stop Quartzsite and BLM'ing it...
NOVEMBER 1 TUESDAY
Yes... we are in Quartzsite
and found a great site right inside the La Posa LTVA... the first BLM gate
south of Q on the left side when heading south from Q on US 95.
We liked the idea of still
being next to the paved road inside the LTVA and NO dust and still within
easy biking to town. You can go back for miles and find a real remote location
but we are where no one is close and we can still turn up the stereo if
we want. The 5ers door side is facing north so we have shade all day and
get the most sun for the solar cells to charge our AGM batteries. And we
have shade with a tree during the day. Don't have to put down the canopy
and put it back up at night every day. We have driven around town to see
what has changed from last year. (more about the changes later) NO road
construction, so things are looking up. Terry made a beeline for the rock
shop to see if they were open. Not a lot of people here yet so the Quartzsite
Roadrunners Rock and Gem Club is just getting in gear and should be
up to speed in a few days for him to play all day with lapidary and silversmithing
stuff. This post was late but we were just having so much fun getting settled.
Last night (fist night ) we lit the Tiki patio torches and had a small
campfire and brought out the stereo and listened to some great classic
rock. This is boondocking heaven! This is like the best camping weekend
you ever experienced and IT lasts for months.
We are trying to pace oursleves. Don't want to overdose right away...
Getting close to sunset
Monday (our fist day on Q doondocking)
The short paved road into
the LTVA is just off to the right (it plays out and turns into a dust and
gravel/dirt road) in this pic so we get to people watch as they come and
The 5er in the right background
is the compground host at the entrance station.
Like I said we could have
gone miles back in, but this just seemed like a good place to land. If
it rains like it did last year you could be stuck for a day or so, untill
things dry out. We opted to stay close to the good road and not have to
cross any washes.
about Q and pics in the next few days.
One of our readers
wrote to us with the following question:
your site. Maps and photos are great. I do not understand the role of a
campground host. If you are boondocking why is a host needed? Also what
is the function of an entrance station? I believe that the host and the
station must be associated with each other but I am unsure as to each responsibility
they have. Terrific site! Good details of the goings on in the areas you
A little background information. We are currently outside of Quartzsite
in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) La Posa Long Term Visitor Area,
North entrance, where we are dry camping (boondocking, no hookups, no elctricity).
Services provided by the BLM at the La Posa LTVA include Pay Phones, Trash
collection, Dump stations, Drinking Water and Rest Rooms.
The Entrance station to the La Posa LTVA is provided by the BLM as a pay
station for the annual or short term permit. The Entrance station
is staffed by a camp ground host during the day from 8am to 4 pm. The Blm
charges $140.00 dollars to camp for the season, Sept 15th to April
15th. A short term permit for 14 days is also available $30.00.
There is additional free short term dry camping for 14 days available in
the Quartzsite area. There are no services of any kind at the short
term free camping.
The La Posa LTVA is divided into four divisions, South, North, West and
Tyson Wash. The dump stations, and wells are located in La Posa South,
and this division seems to be the most popular.
The La Posa North division abuts the Rice Ranch area with the entrance
being about ½ mile out of Quartzsite. There is trash dumpsters,
phones, and rest rooms, but no water or dump stations.
La Posa West also has their entrance ½ mile north of town, and abuts
to Tyson Wells and the RV show grounds. This area seems to be very
popular due to its location within walking distance to the RV show.
The only services at West are phone, trash and rest rooms.
Tyson wash is the final division to the La Posa LTVA, the entrance located
across for La Posa South. The services at Tyson are Phone, rest rooms
Each of the Divisions have their following, with many groups returning
annually to nest in the same approximate area.
In Addition to the La Posa LTVA, the BLM maintains one other LTVA
in southern AZ just north of Yuma, the Imperial Dam LTVA, and 5 LTVA’s
in SW California: Hot Springs, Tamarisk, Pilot Knob, All in extreme south
east Ca. along the Mexican border. Mule Mtn. and Midland are the
other two areas and are in the Blythe Ca. area. The LTVA Permit is
good at any of the above areas, and a person may move about.
For much more about BLM
lands and boondocking check out this Boondocking
Guide by Adrian Waters
and the other links we have
in our Resource Section
on our main site. HithcItch.com
Another email asks:
of questions, me being a newbie wannabe, when you go to dump your tanks
and get more water, what will keep someone from taking your place? Also
what will keep someone from parking next to you? Is there boondocking etiquette?
your site, keep writing!”
