If you click the desert pics you will immediately feel the warmth in your fingertips.
Shortly after sunrise in the desert the sun quickly burns off any remaining clouds from the cool night air and dominates the desert temperatures until disappearing behind the mountains at the end of the day. Shortly after this picture was taken the long sleeve shirt comes off and a T-shirt is the uniform of the day.
Since I've heard some parts of the country are having to deal with "Winter Weather" whatever that is, I decided to make today's blog about boondocking in the desert near the town of Quartzsite Arizona. Now it doesn't have to be Quartzsite in particular, I think any place in southern Arizona is a pretty good place to be right now. So instead of writing a blog post, I'm just gonna put up a few pictures I took yesterday.
A couple of hours after sunrise the sun takes over the desert and warms things up into the 70s. The desert floor is still relatively cool from the chilly nighttime temperatures. But the air temperatures even during late morning give you an indication of things to come.
Driving out to the Dome Rock area where folks that love four wheeling in their various Motorcycles, Quads, and other all-terrain vehicles enjoy boondocking. The sun is already heating up the desert so any breeze that's blowing feels like it's coming from an oven, and not off of a mountain.
A few desert dwellers, that refer to themselves as "Desert Rats", are scattered around the desert enjoying the heat and sunshine. But as any Gila Monster, Pack Rat, or Horned Toad can tell you, shade is the key to a pleasant life in the desert. So by now most folks are sitting under their awning with a cool drink nearby discussing how much snow their friends back in Frostbite Nebraska got last night.
In the afternoon even though the sun is overhead, but still fairly low on the horizon, the heat from the sun, the warmth radiating from the desert floor and the surrounding mountains bakes the dry heat deep into your bones, and all the aches and pains you felt during the chill of the morning melt away as the sun wraps you in its radiant glow bathes you in warmth, and much-needed vitamin D.
Two van boondocker's enjoying the dry heat on this beautiful mid February day. Although I have to wonder why anyone would choose the simplicity, and maneuverability of a van, and then throw all that away by hitching trailer to it.
But the good thing about full timing and especially boondocking, is we get to choose the life we want to live and how we want to live it. So even though this boondocker's choice of pulling a trailer is somewhat questionable, he has wisely chosen the low humidity and warmth of the desert to be his temporary home.
Back home to the Arctic Fox, in my own boondocking spot chosen for its peace and solitude, the setting sun still hasn't wiped away the heat that has permeated the desert floor. The sun is still blazing hot, but the low teens humidity makes it amazingly comfortable.
Resembling Jupiter more than the setting sun this is the last opportunity to bake the desert and everything in it, before the cool night air once again takes over, so that by bedtime the temperature cools down into the 60s, and other than an occasional Coyotes howl, solitude envelops the desert, and a good nights sleep is assured.