Ron and Terry's
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.
The day brought clear skies and no
wind and it got almost warm. See all of you who ran off right before
or after the bad weather are now missing out on the best that Q has to
offer. And it will only get better as February and March moves in on us.
So what could we do (after Terry
filled our fresh water tank) but go to the second coming of the big tent
show... that is their Rock and Roll Classic Car show and more trinket venders,
I mean hobbyists showcasing their wares. If you get my drift. If
there was a vender or two with original handmade items I hope they showed
out among the returning pots and pans booths. We didn't search them out
so might have missed them. Overall it was a good after the main show, show.
They really did a good job of redefining
the show tent to show the cars on both ends inside and have the venders
in the middle. We went mid afternoon and there still were lots of people.
Me thinks they did well planning the after main show event.
I was looking for new outdoor seating,
we have these heavy duty Cabelas fold up chairs
which have served us well. We have
three of these and they are holding up well.
They did fade some in the sun but
still looking good and they are built strong, without any structural problems.
You can grab the arms and push off to get out of them and they hold up.
But like the looks of those director
chairs with the pockets on one side and attached table on the other.
Not my color but you get the idea.
Kind of pricey for the heavy duty
ones. Ya after all, it has to hold my fat ass. Our current fold ups are
still doing well, and also heavy duty. The new ones would take up much
more storage... so we shall see. This place didn't have the director chairs
but loved the huge chair they had on top.
Now check out this bench fold up.
Tell your friends to sit down and shut up, drinks will be served shortly.
Don't worry about bandwidth this is only 15 seconds.
There are so many choices for outdoor
camping chairs anymore. Just do a Google search for director camping
chairs and stand back or should I say sid down.
Last night we had this to view.
No picture can do justice to the sunsets here in Q.
Saturday was again a classic day
for weather very warm and just the best you could ask for.
Thursday night Jan. 28
Time to reflect back on the week
that was and some shots of the RV Sport and Vacation Show event last week.
We got caught up in the stroms and didn't get our big tent visit posted.
The Big Tent fired up again on Wednesday
as they now call it a Hobby, Craft, and Gem Show. This weekend it includes
a Rock and Roll Classic Car Show.
Now back to the big tent show.
In case you have never been there
a file photo from their web site.
We try not to attend the RV Vacation
Sports show till later in the week to avoid the crush of people. This is
more like it.
I don't understand why people want
to take up good space in an RV and haul around these flag poles. I know
they slide dwon but why not just wear a flag pin on their T-shirt and get
over it. To each their own. If you want go forward fly your flag and enjoy.
Find out how to peel your veggies
Next pots and pans pushers.
Terry claims he overheard one telling the people watching (Me thinks they
found a chair and sat down to gain strength so they could continue walking
the rest of the show) they could buy a set for the same amount of about
$4 a day for a year. Lets see 365 X 4 = $1460 Did he hear correctly and
if so did any of you buy a set. He was also exposing the evils of Teflon
cookware. I did a Google search on Kitchen Craft cookware. You might
want to do the same.
By just sitting there for a few
(I needed a rest also) I could see he was scaring people into buying his
I just noticed if you look close
at the shot I'm in it... How could that happen. TERRY!
See what happens when I let him
carry the camera.
Escapees RV Club was here as usual.
Now as much as I like to find fault with everything, this is one I can't.
Escapees is one of those that is a friend of us RVers. They pretty much
started the RV movement when Joe and Kay Peterson who had been full-timing
for eight years before when they started the Escapees RV Club on July 4,
1978. Go to
About Escapees to learn more of this RV treasure. They advanced even
more when they brought Mark Nemeth on board a couple of years ago.
They know talent when they see it. See
his orig. web site. Mark was/is an institution sort
of like Tioga
George is today
But My Oh My I see with this one
below, I can get back on track. Me thinks these so called high count sheets
are about as good as dish towels (Terry suggests I insert burlap) to sleep
on. Perhaps if you live in Q year round, and your skin is more like leather
anything would feel soft. Your sensations may very so if you like em go
for it. I noticed they didn't have lots of sheets open for you to feel.
Just how sensitive are your finger tips. I know when we go to a dept.
store looking the prices for quality sheets are very high, so what makes
us think sheets in a tent show would be so wonderful at low prices. Nothing
else in the tent show has bargain prices.
