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side trips. We have the boondocking tools, solar, AGM bats, inverter, Honda
3000 gen, why not use them.
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Sunday we went for a drive west of Q out past Rainbow Acres and came out
south at La Paz Valley and came back to Q from mile marker 99 HW
95. A nice easy drive where you can get great views going by several
old and working mines.
Now on Monday it was a very
nasty day in Q wind and cold rain. High might have hit all of 50. Up north
in Kingman the reports were 6" of snow and I-40 was slow going. It can
stay up there thank you. At sunset the clouds to the west opened
up to let a bit of sun through to produce this double rainbow.
There is Derek and John's
MH on the right with the ham radio tower on the back.
We saw about ten minutes
of sun today and this was it, at sunset.
At least the the desert dust
is cleaned from the 5er. Now later this week when it warms
up... We will get our new ladder and get to the task of waxing a
clean unit. See rain in the desert is good for something. Blooming wild
flowers next month will also be a result we can look forward to.
Terry is making lasagna
for supper, with béchamel sauce. We started talking about goulash
but lasagna sounded much better. It is still windy rocking the 5er.
Terry just suggested this is not all that bad as it was warming up way
to fast and we needed a cold spell, to slow the onslaught of hot weather
we will see already just next month. We have a juggling act to preform
as it gets hot here, and still too cold in northern New Mexico at Navajo
Dam. in early April. After Terry works I mean plays so hard in Q all winter
he needs his time for fly fishing. Oh, about a month or so.
Wednesday Feb. 11
and John have been boondocking across the road from us in La Posa North
as they decide their next move. They were here for the RRV rally during
the big tent show. Left to explore the Slab
City over by Niland, CA and when that turned out not to be to their
liking, came back to good old Q.
enjoyed getting to know them better. These two guys are open and sharing
and are very easy to be comfortable with. You get that feeling you have
known them far longer than you have. But from our blogs many feel like
family before we even meet, don't we. They left today for Palm Springs
as a base where they have good friends where they can park while Derek
(on the left) is analyzing his next opportunity as an IT computer programing
specialist. We will miss having them around. Take care guys... We will
see you down the road. Escapees Hugs to You.
(I stole this shot from their blog)
they left, we went to Blythe, CA to drop off a package at UPS. Little did
I know the large UPS lot with a sign that sez Customer Service Center also
had another sign on the building that said OPEN 9AM to 10 AM
Monday - Friday.
hour a day. What kind of customer service center is that.
I Ron saved the day as I thought I remembered that ACE hardware had a sign
about picking up UPS packages in their lumber order service area. I sent
Terry in and they took the package without question. Now we don't have
to run down a UPS truck and talk the driver into taking our prepaid shipping
label package. Now that is out of the way. It was returning a defective
slimline fluorescent light that needed to to be returned to NuWa. (Hitchhiker)
I asked Terry if he knew about the ACE drop off. Before he could answer,
as I knew the answer... I said Am I good or what!
What could he say... I laid it on by asking him it, again...
we had a hard time finding chicken in Q at the local food stores last weekend,
(it was raining and clod and homemaid chicken soup or somthing sounded
good) and as we were in the new Blythe Ranch Market, they had large whole
chicken fryers for 99 cents a lb. It is now in the oven and will be done
after we watch American Idol. Terry just gave me a chicken liver
to munch on. WOW. We also bought catfish and pollock fish for a great price.
We all know we need to eat more fish. And in Q that can only happen only
on Friday night Fish Frys. And we don't need it deep fried in oil, now
do we. But it was very tasty last Friday night when we did just that with
John and Derek at the Grubstake. That was fun.
a 140 mile trip from Q and when we get there they load us up in 12 passenger
vans (36 people max) and show us around for 2 1/2 hours. Must wear long
pants, no open toe shoes, and need sleved shirts. You can bet we will have
many pictures and verbiage of this event.
Monday Feb. 16
and the weather is turned to cloudy and in CA it is all out rain. Now they
can use it but when we checked the weather for Baddad. No not that place,
but here in AZ where the above Dodge Phillps Mine is loacated.
Weather for Bagdad, AZ
So we decided not to go
on the field trip on Tuesday. (See the above pictures of the mine).
Now after we cleaned the
truck out. The back seat is even clean as we were going to take our friend
Tad with us. I used Armor All on the the dash and bumpers and trim, etc.
. Looking good so guess not a total loss. Now if I can just keep Terry
from filling the back seat up again with rock club play toys and rocks.
Think we made the right decission
as it is starting to rain in Q. It will get nice again and as Tad said
we can go up to the mine on our own and get on a tour anytime at a later
date. Why go when the weather is crummy and we won't have fun doing
it as it is a 140 mile drive.
It's not a wildfire but you
can see the smoke. I know, I know this place lives on rumors.
But this is one that would change the entire town and area and not for
the better unless you you want to spend time here as it reverts back to
a dry spot in the raod.
The rumor is Kenny King might
not bring back the Big Tent Show next year. Just contemplate what
that would mean.
I have emailed Kenny from
my email contact list to my last known address for him so he could reply
to this rumor, and have not heard back yet. All contacts to reach them
are gone from his site.
If you go to the Big Tent
web site it apears with only generic info. No contacts or links to sign
up for anything in the future. Many of the pictures don't even come
If No Big Tent show in Q.
this town might dry up and blow away.
It already has a love hate
relationship atmosphere to it. You either love it here, or hate it.
It could turn into Slab
City north. Wrap your mind around that.
Many of the BLM areas could
close for camping, that has been on the table for years.
Now why might this happen...
It's the economy stupid, of course.
And the other thought behind
this is the city has been pushing venders to put up permanent buildings
and not use tents. They have been pushing this concept for a few years
now to the venders, and that is not just viable when only used for a few
months a year. They just can't get over they want to make this place Palm
Springs East. We don't think this town has the water to do that.
And just where would
the city of Q be when the winter visitors don't come back and find another
more welcoming location. Their revenue stream would dry up and could it
survive on property taxes that are already out of site.
This is like the midwestern
city whose main manufacturing employer closed up and moved out of town
to like Mexico. Most cities would do anythiong to keep that entity viable
and happy. Now at this time, all this is just rumor, we hope.
We wish Kenny King and the
big show well (and hope it is here in Q for many years to come) and also
the city of Q and all the people who call this place home year round or
just for the winter season.
But seems to us everything,
is a changing, and we have not seen anything yet, on how our lives will
change. Now that's the word of the year... CHANGE. Are YOU ready
We will report more as we
hear it. But for right now enjoy life with the ones you love. Because
that is the only thing we can still count on. Tonight at least...
Tuesday afternoon... Just got a email back from
Kenny King the promoter of the Big Tent and he sez he is not going anywhere.
Also his web site got corrupted and he is workig on it.
So Quartzsite relax... times
they are a changing but just at a little slower pace for now.