Monday to Thursday, January 8 to 11, 2018 (La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ)

Monday was another beautiful day...but a look at the forecast says it's not going to last much longer. Apparently rain and wind and cool temperatures are coming in tomorrow.

The morning just zipped by...which happens regularly in this lifestyle. By the time we had our 2 hour morning coffee start, did our resistance exercises, had a "big" (i.e bacon and eggs vs cereal) breakfast, and showered...well, it's going on at least 11:00! And time to get out for a morning walk.

Steve spent the afternoon "unpacking" the poop mobile, pumping up the tires, rinsing out the fresh water barrel...and then topping up the water in the trailer. He also dusted off the truck and trailer in preparation for the rain tomorrow...he's hoping the rain comes before the wind!

While he was busy with that, I was inside working on a variety of things...from blog updates to banking.

We were ready when Dale and Ruth came by to pick us up....we're meeting Steve and Debbie at Silly Al's for dinner. They are camping with Debbie's brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Diane, in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge south of here. Steve and Diane are only in the area for a few days and Debbie and Steve wanted to give them a quick tour of the Quartzsite area (we actually saw them briefly this afternoon as they drove through La Posa South) followed by dinner at Silly Al's.

Left to right, around the table...Debbie, Steve, Steve, Diane, Dianne, Steve (sound like I am stuttering LOL), Ruth and Dale...
Look at the size of that pizza!
We had a great time....hard not to with great company and great food! Steve and Diane are continuing east on Thursday and Steve and Debbie will be moving over here to La Posa South...looks like they will be the first of the group we are expecting to arrive here over the next couple of weeks...and they get the spot next door to us!

Our drive home was hilarious! Driving off the main road once in La Posa, in the dark, can be quite a challenge! It all looks so different and finding the right roads is really hard. Poor Dale...taking directions from Steve...and me in the back seat. We managed to get completely turned around, making a left too soon and starting to drive into someone else's spot...having to back up. We finally found familiar RV's in our neighbourhood...and home! Thanks for the ride, Dale and Ruth!

It was a beautiful start to the day Tuesday...sunny, warm and no wind...yet! We got out for a nice long walk and had no sooner returned home when the wind started up..."just like that"!
Amazing how one moment it is calm and the next it's howling...with a great gust whipping up the dirt.
Larry, the fellow here in Q that fixes day/night shades, called at about 1:30 to say he was here, so Steve had to go out on his quad to meet him and escort him to our place. I was surprised that he would come out in this weather since he does all of the work out of the back of his pickup truck. But he managed to park close to our truck, using it as a windbreak. After chatting for a bit, he got to work on repairing two of our small window blinds. As he was finishing the second blind, the rain hit...and my goodness, did it pour! Larry ended up staying dry by climbing into the truck to finish his work. We've used Larry's service for the last 3 or 4 years and have never had a failure. He has a lifetime guarantee and can be contacted at 928-273-3719.

Look at those bushes leaning in the wind, and here comes the rain!
Well...that should keep the dust down for a couple of days!
Wednesday we were back to blue sky. I got out for a morning walk and the air smelled of fresh desert...and was much clearer, the dusty haze gone.

Steve went up on the roof of the trailer and took this short 360 degree video of the area around us...

Our task for today was to put up a clothesline. As in previous years, Steve anchors it to the ladder on the back of the trailer...making the line a big triangle. There...ready for business! Guess I'm going to have to make a trip to the laundromat in town early next week...


The rest of our afternoon was spent doing odd jobs...I went through a couple of cupboards for items that I didn't use anymore so I could take them down to the entrance gatehouse where they have a "free" box. Steve got his hammer and nails out and fixed the bottom of the dining chairs. The seat lifts for storage inside but, like so many other things in the trailer, they use staples...which are coming out. So Steve reinforced all with small nails.

At 4:00, Jim and Cec joined us for happy hour. They arrived yesterday during the wind storm...at least it was before the rain! Jim and Cec are from "home"...Vancouver Island and belong to the ATV club we used to be part of...Cowichan Valley ATV Club.
We had a great visit...and made arrangements to head out for a quad ride Friday.

Thursday was another gorgeous sunny day. We had a few errands to run today and then thought we'd take a look at some of the vendors.

We started off with a stop at the ATM at the local bank, filled our water containers at the kiosk, then Steve got his hair cut...followed by filling up the gas containers at ARCO. After those chores were done, we parked the truck in the large lot at the end of the vendors on Kuehn Street. We crossed the street to the vendors on the south side and Steve checked out KB Tools while I went through a couple of other vendors.

