Wednesday to Saturday, January 13 to 16, 2016 (La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ)

I decided to hold off posting a blog update until the new billing cycle started on our data plan...even with 10 GB per month, we are still managing to go over, incurring overage charges.

Wednesday morning Steve was up and out at 8:30, going with Red to the Quartzsite Desert Flyers RC Club meeting. Looks like they had a good turnout at the meeting. Feb. 11th is the Fun Fly at the air field if you have an interest in this hobby.
After he left, I had breakfast and then decided to get out for a brisk walk before showering. I was on my way back, walking along the main road, when Steve and Red passed me...home already? I hadn't expected them back for awhile yet. Once home, I showered and then did the dishes and cleaned up inside...and by the time that was all done, it was noon, wow, where did that morning go?!

We spent the afternoon checking out the vendors on Kuehn Road. Although travel time is a little longer by riding our quads, it's much nicer not having to battle the traffic by taking the truck...not to mention finding a parking spot. So we parked the quads just off Tyson Wash on Kuehn and started our wandering...

Skulls and antlers for sale...


We had basically finished our wandering and were about to head over to Beer Belly's for a beer when we ran into Gina who we met at the 2012 RV-Dreams rally...so she joined us.  We had a great time catching up on the past year's adventures with her and then we said goodbye. She is staying further down highway 95 at Road Runner BLM but we will definitely get together over the next couple of weeks...especially with so many RV-Dreamers here.
Nice Corvair...


On our way home, we stopped and had a short visit with Ray and Deb. We are going with Ray to Castle Dome Mine Museum tomorrow morning...looking forward to it! Another stunning sunset this evening...

Thursday morning Ray picked us up at 9:00...Harry joined us (while Vicki worked). It was a beautiful start to the day...lots of clear blue sky and sunshine...although Ray would have liked a few fluffy clouds around to enhance his picture taking.
Castle Dome Mountain in the distance...


It was about 10:00 when we arrived at Castle Dome Mine Museum and Ghost Town. We paid the $10 each entrance fee and our touring around began...and so begins the many pictures Steve took (remember to click on pictures to enlarge)...








Inside Twids Gas and Cafe
Mining machinery and equipment...


Inside the Bar...

Inside Mercantile...






Blacksmith...

Inside Hotel...



Sheriffs...
Prisoner...
There was also a "70's section" with this old trailer...


Going potty...LOL!


Bank...
Inside the Bank...




Harry bellying up to the Bar...

More mining equipment...
Another Bar...
After we finished with the main area, we walked down the driveway and crossed the road to another section.
The grave on the right says "The first trespasser...shoot first and what?"
The one on the left says "But I caint read...oh well" Next to it is an empty grave that says "Next"



Bunkhouse...




Missing at the bottom of the photo "Died in 1920's at 93",,,


Cabin,,,




What is Harry doing?
Ah...reading this,,,



Doc Hull's...
Nice view from the top of his stairs,,,

Below Doc Hull's,,,
An old safe,,,

Checking out the cemetery,,,














We finished our tour at about 12:30...it was a very interesting area. Thanks for taking us along, Ray! When we got home, we had lunch and then relaxed for a couple of hours until it was time to head over to Deb and Ray's for happy hour and dinner. They are down to their last couple of days here, so will be busy packing up tomorrow and then heading out first thing Saturday morning.

We had a campfire...
...and a gorgeous sunset. Thanks for the photo Ray!



It must have been about 8:00 when we called it an evening...Ray had overdone it a bit today and his back was pretty sore. Thanks for a lovely evening guys!

When we got home, we noticed that the RV-Dreamers gang behind us also had a campfire going, so we decided to take our chairs over and join them for a bit. Another couple had pulled in today...Greg and Cori of RV Solar Solutions...so it was nice to meet them. Left to right...me (holding Cori and Greg's dog, Hobie), Barb, Jim, Tracy, Steve M, Debbie (holding Jim and Barb's dog, Daisy), Cori and Greg...

Friday we were meeting our friends, Dennis and Charlene, in Blythe for lunch. We also had to get a propane tank filled on the way, and pick up a couple of things I needed for the Canadian Potluck luncheon tomorrow. With those chores taken care of, we arrived at Red Cactus Bar and Grill at noon California time (1:00 Arizona time)...a few minutes later, Charlene and Dennis joined us.

We spent the next couple of hours catching up with them...so good seeing you both! We also must have lamented to the extreme the whoa of our Canadian dollar because Dennis picked up the tab...thanks so much for lunch, Dennis and Charlene! Great seeing you.

When we got back, Jim and Barb came over so I could show them a few things about their new Montana 610t GPS. We managed to download a pocket query with geocaches in the area but for some reason, I couldn't figure out why they weren't showing on the map. Later on, Jim did a little investigation and figured it out...the "zoom" setting needed to be adjusted. Whew!

After Jim and Barb left, we walked down to say goodbye to Ray and Deb who were leaving first thing tomorrow morning. Great spending time with you both...see you back in BC!

Saturday was Canadian Potluck Dinner at the QIA...so at 10:40, with the salad I made in hand, along with our plates and cutlery, we walked over to Earl and Allison's to grab a ride with them.
Let's start with buying some 50./50 tickets...
Steve, me, Earl, Allison and Eric...

Door prizes...
 Food tables...
...and of course, the desserts table....
 ...which Eric took advantage of...
A few hours later the event was over. We were amazed at the number of Canadians down here considering the low dollar....there were 202 attending the luncheon!

A WWII motorcycle with a machine gun in the sidecar...

After we got home, I went over to give Pam a hand with her Montana 600 GPS. I don't know if I was much help but we did managed to download a pocket query of geocaches in the area. While Steve and I were over there, we all noticed a red jeep coming our way...it turned out to be Cec and Alan searching us out. We met them in 2013 on our Alaska trip. They had arrived yesterday afternoon to join their annual get together with fellow Monaco owners.
We really enjoyed our visit with them! But it's just a short stay here for them as they are leaving Monday. Safe travels guys!
We enjoyed yet another amazing sunset here on the desert...


After dinner, we went down to Bob and Sue's place for a campfire welcoming Orville, a fellow ATV'er from BC. We enjoyed a couple of hours around the fire with them, along with Earl, Allison and Eric...then we called it a night.

We are taking a group, new to the area, out on the trails tomorrow. The weather is supposed to be nice, so it should be a great day...stay tuned!


4 comments:

  1. Crazy busy week for you guys! The Castle Dome Mine Museum looks really interesting, we will have to get down there.

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    1. Yes, it's a pretty cool area. Worth a visit, that's for sure.

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  2. wish I could remember what I wrote in my deleted comment?
    Great sunset photos and nice to see Cec and Alan's smiling faces!!
    .its pretty hard to hide the 'behemoth' in the desert !!!

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    1. Thanks Sue, sorry about deleting your original comment...the buttons are just too small and close together on my phone!

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