I'm finally boondocking again in a real desert. And I can tell It's a real desert because when I pulled in it was 78° and 16% humidity, and also I was level front to back, side to side. the desert is level very very level.
When I pulled out of Lake Havasu this morning, hopefully that will be the last time I write that word, I had every intention of going to the Parker Sand Dunes for a few days of riding the little Beta 250 around. But while listening to the radio on the way there I found out there was a 70% chance of rain tomorrow, and even though I believe the rain is not likely to be a problem, the sand dunes are not a good place to find out I was wrong.
There's some mighty big dry washes at the sand dunes which means on occasions they get a lot of water out there, and I wouldn't want to get stuck at the dunes since it's kind of out in the sticks, so I changed my plans, which never seem to work anyway, and decided I would stop in Parker at the Walmart pick up a few groceries and come up with a brand-new plan.
Well that plan didn't work out either, I pulled into the Walmart parking lot and it was packed to the gills not just with cars but RVs, I don't think I've ever seen that many RVs in a Walmart parking lot. They not only filled up the parking lot near the main road which is where they normally park but I could see RVs parked on both sides of the Walmart where the delivery trucks usually go.
I took all that as an omen that I was not destined to stay in or near Parker Arizona so I eased on down the road till I got to the first BLM boondocking area near Quartzsite which happens to be Plomosa road, where I pulled in, put out the living room slide and prepared to stay for a couple of nights.
I'm not sure exactly what I want to do after I relax for a couple of days but there are several options available including staying here for two weeks. But since I've heard from my family that I need to get somewhere with reliable mail service, and I need to order new wired backup cameras, mail some Christmas presents if I ever get around to buying any. And last but not least figure out what I want to do about this new unlimited Verizon phone plan that requires a jetpack, I'm thinking my most logical choice would be to drive over to Ben Avery's gun range near Cave Creek Arizona and stay there for a while until I get all these problems solved.
The benefit of being at Ben Avery's is, first of all I really enjoy being there, I love the smell of gunpowder in the morning, UPS delivers there, and real civilization is only a couple miles away. But I decided not to call it a plan because that usually jinx's everything so right now I'm just calling it a viable concept that may or may not come to fruition.
It was about 40 miles to Parker this morning, and the boondocking union requires that I take a break every 20 miles. The union used to require that we took a nap at that time but the union had to get rid of that rule because before we got anywhere we were too old to drive.
I took this picture so you could see my nearest neighbor. I hope I'm not disturbing him.