Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, January 18, 19 and 20, 2017 (La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ)

We woke to clear blue sky Wednesday morning...it's going to be a great day to go out geocaching on the quads! So with a lunch packed and stowed away in the cargo box, we headed down to Jim and Barb's place. After a brief chat, we were on our way.

We are going for a string of caches on the other side of the I-10, so we headed north, through La Posa North LTVA and made our way on the side streets, across the overpass over I-10, to the end of the road where we hit the trail...continuing a little way to the Sunkist Trail and the start of the string.

Our first geocache find of the day...

Barb and Jim blasting by on to the next one as we leapfrog each other...
Jim's turn on this one and Barb's turn to stay with Daisy and Dakota...
Another one down...
Our very last geocache of the day...and we couldn't find it! Jim, me and Barb...
Time to head home...



There were all kinds of areas out here where rocks were placed. During WWII General Patton trained his troops in the area so it may be one of their old camps...

Back over the I-10...
A very cool rig just at the start of the trail from the street in La Posa North...
We were back home shortly after 2:30...a fabulous day out on the quads! We were gone almost 5 hours, traveled about 42 miles...and found over two dozen geocaches (haven't logged them all yet!)

I'm glad we were home early...that gave me time to get a few things done before happy hour. Jim and Barb are having a gathering at their place but before we go, I have to get cleaned up and also put a tray of lasagna together. We are having Ray and Deb for dinner tonight.

All came together well for me and I was all ready by 4:00. So we joined the group at Jim and Barb's. Left to right around the circle...Barb, Dave, Steve, Deb, Jim, Ray, Harry (poor Vicki is still next door working) and Maxine...
We had a great visit with everyone...and then bid goodbye and headed home. Deb and Ray did the same.  I immediately got the oven warming up, table set and everything ready for dinner. A few minutes later, Deb and Ray came over and we sat and relaxed with drinks as the lasagna cooked in the oven.
We ate a "fashionably late" dinner...lasagna, Caesar salad  and garlic bread, followed by pecan pie (thanks for picking up the garlic bread and pie, Deb!)...

Thursday morning Barb and Jim picked me up at 11:00. Barb is dropping Jim off at the Phoenix airport (he is going back east for a few days) and I am going along...Barb and I can do a little shopping after we drop Jim off. And we just did that! What a great afternoon...and evening; we didn't get home until about 7:30.

ShadePro showed up to replace our old awning however the one he had was a two piece which was too long so he had to order in a one piece. Don't know why they didn't inquire or know what we had when Steve made the appointment and gave them our make and size. Also the awning motor is sounding laboured and gets stuck once in awhile. $499 for a new one...yikes! The other option is a used one for $100 but no warranty. We'll go with that. With the weather in Quartzsite a little rainy and quite windy they decided it wouldn't have been a good day for an install anyway. So Steve had a relaxing day watching his shows...

Friday's forecast was for more wind and rain...and it was supposed to be worse in the afternoon, so Deb picked me up at 9:00 and we drove to Parker. A few hours later we were home...a little shopping here, a little shopping there...lunch, and time to head home. Another wonderful "girl day"...two in a row for me, awesome!

Steve had done a few chores around here but with the cool windy weather had another inside day. It was very windy when we got home and some of the gusts got worse...with rain...as the afternoon and evening progressed.

Just after 3:30, we went over to Ray and Deb's...they had pvr'd the Inauguration this morning and although both Steve and Ray had already watched, Deb and I wanted to see it. So we watched it together, had a couple of drinks and were back home at about 5:30. That seems to be when the rain and wind really hit. The trailer was a rockin'! The wind gusts are forecast as high as 40 mph tonight. As a matter of fact the next few days are not looking good weather-wise. Looking forward to the sunshine again by next Tuesday.




Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, January 14, 15, 16 and 17, 2017 (La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ)

Saturday was a pretty uneventful day. Steve and I got out for a walk and ran into Barb out walking Daisy, so she joined us. We had a good walk...2.65 miles today.

Back home, Steve was about to work on cutting the U bolt ends in the cargo box on his quad...but it started raining. We actually had quite a downpour...all while the sun was shining. Weird!

When that was over with, he hopped on his quad and rode into town to pick up some more cutting wheels for the dremel...then got to work. While he was doing that, I puttered around inside, worked on a blog, and got dinner going in the crockpot. After that, I spent the rest of the afternoon knitting.

Sunday morning we were ready shortly after 10:00...we're going to the Desert Bar today! We were going with Ray and Deb; Jim and Barb picked up Les and Sue...and Harry and Vicki had just arrived this morning and joined us as well.
Starting on the left...Vicki, Harry, Barb, Jim, Sue, Les, Ray, Deb and me...
Lunch time! Sorry Barb...but Steve thought Jim's burger compared to everyone else's was hilarious! Now that's a plain burger!
The band South Bend was excellent! They played some great ol' tunes, Beach Boys, CCR, Grand Funk Railroad etc...
Steve went for a walk and took pictures of the area...(nothing really different from all the other times we have been here...still a really cool spot, though!) That's us under the shelter...
Lower area nearest the band...
Original upper area...
Chair and bench made from horse shoes and the horse shoe pit area behind...
Horse shoe pit...
Looking from the hilltop...
The road in....
4 wheelers heading out on the trails...
View if the church through the arch on the hilltop...
4 wheeler parking next to the original Desert Bar shack. Boy have they come along way with their expansion!

