Friday, January 14 to Wednesday, January 19, 2022 (La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ)

Friday (Jan. 14) morning started with a beautiful sunrise...

Earl texted to see if we wanted to ride to the Black Rock Cafe in Brenda for lunch....sure, but first Allison and I wanted to get out for our planned walk. Long story short, by the time we got back, we had 20 minutes to get ready to leave...for me that meant no shower and no dishes...at least I didn't have to make a lunch for us! But at 10:30 the six of us, Earl/Allison, Jim/Cec and Steve and I headed off with Earl leading the way.

Here is the short Relive video....Ride to Black Rock RV Village Cafe.

Over to Steve...
The trail is now leading us in the wrong direction...
Jim and Cec took the trail up the hill on the left for a view, finding no other trails we turned around...
Jim and Cec catching up as we take a break...
Flag whips down and under we go...
Jim and Cec...
Unbeknown to us we took the wrong trail. This hill was brutal as it was off camber and full of large rocks and boulders! From here you can't see the top as it continues around the corner. Earl went first and immediately tried to contact us by phone unsuccessfully, not to come up. Dianne got started then suddenly stopped. She froze in fear and couldn't move so I had to run up to help ease her back down until it was safe for her to get off. Turns out that was a very smart choice on her part! In the meantime I had seen an ATV'er very slowly coming down the hill to the right out of view of this picture and mistakenly assumed he was going cross country to avoid us. Instead of checking that out I made the mistake of riding Dianne's quad up the hill and almost lost it!! Once I got going there was no stopping as the pucker factor kicked in big time and now I'm fully committed...or I should have been committed for attempting this:) I made it though with no injuries or damage to Dianne's quad. I've been riding since 2003 and this was the scariest hill I've ever ridden up! The next thing I know Jim and Cec were on their way up. Now the side x sides have a lower centre of gravity with a longer and wider wheel base plus a roll cage for protection...on our ATV's we just have our helmets:) It was still a hell of a ride up for them too! Turns out that once we were at the top of the hill we saw the correct trail below where I had seen the ATV'er coming down. I radioed directions to Dianne below to take the other trail with my quad and said we would link up with her a little further ahead. 
All back together now...
Three hours later, we arrived in the small community of Brenda...and the Black Rock Cafe, which is connected to the Black Rock RV Village...
Lunch out on the patio...the beer sure tasted good after that ride! Steve, Allison, Dianne, Jim, Earl and Cec...
After a great lunch, we were headed back. We crossed under the I-10 freeway at a different spot this time. Much nicer trails!
I-10...
Time for a break...
Beautiful views along the way...
Jim and Cec catching up at the viewpoint overlooking Dripping Springs. We've found that many of the trails have gotten much rougher since we were here last. 
The arrow points to Dripping Springs and the petroglyphs where we can no longer ride to...only hike in.:(
Looking back at the trail we came up...
Down and down we go...
None of the ladies stayed in their rigs for the ride over the rocky ledge...
Once again I got to do it twice!

Jim has constructed a roll cage all around his machine for protection and managed to put a dent in one of the bars here. Left front tire up in the air!
Earl spotted a geocache on his GPS, so up the hill we went...
Allison and Earl at the geocache...
It's been a long hard ride...we didn't get home until almost 5:30!
Saturday (Jan. 15) ended up being cooler with mostly clouds and wind but a nice sunrise.
I got some work done inside while Steve took my quad down to Jim and Cec's. Jim is going to change the worn out inner CV boot on my left rear axle. Jim's a retired mechanic with all the right tools and knowhow. Thanks Jim!

With it being cooler out for our happy hour this afternoon Steve brought out the Campfire-in-a-Can...Colan, Marilyn, Jim, Cec, and Earl joined us for our "social hour".

Sunday (Jan. 16) morning we were off at 8:30 with Earl and Allison to Yuma. We all have appointments with CMD Ultrasound, a mobile ultrasound company. For $70 they provide 12 screenings...Thyroid, Carotid Arteries, Heart, Pancreas, Aorta, Liver, Spleen, Gallbladder, Kidneys, Bladder, Leg Arteries, Pelvic (Ovaries for women/Prostate for men). This is our third time having it done...well worth the money in our opinion. And we're happy to say, we're all good!