Under normal campground conditions, one should not take a site that is
clearly occupied. To be occupied does not necessarily mean there
is a large rv parked in the site. It may be as simple as putting
a folding chair in the site with a note saying the site is occupied.
Camping in the LTVA is on a first come basis, and there is nothing to prevent
someone from camping next to you. That said the rules prevent someone
from setting up within 15 feet of you. By selecting your site with
care you can also guarantee some privacy. Trees, bushes, roads and
washes are all barriers that can be used to guarantee no one will be near
you. That said I really do not see much of a problem. The RVes
that you see huddled together are there because their owners want to be
together. Those people wanting more space will choose their sites
accordingly, and those wanting true solitude will be as far from the raod
We do not take the trailer to the dump station so would not be overly paranoid
about loosing our site. There are several options when handling grey
and black water. The old stand by is the “blue boy”.
can say about it is that it will work, but that it is messy, has limited
capacity, and has to be drug behind the truck to the dump station.
way this blue boy is for sale... so if you're in Q and need one. "SOLD"
We purchased a macerator pump (below) and have a 50 gal. tank rigged
up to dump. We are hoping that with the capacity of the tank and
the ability to haul it in the box of the truck rather then drag it behind
we can haul the waste water more efficiently.
The 12 volt pump chops up the
waste from the 3 inch hose and pumps it into the smaller hose.
Feed the 1 inch hose into the
tank. (below) We have a quick disconnect on the 1 inch hose so the pump
can be stored in a plastic tool box.
left bottom (above) is the 3 inch drain hose connection as in the pic below.
drain pull handle just like on the 5ers drain system.
have a couple of 20 gal tanks for getting fresh water back to the RV site
and a small pump empty them into our our freash water holding tank
in the 5er.
tanks in the 5er are 80 gal fresh, 50 gal black, 50 gal gray (shower, bathroom
sink) and 30 gal kitchen gray.
can go a week without having to do anything if we don't waste water.
our tanks we will take the dish water and poor it down the stool. We could
never fill a 50 gal black water tank as fast as we could the front
kitchen tank (30 gal). Just to balance things out and to add more liquid
in the black tank the better. So as an example we got here Monday and it
is now Friday night and the freah tank sez over 2/3 full and the kit gray
sez E to 1/3 and the bathroom gray sez 1/3 and of course the black tank
reads full but then it does that ALL the time. (Black tank sensors
never seem to read right... has to do with the content of the tank) We
don't worry about it as we can only produce so much! Some say we are fuller
you have it "Water and Boondocking 101" Class dismissed. Any other questions
raise your hand.
a day trip to Blythe, CA yesterday we picked up a few more plants to kill.
A Cherry tomato plant and a hanging basket. And since we had a hummingbird
fly around the other day we got a feeder to see if they will came back.
Looks like we are settling in big time.
other night while sitting out by the campfire and the glow of the Tiki
torches and looking at the vast sky got to thinking about an old post a
did on RVNET.com forum.... It was:
out with a couple of pup-ups and then a small 17 ft 5er which we pulled
with a Ford Ranger and then a little larger non slide Jayco (pulled with
a Chevy 2500)and had a great time on trips out west in back of the way
forest service campgrounds and loved it on vacations. BUT now that we have
a 35 ft 3 slide 5er (see sig) and fulltime in it, can't get to those campgrounds
anymore and miss JUST camping. Now with the 5er size we spend most of the
time in RV parks and that is NOT camping.
is what I wished I would have known before we went fulltime in a big 5er.
We don't go camping anymore, but live in it. Not bad, but different, and
miss the camping aspect of this lifestyle. Not ready to risk pulling our
home up a wash board road for 50 miles back into forest service areas anymore.
We love this life but do miss a few things we used to be able to enjoy
in a smaller unit."
I don't feel that way anymore with being here in the great southwest at
Quartzsite boondocking out on BLM lands. This is just great... and I had
to pinch myself as this was going to last for more then just a weekend
but for several months! Also as you read the above travel posts to get
here we were able to camp in out of the way spots without to much trouble.
It sure helps to have solar and a big string of batteries and a gen if
needed to live like this.
went for fresh water yesterday and filled our three 15 gal water jugs (see
below) but we only needed to add 25 gal into our 5er tank. We only used
25 gal in the last week. WOW Think were're getting the hang of this boondocking
do buy 5 gal at a time filtered wated in town for drinking and tea and
such, but still... think I need to start taking longer showeres. Level
sensers say kit gray 1/2 bathroom gray 1/3 so still doing good. We do plan
to play with the mecerater pump tomarrow and clean out the tanks as we
want to try it out.
found a supply of old pallets (and I am not telling our source) but for
$1 each not a bad deal for fire wood in the desert.
a little bit of the wax fireplace logs we brought and a great campfire
can be had.
