest of the afternoon, dinner will be a Turkey Bubba Burger and the rest of the applesauce.

Until Tomorrow -

Friday, January 11, 2019

Day 160, Friday, January 11 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 35

Friday, January 11 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 35 - 0 Miles, 8,082.2 Miles for the Trip

You can tell it has been a bit warmer than previous weeks; I had to fill a propane tank after 9 days rather than 7. Still not like last year when I was going 2 weeks, but an improvement over December. Quite a line at the 76 gas station (where the nearest propane fill is located). In fact, lots of lines & traffic everywhere. The big tent show doesn't open until next week, but it seems there are lots of folks that are here early. Our campground area is still about the same, with a fair amount of room left, but some of the other parts are getting crowded.

I did my usual reading, both the Kindle & the computer, mostly outside in the sun & 72°F temperature (I checked with home at Oswego, and it is going down to 0°F tonight). The clouds moved in during the late afternoon, and rain is predicted for the weekend, but I really can't complain.

I finally remembered to listen to Science Friday on NPR. One of my favorite programs, but the time zone change moves it from 2:00 to 12:00 and I keep forgetting to tune in on time. Tonight will be another favorite on WXXI (the Rochester NPR station) Echoes. They do a 2 hour show of interesting music Fridays & Saturdays.

Around 4:30 I headed to Sweet Darlene's for the Friday Fish Fry. As usual, very good. For a switch, I got double coleslaw & no potato. I really like their coleslaw...

Until Tomorrow -

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Day 159, Thursday, January 10 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 34

Last Night's Sunset
Thursday, January 10 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 34 - 0 Miles, 8,082.2 Miles for the Trip

Another warm night and beautiful day. We also had a nice sunset:

I spent the morning reading, then headed to Parker to do some shopping & wash the truck. Gas was $2.39 at the Parker Terrible, $2.46 - $2.49 at most of the other stations. Still $2.65 here at Quartzsite, so I filled up on the way back to the campground.

I also made a run out to Dome Rock. I wanted to give accurate GPS coordinates to the rally area & the host site where you get your permit posted to some of the fiberglass forums. Of course, if the shutdown doesn't end, I'm pretty sure the host won't be on duty. He was off today.

That was about it for the day.

Since lunch was left over pizza, dinner was the same as last night - a sandwich & applesauce.

Until Tomorrow -

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Day 158, Wednesday, January 9 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 33

Wednesday, January 9 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 33 - 0 Miles, 8,082.2 Miles for the Trip

Another decent night at Quartzsite, with a short dip to 43°F by the early AM, and a warm 72°F day. Much of the day was spent sitting outside reading. Plenty of sun, so the batteries are happy. Around 12:30 I headed to Silly Al's for my once a year pizza lunch. They make the best vegetarian pizza I've ever had. Lots of different vegetables, and for the "something different", cashews. Sounds a bit strange, but an excellent meal. I got the smallest size they offer (8") and brought home two pieces for a snack tomorrow.

Not much else going on. I'm not sure how they are scheduling the dumping of the dumpsters, but a garbage truck came around today, just 2 days after the last time, and dumped the dumpsters here & at La Posa Tyson Wash. They probably also did the other sections, but those were the ones I saw during my morning walk. I hope they will continue dumping throughout the season & shutdown.

Dinner was a sandwich & applesauce.

Until Tomorrow -

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Day 157, Tuesday, January 8 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 32

Tuesday, January 8 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 32 - 0 Miles, 8,082.2 Miles for the Trip

I finished Fire & Blood last night & started a Marcia Muller Sharon McCone mystery Till the Butchers Cut Him Down. I've read a bunch of her McCone mysteries, and enjoyed them. This one is in the form of a real paperback book. That means I use more amp hours reading it - you need light to see paper, while the Kindle lights itself. Actually, the increase is minimal; my reading light (a directional LED) only draws .1 amps. Speaking of amps, today was clear for most of the day & my batteries are at 98%, about a high as one can expect with the shorter winter days.

A new RV arrived in our area, a large class A (otherwise known by fiberglass trailer owners as a "sun blocker". We chatted about solar & other things for awhile, then I went back to reading and enjoying the sunshine. While it made it up to 65°F, as soon as the sun ducked behind the mountains, it cooled off quickly. The prediction for tonight is 44°F, which means I'll burn very little propane & not use too many amp hours spinning the furnace fan.