After that we thought we'd see if the fifth-wheels that have been brought in for the RV Show were open for viewing. We wanted to get an early look before the crowds. The "big tent" is up...and the area around it is all marked off for the outside vendors...

The fifth-wheels were open, so we had a fun time going through them...mainly Montanas and Grand Design Solitudes. It's interesting checking out all of the new floor plans...some good, some not so much.

On the way across the street to the vendors on the other side, we had to pass Beer Belly's...so we stopped for a cold bevie (surprise, surprise)...

After our "rest stop", we continued across to the vendors and ended up buying a new, larger outdoor mat. When we went to drop it off at the truck, we decided to call it a day...we have lots of time to check out the other vendors. Instead, we headed over to Main Street and picked up a flag pole and flag...something Steve has wanted for the trailer for some time!

Back home, Steve set up our new mat. Looks good!

Next on the agenda was to dump the holding tanks...
And finally, with the work done for the day...time to relax in the late afternoon sunshine...(notice we extended our "patio" with our old outdoor mat)...
Tomorrow we are planning a day out on the quads. Looking forward to it!


Sunday, January 7, 2018 (La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ)

We were looking forward to today...first time back on the quads here in Q! We were excited about taking some newbies out for their first ride on the trails and showing them some of the area. Nothing extreme...just a ride to some of the local sights. We met Les and Sue near the garbage dumpsters at 10:00 and headed west, out of La Posa South, across the highway to La Posa Tyson Wash...and through it to Old Yuma Road.

Our first stop was at French Creek to show them an old mine shaft...and then across the wash to the ancient mortars. Les and Sue in their new toy, a Massimo 250 Cowboy
We continued along the trails past Rainbow Acres...
Kellogg Mine on the left. Apparently this mine was the very first investment by the Kellogg cereal family. To the right is the Erdman mine...
The Erdman Mine...

And the Parade of Toilets...

Next up was the Yum Yum Mine...a spot, like most others, we have checked out each year. However, this year we found it had been completely bulldozed. At first, we thought it was just the road up to it, so we parked our quads and started walking up...then Steve realized the entrance had also been covered over. This is what it looks like now...what a bummer! This was the only mine in the area that we know of that you could walk into for quite a ways. It's all about safety I guess.
Here are two pictures from last January when we were here...this is the entrance...
And this is the mummified remains of some animal that Steve and Jim(and Barb) had found inside...
Arriving at the stone cabin near Dome Rock...
Where we stopped for lunch and snacks. This too has changed. You used to be able to walk through the cabins, The one on the right used to have a roof so we would have lunch in there for the shade, but over time it was caving in. It's all been cleaned up and is now fenced off...
And then we continued on through the hills...                                      


We only saw a couple of other 4 wheelers on the trails...
At times you have to grab your flag to get under the trees...
This Saguaro looks like it's ready to grab Steve

Another stone cabin...



Les found the geocache hidden here!
And our final stop...Beer Belly's Adult Daycare!
Gotta wash that dust down! We think Les and Sue enjoyed their inaugural ride of the sites and trails!
After a drink, we said goodbye to Les and Sue...they were going into town to the bike shop before heading home. We went back to the wash to find another way back into La Posa West...our usual route back to La Posa South. When we had tried to take the route to Beer Belly's, we found a steep cliff and drop off...the power of rushing water in the wash! Steve quickly found a new access...how did we miss that on our way to Beer Belly's?
Arriving at the wash that runs behind our camp...
You can just make out the flag of a rig camped out on the right. Camping along a wash is preferable for the views, wildlife, privacy and less dust...

Almost home!
We're able to access our site right from the wash behind us. There is a fire pit behind us and another in front...
Earl and Allison aren't coming down this year but were kind enough to lend us their poop mobile...we just had to pay the $115 storage fee. Sure beats moving the rig every week to dump. Art and Jan picked it up from storage quite some time ago to save on storage costs.Thanks to all!
I was quite a ways behind Steve...it is so dusty due to the lack of rain!
View of the huge wash behind our rig,most of which is behind those trees...
Steve fuelled up the quads while I dusted off our helmets, put them away and plugged our radios and GPSs in to charge. We're quite happy with our new tires, they seem to give us a softer ride.

Time for a shower...and then some relaxation! A great day out on the quads!


Friday and Saturday, January 5 and 6, 2018 (La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ)

We had a relaxing start to the day Friday...and then it was time to get to work. Steve headed outside to finish setting up our "yard"...putting the mat down, solar lights, etc. While he was doing that, I showered and cleaned up inside.