The black tubs were in the
truck bed ahead of the hitch. We haul freah water in the blue jugs. (they
were Dr Pepper syrup jugs 15 gal each)
just go back from the
rock club and he is now the instructor for silver casting (lost wax
casting). OK you ask what is that?
this is where you melt silver and pour it into a mold and it winds up as
a pice of jewlery. Lost OK, so am I but he likes it.
week we decided to max. out the solar system and get another panel for
the roof. A 120 watt just like the one on the other side on the front.
Got it a AZRVLifestyles ($595)
in Q. Solar Discount where we had everything installed last year didn't
have this unit in yet and said it would be a week or so for their shipment
of this unit and it would cost more then what we could get it for now.
We are now up to 490 watts with 4 units with output of about 23 amps in
full sun. The Solar Boost 2000e works at max. converting all this power.
the back right panel. Starting to have long shadows as it was late in the
day before the installation was done.
aware that at no time should there be a shadow on any of the panels as
it will degrade the entire system. We think we have it set up at good angles
to give us the max power for most of the day. May want to lower the left
panels later in the season as the sun gets lower in the southern sky. We
have seen some units that have off their panels on swivel mounts so they
can move them with the sun. COOL. We are not there yet where we need to
move the 5er several times a day. Now by mid day the red blinking diode
sez we are fully charged. We do see some trailers that have their panels
facing east and would not get anything during most of the day. It takes
all types out here in the great southwest desert. It does take an RV desert
village to raise a fulltimer. Or was that politician that said it takes
a village to raise a kid. Aren't we all kids just playing the the sun and
sand? Need a helping hand just stop by.
and more venders are setting up shop in town. It is like back when we were
in high school and scooped the loop or drove the avenues (Yes... you know
you did that too.) to see what is going on. At least once a day we have
to drive the looop to see what has changed.
out Friday night for fish and chips. Tried Grubstake Chuckwagon and
Waterin' Hole (on the north end of town on 95) Could not believe the
size of the plate of all you could eat fish and at least two lbs. of fries
for $8.50. A pint of beer was only $2. A friendly cool fun place with specials
everyday. A corrugated metal building, and even the bar is made out of
corrugated metal. The guy who runs it is named Darrin, and he’s from somewhere
have an Old ‘96er. 2 pounds of hamburger served with a pile of fries, a
big bowl of coleslaw, and a large pitcher of soda. And… if you eat all
that in one hour, it’s Free!
is now a casting instructor and now a beginning faceting instructor at
the rock club. He has to write reports for the Thursday meetings on how
the classes are going. He loves it. So be it.
delivery of my new CampingWorld Recliner. The Quartzsite camber Of Commerce
agreed to take delivery for me for UPS since we are in the the BLM and
have no address. Nice of them.
We will see if Terry can get
a pic of me in it.
Afer I got the chair went over
to the Quartzsite Libary
to take back a couple of books and drop off a bag of books for donation
I have been buying and reading. They were happy to receive them. They have
a great libary.
It is just one of the reasones
why people love to live and winter here.
We can relax and read to our
hearts content. Every day IS a weekend here.
Saturday Nov. 19
Been working on a web site
proposal for the Quartzsite
Gem and Mineral Club.
The largest gem and mineral
club in the nation. See what I have been up with creating this new site.
It is also another fantastic
day... going to stop right now and go outside and watch the sunset.
Wednesday Nov. 23
Look at us, have not been posting
much latly... Shame Shame.
Life slows down when you land
here. You find time to relax and do hobbies and read a good book.
Terry practicaly lives at the
rock club now both morning and afternoons. Today he worked in the silver
shop making pendents for Christmas presents.
The current buzz in the BLM
is that they propose to raise the usage rates. They have announced a 30
day comment period. The increase would go from $140 for the season to $180
and 14 day from $30 to $40. Longtime users are upset, but in my book it
is still a great bargain. website
A email from a reader asked
us what it costs to have a mobile unit come out to the BLM area and empty
your holding tanks. I called Ol'Blue Septic and their recording sez. If
you have them come every week it is $15 and if every two weeks $40. Guess
you have to sign up and use them on an ongoing basis. So that's $60 for
once a week and $80 for twice a month. I'm not sure I understand this rate
schedule. What am I missing... Sure twice as much stuff to pump out
every week BUT...
