Wednesday January 20, 2016 Shopping in the Foothills

Beautiful clear morning. Over night low was 51F. The high today was 72F. The wind was variable and gusting to 7mph. After sunset it was calm.

Cathy awoke with atrial fibrilation. She still has it at 9:00PM as I write this.

Alan and I drove into the Foothills in his Grand Cherokee. We first stopped at Al’s RV Parts. Alan got a screen door latch and a short hose and I bought a pair of brackets to fix the top vanity drawer. Alan has installed his latch, I haven’t fixed the drawer yet. We then went next door to the 99 Cent Only store. We bought some produce, candy, cookies and other essentials.

Next we drove to Walmart. We got just about every thing we needed at the 99 Cent Only store, but they don’t sell beer. I bought a 30 pack of Tecate beer, paper bowls, waste tank treatment and coffee. I didn’t notice what Alan bought. There was a Rat Terrier Service Dog in Walmart and I talked to the owner. His name is Roco. They have a little 4 1/2 lb female Rat Terrier also. Roco likes to play, but turns professional as soon as his vest is put on.

Roco Rat Terrier Service Dog
Roco the Rat Terrier Service Dog

We then headed west on I-8 to Bard to stop at the post office. I had ordered switches from Digi-Key to fix the lights in the motor homes and they were there. There was quite a bit of mail that had been forwarded.

We had happy hour at 4:00PM at Jim and Lucy’s. Several went to the RV show in Quartzsite this morning, but got back just in time for happy hour.

I had my left over lasagna from Monday’s lunch for dinner. Went down to the camp fire until about 8:30PM.

Tuesday January 19, 2015 From Quartzsite to Imperial Dam

A clear sunny morning. The low over night was 44F. The high in Quartzsite today was 70F and in Bard where we ended up 71F. Winds were again light and variable.

At 10:00AM I went into Quartzsite to fill with gas. It was $1.97/gal. Stopped by the hardware store to buy some 4 awg battery cable, but they didn’t have any. Did get the 4 awg 3/8″ lugs I needed. It is a very nice hardware and lumber store.

Went back to motor home, checked the air in the tires and hooked the Cherokee to the motor home. Got going about 1:00PM. Alan was also relocating to Imperial Dam and I had arranged to meet him at Stone Cabin for ice cream. We decided to have a sandwich along with the ice cream.

Eating at Stone Cabin
Eating at Stone Cabin

We got to the Imperial Dam dump and water station at 4:00PM. Dumped and filled with water. They have new water lanes so that 9 RVs can fill at the same time. They also relocated the dumpsters.

BLM Water Fill Lanes

We went from the Imperial Dam service area to where we camp at Ocotillo Flat. We were welcomed by the two Bobs and Bill. Bob L. has a son and daughter visiting here also. Jim and Lucy are also here. Three burros also came to welcome us.

Three Burros

Alan and I parked our motor homes on top of the hill.

Motor Homes on Hill

We then went down to visit with everyone. The Bobs made a camp fire.

Camp Fire 1-19-16

Alan’s wife Angela had made some Chinese pastries and Alan heated them up and brought them out. We sat around the camp fire until 9:00PM. It is still in the 60’s this evening.

Monday January 18, 2016 Lunch With Chris & Joyce and Their Friends

Overcast most of today with some wind. Overnight low was 43F. The high today was 67F. Winds were light and variable.

We got things loaded up and left Plomosa Road at 10:00AM. Cathy drove the Cherokee and I drove the motor home. We checked into La Posa South and got in line to dump.

Lineup in Mirror
Lineup behind me in my mirror

Took 1 1/2 hrs. Cathy washed her hair while we were waiting. I had her wait, because I didn’t know if the water would hold out. For some reason the fifth wheel ahead of us took more than a half our to dump. The woman kept coming out and filling a gallon jug with non potable water.

Finally got dumped and parked. Shaved and changed clothes and drove to Silly Al’s to meet our WIT friends from Fargo, Chris and Joyce and their friends from the car club they belong to.

