Sunday, January 29, 2012




Always helpful to have a retired Forest Ranger around.  And, especially one from Alberta.  Ivan spent some time this morning showing Wandering Willy & I the finer points of operating a ratchet strap.  At least I think that’s what they are called.  Will be using it to help snug down our satellite dish in the future.

Full time Canadians George & Suzie from OUR AWESOME TRAVELS dropped by to see us today.  They have been staying in Quartzsite & had emailed us awhile back.  Nice folks & they are actually from near my hometown of Tavistock, Ontario.  The Plattsville, New Hamburg & Punky Doodles Corner area.  Yes, Punky Doodles Corner is a real place.

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IVAN has been doing some flying about with his Whirly-Bird lately & captured a few more great aerial shots of our little Docker location here near Bouse.

Someone had a question wondering if the prices were cheaper in Quartzsite.  Well, I’m guessing the pendulum swings both ways on that.  Not being a big purchaser of stuff myself I can only go by hearsay when saying there are definitely deals out there depending on what you are buying.  One thing is for sure though.  No matter what you buy from a vendor, you are going to find the very same thing cheaper the next aisle over it seems.  Bought two belts for $15.  Six vendors down the line same belts were 2 for $12!!  Same thing with a set of heavy duty ratchet straps we bought.  Eight dollars for four.  Next vendor a few rows over had them for six dollars.  And, don’t even think about exchanging & getting your money back.  That’s not the way it generally works at the Q.

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An Anonymous commenter pointed out I had over 50 pictures in yesterdays blog so I went back & counted them.  Yikes, the commenter was right.  57 to be exact.  I agree, too many photos.  It’s just my excitement bubbling through all the time about my love of the great American Southwest.  But yep, I gotta do something about that.  It’s been on my mind for awhile.  

Allie, from COOKING ADVENTURES has joined us here at the Bayfield Bunch as our latest Blog Follower.  I know we have some dedicated ‘Foody Folks’ here in the RV Blogging community so you had better have a look at this Gal’s site for a fabulous food fix:))  Welcome aboard Allie.

Fresh water tank’s a bit on the low side so we’re heading out in the morning.  Maybe a quick stop in the Q for a couple last minute things & then we’ll be headed into California.  It’s time to deal with our solar situation.



Must say, we have really enjoyed our 6 days here boon docking with Ivan & Wandering Willy.   We first met Ivan when he dropped into the Ranch near McNeal a couple years ago & Wandering Willy we met at Borrego Springs last winter.  We have all been keeping track of each others blogs for about 3 or 4 years now.  Having a love of the outdoors & boon docking in common it was easy for me to feel comfortable with these fellows. 



GROANER’S CORNER:((  Rod, over there in Kansas was in the hospital recovering from surgery lately when a nurse asks him how he is feeling.

“I’m OK but I didn’t like the four-letter-word the doctor used in surgery,” he answered.

“What did he say,” asked the nurse.


-Tourists see the world, travelers  experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of
right  now...AL.

If one's thoughts are positive about the landscape, one's eyes will appreciate what they see......AL.


  1. Hope you don't let some comment
    scare you from your efforts in
    giving the rest of us beautiful
    pictures that we may never, otherwise see. We like them!
    Ron and Linda

  2. One grumpy ole unknown out of Eleven makes it ten to one. His outnumbered. The rest of us love your photos. Please continue.

  3. I hope Kelly was listening and watching the ratchet strap demo. I have never been able to figure the darn things out and if you aren't careful you could find yourself bound up in one of those things! You and I and others with two left thumbs need to let someone else do the strapping.

  4. When Sandra and I were on the road and using satellite internet, we anchored our dish with ratchet straps connected to either pet corkscrew anchors or large tent stakes, depending on how hard the soil was and anywhere from one to three of them depending on how high wind conditions were and never had the dish blown over, even though some of the winds in the southwest were strong enough to turn the dish on the tripod.

    BTW, not all ratchet straps are created equal. Cheap ones wear out quickly when used a lot and tightened with a lot of force.

    Enjoyed your Quartzsite posting a couple days ago. Brought back memories of Sandra's and my visit there six years ago. We did the show and we're glad we had the experience but decided once was enough. WAY too crowded for even Sandra who doesn't have the aversion to crowds that I do.

    Keep the photos coming, Al. Don't let one person ruin it for the rest of us.

  5. I can't believe it!! You guys heard that Doctor say OOOOOOOOps way out here in Arizona. I thought it was just me...........

  6. Hope you guys have a great travel day, I know you really enjoyed your stay with Willy & Ivan, I know I would being the old rotorhead I am.Now on to new adventures. be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  7. Was great meeting up with guys, such a small world. Good luck with your solar solution and safe travels.

  8. safe travels as you head into California!!

  9. Can't believe someone took the time to count all those pictures. With my satellite reception, a post with 57 pictures in it would take two and a half weeks to post. :)

  10. Love the photos, you take such great ones! I think the guy is way outnumbered!!!! Chuck n Geri

  11. I'm with the others - love the photos, and enjoyed them so much I never noticed there were so many!! Keep 'em coming!! :)

  12. Love the pictures too, keep 'em coming!!