A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Monday, December 31, 2018

The Government Shut-down

How it is dealt with out here in the desert on BLM land.

Happy New Year everyone from Beans and I.

Friday, December 28, 2018

A Special Christmas Moment

Christmas Eve Day

I was standing outside reading the bulletin board ads at one of only two small grocery stores in Quartzsite.  The bulletin board is on the other side of the FRESH MEAT sign.  Out of the corner of my eye I saw a woman walk up to the lady sitting in her roll-around chair and slip her a few dollars.  The lady in red said "I'm not begging."  The woman told her "You keep it. Merry Christmas" and she walked away.  I talked with the lady in red.  She told me she had been having trouble with people stealing from her (I didn't inquire as to details on that) and couldn't believe someone just gave her a few dollars.  I told her how that act of kindness on the part of the mystery woman and my being witness to it just made my day.  The lady in red moved real slow, had difficulty in doing most everything and was attempting to make arrangements for a ride to her doctor.  I wished her well and couldn't get the lady in red out from my mind for several hours afterwards.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Neighborhood Christmas Lights

Some of the Christmas light decorations in our camp neighborhood.

These lights were moving about on the wall of the camper.
A nice effect. 

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas

Our "tree" of lights.
Merry Christmas everyone
From Beans and I.

It looks better in the dark than this photo shows.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Our Christmas Bush

You make the best with what you have.
The two solar lights keeps it lit up all night,
not that anyone is near enough to us to see it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Good Questions

A commentor on the previous post had several good questions.

Do you see any wildlife, like rabbits or foxes?

  Yes, there are jack rabbits for the most part as far as rabbits go.  Desert foxes are here but rarely seen.  Coyote are more likely to be seen and especially heard at night.  They prowl camps for pet food  (or any other tasty tidbits) left out.  Not a good idea to let your pet out in the evening or it may end up being coyote food.  Mice and kangaroo rats live here but have retreated to their burrows since it got cooler.  The colder daytime temperatures have forced the reptiles (rattlesnakes) into hibernation.  
Not many trees around so perhaps not many birds? 

  Mesquite and palo verde trees are the only trees in the area.  There are a lot of dove who come by each evening to roost in the large mesquite near camp at night.  Where there are dove there are hawks.  Also quail are around plus the common sparrows, crows and ravens.

How often does it rain during the winter months? 

  Rain occurs a few times each month throughout the winter.  It never amounts to much, enough to be concerned about flash flooding.  Enough though to give the Little House on the Highway a good rinse.

And how cold does it get at night? 

  It gets down into the 40's (6-7C) at night for the most part.  Occasionally lower but never freezing. A look at the forecast shows 72F (22C) six days before Christmas!  That's why people come here in the winter.

Any gas stations nearby? 

  There are two large trucks stops (Loves and Pilot) at the west end of town off Interstate 10 which bisects the town.  In town there are three more gas stations.

Lastly there was the observation from another comment that there were too many RVs.  I agree.  But there is a lot of distance between them which isn't that noticeable in the photos.  The neighbors are nice, friendly and entertaining to watch.  But this could all change in the next month as more people arrive.  We talk about it often as to how long we can stay here before having to move out to a more remote location. As it stands now the most annoying thing is the noise from the nearby Interstate three quarters of a mile north.  The noise isn't so bad if the wind is out from the south.  At any rate, staying here in the long term visitor area was to be a test for me this year, to see if I could deal with it.  So far it's been fine.  

Our neighbor came by yesterday and treated us to bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches (photo above). So you can see there are benefits of what appears "too many Rvs".

Monday, December 10, 2018

Home is Where You Park It

This is where we are in the Long Term Visitor Area, one of four in the area.  The Little House on the Highway is in the center of the photo.  We are looking west here with the California border about 25 miles beyond those mountains in the distance.  In the past I have always bounced around among the few free 14-day stay places in the area.  Here I can stay all the way through to mid-April and don't have to move but I had to pay a fee for that privilege. I do get free water and free trash dump.  This year I thought I would give this a try and see how it worked out.  See if I could stay in one spot for months without going bonkers. So far, two months into the experiment, all has been fine.  I am camping with a friend I made from last year who is from New York. This has helped with the "bonkers" threat. She has that white van to the left which she pulls a little trailer. She volunteered to work two days a week checking people in and thus didn't have to pay to stay.  I don't want to work!

Looking south.  
To the far left is the kiosk building where Jodie works.  Walking distance from our camp. If they get ten payees a day, that is a busy day.  Most people just stop by to inquire about staying here or where the free places are.  It will get busy with more people showing up after Christmas. 
Yuma, Arizona is 84 miles south and beyond that, Mexico.

Looking north.  
Just beyond the line of RVs in the distance is the boundary of the LTVA camp area.  There is a dry river bed on the other side of the trees then the town of Quartzsite.  It is just a mile walk for me to town to buy milk or other groceries. This is a benefit for my staying at the LTVA as I don't have to break camp and drive into town anymore for supplies.  Food prices are a bit higher at the two little markets (the price you pay for living in paradise) plus there are two Dollar Stores.  There are all the fast food places to be had located in town among other touristy stores.  Quartzsite is basically a big rest stop as it is the only town of size (pop. 3677) between the California border at the Colorado River and the metropolis town of Phoenix, Arizona a distance of 124 miles. 

To the east behind where I was standing for these pictures is Highway 95 to Yuma and then one of the other LTVA areas.  Beyond that, nothing except a hundred miles of desert wasteland to Phoenix.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Indian Petroglyphs

I got a tip on some glyphs and went to search for them down off Yuma Road on BLM trail 139.  
I was surprised I found them.

They were on the rocks lining a dry wash.  By the image in the center it leads me to believe water flowed through here more regularly long ago than it does today.

What would the cross or dividing the rock into quarters mean?

I looked at this for a long time and still cannot imagine what it was supposed to represent.

 I may go back with my better camera and try to climb up closer.  

I said "may".  Don't count on me climbing up.
I might have second thoughts once I start climbing.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Eight Dollar Burger

This was the cholesterol cheeseburger (no extra charge for the cheese) with fresh grilled onions on it.  The fries seemed fresh cut also.  The juices were dripping constantly from it.  
What a wonderful tasty mess it was. I chose a lemonade to go with it.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Signs on the Dirt Road

A few of the signs along one of my daily walking routes. 
These were put up by the winter campers when they arrived at their yearly spots.

 All the snakes are hibernating now.  
I haven't seen one in several weeks.

I think the guy down this side road got tired of people driving down past his camp only to have to turn back around a leave the way they came in when they couldn't go any further.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

A Whole Week?!!!

A week has passed since I last posted on the blog.  It is just nothing blog-worthy has shown up in the past few days.  We both are doing fine and enjoying this fine 70 degree weather here, but that is about to change soon.  Beans as you can see likes to sunbathe in the window.  In fact she doesn't show much interest in going outside as usual.  Just enjoying life in the sun.