Now were are dreaming again, as I
asked Terry to gather up Alaska info. Wouldn't it be great going to Alaska
this summer. I'm ready, but may have to just follow our friends Linda and
Bob of www.because-we-can.net
fame who are planning an Alaska trip this year. Not sure we want to pull
a 1 year old 5er to Alaska. Have said in the past the way to go for us
might be to get a used truck camper, put it on our dually diesel and
use it for the trip and store the 5er. I'm spoiled with our 5er so don't
know. But it would get us back into a real camping mode. Dream on me thinks.
Dreams do come true, we are living them every day. We have more of
Idaho and the northwest in this country to explore maybe this summer instead.
Get your light bulbs changed NOW.
I lost count of the number of venders who were selling replacement lights.
They looked nice but at high prices we walked on buy for now. They all
seemed to have the same prices. Haven't they heard about competition.
We have robust solar and generator power so not a must buy at this time.
Helps to have a big bank of AGM batts. me thinks.
Now for a parting shot from the other
day. What is wrong with this. Me thinks this husky would rather be out
walking along side. Does he bark when he sees a fire hydrant so they can
stop so he can get out and take a pit stop.
Monday night Jan. 25
Terry surprised me and didn't go
to the rock club today... He was taking the day off. He did corn
beef hash from scratch just using a can of corn beef from Family Dollar.
Later... today was chore day... Dump, get fresh water, and change oil in
the Honda gen. Here I go again, want to know how we take care of
the dump deal. Read
more about how we do it. Oh and later we had a family outing
as I even went with Terry to do a massive mess of laundry. We didn't get
back till after 4:30 PM. To think we should do laundry on a Monday. Seems
that is a natural day for way to many retired housewives, now snowbirds
or fulltimers who just have to do this each Monday. The big laundry on
East Main was way to busy so we headed over to the one just up on North
Now back home I know I'm screwed
as I told Terry I would on Tuesday put away laundry and reorganize the
bedroom. Over a year ago Terry put the bedroom together when we moved into
our new 5er as in drawers and closet. I still have not been able to find
my stuff. So it's my turn to redo it so I know where my clothes are at
and let him have to ask ME where his stuff went. This should be fun me
In this picture I see he had already
put away a couple of baskets. Guess I'll just have to take it all out
and start over. What fun.
Flashback... (You have to pay attention...
this is not a normal blog)
On Sunday afternoon we did go to
the Main Event to search out the Big Hole BBQ from Teton Valley, Idaho
as I had posted about others who said this was great BBQ. So we had to
see for ourselves.
Let me tell you we had a great meal
of Beef Brisket and the best slaw I have ever had.
They had raised their prices 50
cents but still a bargain at $7 which includes one side. Drink $1. The
BBQ sauce was a winner.
Their flyer... Awards:
2009 Reservse Grand Champions, Idaho
2009 & 9 State champions Pulled
2009 2nd place Beef Brisket Idaho
2008 Best BBQ sauce, Woyoming.
Huge pile of brisket on the bun.
Sign sez open for lunch and dinner
till the end of January.
Talking to them they are located
over the pass from Jackson Hole in Idaho.
(found this on the web)
Big Hole BBQ Roadside Stand Driggs,
Posts on our big tent outings
and other trips around town still upcoming.
We are still kicking... I'm gathering
stuff (pictures) for new posts and more about what we find around Q but
tonight we are going to at last watch a DirecTV PPV movie Harry Potter
and The Half Blood Prince. Terry is a huge Harry Poter fan and
we have not seen this last one. He has been working hard so he needs a
treat me thinks. And looking at the TV schedule there is nothing on, even
more so tonight so it's movie night. Sunday is normally a good TV night
but not this time.
Monday when Terry is off to the
rock club I will have time to work on my web sites and our blog.
Kind of reminds me of Monday and
the work week starting and that some of us don't have to do that anymore.
It still feels strange not to have to go off to a job (its been 6 years)
so this way I can sort of feel I'm being productive.
That is after I read what
my favorite blogs on www.hitchitch.com
have posted. And if they haven't posted I'm like you... those slugs
didn't post today... I want to read what they've been up to.
(I'm so bad plugging my main site
which I consider a service to share with others the RV lifestyle and those
living it.) At least I don't have to plug my latest RV rally or some such.
That's just so not us. Terry has joked we should do a Hitch Ithch Rally
and to that I give him a look that could kill. I don't even like the thought
of gathering in a circle at someone elses rally. That's OK if that's their
thing. I'm more of a people watcher than a schmoozer. The
urbandictionary.com has a cool defination of the word schmoozer
word if you want to read more about it.
a fun site. Check it out. You can add your own words.
I added hitchitch look
it up on the urbandictionary site.
