We woke up to a beautiful moon-set Friday morning...
Quartzsite Desert Flyers Fun Fly at the Jim Colwell Field...an RC flyer's paradise (and even for those who just like to watch!). They were on their way shortly...meeting Earl and Doug at the airfield.
I finished my breakfast, showered and about an hour later after I had done the dishes, I too was on my way....to Parker for a little grocery shopping by myself.
I'll pass this over to Steve to explain his time at the RC Fun Fly...warning: if you have no interest in remote control airplanes, then you might want to just scroll down past all the pictures :)
There were lots of planes on display that weren't there to fly...
I (back to Dianne) arrived home shortly after 2:00 to find Steve sitting in the shade waiting for me...the wind had come up and he needed help to take down the sunshade and put the awning up. Once that was done, we hauled the grocery bags and cooler full of food into the trailer and I started the job of putting it all away.
Although it was cloudy and windy, it was still a very hot day...85F/29C. So I was glad when the groceries were all put away and I could join Steve outside in the shade behind the trailer. And there we sat for the rest of the afternoon...Steve reading while I tried a crochet project (which later got ripped apart).
At 5:30, we walked down to Earl and Allison's place...they had invited us to join them for dinner at the Grubstake Restaurant in town. After a bit of a wait to get seated, we enjoyed a beer...chatting and then each couple shared an order of fish and chips and popcorn shrimp. We saw Harry and Vicki walk in. They are at the far end of the row of tables...
We drove to the geocache coordinates on the other side of Quartzsite...a parking lot off the paved road. Now, this was a really cool find...rather than try to explain how we did it, I decided to copy and paste the geocache description...
The above coordinates take you to the parking area just off the paved road and the start point for your adventure. You will need a good flashlight capable of throwing a beam at least 125 meters/yards. The walking is fairly level and rolling but has all the usual desert hazards. The total length to the final cache is about 825 yards. The round trip is about 1 mile. You are looking for white retro reflectors that will be best viewed when the flashlight is held at eye level near the head. The final location is marked with big red reflectors and is not at the location of the reflectors but within a few yards. Please do not disturb the reflectors.
At each stage within 3-4 yards of the reflectors you will find a small cairn of stones, usually with a white one on top. This will be the best vantage point to scan around looking for the next stage. Depending on your light source it is possible you may see more than 1 reflector. If so just use the closest/brightest one.
After finding the final and signing the log book, just walk a short distance towards the lights of Rainbow Acres and you will intersect the dirt road. Just follow it back to your vehicle.
So with Allison and Earl following, Steve and I set off...he seemed to find the reflectors far quicker than I could. And just as described, at the reflector, there was a pile of rocks nearby where we would scan for the next one. Earl removed each reflector as we moved on. We zig-zagged across the desert until we found the last one...marked with double red reflectors. The geocache itself was just behind a bush under a pile of rocks.
As Steve was going for the box, he noticed movement...this little fellow scurrying along...yup, a scorpion! Thanks for the great picture, Earl! Steve signed the log book and then gave the box to Earl...we were the last to find! Very, very cool and we saw a scorpion to boot! What a great evening!