We do see a couple of different
services driving around. Don't know if they would stop if you flagged them
down or not. Might want a lot for that since you were not signed up with
them... Will do some more checking. We of course don't need
that as we empty our own and take it to the dumping station on BLM land.
(story above) Many motor homes just drive into town to a couple of places
for that and fill up on water and propane at the same time. Motor home
propane tanks don't come off so need to drive to fill or have mobile service.
One place is $3 a fill (fresh water) and $5 to dump. You see many people
carrying around large barrels in the back of their pu trucks coming back
with water from the BLM distribution site.
A new Radio Shack opened in
Quartzsite. Is this place growing or what... Anyway got excited about the
police scanners they had. I had one years ago and loved it. Went back and
researched them on the web and had to run in a get the Radio Shack "Pro-97
1,000 Channel Triple Trunking Hand Held Scanner". Is that a mouthful. WOW...
it really pulls in the channels. Now I know what is happening all around
the valley and western and northwest AZ.
One fun big boy toy (as they
say) and it was on sale $70 off.
Think we will go up to Parker
in Turkey day and hit the Blue River Casino buffet. Not another buffet...
this will have be it for awhile as we are eating too much. Have an
excuse for going to Parker... to Bank of America for the ATM. The local
stores in Q don't seem to like giving cash back with a debit perchase.
Can't blame them. And pick up a few things at the grocery store (Safeway)
that we just can't find here. I must say we do like the General Store here
in Q with their well known meat market with good prices. The new Dollar
Store has bargains many this for out from a large city are not a accustomed
So it will be an outing and
to browse in a huge market. We won't have to worry about going in hungry
and buy on impulse I hope after filling up at the casino buffet. (Like
they say never go to a grocery store hungry.)
a Happy Thanksgiving...
Our tomato plant is just growing
like a weed. We got it about three weeks ago in a 7 inch pot and look at
First pic after transplanting
it. Second pic today. See the pea sized cherry tomato forming...
Isn't it swell we have this
much time to dewll on a growing tomato!
We are loving the veggies
at Lamm's produce stand...
We go toFriendy people who
have had this stand for many many years.( We are into romane lettuce with
ceasre dressing and paramasan grated cheese. Can't seem to get enough of
it. Melons... honeydew, cantalope, and a small watermelon with
a very thin rind, more like a peal. And these all are only about $1 each.
You CAN eat fresh, healthy, and cheap IF you want to down here. Now bring
on that Friday night fish fry. Oh.. No.. Pop another Zocor pill.
I shouldn't tell you this but
it has been cloudy yesterday and today. Even a few sprinkles today.
You will be able to hear the
faint (or loud as the case may be) hum of generators all over the BLM tonight.
Weather sez clearing and sunny
on Turkey day.
This rainbow view just a couple
of minutes ago after a brief sprinkle and the pop of the sunset under the
A reader wrote this to us a
few days ago:
those sunsets and the "Purple Mtn. Majesties"...that's not a view you
from an RV park!!! Thanks
Jan and Larry from Kansas
Friday Dec. 2
Wow it is December already.
And it has been awhile since last post and have been catching it from readers
wondering what is going on.
We are still doing the loop
checking on all the new venders setting up. Got a rock chip fixed by the
Quartzsite window rapier man. Boy he had stories to tell bout how bad the
fly by night window chip people are that come into town just for the season.
And how hot it was last summer. He gets the business from one or more of
the big RV dealers that set up shop so he is kept busy. He also has vender
spaces to rent out.
Here is a view of some of the
stuff Terry has been working on. Since we got this in an email:
"let's see some pics of the
rock polish you smearin on them stones.
Will have to do better at keeping
But I need to read the great
book selections from the libary I check out also.
web site was announced at the general meeting on Thursday and it was received
warmly. Gems and Minerals are a BIG deal down here and this site
should bring attention to the area and what it has to offer.
After all this club is the
largest in the nation.
Now for the weather... Ok any
of you up north getting snow and cold in one of the first storms this winter.
Well we have to suffer down here also. We have had FROST two nights in
a row. Covered the tomato plant first night but it still got hit a little
on the bottom. Boy did I throw a hissy fit. From then on it stayed inside
with us alone with the rest of the plants. Today warmer but cloudy. Should
be nice for the weekend.
Like Tim the Tool man sez Oh
Oh Oh POWER! can't have to much power and so 400 watts of solar and 6 AGM
bats are not doing as well as I thought with the colder nights. And trying
to run this computer and a 25 inch TV. We don't use the forced air funace
hardly at all during the night. May crank it up in the moring for a spell
but that is all. It all was doing much better even when it was cold in
Utah last month so I am thinking we need to learn more about the equalizing
procedure as it sez should be done when showing symptoms of capacity loss.
