My new neighborhood at La Posa West Quartzsite Arizona
My new Boondocking site at La Posa West LTVA
This morning I moved over to the La Posa West LTVA area and paid $40 for a 2 week stay. Then I drove down to La Posa South LTVA to dump my holding tanks and fill up with water, which was all free since I've paid to stay at the LTVA. I got there just at the right time there was only 2 people ahead of me at the dump site so I was able to dump and fill up with water in less than half an hour. But when I left there must've been 15 RVs in line so those folks might be there a couple of hours, which isn't all that bad when you consider that there sitting in their homes and can watch TV while they wait.
So now I am ensconced at La Posa West which is the most crowded LTVA, because it's the closest one to town. I don't like the crowds But I was hoping I might be able to pick up some free Wi-Fi signals being this close to Quartzsite but so far that hasn't worked so I'm back to using my Verizon hotspot again.
This is the first time I've stayed at an LTVA and it has a whole different feel than the free BLM areas. This actually has a more homey feel, most of the people here are going to be here for several months and they consider this their winter home. So they kind of fix their campsites up, they put out flowerpots, they rearrange the rocks, they might have a 55 gallon water tank sitting outside that they can fill up there RV from, and in general try to make their site feel like home. A lot of the folks here seem to know each other, but then again maybe not, RVers are usually friendly and gregarious folk and talk to strangers like they were old friends so it's hard to tell if these people know each other or not. So if you're someone who likes to get to know people then there's no excuse for not having someone to talk to at an LTVA. But if you're a loner like me, just park over in a corner somewhere where there's not many people and everyone will leave you alone.
Well tomorrow is moving day, that makes today" prepare to move day". I spent my 14 legal days here with the BLM at Scaddan wash and I'm going to move over to La Posa South LTVA for 2 weeks so I can dump my tanks and get some water. My water is getting low, and I can tell because my water pump is making "searching" noises. . But that doesn't bother me because I've been boondocked for 22 days and when I left Phoenix 22 days ago I only put about half a tank of water in the Arctic Fox. Because if you remember, I was on my way to Yuma and was only going to spend a day or 2 in Quartzsite.
I took this picture of the moon last night, it's a Boondocking moon
I went to the post office today and picked up my General Delivery mail, the crowds weren't as bad as the 1st time I tried it so I was in and out in less than 30 minutes. The weather's been pretty nice, about 70° in the daytime and mid 40s at night. And the bright sunny skies make any battery charging problems a distant memory. I have to break camp and move from my present area by this coming Thursday. My 2 weeks of free BLM camping will be over then and I will have a choice of 3 things that I can do.
1--- go to a pay RV Park 2--- go 25 miles from here and stay at another BLM free area. 3--- go to a long term visitor area, LTVA and pay $40 for 2 weeks of Boondocking with benefits.
I'm probably going to go to the LTVA and boondock with benefits. There I'll be able to dump my tanks, and fill up with water. At least They call it water but it's actually Desert Water and not water that you're normally used to drinking.... Remember the cowboy movies where somebody is staggering through the desert and they come upon a mud hole that has a dead cow laying next to it with his tongue still laying in the water, and they fall down on their knees, scrape off what ever's floating on top of the water and then fall face first into the slimy puddle,...... that's Desert Water.