After those chores were done, we walked down to see Art and Jan and give them a proper hello. We chatted for quite a while and then wandered back home so Steve could off-load the quads from the truck. The new tires for both quads were due to arrive in Blythe today and Art had offered to use the hoist on his truck to raise the quads up to remove the wheels. We got 7 1/2 years out of these ITP Mud Lites.

Saturday morning we were up and on the road before 7:00...and without my morning coffee! Yikes! But we wanted to be at Alex's Tire in Blythe by 7:30 as they suggested so they could get our 8 quad tires changed...they are only open until noon on Saturdays. We arrived at 7:34...and no one was there! The hours posted on the door say they open at 7:00...is this anyway to run a business? We waited and waited...and finally someone showed up at 8:00.  Steve off-loaded the quad wheels and then we headed to Denny's for breakfast...and coffee!

That's where Steve noticed a clock just before leaving that said it was just before 8:00...huh? Oh right! Blythe (which is only about 23 miles from Q) is in California...which is an hour behind Arizona! Duh...we totally forgot about the time change!! Sorry Alex's Tire for all our bad thoughts for not showing up at work until 8:00...you were actually on time.

So much for our perfect timing...we figured by the time we dropped the wheels off, had breakfast, we would be just in time for the local Verizon store which opens at 9:00. Now we had an extra hour to kill...it wasn't hard though. We went to Smart and Final for some groceries...and for the first time, Steve said "take your time" LOL!

The reason for our Verizon visit was to get a SIM card for a phone that Deb and Ray had given us (yes, they gave us 2 phones that they no longer used....wow! Thanks guys!). I mentioned in a previous post that we decided to go with Roam Mobility as our cell provider in the USA this season. All we had to do was buy a SIM card before we left Canada, set up an account on-line and then when we crossed the border, put the card into our Canadian phone and we'd be good to go. So before we left, we picked up a card and set up an account...they have a Snowbird Special, described as Longer-term plans tailored for snowbirds and other travellers that spend long periods of time in the USA. Available for a minimum of 3 months...so for $49.95/month you get unlimited talk, text and data (some restrictions). We figured the data on the cell would suffice until we were able to get our Verizon JetPack activated. So we gave it a try. Well, talk about disappointing! I'm sure it works fine in large populated areas but as you know, we visited a lot of "out of the way" spots on our trek south. Consequently, there were very few spots where we actually got service. Of course, no service meant not only no talk and text, but no data either! What I found even more aggravating was when you could tell there was service in the area but Roam Mobility didn't recognize it! Since we had to take it for a minimum of 3 months, we suffered with it but today (January 6) was the end of the term...no, I'm not "topping it up"! Thus our visit to the Verizon.

Well, our visit to the store took somewhat longer than expected...like 2 hours! The strange thing is we had 2 identical Samsung Galaxy 6 phones, but the one we had been using will not accept the Verizon SIM card, we had to use the one that had a Verizon label. Anyway we ended up on the telephone with tech support trying to figure out why the Verizon phone would not recognize the new phone number. Desi, our rep at the store was fabulous. She ended up having to do a complete factory reset of the phone...but it did the trick! Thank goodness! And by adding an additional line to our account, it only costs us an extra $20/month...and that's for two devices on their "Beyond Unlimited" plan. All I can say is that I am glad that I did not just buy the SIM card and take it home to activate myself...like I had originally planned. It was well worth the $30 activation fee charged by the Verizon GoWireless Store.

Part way into our time trying to get the phone to work, Steve went next door to see how our quad tires were coming. They were done...so with them all loaded back into the truck, he had to wait patiently with me!

Finally on our way back to Quartzsite, we stopped at The Flag Shop to buy a couple of new whip flags for our quads (for those who frequent the shop annually, they have moved to a new location next to McDonald's on Main Street).

We stopped at Art and Jan's and dropped the quad wheels off and Steve, with Art's help, got to work on remounting the wheels...and I walked home.
New Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires, hopefully they last as long as our old ones did. Art and Earl both have these tires so they must be good. Thanks for all your help Art!
At 4:00 we loaded the quads with our bevies and an appetizer and headed off to find Ruth and Dale's spot...the first happy hour of our Quartzsite season!

Les and Sue (BigBoomer), me, Ruth and Dale...
We had a wonderful few hours catching up! Les and Sue are here for the rest of the season but Ruth and Dale are leaving next Sunday (returning late February). Ruth relies on good internet as she is working and over the next month speeds will drop with the influx of RVers arriving for the big Quartzsite Sports, Vacation and RV Show (January 20 - 28), so they move to a more populated area...Tucson, I think. Dale is also a very talented jewellery maker and may have more art shows to attend. Check out their website...Fusion Silver.