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This morning the clouds were just too thick to let the sunrise shine through. It was a go back to bed kind of morning.
The weather report called for clouds this morning, and I love clouds in the morning. So I got up early so that I could take a sunrise picture with some desert clouds. Unfortunately, mother nature outdid herself and gave me more clouds than I could deal with, so the sunrise didn't turn out as hoped. It did rain for a little bit, not enough, or long enough to wet the ground, but at least it tried.
It's only about six weeks until the Big Show comes to town, so I need to get more motivated about getting out of here before the crowds start trickling in and the town is awash in old geezers and RVs. Not that there's anything wrong with old geezers and RVs since I happen to be one of those myself, but if you put too many of them together, the whole town slows down to a crawl, the sound of running generators replaces the peace and quiet of the desert, and everything smells like mothballs. And to me, the best thing, if not the only thing about the Big Show that I like, is it draws most of the RVers to Quartzsite, leaving me with plenty of open space everywhere else in Arizona.
But first things first. I still need to figure out where I'm going to hunker down for the holidays. After seeing how many people are at the LTVA's, I don't think I want to stay in one of those right now as there already a little more crowded than I prefer, and will only get busier as it gets closer to "Showtime." I'm leaning towards slowly making my way towards Tucson from here instead of going to Wickenburg or Congress, and if that's what I choose to do it would put me heading in the direction of Yuma, Dateland. Or Ajo,
I could drive south down Highway 95 when I leave here and see how the boondocking looks at the Yuma VFW. I enjoyed staying there a couple of years ago, but I didn't stay long because it got so crowded it wasn't fun for me anymore, and I fear that problem has only gotten worse. But maybe it wouldn't hurt to drive by and see what's happening.
I'm also wondering about whether I should head back to Colorado next spring through New Mexico like I usually do. Or go back to Colorado through northern Arizona. Lord only knows if the New Mexico state parks will ever open up again to us out of staters, so they've made it pretty hard to make plans. And since the parks were always desperately short of money, how will they survive?
I don't see how the state government will have enough money to kick in for the parks since they've lost millions in sales tax and other tourist dollars. All the people that have lost their jobs from endless lockdowns won't be paying any income tax; those same people are going to have trouble paying their property tax, so the state is going to be perilously short of cash; the citizens of New Mexico probably won't stand for an increase in taxes and probably wouldn't have the money to pay it anyway. So I don't know how it all ends but it doesn't look good.
Typical Jeep trail that wanders through the desert. This is the kind of road you would be driving on seeking your perfect spot to boondock on BLM land near Quartzsite.
A large fifth wheel boondocked in the desert, enjoying the sun, the warmth, and the view.
But it doesn't take a gigantic RV to be happy boondocked in the desert. This guy and his wife boondocking just down the road from me, appear to be just as happy as anyone else, sitting in the sun and strumming his banjo. Happiness and contentment are in your mind, not in the kind and size of the RV you have.
For me, what I have is enough, probably even too much. But It doesn't matter either way. As long as I'm not surrounded by RVs, and the only sound I hear at night is the howling of the coyotes, I'm perfectly happy.