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.
I've set the DirecTV DVR
to record the Rose Parade in HD in case we don't get up in time.
A given me thinks... But
you can be sure we will be up for the Rose Bowl game. Go Ducks...
you feel the earthquake this morning?
sure did being here in Quartzsite, AZ. I think a first real quake
so you're not in the southwest... Sorry... If it's snowing where you're
if god and mother nature wants, we can have a little non winter fun right
here in the sunny southwest.
have stumbled at times walking, blaming it on, that the earth moved under
me, but mostly it was my lack of balance do to my blood alcohol level.
this was late morning today and not even clsoe to happy hour...
sitting at the computer in our RV and there was a breeze outside, but when
the trailer started rocking I looked out and thought is the wind blowing
that much to make our home on wheels rock from side to side like this.
Thought it must just be the wind.
time I will rush outside to feel the earth move under me, not just a trailer
on wheels shake.
thing moves all the time just by walking around in it. It's on wheels after
I do want to feel a bigger one, but not if it damages sticks and bricks
homes or buildings.
in the desert... who would think it could move.
later I read the rest of the story.
FLASH: Earthquake Rattles
Quartzsite Wednesday December 30, 2009:
A temblor rolled across Quartzsite Arizona at 11:49 AM local time, rattling
Yuma County, Imperial County
and northern Mexico were rocked by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake just before
noon Wednesday. There were no immediate reports by Yuma Fire Department
or Yuma Police Department of injuries.
According to the U.S. Geological
Survey, the earthquake originated 13 miles northwest of Guadalupe Victoria,
Baja Calif., Mexico, and about 23 miles southwest of San Luis, Ariz.
An aftershock tremor followed
about five minutes later and was a category 4.8 according to the USGS Web
site. The USGS service has recorded 50 aftershocks from the quake, as of
8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
— The earthquake which rolled through the RV capital of the southwest earlier
today met with mixed reactions. Employees at Herb’s Hardware store, just
of Highway 95, barely noticed the quake.
A few blocks away, another
resident whose home is built on a concrete slab was sitting down to lunch.
Ralph, “Rocky” Webb said he was hoisting a forkful of food to his lips
when he thought he was having a dizzy spell. “I didn’t figure I’d worked
that hard,” he said, relating to his ditch digging efforts just prior to
lunch. “But I figured if it got any worse, I’d just lay down.” Webb said
he was relieved it wasn’t a health issue when he noticed household items
rocking back and forth.
RVers may have noticed more
of the shaker’s effects, with their units being up on springs. In the RVing
Quartzsite blogger home, things definitely shook, and there was no mistaking
an earthquake was the cause.
Blythe, California resident
Paul Porter, was on the phone to RVing Quartzsite staff when the quake
rattled his home, also situated on a concrete slab. Porter tells us this
quake felt anything like a lightweight. About a half minute after
Porter first noticed the shaking, the quake’s effects rolled in Quartzsite,
25 miles west.
Other RVers in the Indio
area say they too, felt the quake. Fulltime RVer Loyal McCamond said he
was well aware that a quake was making its way through Yuma when he felt
it rattle the floors in the an area Walmart store where he and his wife
Rose, were shopping.
While no damage appears to
have been done in the area, unconfirmed reports from Mexicali, Baja California
Norte just south of Calexico, California say buildings have been damaged.
The US Geologic Survey reports the quake felt in the US had an epicenter
20 miles southeast of that Mexican town, with a 5.8 richter scale reading.
Posted by: Russ and Tiña
De Maris, December 30th 2009
where has the time gone... guess I have to give up some of my naps and
get busy and post to this blog.
sure if that was only the case. Been doing updates to my other sites.
went for a drive today over into California to the Blythe Intaglios grounds
north of Blythe on HW 95.
Blythe Intaglios are huge - ground drawings of humans, animals, and geometric
largest human figure is 176 feet.
to these Blythe Intaglios,
Photo Gallery Geoglyphs
of the SW Desert and Blythe's
Giant Figures We
are here as humans for just moments in time, much like those who were here
thousands of years ago, who produced these awsome geoglyphs. Will
you have anything like this that lives after you?
moon is about to happen right here this week. Hope to view it, and
comtemplate life as we know it, and reflect on how those before us, must
have felt viewing a event like this from the highlands where the geoglyphs
north of Blythe were built so many moons ago.
real reason we went to Blythe was I wanted to get a new Iomega USB 500
GB portable hard drive. On sale at Radio Shack this week. My outlet
in the desert... The Shack as they now say... (I called ahead and they
held one for me) (they only have one or two of most things so you need
to call to see and hold things till you can get there) This new HD is Reg.