Group atSilly Al's

They took a charter flight from Fargo to Bullhead City. Their friends from Nebraska, Harold and Helen got there at 11:50AM and saved a table. They spend the winters in Hope, AZ. Chris and Joyce and their friends from Fargo, Jack and Helen got there before us. It was very busy, but the food was good. I had lasagna and brought half home.

After Silly Al’s we stopped at McDonalds for 69 cent cones.

Got back to the motor home and walked Joy. We met the woman camped behind us in a pop up camper. They are from Vancouver Island and have been here since October.

Had left over dirty rice for dinner. We got some South African Smoke Seasoning at Trader Joe’s and it was great on the dirty rice.

Watched Corner Gas the Movie.


Sunday January 17, 2015 Lazy Day

Beautiful morning. Not a cloud in the sky. Over night low was 44F and high today was 65F. Really no wind. The highs for the next week are supposed to be in the 70’s.

Took Joy for a few walks. She really likes to explore.

Tree in Wash
Tree in Wash Joy was Exploring

Watched HGTV most of the day and did some reading on my Kindle. As I looked out the windows, there was a beautiful panorama in every direction.

Panorama out Window
View Out Window to South Over Sofa

Cathy talked to Kathryn about the wedding. Cathy talked to David and found out his car wasn’t starting. It wasn’t plugged in and the temps are below zero.

At sundown talked to Bob and Jerry then went back for dinner. We will be meeting our WIT friends Joyce and Chris at Silly Al’s tomorrow for lunch. We will also will move to the La Posa South LTVA south of Quartzsite tomorrow.

Saturday January 16, 2016 Big Tent RV and Vacation Show

Today was just about the same as yesterday. Overcast first thing this morning. The sun poped out from time to time during the day and there was some wind. Over night low was 41F and the high this afternoon was 63F. The wind was 3 to 7mph.

Checked and cleaned the alternator battery connection on the Cherokee. Didn’t act up on the trip to town today. Hope it is fixed.

Also checked the solar panel voltage output. It was what it was supposed to be. Will have to work on it at Imperial Dam.

Got a call from Bob and Jane saying they had just left Imperial Dam for Quartzsite. Went in to meet them at the RV show. I had to let Cathy off on the corner of AZ-95 and Kuehn Street and then park on the east end of Kuehn Street. Lots of traffic and no parking spaces.

Traffic on Kuehn Street
Traffic on East Kuehn Street

Caught up with Cathy at Beer Bellies.

Beer Bellies

Called Bob and met them at north entrance to big tent. We agreed to meet at Beer Bellies after the Big Tent. Bob and I went through the tent. Not really much of interest. Traffic in the middle of the tent wasnt bad, but the outside rows were pretty bad.

Traffic in Tent
Traffic in the tent

After going through the tent we met Jane and Cathy at Beer Bellies. They already had a table, so that was a real break. Smokin Joe Lonsdale was the entertainment. We first saw Smokin Joe at the Yacht Club several years ago.

Smokin Joe Lonsdale 2

The beer is reasonable at Beer Bellies and they have a large selection of draft and bottles. It was really busy today. Bob bought a round of beer, Bud Light for Bob and Jane, O’Doul’s Green for Cathy and Shiner Amber Bach for me.

Inside Beer Bellies
Inside Beer Bellies

We decided to go to the Yacht Club for something to eat. We both had a long way to go to get to our vehicles. I had Cathy wait on the NE corner of Kuehn Street and AZ-95 and picked her up after getting the Cherokee.

The Yacht Club is a good place to go for for a hamburger or fish and chips. We got there just in time. Jane had fish and chips and Bob, Cathy and I had burgers and frys. We enjoyed catching up with them and getting filled in on Imperial Dam. Bob and Jane bought so we are going to have to take them out for dinner in Yuma. We are planning a train trip to the Tecate Brewery on an old time steam engine powered train.

Bob and Jane headed back to Imperial Dam and we went to the Family Dollar store. Cathy had a $5.00 coupon on a purchase of $25.00. Picked up paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates and ice cream.