Now back on topic... I next
check email etc. Then read the USAToday newspaper online, I get it online
and it looks just like the printed version for about 25 cents a day. Unlike
the 75 cents for a paper version if you can find one. Look at me saving
a tree. I tend to have problems mid morning with eyelids closing from time
to time while reading the online newspaper so a nap from all that online
reading is sometimes needed.
Terry was so busy playing carpenter
at the club building he didn't get a chance to dump our tanks or change
oil in our Honda 3000. That is now in store for Monday afternoon. He even
went in today to work. A couple of pictures of what they have built so
far for the opal room at the rock club.
See the pile of plywood they still
have to deal with.
We went to the big tent a couple
of more times and the other vender areas. This is the time to do it as
the weather is great now after the storms and Sunday, today was the last
day for the Big Tent Sports and Vacation show. Oh I know they have
a craft show and later a car show but that's me thinks just to keep the
tent up and lure the last RVers to come to town for the next couple weeks.
The big rock and gem dealers were late today packing up big time and heading
off to the big shows in Tuscon. No that's an even bigger deal.
night Jan. 21 Storm report
What a day makes... yesterday was
not great but we were able to go to the tent show. Today we woke up to
rain and more rain. And then wind. I called Terry back from the club in
a panic as I had to go outside and hold on to the canopy for dear life
to keep it from being blown into our 5er. It's just a few feet from our
big window. He got here and we got the tarp removed.
He went back to working at the club,
building cabinets (see below post) but as the afternoon wore on the weather
just kept getting worse. By the time he got home I already had the slides
on the trailer retracted and had things ready for us to abandon our home
and take shelter in Q in the cement block rock club building. Why, I saw
on the NWS radar a huge storm, that ran from Parker to almost Yuma on a
front just to the west of us at Blythe which had a red NWS service tornado
warning box around it.
With my police radio scanner telling
of dire reports coming from west of us. It was time to take shelter...
OMG we're in Arizona this should not be happening. This is a midwest thing
more on the tornado warning as it was real... from this report.) Tornado
hits Calif. desert highways Posted
on January 21, 2010 at 9:00 PM ****** BLYTHE,
Calif. (AP) — A California Department of Transportation spokeswoman says
a tornado near the Arizona state line has toppled big-rigs and downed high-voltage
power poles atop a car with a person inside. Agency
spokeswoman Terri Kasinga says the condition of the motorist is not known
because the transmission lines along State Route 78 remained electrified
Thursday night and couldn't be approached. The incident
occurred 10 miles south of Blythe in the remote desert of southeastern
says the tornado also toppled three big-rigs and trees on Interstate 10
and more power poles on U.S. 95 before moving into Arizona. Interstate
10 has reopened but the other highways remain blocked.
HW 95 south to Yuma was closed due
to washes flooding across the road and our friend Tad said he just got
through to Parker from Q due to water running across the highway in the
In AZ in the southwest they are not
into putting colverts or bridges on their highways. Just signs saying Do
Not Enter When Water Is Present... A lame excuse for building
real roads. Don't think that will change anytime soon as most of their
rest areas are now closed and just this week saying most of their state
parks are to close also. Is this country going to hell or what? Don't
answer that... I may have to write a Bad Nick blog post...
There are no weather
service radio alert channels in this part of AZ so no way to warn the thousands
of RVers in the LTVAs. Guess trhey think they never have severe weather
in AZ. But as we have found out they do. Most RVers have satellite tv dishes
and are not receiving local channels (east and west network feeds) so for
the most part they are off line and not being warned.
After we come out of hiding we did
get a couple of shots as we tried to get back to our little home in the
desert. The QIA Gem show with about 500 venders was not a pretty sight.
Things blow around in the food vender
area across from Pilot on West main.
They were trying to keep the Big
Auction tent up on West Main. See the men struggling with the support ropes.
Desert Gardens Gem and Mineral
show (runs all month) took a big hit affecting several hundred more venders.
We are sure they have never seen the likes of this before. Police were
sent as they were getting reports were of extensive damage. We had to take
this picture as we rushed by on the interstate as Kuhen street that goes
by there was closed. Not a bridge across Tyson Wash on it.
A look at the big tent which stayed
up through it all. The tonado like winds were from the west so it hit the
tent on the end and not from the side. They did shut down the show late
morning and got people out of there. That caused a traffic jam like not
seen in years. We say heavy equipment parked with cables to help
secure the tent this year. Last year the tent did fall in the wind right
after the big show was over. So they had it beefed up big thime this year
me thinks. It worked.