$120 onsale $99 and I also had a $10 off coupon) I got a Iomega USB
320 GB HD last week and will use it for the netbook and now this one for
the desktop. I had been using a 150 GB Maxtor USB drive (worked great but
it needed external AC power and these new ones use power off the USB buss
connection. The Maxter was geting to be to small to do a full backup of
the desktop now with Windows 7.
on a backup kick now that I've installed Windows 7 on my desktop.
the last few of weeks I have had to reintall the OS on the netbook due
to viruses. Wonder how they were downloaded... Terry.
now to spend quality (fun) time getting all this set up so if any problems,
I'm covered. Using Acronis
and Second Copy
will talk about all the goodies we got for News Years. Several bottles
of Champagne. You may remember in years past blogs the pictures of the
didn't find all the goodies we wanted in Blythe at Albertsons (that store
sucks, if you have been there you know it) so we might just take a drive
up to Parker on Thursday to finish our shopping. Any excuse for an outing.
Thursday Dec. 24
ran around Quartzsite late this afternoon as we needed generator gas and
propane (had to hustle for propane as the Pit Stop was closed) Never saw
that before. Another place was open and he was busy, so it worked
out. (Propane has gone up to $2.39 + tax) So for 7 gal it was $18.20. Still
not bad me thinks.
forwarding from SD didn't show up at the Post Office. (bummer) We called
and they were still sorting mail to the PO Boxes here in Q at 2 PM so at
3 PM we went in and still no mail. I had called MyHomeAddress (our mail
forwarding service) in SD early Monday so it should have been here via
Priority Mail but wasn't so what can you do. Guess we will not know if
some secret Santa sent us a card with a big check,
untill next week. So if you sent greetings, thanks we just wont know tilll
been consumed updating our desktop with Windows 7 which for the most part
installed very clean. Just had to uninstall a couple of programs it said
I must that were not compatable. After that it ran the course for hours
and came up clean with the new OS. Now I'm learning the new aspects of
it. First view is it is not much different than Vista. Looks about the
same. Sure not the big change that in the past going from XP to Vista was.
After $120 for a new OS it better be an improvement. (I never had trouble
with Vista like so many complained about) Need to do the tutorial
to see what is so much better. Vista needed lots of RAM so this should
be leaner as it is less RAM dependent.
for a bit of Christmas history that you might remember from your past it
you are old enough....
Now if you step back a bit
and look at this you might remember how a string of these looked on your
tree as a kid. Remember how you had to make sure they were level
so the bubbles would work. The magic of it all... What a great memory...
We were poor back then as most people in Iowa on farms were, I remember
at that time how I loved those bubble lights... I remember those
lights on the tree were the best as a pre teenager. I know you had
to have been there and done that.
Those lights were one of
the best parts of Chirstmas as I remember. Now as I write this on Christmas
eve in 2009 it brings back the good times, looking at the above graphic
and the YouTube along with the hard times back then.
Only looking back over
the years, do I see how poor times were then. I remember as a kid never
having to go without as far as food or clothes were concerned. We
had a nice big farm home and I had my own nice second floor bedroom. Only
a couple of times as a teenager was Christmas a disapointment. I was a
kid and life moved on. I had a good high school experience and went
on to achive post high school education at DeVry and after a stint working
out east came back to a 33 year career with the big midwest telco where
I was lucky to work the whole gamit of that business. And Ya know I never
did have to climb a pole. I spent all that time in a central office (local
and long distance call switching, power systems to keep it all working,
repair testing local and business private lines) and later in test centers
for high capacity digital products. A union made that possible.
Now to the real life lonley
stuff... Tis the season for these feelings to come to the seuface.
I remember when for so many years, I spent this time as in Christmas Eve
and Day all ALONE. I know what that feels like big time, and I hope, if
you are alone at this time of year, it is by your own choosing. If not,
hold in there, as we are thinking about you tonight, because many of us
have been there. It took me many years (after I was over forty) to find
a partner in this life.. Life is good...NOW. as every day the sun
comes up is another day to let it hit you in the face.
I could go on and on but
it is getting late... This time of year is the best of times, and also
the worst for others... Try to make it a good times for you, if you can...
Wednesday Dec. 23
picked up packages at the post office and later went for a ride to Blythe,
CA to get extra goodies for the holidays. Stopped at Radio Shack and pickred
up Windows 7. (I called qahead last night and they held the second to last
one for me). I always said I would never do an upgrade but get a new OS
only on a new system. So look at me, here I go again. If no posts for awhile
you'll know why. I have a Vista desktop and of course all backed up and
scanned for any problems. We shall see how it goes, and I will report so
you can learn from me. In case you are dumb enough to do as a I do. I started
out with a Commadore 64 way back when... and everything that came out since
so I just had to have Win 7, Don't Ya Know.