When we got back we found out that Bob from St. George had arrived. Joy and I went over and talked to Jerry and Bob.

Watched Property Brothers on satellite TV.

Friday January 15, 2016 Breakfast at Silver Buckle

The weather was a little bit warmer today. Over night low was 39F and high today was 68F. It was overcast and hazy, but the sun did come out quite a bit. Felt pretty windy, but weather station said 8mph out of the NW. After sunset it was calm.

Got up to go to La Mesa RV for free biscuit and gravy breakfast. We got there at 9:10AM and they had quit serving biscuits and gravy and were serving pancakes. You got two large perfectly round pancakes and all the syrup you wanted. They were extremely good pancakes. They had apple juice and coffee to drink


We have eaten many free lunches at the La Mesa Silver Buckle Customer Oasis. We even went to a Super Bowl party there. The lunches they used to serve were really good.

Silver Buckle Customer Oasis at La Mesa RV
Silver Buckle Customer Oasis at La Mesa RV

The inside has a Western Cowboy motif with boots hanging from the ceiling and lots of cowboy pictures on the wall.

Inside Silver Buckle

The counter at the front door is made from the front of a Tiffin Allegro motor home.

Allegro Counter

After breakfast we went to see what they had in their surplus store, but there wasn’t any thing of interest. We then looked in a Grande Tour, a Country Coach and a Forza. We’re pretty happy with what we have.

We checked out things at the former Main Event, but didn’t get any thing. Went back to motor home via residential area. There is a very expensive building on the north side of town. I think it is condos, but we’re not sure.

Went back to motor home. I ate some left overs that Cathy heated up for me and finished the solar charge control install.

There are about 3 times as many RVs here now as last Friday. New Neighbors to the east are brothers, one with a motor home, wife and dog. The other one has a new short travel trailer and two dogs. He lost his wife around Thanksgiving.

Jerry started a campfire and we went over for awhile. It was cool enough that Schnapps sounded like a good idea. I thought I had root beer, but only had butterscotch and cinnamon.

Cathy made dirty rice for dinner. It was good. We had butter pecan ice cream for desert.

We watched “The Good Shepherd” DVD that Alan borrowed from the Quartzsite library.



Thursday January 14, 2016 The Bread Man Delivers

Another day just like the others. Over night low was 40F and high this afternoon was 60F. Again the wind was negligable and it was bright and sunny all day long.

We are starting to get up earlier. Joy was ready to go at 8:00AM, which is really early for her. Cathy was even up early. We have to do the same tomorrow, La Mesa RV’s free breakfast is biscuits and gravey.

Just after lunch the bread man showed up and returned the brown sugar and beer in the form of a loaf of bread. This was Alan’s first baking with his motor home oven. He bought a pizza stone yesterday to distribute and even out the heat. It was a little too large to use the way he wanted. Cathy tried the bread warm. I had just finished a large summer sausage on rye bread so haven’t tried it yet.

Alan with Bread
Alan with his bread

Worked on installing a new solar charge controller. Got it mechanically and electrically installed. Will finish tomorrow. Some thing strange with the cables going to the batteries.

Needed gas for the Honda generator and ice cream, so we went into Quartzsite. We stopped at the building on the east end of Mainstreet West vendor area where they are selling cast items and metal work signs and lawn ornaments. Will probably go back. In the parking lot, a man saw my Menard’s sweatshirt and asked where I was from. He was a retired teacher from South Dakota. His wife was also a retired teacher. They stay in a park here in Quartzsite. They bought a fifth wheel trailer in Rapid City that had been brought in to sell in Williston. It has extra insulation and an office.

Went to Dollar General and bought sausages, buns and beans for dinner. Also got ice cream. They were out of olives and pickles so went to Family Dollar. The stores are turning over their inventory pretty fast.

Got back to motor home just before dark. Walked Joy and talked to Jerry and Diane. They told me about biscuits and gravey at La Mesa RV and about a place that does glass repair on RVs. They had a fogged window done. We need a windshield and have one fogged window on the driver’s side corner.

