Friday, January 21, 2011

Just Another Sunny Day in Quartzsite...

In Arizona... if ya'll ain't ever rolled this way... the long time residents get up in the morning, look out the window, and say; "Aw Hell... another... beautiful... day....!" :o) Bunch O' Whiners eh? :o) Yeah, after you go six months or nine... 'thout ever seein' a cloud... ya start wishin' for some bad weather! :o)

Well... Not me... not yet anyhoo... had enough on the Pacific Coast to last me a bit. I'll take the soft weather of an Arizona winter. Anybody that wants my share of a Colorado winter can just step up to the desk, where ever they hand that junk out, and tell 'em that the up and coming Western Fiction Author, B.K. Gore done gave you all of his share... just tell 'em to look right here for verification. :o)

Now, Sharlotte was askin' for pics of this area, and I hung a few on the wall yesterday. Thought I'd set up a 360 degree view... so anybody wondering can see just exactly what it's like using one of the "Developed" ... undeveloped areas! :o)

This here is Plamosa road... The area is three miles long, and a 1/2 mile wide... we're in two miles... I climbed up on the roof to take these of the four directions... (click on a pic if you want larger)
*Plamosa Road Looking North*
*Plamosa Road Looking East*



*Plamosa Road Looking South East*
*Plamosa Road Looking South*
*Plamosa Road Looking South West*
*Plamosa Road Looking West*
So... there you have the four directions in ... uh... six pictures... yeah... jus' like Montana and Texas... ever'thing is bigger in Arizona! :o)

We had the thought... You look out across this otherwise empty desert ... for miles... there's enough High Dollar machinery layin' about... to erase the National Debt! :o) 

Not ever'body... maybe 10%, has an old, worn rig such as ours... Hell there's a million dollars+ of Motorhomes sittin' just across the way this morning from my window... and that's just two of 'em! :o)

... and they've been lookin' at ME, with a jealous gleam in their Ol' eyes... as I roll out on that Red Raider! HooYa!

The "Campground" isn't what I'd call a picturesque sort of a thing... but there's no shortage of space... and a short distance in almost any direction and you're out in open desert and Far Country... factor in that parking here... for 14 days don't cost one red cent... and you've got rent that fits a frugal budget, don't you think?

Know what? I've not paid a dime in parking fees since we left Lake Mohave in November. Between Boondocking up to Ash fork on the Kaibab, parking on the back of my Sisters place through December and Now RV Boondocking north of Quartzsite... It's low cost living for sure!... 

Combine that with most of our runnin' around is on that Raider at 50 miles a gallon, give or take... and a poor boy can roll back his cost of living to squeeze it into a cowboys budget fairly comfortably... Now... If I can just quit breakin' things, I'll be Golden! ;o)

Miss Sharlotte also wondered 'bout the generator... I've not had to unwrap ours yet... plenty of sun on the panels... but... there's little in the way of restriction... I'd say it's mostly dependent on etiquette... that Ol' 6am - 10pm rule... 

That said, if you've got one of the Honda EU series type RV Generators... why, they're so quiet you could run the dang thing all night and ain't nobody gonna whine... they'd not even hear it... unless they were straining to... and, I don't think there's much Straining goin' on around here...

We wandered around one of the Swap Meet type areas for a while yesterday... failing to find what I was lookin' for... now that's something that don't impress me much... but... you can't like ever'thing, right? Today... we're gonna ride south a ways... 

People keep on tellin' me it's prettier down to La Posa... and south... and then, tomorrow, we're takin' a ride to the North, up Bouse way... same thing... the country breaks up a bit more... then Sunday we've got plans to take a meal at some lil' desert dive known as Nellie's somethin' or other... I'll have clearer information, should I survive the groceries there... :o)

Time to go suffer through another 70 somethin' Arizona winter day... Boondocked with 700,000 other RV Boondockers... On the Arizona Desert :o)
Brian

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7 comments:

Sharlotte said...

Thank you, Thank you. So, you just pick out a spot and stop huh? Hubby asked about a dump station--do they have one anywhere. How do you carry enough water. I am weird about my water tank on my trailer. Have never used it, usually just keep enough to flush and wash hands on the road. Is there anything you can put in it to sanitize it if you are going to use it for drinking water. We usually just carry jugs of water for drinking and cooking. Having trouble figuring where I would carry 30 or so gallons of water in the camper. LOL
Glad you have plenty of sunshine for your solar panels to provide you with enough juice to get going on those novels. (am saving enough room in my nook for them) Have a great day. Looks like great area to ride the Raider. Is the dust bad? Dang, I am full of questions today huh? Sorry,

Brian said...

:o) Ask away Miss Sharlotte... keeps my feeble Brain workin'!

Wierd... the post today "Posted" before I was even done writing it! Huh? :o)

1. Just pick a spot and squat!
2. There's a dump or two back in town... this is a 14 day area... if you use La Posa or one of the LTVA (Long Term Visitor Areas) you can set for 7 months... they've got water and dumps available in those areas...
3. I just use normal chlorine bleach to sanitize the tank... put in a cup or so... fill the tank, let it set for an hour or so... drain it... fill back up with fresh water and you're ready to Boondock. I sanitize a couple of times a year...
4.I carry an extra 15 gallons or so in Jugs... haul in on town runs... Navy showers every other day... and heavy use of wet wipes! :o)good for babies? good for ME! :o)
5.we also have a PUR filter on the kitchen faucet for COOKING/DRINKING water. and carry bottled for drinking water on day trips etc.

Brian said...

Oh yeah... the dust...

I won't say it ain't dusty... I mean it's the gol' durn desert! but... the area is graveled up real well... people drive with a mild case of decent manners... so it's really not as dusty as I expected...

There aren't clouds of it when a rig moves, actually very little... and yesterday, when the wind got goin' 'bout 20 mph for much of the time... it WASN'T like we were in a sandblaster... so I'd not worry 'bout dust at all!

Donna aka Froggi said...

Brian, just so you know....when you head to Bouse, once you pass the mountains (hill top?) and are on the other side, that area is controlled by a different BLM region. So, another free 14 days. Many boondockers just flip sides.

Plus, Al of the Bayfield Bunch stayed south of Q last year when we visited them. Stu & I rode our bikes to meet up with everyone.

Michael said...

Thanks so much for giving us (those of us who haven't yet been there) a visual sense of Quartzsite. And I appreciate your friendly, laid back style.

Anonymous said...

Of the 4 LTVAs, there is only one with dumps and water. That's La Posa south. 2 dumps and a blue boy dump and 4 two station water taps for a total of 8 hooks ups to be used at once.

There are numerous dumpsters at that location and the other 3 LTVAs have dumpsters but no water or dump stations.

La Posa is at mile marker 102 on the left going south on 95; on the right going north just before the 102 mm.

Gary

Anonymous said...

That should be La Posa south at 102mm...

Gary