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fulltime blog We try
to boondock every chance we get... see where we find to stay in quality
low cost campgrounds. Less on camp fees, more for fuel, so we can take
side trips. We have the boondocking tools, solar, AGM bats, inverter, Honda
3000 gen, why not use them.
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With things winding down
in Quartzsite we were thinking it was about time for a field trip. So yesterday
on Saturday off we went west toward Blythe on I-10 and at the Flying J
truck stop we took the desert road that runs along the Colorado River going
south. You can also get there by taking HW 78 south in CA.
There are three bridges
across the Colorado river in the area. We decided we wanted to visit
the Island Unit this time. It's where the old river flowed before they
had the grand idea of straightening it, and making it all one big canal.
After crossing the car and
small pu only bridge from AZ stopped as all visitors must register at the
island unit. No fee however. When you leave you turn the bottom portion
of the permit so they know the birds didn't get you. .
Don't go to the island unit
if it has been raining the roads are in very bad shape.
That is alkali not snow
if you are reading this up north. Take a note we are in California.
Only a mile or so
across the border from AZ.
Must be the wrong time of
day for bird sightings while we were there, only saw a few.
On the way going back north
on the levee on the CA side of the river we found this sign.
Now to see the real thing,
do watch this video.
Now for tonight I guess it
would be un American not to watch the Academy Awards. So we will, even
though we have not seen any of the films up for awards since they weren't
beamed down to us on DirecTV. Not much on TV on Sunday anyway. It has been
overcast all day but warm. Looks like next week will get into the low 80s
and be partly cloudy.
Tuesday Feb. 24
sunset didn't have the clouds to make it all red and glowing like we like
to take pictures of.
it did have the setting sun shining on the mountains to the east of us
as taken from our campsite.
Now midday today I turned
on the plice scanner after hearing the sierons to hear them calling for
a Care Flight. One was about to launch from Lake Havasu City and would
have an ETA of 30 min. But just then another Care Flight said it was coming
back to Q from a run and it was only 8 min. out. So it flew right to the
scene at La Posa West across the road from us.
Got these shots from our
campsite Notice Q mountain in the background. You can see the Q on the
side of it. .
I didn't have the scanner
on soon enough to hear the reason for the call. We are lucky to have these
Care Flights stationed all around the area for quick response times. One
is based in right here in Q. I love that the flight crew on the radio always
ask the wieght of the patient. Look at the size of that bird. What the
would have to leave out a flight nurse or somthing. Sure, I know it is
good procedure. What, if I tell them my wieght, are they going to dump
EMT response time here in
Q is about 5 min. to our campsite. But then again getting you to a large
hospital is another mater. La Paz Regional in Parker is a great hospital
(I have expounded about them several times and their great care) but if
you're really hurting you are off to Phoenix. Better have great health
insurance to cover the cost to ride in one of these babies. But to hell
with the cost IF you need it! The other day they called TWO of them
to the same scene. WOW.
It's warm, 80 or so and just
a slight breeze so I have a small DC powered fan running to blow the heat
away from the desktop computer as it rises up from under the computer desk.
Our outside temp sencer sez 100 but that can't be correct. Think the sun
is hitting it. I'll have to move and check again. But you get the idea,
it is warming up fast in the desert in the early spring. The high for the
whole country wss 88 in Tucson yesterday.
Thursday Feb. 26
was honey do day as I have been asking for a 12 volt outlet right next
to the bed so I can plug in a small inverter and use the XM portable radio
at night. I had been using another 12 v plug in the TV cabinet across the
bedroom and having to stumble over the cord. Not anymore.
way we don't have to leave the huge central inverter on at night and just
use a portable one. See it in the above picture on the slideout riser.
I just leave it on all the time and never mess with it. The small cord
is the XM antenna lead.
just so happened the main 12 volt feed box is right under the bed, in the
basement, so the power cable run was only about 3 feet. Cool, easy install.
was yesterday and today while Terry was at the rock club a writer from
the Arizona Highways
magazine stopped by the club. Doing a story and Q and also wanted to come
out and see how we live in the desert off the grid for 6 months, etc. You
know shy me, and they want to take my picture, I asked when he called to
see if they could come out? I told him we were famous enough and to find
someone else. He gave them our card with our web info, and also the web
address of the rock club. A plug for the rock
club web site would be nice.
I have been busy the last few days researching Tioga
George's web site on his day by day travel posts he did of northern
California, and the northwest. Preparing for what routes we might want
to take on our travels this summer. He has a calendar archives that
make it so easy to back track on his adventures. Thanks for all the hard
work, George. Right now I'm heavy into his Spring and Summer 2004
travels. We have done the CA 395 route and after following him looks like
CA 49 would be fun also. We also want to do US 95 through NV.
Quartzsite's finest just
rushed into La Posa North BLM past us and after I turned on the scanner,
found they were looking for a brush fire. They found it, a regular
campfire. They returned to base. At least they got to get the fire truck
out and about and a very nice day.
Click above for the Q C
of C Online Resource flyer. (473 KB in .pdf format)