The battery manual sez to do it for 8 hrs when batteries are at full charge
and the Solar Booster 2000E sez to do it for only 2 hrs. And a little debate
as if AGMs can handle this procedure. One source sez to do it once a month
and the other sez once a year (sorta like sex me thinks). Who to listen
to? But one of these days I am going to raise the battery voltage and fry
the hell out of these suckers and see if it helps.
In the mean time I have been
going net window shopping for new a 27 - 30 inch LCD HDTV set. The Sunday
Arizona republic doesn't include the Sunday adds out in the boons as there
are no big box stores near. So have to surf the web. Any dumb reason to
reduce the wattage usage of the TV. Don't Ya think. I read the cnet.com
buyers guide to HDTV to get some idea what I'm getting into. Need to
balance the low end units with the high end and come to a compromise of
want is good and still in my mind a good price. In this case Tim is wrong
less power is better!
Getting out of control... Terry
rode the bike into town late today to the General Store and someone stopped
him in the parking lot and sez "I know you... Your from Hitchitch"
And people wonder why they don't see my picture on the the site. We did
put up little flyers with those pull tabs things with the site URL on them
around town on the bulletin boards so people could read the adventures
of others on the main site. If this keeps up may have to move further out
in the BLM. But can always be found on the datastormusers
along with other datastorm
users. Can't hide with GPS built into your internet satellite system. Ok...
I know showing your location is an optional thing. Nice try... Might be
busy tomorrow heading on down to Yuma (80 miles) looking at HDTV sets.
Wish us luck we don't find anything, and save the bucks not buying a new
TV. We don't find much on anymore to watch even with east and west
And don't get me started with
HBO "the never a new movie" channel.
Oh No... Researching the web
I seem to come up with large LCD HDTVs don't use any less power but more
then tube TVs. Tell me it's not so!!
Next up... we are thinking about
moving and turning the 5th wheel around and have the side entrance face
south. We are not sun people but with it getting cooler it might be nice
to open the door to the sun. More windows on that side also. Watching people
drive by has lost its luster as time goes on. One drawback is the sun is
low enough that even with the canopy extended it will not block the sun
if you don't want to sit right in it if we would move the RV. Oh the trials
and tribulations of winter boondocking. Don't anyone send pictures of a
snow shovel I DO remember what they look like!!
Sunday Dec. 11
(by Terry and edited and the
last part added by Ron)
Yesterday was moving day for
us at Hitchitch. We had arrived in Quartzsite late in October and
have been in our perfect site. Since then we have noted a few disadvantages
in our site, so yesterday we packed everything and moved. Turning
the trailer 180 deg. And moving about 5 feet to the south. Big move,
but we now have the trailer door facing south away from the road, and into
the warmth of the winter sun, perfect for those winter afternoons of lounging
in the warmth and sunshine. The warm sun just flows in through the greater
window area on the door side of the 5er and is much nicer. It will also
melt the winter snow off the step---Don’t Ya Think. Send all the nasty
email (I'm stuck up north in the cold and you're down there) you want.
We love em...
Old view from the south...
below new view from the south.
(ok that's me Ron in the
doorway hidden nicely don't ya think)
The move also entailed gathering
up our firewood pile and moving it around back, along with the tiki torches
and the water tanks. Our tool boxes can now serve double duty as
plant stands and chairs. Of course the solar panel family had to
be realigned and cleaned so we can continue to allow Mr. Generator to sleep.
(Terry wrote that… thinks he’s on the Tioga George team or something).
Stop it. Sorry George I’ll make him stop that talk.
We were very motivated yesterday
in addition to reconfiguring our campsite, we persuaded Mr. black water
pump to empty out our holding tanks into Mr. transport tank and dumped
the grey and black water that had accumulated in the last two weeks.
Then while Ron and Mr. vacuum
cleaned the carpets in the trailer, and while Ron later washed windows
I went into Quartzsite and did five loads of laundry. I got the best
of that deal as I hate to vacuum, and I don’t do windows. (Glad I read
this before posting, this Mr. Stuff will STOP. Ron)
Was busy last week, having to
help teach a class in opal cutting at the Quartzsite
Gem and Mineral Club, along with the weekly silver casting class on
Friday. Between the two classes, and nursing my cold on Monday and Tuesday
that pretty much took care of the week.
