Friday, February 17, 2017 (La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ)

We decided to go out on the quads today and do some geocaching. There are not a lot in the area that we have not yet found but, yes, there are still some...mainly the "one-offs" hidden here and there. We have found most power-trails or strings that have been hidden...but there are even still a couple of those yet to do.

We headed into the hills west of here...it's amazing the trails there are! They go every which way! Steve found our first geocache of the day...

Now it's my turn to lead the way to the next one...






Ummm...okay, this is as far as I am going to go...you're on your own to get this one, Steve! It's way up there on the top of the hill on the right hand side...
 So up he goes...yes, that's me waaaaaay down there....
What a view! Hard to see in this photo but that's Quartzsite on the left with many RV's next to it...
The mountains of the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge on the right...
Rainbow Acres development in the distance...
The next geocache wasn't much better...Steve started complaining that he was the one doing all the work! Yep...that's me again waiting at the bottom...LOL!
There was a geocache in that direction...
No...I definitely wouldn't like this. Steve assumed the next one would be in the opposite direction near the flag in the distance...

But nope. The hint said it was down below near that Saguaro...
So we rode around the hill and I got it. You can barely see the flag up top...
We found a couple of other caches and then continued onto 11 Trivia caches...(the geocaches are not at the location recorded...you have to correctly answer some trivia questions for each one and then the correct co-ordinates are sent to you).
I even found a travel bug from Texas! We're going to take it back up to BC and put it in one of the geocaches around Tunkwa Lake where we'll be workamping...


Eighteen geocaches later, we decided it was time to head to Beer Belly's Adult Daycare for a quick beer before heading home. There is a storm heading our way...and Steve wants to put some fresh water in the trailer before it hits us.

The winds and dust had already started by the time we headed home. Steve immediately went and picked up the poop-mobile from Earl, took it to the water station and was back filling our water tank. Meanwhile, I got cleaned up, put our stuff away and plugged the GPS's and radios in to recharge.

Once Steve was finished, we "battened down the hatches" making sure everything was secure in the strong wind...the advisory is for sustained winds of 25 to 30 mph with gusts 40 to 50 mph. It was a very windy, dusty evening and night!


Thursday, February 16, 2017 (La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ)

We had a rather extraordinary sunrise this morning...the clouds to the west were pink...
After a quick breakfast and showers, we headed off in the truck. Today we thought we'd make a trip down to the Imperial Dam BLM LTVA area. It is another popular winter spot for boondockers. We've met people that think it's a great area and others not so much so we wanted to check it out.

Before heading south on hwy 95, we made a quick trip into Q to run a few errands...propane, drinking water and a quick stop at Herb's Hardware. It was 11:00 when we were finally on the road south..
We can't get over how much greenery is sprouting up everywhere...an indication of all the rain the area has had this year....
About an hour later we turned right onto E. Imperial Dam Road ...


And stopped at the Yuma Proving Grounds Open Air Museum. We had no idea this was here...
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Anti aircraft tank...
120 mm gun on this bad boy...


Yuma Proving Ground US Army Base in the distance. You can get a pass at the Open Air Museum to go into the base. There's another museum there that might be interesting to check out in the future...



As we neared the dam, we took the first road to the right...and found Hidden Shores Resort (the name sounded familiar...I think we have friends that had/have a spot here).

Hidden Shores Resort is water-front setting overlooking the Colorado River, surrounded by natural wildlife. With top amenities, including a 20,000 square foot clubhouse, heated pool, golf course, launch ramps and more, it is the ideal vacation home resort community for winter snowbird visitors and summer-time family fun on the Colorado River and surrounding desert.
A golf course...
The very nice fellow at the gatehouse gave us a "tour pass" to drive through and take a look (but we couldn't get out of the truck). He said you can buy an RV or Park Model lot but you don't actually own the land if that makes sense. The land is owned by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Some people have even built homes in excess of $400,000 here!
Clubhouse, store and pool area....





Park Models...
Beach...
The RV sites...



We had our little drive through...and then dropped the visitor pass off and said goodbye to the fellow at the gatehouse.



Map of the Imperial Dam BLM area...

Colourful hillside...
Senator Wash Reservoir....



We stopped at Senator Wash Boat Ramp and Day Use Area...
A good spot to have our lunch...
Some folks have managed to make their way over to the far shore and some nice camping spots. With the lack of RV's over there it mustn't be big rig friendly or easy to get to...
Squaw Lake campground...
We took a drive down but weren't impressed with the parking lot style of camping...


Lots of RV's camped along the road at Hurricane Ridge...
We took a drive through the South Mesa camping area...






Day use area...
Other than the RV's on the far shore this was the only other camping area that would interest us.
And that concludes our drive through the Imperial Dam LTVA. We're glad we saw it but quite frankly, we weren't impressed with the camping areas. Some areas even reminded us of Slab City. I'm glad we checked it out on a day trip instead of bringing our rig...we'll stick with Quartzsite. There is supposed to be some good ATVing here though...

We started back towards hwy 95...a couple of more pictures of the canals along the Colorado River...


We stopped at the intersection with hwy 95, where the big cannons are, and I took over driving the rest of the way home...allowing Steve to take some pictures for a change.

We can see this surveillance balloon from our campsite...

Above and below the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge...
It was after 4:00 by the time we got home...just in time to relax in the shade as the sun gets lower in the sky. Enough clouds to produce a sunset...beautiful but not quite as "fiery" as usual...