After a shopping trip to Harbour Freight for the guys (Allison and I waited in the truck), we headed to Old Town Yuma and Da Boyz Italian Cuisine for lunch. It is right next door to Prison Hill Brewing Company, another spot where we have had lunch in the past.
We sat out on the patio and enjoyed a delicious lunch! It's a huge restaurant and was quite busy inside.  We would definitely come back here! 
We made a couple of stops for a little shopping before heading back to Quartzsite. Steve had to take a picture of this license plate from Alberta..."#1 Baba". With the last name Colibaba, Baba became his nickname 'back in the day'...it is also one of our sons (work) nickname. Steve was hoping to talk to them but we left before they returned.
Monday (Jan. 17) morning Steve and I headed into town to get drinking water, propane and gas. As we were turning back into La Posa South LTVA, a large group of motorcyclists road by...
Once home, Steve did his pumping. This time however, he filled the fresh water tank but left the dumping for early the next morning since the line up at the sani-dump was long...yup, it's getting busy around here as we near the big RV Show.

At 3:00, we had the "gang" over for another Core Crash challenge...Guy,/Sue, James,/Cindy, Jim,/Cec, Fred,/Terry, Bob/Sue, Colan/Marilyn...and more ATV friends from Vancouver Island who arrived yesterday, Bill and Janet.

Left to right...Terry, Fred, James, Cindy, Sue, Guy, Earl, me, Janet (taking her turn throwing), Cec, Jim, Bill and Sue S...
Sue S. taking her turn...
The sun and warmth were definitely back...a very warm day!

Tuesday (Jan. 18) was basically a chore day. Steve was out just after 7:00 taking the poop-mobile over to dump. He didn't have to wait, but by the time he was finished the line up had started.

We were at the laundromat by 8:00...clothes all washed and back home by 9:00! We had breakfast and then I hung the laundry. I was a little worried when we were about to head into town as it actually started raining! It didn't last though and by the time I had the laundry on the line, the sun was out and there was a brisk wind to dry things quickly.

The wind Wednesday (Jan. 19) morning was calm, so Steve headed out back in the desert to fly one of his RC planes. He had 3 successful flights. 

Once back, we went into town to top up one of the propane tanks and pick up a couple of parcels at Quiet Times. Other than some chores around here...that was pretty much our day.

And there you have it! We're all caught up for now.


Saturday, January 1 to Thursday, January 13, 2022 (La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ)

Wow! I can't believe we are heading into the middle of January already! Guess it's time to do an update on what we have been up to.

Saturday (Jan. 1) was very windy but at least it was sunny. ATV friends Jim and Cec from Cobble Hill, BC (just north of Victoria on Vancouver Island) arrived. I think they were very happy to get out of all of the cold and snow that has been plaguing southern BC.

We had video calls with both of our sons and their families...wishing them a Happy New Year! Other than that, it was a very quiet day....but we did have a beautiful sunset...
The wind yesterday brought in a cold snap with overnight temperatures going down to around freezing...a hard freeze warning has been issued for the next couple of nights. But we were still able to get out for walks...sometimes Steve and I, but more often Allison and I have been going out. She does longer walks which I like, so we average around 6.5 kms/4 miles but have been increasing that to 10 kms/6.21 miles. 

We managed to get the gang together a number of times for some outdoor fun...playing Core Crash. This is actually a Finnish throwing game invented in 1996 called Molkky. Here we are on Monday (Jan. 3)...notice the heavy coats? Beautiful blue sky but chilly! 
Left to right...Bob, Sue, Earl, Allison (behind Steve), Steve, Jim, Cec, and Marilyn...
We have checked out the vendors...and toured the fifth-wheels now on display. It's starting to get busier here now that it's getting closer to "Show Time".

Of course, we had to make another visit to Beer Belly's Adult Day Care for some "fun in the sun"! Earl, Allison, Cec, Jim and Steve... 
Steve stopped to take this picture...preparations are underway for the "Big Tent" to be put up...
Wednesday (Jan. 5)...and ride day!  There would be six 4-wheelers with 9 of us...Guy and Sue, along with their friends, James and Cindy arrived here the day before yesterday and would be joining us. Jim, Cec, Earl (Allison did not join us), Steve and I would make up the rest of the group. Bob and Sue started out with us but their 10 month old puppy wasn't liking the ride in the side-x-side with Sue, so they decided to turn back.

The group met just before 10:00 and we were off shortly afterwards. It was a beautiful sunny day! Our main destination today is the area near Bouse, known as "the dunes". 

Check out the Relive video... Sand Dunes Loop-Jan. 5/22

Exiting La Posa North BLM. In order to access the trail we had some street travelling to do...
Stopped for a break. This was when we discovered puppy problems Bob and Sue were no longer with us...
Quartzsite Rock Alignment. During WWII Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) transported new planes across the country. One of the places they trained to fly bombers and fighters was at an airfield near Quartzsite. To help them find the airport large letters made from painted white rocks spelled out Quartzsite followed by a directional arrow and the number 11 to indicate 11 miles to the runway.
Directional arrow showing north...
Arriving at "The Dunes"...that's Jim and Cec...
A good place for lunch!
James, Cindy, Sue and Guy...
Earl, Cec, Jim and Bosco...