The Presidential Debate just came on Fox and I will watch that tonight for entertainment.

Wednesday January 13, 2016 Garbage Day

Another day just like the last few. Bright and sunny this morning. The over night low was 38F and the high for the day was 62F. Again the wind was negligible.

Spent the morning going through drawers and sorting things out.

Set up the satellite and Honda generator.

Took the garbage over to the Transfer Station. It is open Sunday through Wednesday from 7:30AM to 2:30PM. They were filling up the roll offs pretty fast.

Transfer Station Sign

I had gotten out a power supply cable for Alan and he came to pick it up. He brought along some oranges for us and some DVDs to watch. He is going to bake some beer bread and needed beer and brown sugar which we had and sent along with him. Cathy made him promise to bring her warm bread.

Cathy combined our left overs from eating at Times 3 Family Restaurant last night and heated it in a pan on the stove. It was really good. I believe the tortillas are the best I’ve ever had.

Watched HGTV for the rest of the evening. I’m not able to get local channels here, although I could at Hi Jolly. I’ve created a new travel itinerary and we will be staying here until January 19th. We will then move to the La Posa South LTVA for a night. We can buy the $40 permit and it will cover our stay here and at Imperial Dam. By moving we will be able to dump and fill with water before we leave.

On January 20th, we will move to the Fountain of Youth to visit Dug and Rhoda. We will then go Mission Viejo to visit my cousin Kathleen then on to Imperial Dam for a week.


Tuesday January 12, 2016 Jimmy Jack Whitiker

Another bright sunny day. Low over night was 35F, high for the day was 58F. Very little wind.

We did some cleaning in the motor home and got it ready to move. We were low on propane, so took it in to the RV Pit Stop and filled.

Propane at RV Pit Stop

We drove over to the Plomosa Road WIT/Winnebago site and parked. Walked Joy and talked to Jerry and Diane.

Got settled in and drove to town to do some shopping and meet Alan for dinner. We parked at Tyson Wells. Cathy shopped Tyson Wells and I went over to see what was at the Gambler. There was nothing there and what was there was over priced. Walked back and went through the stalls across from Tyson Wells.

Cherokee needed gas, so I dropped Cathy at Gem World and went to Chevron for gas. 15 gallons at $2.07/gal. Picked up Cathy and went to Times 3 Family Restaurant on south side of Main. Alan had eaten there several times and liked it.

Times 3 Family Restaurant

Cathy and Alan ordered the Sombrero special


and I ordered the taco dinner.

Taco at Times 3

We finished just in time to get to the QIA for the Jimmy Jack Whitiker show. He put on a 3 hr show. He gave away CDs to the first to call out the artist that popularized a song he would play on the guitar. Alan got a CD for a James Taylor song. Jimmy Jack interspersed all types of music with stories. He is really a good acoustic guitar player.

Jimmy Jack Whitiker

At 10:00PM returned to motor home at Plomosa Road site. Joy was pretty demanding about being taken out and played with.


Monday January 11, 2016 Lazy Day

Nice sunny day. Over night low was 35F and the high today was 57F. A little wind during the day.

Made coffee and bagels for breakfast.

Did some email and work on the computer during the morning. Took Joy for a walk. Talked to closest neighbor. They have a house in Victorville, CA and are trying to go full time in their fifth wheel. They keep getting called back and this is the farthest they’ve been able to get. They have a RAZR for off road.

Went into Quartzsite to get a few things. Went to the two dollar stores Dollar General and Family Dollar. Had to go to the Road Runner Market to get vegetables and bagels.

On the way back to the motor home we went to Plomosa Road. Jerry had put up a small WIT flag on BLM post 810 and had a large WIT and American flag on the motor home. They weren’t home, but ran into them on the way out. We plan on moving over there tomorrow.

Cathy made grilled cheese sandwiches, peppers and apples for dinner.

Watched Boston Legal on TV.