Yah he gave it to me... Ron
Our tomato plant is also doing
nicely, now that we take it inside each night to keep it warm. There
are a number of tomatoes approaching eating size,
(we are talking cherry tomatoes
here) hopefully they will be ripening soon. Notice the tomato plant just
over the top of the truck hood above.
One last note we have all
this romaine lettuce at great prices at Lamm's Produce stand which we just
love but the grocery stores have run out of Caesar Salad dressing. I don't
think we can look up a recipe on the web and do justice to it. Have
to go into Blythe next week to get mail and will have to wait till then.
See.. you knew there were disadvantages to living off the grid in the BLM.
Now you know of ONE... lack of Caesar Salad dressing.
No! a thought coming on... (Ron here.. I did just have
a beverage of choice) I can't tell you many times I used to daydream at
work, on quick breaks standing outside the office working late, as others
were heading home, waithing for a late installer to call in for testing
(high speed digital stuff), about a life away from all that. So I planned
and low and behold it did happen. I lived on the net for years searching
out this lifestyle and reading the adventures of others. Started
(HitchIthc.com) to share the adventures
I found). Now we are doing our own adventures, but it's not just
that anymore, it is really a next life, doing things at a slower pace and
not in a vacation mode but a new life mode. People always say they
did this and that in a former life, well now we are in this current
life and it does take some getting used to but it is good. Kind of like
watching the rest of the rat race go by and wonder why do they do that,
and why did we do that also! Hopefully now tuned to just enjoy life as
we know it each day! An early baby boomer, ahead of the curve at
Monday Dec. 12
Been cloudy today and now at
4:30 PM the clouds go away and the sun comes out. Great but just a little
late for much solar charging.
A couple of rigs form Canada
and move in down the way the from us. Rigs are all dirty. Bet they had
to drive through some bad weather to get here. Things are picking up as
many stayed home till after Thanksgiving and now made a run for it in-between
storms to get out of town and head south.
Snaped this picture of a couple
of venders in Rice Ranch. There are flags everywhere there are venders.
Ok here it is the famous
Quartzsite Pebble (Beach) Golf Course.
A couple miles northwest of
Watch out the rough can get
ya.. One happy caddy! Terry smile.
No cup but if you get into
the 10 foot circle you can count it as a hole in one.
And lets not forget the his
and her clubhouses... bring your own stool seat, or looks like one left
off on the ground to the side can be had.
Last year they had a tournament
in January. Will let you know the entrance fees and prizes when they are
Hurry on down and pick your
Tuesday Dec. 13
Terry has been baking again.
Bread from Carl's 1847 Oregon
Trail Sourdough starter. This is his second loaf this week.
Don't Ya like the links to
things you never wanted to know about. I hate to tell him his cooking is
good. JUST hate to admit he can cook!
This is the place to buy your
produce while in Q. Lamm's Produce jsut south of I10 on HW 95
And the General Store
on East Main in Q is the place to buy your groceries and they have an old
fashioned meat counter with good prices.
No need to go to Blythe for
meat and pay inflated prices. Albertson's is the only food store
in Blythe and know it.
Say Hi to the meat counter
workers. Terry didn't get their names.
I told him to get me pictures
of places and people so we can show off the town when he is driving around
after his trips to the rock club.
They don't sell liquor, just
beer and wine so if you need that, go down the street to the Roadrunner
But their meat market is what
stands them apart! And they do have the best prices on cigs if you need
Ask are we having fun yet...
Going to Blythe on Wednesday
to get our mail (our vehicle plate stickers for 2006) should be here (MyHomeAddressInc.com
to the SD courthouse and got them for us) and to send off a Christmas package.
Don't want to stand in line in Q all day and last year they lost some of
our mail so this year we are going to Blythe to get General Delivery mail.
With so much mail this time of year, with thousands of snowbirds, the local
Q post office workers can get overwhelmed. They are great but what can
you do with such workloads and long lines.
Saturday Dec. 17
Got my mail without standing
in line at Blythe. But got a suprise when I opened the forwarding
package. Along with the tags for our truck and trailer was a letter from
the Clerk of Court, Hanson County, SD Ya it was a JURY DUTY SUMMONS.
It had been sent on Nov. 3 and stated I needed to respond by Nov. 15
here it was Dec. 15. I called the Clerk and explained my story
and was told not to worry, just send back the questionnaire. She thought
the judge had already excused me. Whew... It was for the full
year of duty on and off. I am learning that fulltimers who don't get regular
mail and don't know from day to day where they will be at, may at times
be excused. And why not... the paper sez Hanson county is the fastest growing
county in SD for population growth. Wonder why... a small rural county.
