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Jan 16, 2018 - To go or not to go...

Up early. Completed the bank work and started to prepare to leave. Wind was high. Now when I say high, I mean really high. Trees were bending, slide toppers whipping and windows squealing. When Sadie and I went out to walk, I had a jacket and it was quite cool. It was already in the low 50's (sorry to all my freezing friends and family) but felt much, much cooler. Outside before 8:00 a.m. to start to unhook. I got the water and sewer unhooked but left the power hooked up. I was really having second thoughts about trying to drive in this...

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Jan 13, 2018 - Rubber Tramping

Hi Friends! It is hard to believe I have only been gone for two weeks, hard to believe I actually have a house, hard to believe I live any other way than on the road. It suits me. One of my goals for this trip was to see if there is anywhere in Arizona I might want to live and I have thought about Prescott. It really is a great town and I liked it a lot. It is scenic, clean, active, has four seasons plus a Trader Joe’s and Panera Bread. Still, it wouldn’t be enough for me to give up Colorado. But, you probably want to hear about the RTR,...

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Born to Wanda

Jan 7, 2018 - retail therapy in the desert

Because we have come here before the RV show takes place, it is not nearly as crowded with vendors and shoppers as it will be in a few weeks. But it is clear that many RV'ers who still work for a living bring all manner of goods here to the desert, live cheaply in their rigs all winter, and sell enough stuff to support themselves. And because things are not so crowded we found a parking place in the lot instead of ending up at a 30º angle in an arroyo surrounded by signs warning that the area could flood. Ken needed a wire that plugged into...

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Jan 6, 2018 - RV nirvana

An uneventful drive took us through California desert to Quartzsite, about twenty miles east of the CA/AZ border. We usually come to this nowhere place for the RV show with will occur in a few weeks and doesn't fit into our schedule. When we first came here we couldn't believe our eyes, but after a few visits it seems much more normal. It always feels weird to drive off the road and into the desert and park our rig on any convenient spot, but that's what you do here. The price is right! Boondocking and living on the cheap is the name of the...

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Dec 30, 2017 - Road trip

Done a circle road trip today. Drove north to Quartzsite, had lunch there,one of the largest Fish & Chips meals we have ever seen or eaten.That part took about 3 hours then we headed west towards Blythe CA to Highway 78 south. Route 78 started out with lots of assorted agriculture and then acres of cotton. Eventually it all turned to desert and the rest of the drive was actually boring as hell. In the end we added 233 kilometers to the odometer. Tomorrow we will spend some of New Years Day over at the Quechan Casino east of here at the...

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Mar 25, 2017 - Back to Quartzsite AZ

Heading north we did not plan on stopping and sightseeing too much. Our first night was back at Quartzsite. It is not nearly as crowded with RVs as it was in January, but there are still a few. We found a nice cactus to snuggle up against on BLM land and spent the night.

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Mar 6, 2017 - Bye Bye Keys. DAMMIT!!!

2/24 Margie has decided we need to get to 200 Geocaches found before we leave Quartzsite. So, we found about 15 today. Some of them required four wheel drive to keep from getting stuck. Our “batwing” TV antenna has been broken for a while. It has still been working. It just has part of it broken. So, today I removed the “batwing” and we went shopping for a new antenna. I’ve been researching them and have decided the King Jack antenna seems to be the best. Of course the store we went to was out of them. They said they have them on order and...

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OTR with M and R

Feb 9, 2017 - Power From the Sun

12/25 Christmas day We took down the little fence around our RV, hooked up the pickup, and left Simi Valley CA headed for Quartzsite, AZ. Some friends had told us about an RV park in Quartzsite that had storage. We arrived there and spent the night for $25. 12/26 I contacted the office about storing the RV. I had been told earlier that due to our size it would be, too high (I think $100/month). However, when I talked to them this morning (different people) I found out that they thought they could find a spot out of the way that we could...

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OTR with M and R

Feb 6, 2017 - Gold Show

Happy Birthday to me! For my birthday, the day before, Mike took me back to Cibola National Wildlife Refuge for my “Bird Day”. I had fun birdwatching. He did this so on my real birthday he could go to a Gold Show in town. This place had metal detectors, sluices, gold pans, books, equipment, jewelry and all things gold and gem related. It was interesting walking around looking at stuff. Mike would like to get a metal detector one day. He has been thinking about this for years. When I get interested in something I have a tendency to just jump...

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Feb 3, 2017 - Quilt Show!

There was a nice quilt show at the Senior Center in town. There were probably 150 quilts there on display. There was a featured quilter, Janet Nieuwenhoff. She uses counted cross stitch patterns to make quilts. She first matches the color that would normally be the floss used to make the stitches, with fabric, matching the color as close as possible. Then she cuts the fabric into ¾ inch squares and sews them together according to the cross stitch chart. These square wind up being about ½ to ¼ inch by the time they are sewed together, and...

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Feb 1, 2017 - Desert Geocaching

Once we left what the Boomer group calls Boomerville, we moved only a few miles to join another Escapee group called SKP Geocachers. There we had a Geocaching Rally for four days. A few of us even did a night cache in the desert. We looked for small reflectors that were on cactus and trees with flashlights, following the trail to the prize, or the cache at the end of the walk. We zig zagged back and forth probably six times for this. We did not run into and creepy and crawly night critters. It was fun.

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Jan 19, 2017 - We Become Snow Birds: Quartzsite AZ

QUARTZSITE Arizona! We had talked about going to Quartzsite for many years before we even left New Jersey. This is where many snowbirds drive their RV’s to the desert and hang out for a while. There is a huge RV show, rock and gem shows, swap meets, and so much more going on. We are looking forward to experiencing some of this! Quartzsite was a lot of fun. We camped in the desert on BLM land for just over three weeks. This is dry camping or boondocking. There are no hookups of water, electric or sewer. For water there is a place in town...

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