Sue and Les...
Barb and Jim...
Vicki and Harry....
Ray and Deb...
We enjoyed beer, good food, good music...and good company...another great time at the Desert Bar! It was shortly after 3:00 when we got home. Steve set up the Campfire-in-a-Can and at 4:00, we re-grouped at our place for a few (more) drinks. Deb (Ray was resting at home...his back didn't fare so well on the bumpy road to and from the Desert Bar), Steve, Jim, Barb, Vicki and Harry.
Monday morning Steve and I got out for another walk. We stopped for a quick visit with Jim and Barb and then with Harry and Vicki, who had taken the spot next to Jim and Barb. After brief chats, we got on with our walk. Along the way we ran into Jim and Barb again, this time walking Dakota and Daisy, so we continued our walk with them.

We were going to ride our quads into town to the 'Shade Pro' booth to order an awning for our fifth-wheel but we had run out of propane in one of the tanks this morning, so Steve loaded the tank along with another one that he wanted  to top off into the truck and we drove in. First stop was at Arco to fill  up a few gas containers, then onto the Pit Stop for propane and fresh water...and finally Shade Pro.

Mid afternoon, Cec called...they were on their way. And a few minutes later, we watched as a red jeep made it's way over...followed by two more jeeps. Our friends, Alan and Cec popped by for a visit bringing with them two other couples that wanted to meet us. We have met up with Alan and Cec every year (sometimes more than once) since we first met them in Alaska back in 2013.

This year, however, they are not staying here at La Posa South. Instead they have only stopped for a couple of nights over at Dome Rock and made a point of coming over to see us for a visit. Their friends, Daryl and Danielle, and Trevor and Leanne stayed and visited for a few minutes and then headed off leaving Cec and Alan and us to have a good visit.
Starting on the far left, and going around to the right...me, Daryl, Trevor, Danielle, Leanne, Cec and Alan...
A couple of hours flew by and after big hugs, they said goodbye. They plan on making another trip up to BC this summer and promised to come see us. Looking forward to being able to spend more time with you both! So wonderful seeing you...good luck with your new home in Goodyear!

We quickly put the chairs away and got ready to head across the road...Deb and Ray have invited us for dinner. Yes, Deb seems to like to feed us...and we love to eat her delicious meals!
Freya and I relaxing before dinner...
Time to fill our plates!
Hugs for the cook...

Deb had made delicious ribs, baked beans and coleslaw....yum!

After dinner, we chatted for a little while longer and then called it an evening...thanks for dinner, Deb and Ray!

It was a beautiful day Tuesday...for a road trip to Alamo State Park. Ray and Deb picked us up at 9:30 and after filling the fuel tank, we were on our way heading east on I-10. We took the exit to hwy 60 going northeast through Brenda, Salome...and then at Wenden, we turned north on Alamo Road.

Thirty-four miles later, we arrived at the park...
The lake is very low...
...leaving this boat ramp high and dry...



The park is huge, with numerous camping areas...some with full hook-ups, some with partial...and some with nothing but a picnic table and firepit. This is the only boat ramp that reaches the lake...
These sites have a nice view of the lake...
We continued up the road...
...to the viewpoint at the Alamo Dam...




Dead trees at the far end of the lake...
Alamo Dam...note the high water mark on the right...
This is at another camping section...no hook-ups, but great views and lots of room...

Artillery Peak...
Alamo Dam in the distance...

After seeing a lot of evidence of burros on the roads, we finally spotted one...
We pretty well drove around and saw the whole park. We determined that it is a long 34 miles in the middle of no-where. There is apparently good large mouth bass fishing, however it is not the type of lake where you can launch your boat and leave it tied up near your campsite and easily go fishing whenever you want. One attraction it has for us is that you can ride ATV's from the campgrounds and we understand there are a lot of trails to explore. We also found that the internet/cell signal is very weak.

On the way to the lake, we passed Don's Cactus Bar in Wenden....and decided that it looked like a good spot for lunch...so after we had finished our tour of Alamo Lake, we headed there.
As it turned out the restaurant and the bar share the same building but are two separate businesses. However, we were able to order food in the restaurant and sit outside on the patio of the bar with the food delivered to us. Deb and I shared a mushroom swiss cheese burger, Steve had a bacon cheese burger and Ray fish and chips...the burgers were good, but it looked like Ray's fish was "packaged from the freezer", he did say it was good though.
We were back home at around 3:00...thanks for the tour, Ray and Deb!

Although I don't think it was something Steve really felt like doing, he decided to dump our holding tanks. This is the only time of day now that the dump station isn't very busy. So he spent the next two hours taking care of that. While he was busy, I worked on our blog and then decided to uninstall and reinstall our external hard drive that I use for backing up our laptop. For some reason, it had stopped working. That worked and although a little frustrating, I eventually go it running again.

It was after 5:00 by the time we sat outside with a cocktail and watched the sun go down behind the mountains...the end to another very fast day!