Think of the revenue funds that that county must get without having to
provide any services to all us fulltimers who have them as our domicile.
A good deal for both parties. (The above off the record thought can not
be copied or used in any form). Like the Escapees in Livingston, TX when
in the area fulltimers should stop by and volunteer for duty as a pay back
for their understanding in our lifestyle situation.
Well another hurdle crossed...
Now back to life in Q. It has been COLD and not all that sunny. Like today
it is now 20 min. till 5 PM and the sun is breaking through for a great
sunset but did it charge up the thousands of batteries in the valley RV's
being overcast most of the day? It was 32 at 11 pm last night. OK so it's
colder where your'e at... The Rock club had a pancake breakfast
this morning and Terry was promoted from coffee, juice server to pancake
cooker. He's not sure if it was a promotion or a punishment. Kidding
aside he loves it. They had a large turnout as more and more people are
now in town. I told him it was because of the ad on the rock club web site
I did. He did say the other day six people came in and signed up to join
the club and they said they found out about what the club had to offer
by finding the clubs site on the web. WOW...
Can not have a post with a
is in town again and has standalone travel internet dishes for sale.
He is (just ask anyone) about the best in his service
and the equipment and manuals
on how to do this internet from anywhere thing. Highly respected
and follow-up support always.
Of course I am sitting here
while I do this post listening to Garrison Keillor streaming on the web,
what could be better...
Just got a sunset beam coming
through the window and hitting the computer screen so I can hardly see
what I am typing.
The sunset is going to be a
great one (when there are clouds that the sun can set under and make them
glow. Wish you were here RIGHT NOW.
I would clink my beverage of
choice plastic cup (no glasses allowed) with you as I listen to the last
half of A Prairie Home Companion.
Oh and the potato rolls are
about to go into the oven and for supper beef stroganoff.
The generator has us all charged
up again (who needs the sun)? These 6 AGM's charge up quick.
Now will just let the gen run
to power us and let the bats rest for later, to run the furnace fan.
I remember in a past vacation
type 5th wheel (it was a non slide Jayco) when we only had one or two bats,
the furnace fan could drain
them in one or two nights of use.
NOT anymore with this setup.
We try to set the temp to around
50 - 52 and put on extra blankets. When Terry gets up in the AM he turns
it up to 60 - 65.
Grew up on a farm in Iowa where
it was flannel sheets that kept us warm. Don't have them now but remember
I wore sweat pants t-shirt
and socks to bed last night.
Saturday Dec. 24
Well look here Christmas eve
and the weather has taken a turn for the BEST. Warm 80 and sunny for the
next several days. It is nice in south AZ for the holidays or what? First
off a couple of thoughts: Wishing you, your family,
and loved ones all the best that this time of year can bring! May you enjoy
this time in the spirit it was meant. Simply, without the pressures that
try to derail us from what we want this season to mean to us. Who sez the
economy has to live or die on how much we spend for presents. A hug to
a friend in need might just be the best gift you give and they receive
you are alone or lonley in this time of your life we reach out and wish
you well. Been there done that.
said... I did get a little somthing and gave it to Terry early.
high intensity halogen light (clamped to the table) so he can see to work
on his silversmithing.
volt 20 w and very bright, so low power).
We are having a mustard
crusted pork roast, garlic mashed potatos, sage dressing, 5 cup salad,
homemade potato rolls, and
now just out of the oven bannana bread. Now does that sound good or what?
I have several new books
from the Q library and Terry has his silversmithing projects.
We will watch some TV tonight
and just relax. Live on the web and in the forums and enjoy being alive.
That's what it's about after
is a post I did on RV.net forum last night.... in the topic "RV Owner's
Gadget Wish List: Here's Mine"
I have this problem... I
don't want or need anything.
We in this society just
go out and buy whatever we want whenever we want it. I remember when as
a kid we waited all year for a present. And some years it was slim pickens
at that. (grew up on a farm in Iowa) But as I browse the vendor stalls
in Quartzsite I'm sure I'll find SOMETHING I just can't live without. By
the way the weather here right now is fantastic. What's more to ask for?
Oh.. and the tomato
plant is about to take over... we have to water it twice a day or it wilts
and it is using all the water and sun it can get to make gobs of little
cherry tomatoes. Not ripe yet but soon. Sort of hpdroponic in a 5 gal bucket.
