Moving to Quartzsite

20th Century Artifact

20th Century Artifact

I arrived in Quartzsite late Thursday night and found a temporary place to park. The plan was to pay in the morning and search for a nice quiet, out-of-the-way, piece of desert I could call home for a few weeks. What I didn’t plan on was that everything was closed for Veterans Day and I would have to wait until the next day.

It was sort of ironic because I used the dump station, filled with water, and threw away a couple bags of garbage, all with great intentions of paying tomorrow. Now, with no one here to collect my money, I will have another day to contemplate dishing out the money for an LTVA or moving out to a desert boondock. I hate parting with my money but an endless supply of water for showers is a very tempting thing.

There are a few tasks that keep us vagabonds tied to the realm of civilization. As long as we can find a place to legally park, get food and water, and find someplace to dispose of our poo, we can pretty much live off-grid and under the radar. It usually takes a little planning, but we get good at it.

I rode around town this afternoon. There are a surprising number of RVs at the four La Posa sites and Hi Jolly was filled almost to the same level I have seen in January. Only the Plamosa Road – several miles out of town – was sparsely occupied. No venders are in town yet.

While riding through Hi Jolly this afternoon I saw a van I thought I recognized. It was Sheri and her little dog Tony. I met Sheri and Tony a few weeks ago in Cottonwood and we became friends and spent time chatting on our walks in the evening. She has been in Chandler at the same time I was in Mesa. How nice we got to see each other again here in Q.

Barb is still camping in Yuma. She has been crossing into Los Algodones, Mexico for some dental work but is planning on coming to Quartzsite in a few days. I was happy to find out that Dean is still traveling with her and I will get to see him, too.

There are other things to talk about – like a new phone, a Bulldog Canyon hike with Daryl and Les, babysitting Donna’s little dog Hanna, and trying out my new metal detector, but I have never used this phone to post and worried it will be a problem. I’m going to stop now and try it.

5 Responses to “Moving to Quartzsite”

  1. Dick says:

    Looks like it worked.

  2. Daryl says:

    A payphone! How primitive!
    Glad to see the phone is working out.

  3. Dale says:

    The payphone is gone. All that remains is the crumbling foundation of a lost civilization!

  4. Donna says:

    Lots to do around there and lots of people to visit with. Waiting to hear if you went ahead and committed to the LTVA pass.

    Thanks for taking care of Hanna. I bet she is enjoying the camp and spending time with you!

  5. Hey, Dale,

    FINALLY I am catching up on my blog reading. I remember those pay phones fondly – my girl friends and I dialed boys and then hung up when they answered – we didn’t have the nerve to speak!! Geez, right?

    Nice to have you for a neighbor. 🙂

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