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My very temporary boondocking spot in Quartzsite... To crowded, I gotta go.
It was a tough drive from the East side of Phoenix through town and out the other side towards Quartzsite. I tried making it a straight shot, but the traffic was so bad I wasn't getting anywhere, so I had to drop down and go South of Phoenix, take a belt Road around Phoenix, and catch I-10 on the west side of town to get to Quartzsite. The belt road was better but was still slow going.
I -10 was better still than the belt road, but it was heavy traffic in both directions going to Quartzsite. It appeared that the eastbound side of I-10 was even more crowded than the westbound side I was on. For the most part, the westbound side kept moving, although somewhat slow at times. In contrast, the eastbound side stopped and traffic backed up several times as I went by. It gave me the impression that there were a lot more people leaving California than going towards it.
There wasn't any fun involved in the trip, and it took 4 1/2 hours and several white knuckles, to make the 160 mile drive. I knew in the beginning that towing a trailer on the day before Thanksgiving was not the smartest thing I've ever done. Still, I got myself into that situation and fortunately got myself out with no more than proof positive I never, ever be driving around anywhere near a holiday again.
So that was yesterday, and now it's Thanksgiving.
Needless to say, there's not much of anything going on today. Everybody in the boondocking area that I'm in seems to be where they want to be because nobody's coming and going. Many things are closed, including Walmart, so nobody's running around shopping; that will all happen tomorrow.
It's a little early to tell, but the boondocking areas look a little more crowded than I thought they were going to be this time of year. I could be wrong because I just pulled in yesterday and haven't done anything except recuperate from that rather challenging drive yesterday, but there seems to be a lot of people here. Nothing like when the Big Show is in town, but more than I expected.
And the exact opposite was going on with some businesses. It seems like there were more businesses closed than usual. I didn't drive around town; I just got off I-10, turned right on Highway 95, and pulled into the first boondocking area I came to. So I haven't seen much, but the first thing I noticed was Sweet Darlene's restaurant looked out of business. And I thought I saw a sign that said "sold" on the fence.
Right now, I'm not exactly where I want to be, so tomorrow or the next day, I might move over to Plumosa road, since that's closer to Parker and I need to do some shopping. Where I'm at now is too crowded, there are RVs in every direction I look, and that's simply unacceptable to me while in Quartzsite.
Since it's Thanksgiving, I gave some thought to what I'm thankful for, and it didn't take much to figure it out because I'm thankful for these two things every day..... My family, and this incredible full-time RVing lifestyle that I'm living.
The Superstitions...Land of legends. Cowboys, Indians, Miners, Spanish treasure hunters. all men that lived, searched, fought, and died, for the gold in these remote and miserable mountains.
The more modern mines in Goldfield used electric motors to pull the ore carts in and out of the mines.
A building that looks like this, and they still allow employees to go in it? Looks like a lawsuit waiting to happen.
Kinda reminds me of the first house I bought when I got out of the Air Force, it was a fixer-upper.
Now this is a solid building. It cost more to build than a wooden structure, but it lasts a whole lot longer, and looks a whole lot better. I particularly liked the railing around the balcony.
My first night back in Quartzsite. I left here last Winter during the beginning of the Bat flu pandemic, and here it is Winter again and the Bat flu is still causing problems. Whatever happened to flattening the curve?
When I left here last winter, there wasn't many folks left in Quartzsite. Everybody, including myself, was afraid they were going to close the boondocking areas because of the lack of medical facilities in Quartzsite, and Parker.
But here we are, back again, and to me it looks more crowded than usual.