Other than sitting around reading, I didn't do much else for the day. With all the sunshine, I had enough extra output from the solar panels to microwave lunch, which was a Innovasian Orange Chicken rice bowl. Not bad for a 3 minute meal. Dinner will be a sandwich & applesauce.

Until Tomorrow -

Monday, January 7, 2019

Day 156, Monday, January 7 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 31

Monday, January 7 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 31 - 0 Miles, 8,082.2 Miles for the Trip

I'm getting there on Fire & Blood - at 83%! A very nice day with lots of sun and temperatures in the high 60's. After my walk & breakfast, I did my usual reading, moving outside as soon as it warmed into the 60's.

Lots of RVs moving into the campground, although so far, none have been added to the section I'm in. I did meet a fellow camper that admired the trailer & wanted to talk solar. Other than that, most of the day was spent relaxing in the sun. I fought off the bees & refilled the hummingbird feeder. The so called bee guards don't do anything to keep them away - a cloud of around 20 were either on or around the feeder.

I was getting a bit worried since the dumpsters were full, but during the afternoon a truck came and emptied them. It was a private company, not a BLM truck. I hope someone is paying them. There is the option to take trash to the Quartzsite landfill, but that is aways up AZ 95 so the dumpsters here in the campground are a better choice, at least as long as they keep emptying them.

Dinner was the remainder of the tuna fish & peaches.

Until Tomorrow -

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Day 155, Sunday, January 6 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 30

Sunday, January 6 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 30 - 0 Miles, 8,082.2 Miles for the Trip

A much warmer night, only going down to the mid 40's. There was light rain most of the evening and into the early AM, but no enough to fill the washes, or even leave puddles around the campground.

After my walk & breakfast, I did my usual morning reading on the computer. The trailer batteries were down 45 amp hours, but there was quite a bit of sun (and mixed clouds) so as of 4:00PM, I'm only down 14 amp hours, and by sundown, down 12 amp hours. During the brightest part of the morning I was charging at 20 amps, but that only lasted until the bulk phase of charging was finished.

It warmed up enough to sit outside in the sun, at least as long as the clouds didn't block it. The air temperature was still a cool 55F°, although it eventually reached 62°F.

Still reading Fire & Blood (up to 62%). It would be interesting to see a TV show or movie made from this, although I have to admit I am probably the one person on earth that hasn't seen any of the Game of Thrones TV series. I did read all of the books, and enjoyed them.

Dinner was a Turkey Kielbasa sandwich with creamed corn.

Until Tomorrow -

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Day 154, Saturday, January 5 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 29

Saturday, January 5 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 29 - 0 Miles, 8,082.2 Miles for the Trip

I guess yesterday was a fluke. While we had sun this morning, by 10:00 the clouds moved in, and never left all day. After mailing some birthday cards, I dug out the portable solar panel to get a bit more from the gloom. I didn't empty the truck bed, instead, undid the 3 fold bed cover & slid it back enough to remove the solar panel. I added it to the rooftop panels, and the input to the batteries went from .8 amps to 1.6 amps. This from 480 watts that would produce well over 15 amps in direct sunlight. 1.8 amps is still not nearly enough, but better. As of 3:30PM, the batteries are down 24 amp hours & at 89% full. Here is hoping for sun tomorrow!

That was about it for accomplishments. Still reading Fire & Blood - according to the Kindle, I'm 36% through the book. It is written as a history, with little dialogue. At first I didn't get into it, but Martin's writing makes it interesting enough that I'm enjoying it, although having a bit of a difficult time keeping track of the hundreds of characters.

Dinner was a tuna fish sandwich & a salad.

Until Tomorrow -

Friday, January 4, 2019

Day 153, Friday, January 4 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 28

The "Big Tent" is Almost Up
Friday, January 4 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 28 - 0 Miles, 8,082.2 Miles for the Trip

Finally, a break from the cold weather. Mid 60's today, although it was still well below freezing last night. I took more photos of the Big Tent as they put it together. A few more photos at today's LakeshoreImages page.

For those that don't know what it is all about, the Big Tent started as a mostly RV sales venue with 100's of booths running for a week in mid January. It and the surrounding inexpensive & free camping attracted close to 1,000,000 visitors to Quartzsite. While the crowds are smaller now, it still attracts crowds well over 100,000. The booths in the tent have changed from primarily RV related to about 3/4 typical state fair types, but you can still find just about anything you need for your RV.

The tent is mostly up, just awaiting the side panels, and a bit of cranking on the lines on the east end. Amazing that they can put up a tent the size of a football field in 2 days, but they have had years of practice.

