It started early this morning. People packing up their stuff, loading up their ATVs, hitching up their trailers and heading on down the road. And by lunchtime I was the only one left in the big boondocking area.
Usually I wouldn't expect an area like this to clear out till after lunch on a holiday but a lot of these people were gone before I even got up this morning.
One of the denizens that I was most happy to see go was three folks that pulled up Friday afternoon in a huge toy hauler that disgorged three ATVs, two barking dogs, and the biggest contractor generator I've ever seen.
They did most of their ATV riding around the big boondocking area where most of the people were, I guess they didn't want to break down too far from home so they seldom left the boondocking area.
The two smallish medium-size dogs they brought with them had the loudest most annoying bark I think I've ever heard. It was part bark and part high-pitched yap which got on my nerves immediately since I have no patience for a barking dog. Have you ever listened to an annoying dog bark for so long that you hope his voice will give out, his barker would break, or he would get laryngitis? That's what it was like to live near these two dogs.
The dogs were outside in a pen the people brought with them and they barked constantly. They barked when the people were inside, they barked when the people were outside, they barked when the people were riding around the boondocking area, and they really really barked when the people went to town in their truck and left them there by themselves.
The people themselves were largely no better than their dogs because they were the loudest talking people I've ever had the misfortune to be around. I'm kind of hard of hearing, but from 75 yards away I could hear every word they said. I guess they had to talk loud so they could hear each other over the barking dogs.
They woke me up this morning about 6 o'clock packing up there trailer, but I was so happy to see them leave it didn't bother me in the least. of all the RVers that I've been around I don't think anyone has ever hit what I call the Trifecta before, and that would be...
Endlessly barking dogs. two dogs gets extra points.
Exceedingly loud off-road vehicles. three of them for extra points.
And last but not least, a contractor generator big enough to power a city block. no muffler for extra points.
I think that the only thing that saved me, and possibly the dogs, was that the people were camped about 75 yards away and the Arctic Fox is well insulated and fairly quiet inside. And when they started up the generator in the afternoon it largely drowned out the barking dogs, If it weren't for that I would probably be in Quartzsite already .