I stayed at Scaddan wash in Quartzsite for a couple of nights and this van was my closest neighbor. That's the lights of the town of Quartzsite, "which is often known as "Q" to us winter visitors, in the background.
I was going to respond to Larry's comment from yesterday but I found out this afternoon I had already written up some of today's blog. So tomorrow Larry's comment will be my entire blog.
Getting back to Wickenburg, Arizona, was a good thing to do for more than just one reason. Yes, I'm looking forward to watching the Team Ropers do their thing, but it was still kind of warm in Quartzsite, especially during the heat of the day. And with an altitude of about 900 feet, it's going to stay a little warm which is a good thing during the winter when things get cold. But not a great thing for this time of year when I don't have any air conditioning.
Since staying cool is more of a problem now, moseying up to Wickenburg, which has an altitude of about 2100 feet, got me out of the 80s and into the 70s, and with nighttime lows in the 40s, I consider those temperatures just about perfect.
I stopped at the Safeway grocery store in Wickenburg on the way to the Box Wash boondocking area, and while I was there, I filled up four or five-gallon jugs of water at the water dispenser outside the store. Like everything else now, it had gone up to thirty cents for a gallon of water instead of the normal twenty-five cents.
It wasn't the five-cent increase that was the problem; it was dealing with the extra nickel. I carry a bunch of quarters for laundry and things like that, but I don't bring nickels, so dealing with the additional cost was just annoying.
Whenever I'm in a smallish town that's big enough for a name-brand grocery store, I'm always amazed at how much things cost compared to Walmart. Of course, they usually have some items on sale, which are a bargain, but what are the odds those sale items are what I need ?.... Slim to none.
I suppose now that I'm in a town with a Safeway, I should start thinking about what I'm going to have for Thanksgiving dinner since it's only a week away. I usually try to have something special that I wouldn't normally buy, which used to be lobster, but lately, it has been smoked salmon; I like the smoked salmon because it doesn't require any preparation on my part, which is a bonus when you're as lazy as I am.
This year, I don't know what I'll have for dinner yet. But whatever it is, I probably ought to get it pretty soon in case there's a shortage of something. But I have to plan pretty carefully because there's not much room for a lot of food in the bronco, and the average ice chest carries more food than the broncos tiny little refrigerator. So one day, I ought to buy a half-gallon of ice cream just to see if it will fit in the freezer... I reckon I better get a flavor I really like because I'll have to eat it in one sitting if it doesn't fit.
Another nearby van boondocking in Quartzsite. I think these vans are taking over the world, or at least the boondocking world.
Back at Box Wash in Wickenburg Arizona, Boondocking in one of my favorite places.
This is Box Wash itself. It's actually a pretty big wash, and the off-road folks, including myself love riding around in the sand.
I took this picture of the moon the other night. The moon had just cleared the top of Vulture Peak, and the red sunset made the rocks glow red.
Sun setting at Box Wash. Like I've mentioned before this place is destined to become a State Park, boondocking at the Wash for now is free so this view can be enjoyed the way it was meant to be. But as soon as the State gets their greedy hands on it you will be packed in with 100 other campers, and this view, or what's left of it, will cost you $30 or $40 a night.