THE OLD YUMA ROAD LOOKING NORTH….Back in the 1800’s this would have been a horse path with probable wagon wheel ruts marking an old dusty trail from Yuma heading north to other dusty little western towns. We are parked just a few hundred feet from the road & at night we can hear the creaking of old ghostly wagon trains on the trail heading for the gold fields in California & Arizona. We can hear the galloping of horses & the plodding of mules mixed with the shouts of trail bosses, the grumbling of wagoneers, & the bumpy chatter of children in wagons.
FELLOW BOONDOCKERS WELL SPACED OUT IN THE DESERT
If Max hadn't woke me up at 2 a.m I wouldn't have been up & on the computer until 5 in the morning before going back to bed again & re-getting up at 7:30. Not exactly my idea of a good night's sleep but at least I was able to get some long overdue things caught up in my Picasa photo editing program.
Sunny morning with a warming breeze as we watched 3 more rigs pull out around 10. The desert is really opening up. Bit of a clean up in the motorhome, read some blogs, soaked up a bit of sun, & just basically loafed around until noon.
THAT IS RAINBOW ACRES IN THE BACKGROUND ABOUT 3 MILES AWAY BUT THE TELEPHOTO LENS PIC MAKES IT APPEAR CLOSER
Last year while parked here in this same spot a couple fellows rode in out of the desert one morning on their ATV's. Figured they were going to take issue of the way I was flying our flags, but no, turns out one of the fellas was a blog follower. From my description of where we were he knew where to find us. That is how we met Pete & his neighbor Ed. Tuesday when we returned from downtown Quartzite there was a note stuck in our door from Peter & his wife Patty saying they had dropped by to say hello. Guess Pete’s still following the Bayfield Bunch. Peter & Patty live about 3 miles north of our location.
A few emails whizzed back & forth & we agreed to do lunch today so P & P picked us up at noon & we all headed into Quartzite for lunch at the same place we were the day before...Bad Boy.
PETER IN THE RED T-SHIRT SLIPS AROUND THE TABLES WHILE PATTY & KELLY CHECK OUT THE MENU
Like all RV couples we have met, Peter & Patty are a charming couple with a lot of RV miles under their belts over the years & from talking to them I can tell we share a lot of the same interests regarding RVing & people in general. Peter is the laid back one of the two & Patty shares my impatience with computers.
KELLY TAKES A DEERPARK LODGE CALL JUST BEFORE THE FOOD ARRIVES (click on pics to enlarge)
Had a nice lunch on Bad Boy's shaded patio. P & P have a winter place located in Rainbow Acres just a few miles southwest of Quartzite. We can actually see the development where they live across the desert to the north of us. They have their 38' Safari Class A motorhome parked on a lot for the winter months & travel up into Washington State during the summer volunteering as camp hosts, etc, at various parks. They will return again this summer to Jarrell Cove State Marine Park in Glacier National Park.
A 700mm TELEPHOTO SHOT OF RAINBOW ACRES. THE SMALL WHITE RETANGLE LEFT OF CENTER IN THE MOUNTAIN IS AN 18 WHEELER ON I-10 HEADING WEST INTO CALIFORNIA.
Just a few days after Peter & Ed dropped in that morning last year another fellow blogger tracked us down & we got to meet John from JOHN & BRENDA'S INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE. Another one of those good RV people:))
ED & PETE IN JANUARY 09 JOHN IN JANUARY 09
Our last closest neighbor left this afternoon around 3 so the nearest rig to us now is about a quarter to half a mile away. Nice respectable buffer zone I'd say. Sure is nice to look out & not see any rigs on 3 of our 4 sides. Maybe we'll stay here until April now. Ok, ok, just kidding. Our next stop will probably be Borrego Springs in California soon. For sure there will be lots of room over there in the wide open desert as well.
A VERY RELAXING DAY:))
Tomorrow we may head south down the highway a bit with the car then head east on Palm Canyon Road to see what we can see. We hear it's a nice scenic drive back up there in the Kofa mountains. Saturday we might have a look around the Bouse area & Sunday we just might boogie west for Borrego:)) Of course all those things hinge on the word...........'might:))' No rules, no regulations, no problem!!
GROANER'S CORNER:(( While making rounds, a doctor points out an X-ray to a group of medical students.'As you can see,' she says, 'the patient limps because his left fibula and tibia are radically arched. Morris, what would you do in a case like this?''Well,' ponders the student, 'I suppose I'd limp too.'
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