I made a quick trip to town for some birthday cards, and a squeeze bottle of mayonnaise. The rest of the day was spent outside reading.

Dinner was a trip to Sweet Darlene's and the Friday Night Fish Fry. The all-you-can-eat meal is no longer available; it goes away in January, but there was plenty of fish with the meal, and excellent coleslaw. The meal price has gone up a $1.00 since last year, but it is still a good meal for $10.99.

Until Tomorrow -

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Day 152, Thursday, January 3 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 27

Thursday, January 3 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 27 - 0 Miles, 8,082.2 Miles for the Trip

No change for the weather, but a warm up is predicted for the weekend. After breakfast I did some reading. Started George R. R. Martin's Fire & Blood, a 750+ page prequel to the Game of Thrones series. Should keep me busy for awhile!

After lunch I decided it was time to dump the trailer. While there was lots of room in the gray tank, the black tank was just shy of full, and fresh water down to 1/3. It took about a half hour to pack up the trailer for the move, 20 minutes to fold down the solar panels, and 10 minutes to pack up the insides. One RV in front of me at the dump station, and no one showed up after me, so there was no rush. After dumping, it was off to the fresh water fill station.

I angled the trailer a bit more east of south to try to get more morning sun. Aimed directly south seems to put the most direct light on the panels after the solar controller has shifted to the absorption mode, limiting the charging current. I'd like to get more sunlight during the first 2 hours when the controller is in the boost mode, pumping as much current as possible into the batteries. We will see if it makes a difference. I didn't need to do that last year, but the furnace only ran for a total of 20 minutes to a half hour, or, on most days, not at all. That is not happening this winter. I am using 15 - 20 amp hours on the furnace alone. Worst case, I'll dig out the portable panel and add that to the mix, but to get to it I have to completely empty the truck.

After setting up I did some more reading, then made dinner.

Dinner was a bowl of Progresso Chicken Noodle Soup.

Until Tomorrow

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Day 151, Wednesday, January 2 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 26

The Start of the "Big Tent"
Wednesday, January 2 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 26 - 0 Miles, 8,082.2 Miles for the Trip

I'm getting tired of announcing another cold night at Quartzsite, but it was down to 25°F last night, almost as cold as home at Oswego! At least the sun was out all day, getting it up to a high of 60°F, and my batteries down into the single digits for negative amp hours. I don't thing they are going to end up full until the furnace stops running most of the night!

It was a busy day (at least for Quartzsite). I started with changing the bedding, and off to the laundry. While not as busy as Christmas eve, it was crowded. I couldn't figure out why my second dryer was taking so long. Discovered that someone put their money in the wrong slot and before she discovered it, I had 36 minutes of more time.

After putting away the laundry, I checked the propane & found one tank empty. A long line at the propane filling station. Propane is still $2.30 per gallon at the 76 gas station. I also stopped at one of the used book sellers & traded in most of the books stuffed in the back of the truck. I picked up a few, and ended up getting $1.00 back for the trades.

Back at the trailer wandered over to the area they are starting to set up the "Big Tent" for the January show. They are currently moving in poles, and putting down the green AstroTurf for the floor. I also did some reading until dinner, which was an Amy's Cheese Enchilada Dinner.

Until Tomorrow -

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Day 150, Tuesday, January 1 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 25

Tuesday, January 1 , 2019 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 25 - 0 Miles, 8,082.2 Miles for the Trip

Happy New Year! Lots of fireworks going off in town and around the campground, but I wimped out and was asleep by 11:00.

I want my 65°F - 70°F days back! I know many parts of the country are having freezing days, but for some reason, 50°F days at Quartzsite just are not right. During my morning walks, I meet others that are also complaining, so it isn't just me. In any case, another cold day, and expecting another cold night. Since I'm curled up under multiple blankets, the cold at night doesn't bother me, but I'm tired of wearing a sweatshirt sitting around in the trailer! At least it was clear, so the batteries, while not full, are back in the single digits of negative amp hours.

I spent much of the morning collecting bank information for my 2018 tax return, checking on my retirement (2018 was not a good year!) and starting new spreadsheets for checking & other bank accounts.

I drove to town to buy a loaf of bread, my major activity for the day. I did read a couple of books on the Kindle, one of which, The Arrow Collector by Cristian Perfumo, an Patagonian author, was pretty good.

Dinner was a Maria Callender's Chicken & Dumplings dinner (cooked in the oven to add a bit of heat to the trailer!)

Until Tomorrow -