Wildlife water guzzler...

Another Skull Rock...
Another break...
D-124...one of Patton's WWII training camps...
Tank tracks still visible after all these decades!
Checked out another training camp...
Another fabulous day out on the 4-wheelers!

Steve also acquired a new toy...he has admired Guy's Aero Scout ever since he got it a couple of years ago. It's another trainer and is smaller than his other plane. When Guy and Sue arrived, Guy asked Steve if he'd like it. So for "a very good price", Steve has also acquired a box full of accessories to go with it too! Guy had only flown it three times and it is in mint condition.
All assembled...time to test this baby out!
As you can see, Steve is just in a t-shirt...we're finally in for a stretch of warmer weather...YAY! He had two successful flights. What Steve likes about this plane is it's a pusher plane. The propeller is behind the wing so if you have a bad landing "nose low" you aren't damaging the propeller.

Daily/weekly chores continue as usual, with get togethers for outdoor Core Crash with the gang...as well as either Rummikub or Aggravation (Marbles) in the evenings with Earl and Allison. And more beautiful sunsets...
Sunday (Jan. 9)...and another ride day! Colan finally took a day off work from his Mobile RV Repair gig so he and Marilyn could join us...along with Cec, Jim, Allison and Earl (and of course, Steve and I). The 8 of us...all in their side -x-side's, except Steve and I on our quads (we are a definite minority with the number of side-x-sides now!)...hit the trails just after 10:00 and had a wonderful 4 hours exploring the area to Livingston Mine and what we call "Horse Face Mountain".

Check out the Relive video....Livingston Mine to Horse Face Mtn-Jan. 9/22 

Steve finally remembered to start the Relive app just as we were leaving La Posa South BLM...
Jim and Cec...
Colan and Marilyn...
Taking a break...
Steve stopped to get a photo of our group below at the Livingston Mine...
Bosco and Marilyn...Cec just inside the mine entrance...
Earl and Allison...
Another break...
End of this trail...
Love the views!
Into the wash...
Time for lunch...
Take two...LOL!
This trail is immediately above our lunch stop but leads nowhere...
I found a geocache...
Steve also had his GoPro camera along with him...if you'd like to check out his pictures, click on the album Livingston Mine to Horse Face Mtn.

We finished the day off with a happy hour...
After a "down day" Monday, it was time for another ride on Tuesday (Jan. 11). This time we were going back through Diablo Pass to do a little geocaching. There is a string of about 8 that we haven't gotten yet. Today's ride included the six of us...Earl/Allison, Jim/Cec and Steve and I.

Check out the Relive video...Diablo Pass - Geocaching

Steve's first find of the day...
Earl...
Me...with Cec looking on....
The view from my find location...
Steve's find...

Jim and Cec joining us at the peak of Diablo Pass...
What's in the box Earl?

Time to continue on...
Allison has found one...

Got it!
Our favourite lunch spot out of the wind...
Had to crawl thru the trees for this one stuffed in the dirt bank...
The last geocache in this run...
Time to head up that road in the distance...
Earl has spotted another geocache on his GPS so up we go...
You can see the 4 wheelers below. Only Steve and Earl climbed the hill in search of an elusive geocache without success...
I remained below (pictures don't do it justice...it was really quite steep) so got shots of everyone coming down. Steve...
Jim and Cec...
Earl and Allison...
On our way home we decided to stop at The Horney Toade Saloon and Grill for a beer. Only Steve and I had been here before and the others wanted to check it out. The draft  beer used to be $2.50 now $3.00. They were out of draft so it was bottles today.
Cec/Jim, Steve, Earl and Allison...
Wednesday (Jan. 12) afternoon, Steve and I rode our quads into town. We walked around to see what new vendors had arrived. Steve  also wanted to get some new bungie cords.
Metal sculptures are very popular...


Entrance to the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation, RV Show in the distance. It runs from Jan. 22nd - 30th...
Not as many vendors as we've seen in years past but lots of people checking them out...
Steve found the bungy cords he was after and on our way home, stopped to take this picture...the "Big Tent" is now up!
We were home in time to get ready for Core Crash. We had our largest group together for some great outdoor fun! It started out with Guy, Sue, James, Cindy, Earl, Steve, me, Jim and Cec. This is James taking his turn...
Sue's turn...
Guy...
Jim...
Eventually, Colin and Marilyn and Bob and Sue also joined in...
Probably some of the best games we've had, having so many people...the pegs really got spread out! Cec won the first two games!

That's it for now...stay tuned for some more "fun in the desert"!