Today was our last full day at LaPosa South. Our 14 day permit expires and we'll be leaving in the morning.
My Cedar Creek buddies across from me head out for walk each morning. Most mornings I am either back from my walk already or I am heading out somewhere. Today though I caught them as they were heading out and asked if I could join them. Virgil (from Indiana) and George (from Georgia) both have Cedar Creek trailers and they were the first to greet us as we pulled in two weeks ago. Since then we have chatted a few times about our trailers. Today we went for our walk together. We chatted non-stop for an hour and put in 3.4 miles! These are great guys and I sure hope our paths will cross again so we can convene another meeting of the 'Creekers'!
|My Cedar Creek buddies. Virgil and George.|
We went into Quartzsite to run a few errands and stop at the Bookstore. Unfortunately it was closed for some unknown reason, but a couple of authors were outside manning booths and selling their books. Interesting guys and they talked us into buying one book from each of them. Both authors write historical fiction, which means the stories are not true but they are based on accurate historical events. Hope the books are as good as the sales pitch!
Back to the trailer and some lunch then over to Kathy and Rick's place ( Its About Time ) for a long overdue visit. Rick and Kathy willing share their experiences with fellow RV'ers to help make our lives easier. Rick has done countless improvements to his rigs over the years. Not all will work for everyone but the nice thing about sharing ideas is that you take bits of information from various sources and develop your own solutions to the issues you are having. We spent an enjoyable two hours with them and left with lots of ideas that we can implement. Thank guys! (No pics, sorry)
This was the last day I could dump our tanks under the terms of our permit. I got rid of a couple pails of grey water and picked up more fresh water. That should do us until we get full services on Friday in Mesa.
|I use a pony pump and a couple of five gallon containers to add fresh water when needed.|
February 15 (Thursday)
Moving day, but not too far. We prepped the trailer and hooked up the truck. Even though the move isn't far in miles, it may as well be the other side of the world as the prep is the same. Everything stowed, slides retracted, jacks up, all safety items checked. We took our time and left LaPosa about noon and headed to Scadden Wash. Our 14 day permit expired but we can move to Scadden Wash, and a number of other camping areas around Quartzsite and start a 14 day permit in those areas. Once that 14 day expires you are supposed to move 25 miles away and then you can return for another 14 day stint. Anyway, we only need one night so the host didn't even bother to register us.
We found a nice spot near a wash several hundred feet from the road and then set up camp. The Interstate runs by here and certainly the traffic noise is noticeable but for one night we can live with it.
I was anxious to try out the new metal detector and this area was going to be a great spot to try it. It seems that over the years this are has been used by numerous folks and many of them had campfires using wood from pallets and other sources that were full of nails. It took only seconds for the detector to start screaming and a little digging found the first of a fistful of nails, screws, and other bits of metal and wire. I also started to find lead. Not bullets but lots of lead pieces that had been melted down. I suspect someone had built a fire and was trying to melt the lead to mold into bullets. I doubt they were successful. You really need a proper melting pot to control the temperature. There were gobs of lead all over the place and the detector easily found them.
|A man outstanding, or is that out standing, in his field!|
|Tools of the trade.|
|My first find! Is it silver? Or gold? Nope. Lead. Worthless, but fun to find.|
I did find an old dime! My first real 'treasure'! Woo Hoo! I don't expect to get rich from this thing but taking the unit with us is easy. It's light weight, easily taken apart, doesn't cost a lot to operate (one 9 volt battery) and will be fun to use at campgrounds, beaches, and other sites. Also a great way to kill a few hours.
I took a walk through the Scadden Wash area and found some very nice Ironwood trees. They have such intricate patterns in the bark and grain of the wood. There were some huge burls growing on the trees and created some very interesting designs.
|Very large Ironwood tree.|
|I see a face in the burl. Maybe a gargoyle smoking a cigarette?|
|Ironwood is , well, like iron. Very hard. Someone cut this old branch with a chainsaw. You can see the burn marks from the chain.|
So how was our first desert camping experience? Nothing short of amazing! When we checked in at the LaPosa South office on February 1 there was a guy sitting there chatting with the staff and he said to me "Be careful, this place is addicting." He was absolutely right! We can hardly wait to get back.
This Sonoran Desert is alive. She is full of wildlife and plants. Even the shifting sands that creep to and fro with the wind seem to have a life of their own. The desert has breath in the deliberate inhale and exhale of her winds. She inhales calmly from the south during the night and then exhales over the land from the north during the day, sometimes in short whispers and other times in aggressive, even angry gusts that help remind us who is in control of this land.
Her sights, her smells, her touch, her sounds. She is a banquet for the senses. Like a love affair, the Sonoran Desert tugs at our emotions. First is infatuation mixed with trepidation. We felt this sense at the beginning. Not really knowing what to expect and how would she treat us. What would our experience be like? Would we like her? We did. Then came the exploration stage. Trying to touch, feel, smell, listen, devouring every morsel she threw us. We couldn't get enough of exploring her every corner. Soon it will be longing and lasting devotion. We will care for her and hopefully she will tolerate us. I hope it's a long and lasting love, or perhaps an addiction. We miss her already.
....and that was Our View From Here!