Just think what miracle
grow and water will produce. (new pic soon)
Wednesday Dec. 28
Pictures of Christmas dinner..
mustard crusted pork roast, garlic mashed potatos, sage dressing, 5 cup
homemade potato rolls.
This this is getting out of
But I now have a question...
and have submitted it to several web sites and to a couple state extension
At night when we bring it in
the leaves curl up in a ball. I thought it was just reacting to no sunlight
to protect itself at night, but one day when up early 6 am and it was still
dark inside the leaves were all un curled. Does this thing have an internal
clock to know when to curl and uncurl its leaves.
We have both been under the
weather with bad chest colds or the crud as they say. We were getting over
it and then it came back with a vengeance. Terry has even not been
going to the rock club everyday so you know he is Sick.
On another note people and vendors
have been pulling in like crazy now that Christmas is over. By after the
1 st of the year this place will be wall to wall with every RV type you
could imagine camped in the BLM. And so many venders selling everything
under the sun. And they all think they have come up with the perfect products,
that everyone will want to beat down their stall for. We just stand back
and wonder how it all plays out, as we just don't understand how they can
all make it selling their wares. All we can say is they keep coming back
year after year so they must be doing something right.
Thursday Dec. 29
Shared a few thoughts on the
forums today so thought I would add them here.
Is there anything special,
any festivities going on at Quartzite for New Years?
We were here last year but
don't remember a lot about special going on in Q for new years ever or
The BIG bar Silver Buckle closed
when the RV dealer bought it and the land around it.
Some other places I'm sure
will be hoppen will be the Yacht Club bar, Grubstake Chuckwagon and Waterin
Hole, and Silly Al's. The one thing we learned you don't want to go out
late and expect to find food service. Silly Al's and Grubstake would be
open later but a lot of the restaurants close at 7 or 8 pm. The sun goes
down at 5:30 and is dark by 6 and the town goes to sleep not much later.
Might stay open later when the BIG crowds get here.
How does everyone get around
such a big area?
No shuttle that we have ever
seen. That is why many stay in the first two BLM LTVA LA Posa North and
West so they can walk or ride a bike. There is lots of parking if you come
early in am or later in the afternoon. AND the best advice is just don't
try to go to the big show on the first or second day. We couldn't even
get in the tent for the mob. Later in the week in mid afternoon you can
see it all without all the people. There are some back streets in Q that
people know about which will get you access town and out of the main street
Just today on the police radio
the officer was complaining about the traffic already at the Flying J station.
He said and I quote "I have never seen it backed up this bad before ever."
and this is just Dec. 29 He said people were out of their cars yelling
at each other. Thats not normal for friendly Q. Must have been people getting
of I 10 to get gas backing things up. It's like any other big event like
going to a fair or football game take your time and enjoy... only here
it's every day and lasts for weeks.
If you went to Sturgus for
the bike rally would you complain about the traffic... Hell No Just Enjoy
it all. It's woodstock for the older set.
Friday Dec. 30
Well we went to Blythe, CA
this afternoon feeling sick with the crud and all. USA Today sez it is
widespread in the southwest.
Went to Rite Aid drug store
(Albertsons) to get an inhaler perspiration refilled that I got last year
when I had the same thing. Was rudely told it would by more than 2 hours.
I told them to give the refill back to me and I will go away as that was
not acceptable. Last year they told me it would be a minimum of 4 hours
to get the original prescription filled. I will call it in before the next
time we have to go to Blythe to get our mail. Next stop was Super
Kmart to return a Christmas present I gave terry. (sweat pant outfit) While
crossing the parking lost a lady came up to us and showed us a stack of
5 beer bottle cases. She said some kids just came out of Kmart and opened
all the 20 each bottles in each case and poured it all into coolers and
left the bottles in the parking lot. She wondered if we would want them
to take them back for refund. 10 cents each = $10 Hell yes...
So I ask in the store where
to return them and CA does not let you take them back to the stores but
must go to central return centers. So off we go to the only one in Blythe.
Oh.. what a suprise cars and pu's lined up with huge bags of cans and bottles
to return. And the line was NOT moving. We would have been there till mid
night. an and they had a sign that said they closed in 30 min. So we gave
them to the car behind us in line. The older driver spoke no english but
the young boy did and they were VERY happy to take them off our hands.
Later at Albertsons food store
and in line at the checkout I told an older nurse (from the local hospital)
in front of us about our story of returning the bottles and how do they
put up with such poor service. She said they just gave up returning cans
and bottles and throw them away.
And now for a little fun...
One of the big RV dealers has
this out front on their lot.... LOOKS LIKE A RV
SALESPERSON TO ME!