I woke up to wading sized puddles, which is a rare sight indeed in the Quartzite desert.
I have been coming to Quartzsite for about 20 years, and in all of those years I've never seen it rain enough to even wet the ground. But it rained all night last night and part of the day today and now there's actually large puddles on the ground.
If I was still in my 60s I probably would've taken off my shoes and splashed around in the puddles. But a man of 72 has to show a little more decorum than that so instead I got out my rod and reel and made a few casts with a rubber worm into one of the deeper puddles hoping I could get a rise out of an Arizona Sand Shark. I got a few hits but ended up getting the worm snagged in a Saguaro and after pulling on it from different directions the worm eventually broke off.
I was going to try a lure that the locals use which is a four ounce hairy lure called a Flipping Fuzzball that resembles a Kangaroo Rat, which is the Sand Sharks favorite snack if there are no slow moving people around. The favorite color is chartreuse with hot pink legs and tail.
But I decided that since I didn't have an Arizona fishing license, and Arizona fish and game officers are not affected by the government shutdown I figured they might be roaming around. So It seemed that trying to catch an Arizona Sand Shark was not worth the hefty fine that comes with fishing without a license, especially since their an endangered species and after their caught have to be returned to the sand. I'm pretty sure the fine would be horrendous.
I put the rod and reel away and briefly considered making the drive to the Parker Walmart but remembered there are several dry washes that cross the road you have to drive through to get to Parker. And being somewhat concerned they might be flooded on a day like this I decided not to take the chance because if you do get washed away in a flooded dry wash the Sand Sharks will make short work of you especially if you happen to resemble a Kangaroo Rat.