Today was chilly and windy, in other words a perfect excuse for not accomplishing any of the projects I need to do outside, you know that broke my heart.
I went running around town today trying to find a few oddball parts I need for the Arctic Fox like a new bubble level with a memory slider, and a landing gear pull pin to replace the one I managed to bend. And oddly enough with all of this RV stuff in Quartzsite I was unable to find either one. I haven't given up yet there's still plenty of other places to look in town.
I also filled up the truck with diesel for under three dollars a gallon which I was very happy to see. And got rid of two Walmart bags of trash at the gas station where I filled up.
In the past I always bought my propane at Herbs Hardware store because they were usually the cheapest people in town, and I was often at the store getting something else anyway. But when I pulled into their parking lot the big refill propane tank was gone from its usual spot, and looking around I didn't see it anywhere else. I'm assuming they no longer sell propane so I reckon I'll have to find another place. I know other places do refills, like the Pit Stop for instance but I always thought they were kind of expensive.
While sitting at the red light at the corner of Main Street and Central Boulevard, which is also Highway 95. I got to thinking about what an exciting intersection this used to be back in the day when it was a four-way stop instead of a stoplight.
For those unfamiliar with Quartzsite this intersection could be considered the epicenter of Quartzsite. Everyone coming or going in Quartzsite will sooner or later go through this intersection and when you consider how bad the traffic is around here in January, and then when you consider that at least half the traffic is old geezers in giant RVs you can imagine the chaos that would incur at a four-way stop.
I think you could've made good money renting out lawn chairs on all the corners of those two roads just to watch four 80-year-old guys try to figure out who's supposed to go next with the added stress of 15 RVs backed up behind everyone of them. It was the best entertainment in Quartzsite. Oh well times change, stop signs get replaced by stoplights, that's progress but I wish they'd considered the entertainment value before they made the switch.
It's kind of chilly today, the high for the day was the low 60s and most of next weeks highs are supposed to be in the 50s which is pretty chilly for this part of the country. The only good thing about it I can think of is it gives me plenty of excuses to put off all my outdoor projects.
For anyone that has Verizon and may be interested, I have four bars of service here at Dome Rock and when I put up my outdoor cell phone antenna I have full service. The Internet speeds from my MiFi with the unlimited hotspot is 14 Mb per second download, and 8 Mbps upload. What those numbers mean in the real world is I can watch HD videos on YouTube at their highest setting with no buffering, and I can upload my blog post with four or five pictures in it in a few seconds.
I only got 21 days out of the 10 gallon tank of propane I hooked up when staying at Ben Avery's gun range. It's been chilly enough in the mornings and in the late afternoon that I've been doing some heating when I wake up and before I go to bed. The good news is Quartzsite has a lot of places that sell propane and prices are normally very reasonable. I don't know what they are now but I'll be refilling my empty in a couple days and will find out.
It's really not the cost of the propane that bothers me anymore, its the difficulty of lifting that full tank back into its cubbyhole. I have to lift it almost waist high and that tank is either gaining weight or I'm becoming more geezerly by the day. I remember when I bought the Arctic Fox in 2013 changing out a propane tank was just a minor annoyance and now it's a job that I dread, but unlike most things that I can put off, running out of propane is not an option. Sunshine and propane powers my life and I would be lost without either one.
This is Interstate 10. It's only about a mile away from the Dome Rock boondocking area.
My new home in Quartzsite. I was going to say it was a typical cloudless day in the desert, but then I looked a little closer.
While eating a banana for breakfast this morning I decided that this was the day I would go to Quartzsite. So after an uneventful hour and 1/2 drive I pulled into the Dome Rock boondocking area just west of downtown "Q", faced the Arctic Fox North, put out the slide and started absorbing the Quartzsite ambience.
I didn't unhook from the Arctic Fox just yet. It's kind of a habit of mine that unless I'm 100% sure I'm in love with my current location, I stay hooked up just in case I want to find a new spot tomorrow. I attribute this odd quirk to my bold indecisiveness, and my inherent laziness that prevents me from changing.
this is my old neighborhood at Box Wash. It seems like only yesterday I was walking around in the desert there..... Wait a minute it was yesterday.
I liked these pretty clouds at Box Wash the other day. The desert doesn't often get fluffy cumulus clouds.