See the water in Tyson Wash. They
normally park cars in that area for the tent show. The police did respond
to rescue some cars that got caught in the washes. The call went out that
those people were in big trouble for a time.
A look at the Tyson Wash from B
10. They drive ATV's up and down this most days.
We went to the east overpass to get
back to the BLM south of town and ran into this. Not this way tonight.
We had to go back to HW 95 and the I-10 overpass to go south. You can see
the water had already gone down by half in this picture. See the brush
on the lower left.
It's still windy as I type and my
take the satellite down when this is uploaded. We hope tomorrow
will be a better day.
Terry has made goulash and we watching
DirecTV. Had to go and reposition the dish a couple of times to stay
on signal. And we do have it secured big time.
When the weather clams down I'll
get back to reporting on our day at the Big Tent Show.
Terry went to the first day of the
Gem and Mineral Show as the rest of the week he will and others be
working at the club shops building cabinets for the opal room. About 25
feet of them along three walls in the new annex. He wrote up the plans
and ordered the materials and will direct the work. A huge project but
he loves woodworking and doing this for the club. This will save the club
about $10 K if they went and got cheap pre built cabinets. The shops are
closed during the QIA Show so they can get in and do projects each year
when the shops are closed.
He took a picture of the QIA show
this morning. 500 booths and the word on the street is people are buying
this year. Last years sales were slow.
While he was at the QIA I got
a call from Bill Adams from Internet Anywhere.
click on the graphic I had been having minor problems
with our DataStorm Internet dish for some time.
It was catching at times as it was
turning on its axis rotating to find the satellite. It always made it past
its stalling problems to find the satellite, but I knew it needed to be
looked at. Bill and his wife stopped by to take a look. They found a center
pivit shaft was working loose. They tore the dish base apart and tightened
it up and made sure all was in calabration again. This DataStorm
dish is over six years old and this is the first service it has ever needed.
Two years ago we had Bill upgrade us to a D3 controller and HN7000s modem.
All has worked as advertised. When done Bill checked my diagnostics and
my old transmitter is still hanging in there with good results. You know
this thing has to talk to a satellite 22K miles up in the sky.
Some people have in the last few
years moved over to cellular internet service as it is less hardware. Just
plug it into yur USB slot. Don't have to raise the dish up etc. But in
the forums I am hearing many are becoming less and less happy with that
service. As smart phones and netbooks grow in popularity the cell networks
have become congested and have not been able to keep up with the data load.
So me thinks our old DataStorm is working just great and with better download
speeds than many who have to now put up with slow cell data service. And
I get service anywhere with a clear view of the southern sky. So me thinks
I am happy with satellite internet service. Costs about the same as cell
internet (after the hardware costs) and I get more bandwith. Cell
3 G a month and I get 375 M a day. And unlimited usage to download big
files for several hours each night.
Later when Terry got back we went
to the Big Tent show...
Now inside... This is only the center
aisle, there are aisles on both sides to the left and right.
I'm working on those pictures for
a later post. But as you can see this is the way to do the show without
the wall to wall mass of people unless you like that sort of thing.
8 PM UPDATE It
stormed for a time and rained and blew but didn't last to cause problems,
me thinks. Doubt the washes are running tonight. You can click on the below
radar screen to see the latest radar update. It is still breezy as while
I'm typing the 5er is a rocking from time to time.
We want to go the the big tent show
tomorrow. Weather Watcher shows sunny in the AM and changing to partly
cloudy till about 7 PM when it could rain again. Who would know.
So we shall see.
If you're in Q and have had enough
of the on and off rain, Beer Belly's might help to improve your attitude
after you are done walking your legs off in the big tent.
Little noticed is this little fellow
above the bar who might just be the reason they named this place.
BEER BELLY'S Glad they
added the brief under his belly as some things need to be covered.
After all the mileage I have gotten
out of this vender for this blog I think I owe that I stop by and down
a brew or two to repay them.
I have been listening to my scanner
listening to the FRS/GMRS/MURS channels and all the action and it's like
a party line following all the action going on.
4 PM UPDATE Water
is back on at La Posa South. Pump has been replaced. Thousands of
LTVA BLM campers now a little more happy. Water in their tanks, but not
so happy it is also falling from the sky.
Local Radar Note tornado
warning over San Diego.
Click on radar map to update.
9 AM UPDATE Strange...
Weather Watcher sez it should be raining but outside it is clear and sunny.
Guess Q has its own weather.