Speaking of packages got
new Wrangler jeans from Walmart online since my size never seems to be
in stock in the stores. Well I knew they are trying to compete with Amazon
big time. They have stated as much. I think they must be trying to impress
online shoppers for repeat business as I ordered late last week with standard
shipping. They said delivery wouldn't be till the second week in Jan.
Got a USPS tracking email that it was at the post office already.
They sent it Priority mail. Cool. I might just keep them in mind when ordering
things again. Like their signs in store say, if you don't find it here,
we have 1 million more items online. Especially since the Parker, AZ store
is just a mini super store.
If /when I get the new OS
working, I plan on working on the main www.hitchitch.com site with several
new listings and removal of a few that have not been kept up. Sort of end
of year house cleaning.
So now several hours later...
I'm up with a new OS and my blog software works.
is the start of Christmas week and then it will be over till next year.
in otherwords to helpterms you might understand Bah Humbug
For Santa this is hard to
do in the desert sand here in Quartzsite so you can still read it.
Bet they were lined up for
a group Santa shot, with the huge snow they just got on East Coast.
We went to Blythe, CA on
Saturday to do a little shopping and to just go for a ride. Cabin fever
... I mean trailer fever. K-Mart had all we were looking for. So
strange as not the case in the past. I needed more printer paper and ink
as I printed out the worlds largest Christmas Letter (our Fall Blog Travels).
Complete on full size paper with pictures. It took a whole ream of paper
and you know just how much color ink that would take. It was for our best
friends back in Iowa since they don't have a computer, we like to send
them a book like printout to read our travels and what we have seen during
Three pounds of paper. I
thought after looking at the stack, I should be sending this off to a publisher.
And the next thought was I wrote all this in a blog in the last few months.
WOW I must be crazy. And to think in our youth when we had to write a term
paper or something we whined and procrastinated big time. Now we all do
it for the joy. Life on the Internet has changed us. It must be for
the better as we do have to engage our minds to blog. Would we do this
if we had to sit down and put pen to paper, Never. How many snail mail
cards are sent anymore? Just send an email. Or do a tweet. I have
so far refused to get deep into Facebook. I started one but could not see
why, so gave up. This blog and maintaining several other web sites is enough.
I spent hours just today updating a AFL-CIO union site I contract to do
with the latest health care bill info. If you must it is
It all has to filter through the Politics Tube. We are so lucky, Terry and
I we have good health Ins. Provided by the company I retired from due to
a union negotiated contract. (I do have to pay imputed income on the value
of his benefits). Retired middle management employees do not fare
as well. As companies cut benefits their retired management are the ones
who get the short shaft in many cases. Why, because they can. Airline pilots,
teachers, and even professional sports players, along with CEOs, have employment
contracts. Why do so many workers think they don't need unions, saying
my employer will treat me well, as I'm talented. Later when they get the
shaft they learn a hard fact, if you're not in a union you have no negotiation
power. As in who gets laid off first, the last hired, or them, the more
senior worker who was being paid more with benefits who is more costly
Back to health Ins.
So many in this country do not have Ins. and are one illness, away from
brankruptcy. Now that's a disaster for all sides of this issue. The US
House members, are me thinks doing the peoples business but the US Senate
is full of members who porstitute themselves for their own greed and their
corporate doners who control them. So sad, so many, it seems never think
about why they were elected. To serve the people... Pretty nieve on my
part in the past, but I'm taking note more and more, like others, and with
the internet it helps to expose their hidden agendas.
Now enougth of that...
today Terry did some baking...
Bannana Bread with Walnuts.
Several batches. He got dates the other day in Blythe so he must
be getting ready to do Date Bread. It does smell very good in here. It
might just get me in a Holiday mood if I'm not careful.
I will Resist If I Must...
More later on how we deal with this Season To
Dec. 14 See
picture additions to the Quartzsite health clinic Dec. 10 post below.
here we go... It's mid December... How many snowbirds and fulltimers who
are basking in the relative pleasant weather as compared to the blizzards
we only see on the news, feel guilty, especially when they get that call
from their families up north, who ever so subtly suggest how did we as
in snowbirds/fulltimers, have the gall to be down here and leave them alone
in the cold for the holidays. Whimper, whimper me thinks. A suggested reply
might be to say, come fly on down and visit us in the sun and we will all
have a great time.
for a picture... Looking to the southeast from I-10 over the pass back
from Blythe before you get to Q.
like that would work in this economy, some snowbirds have just enough money
to get them here.
BLM Long Term Visitor areas are more than just for some who don't like
RV parks because they don't like RV parks (parking lots) but for
many, who just can't afford anything else. That's fine as we are all in
this together and all are welcome regardless of the reason. That's what
is so great about this lifestyle... You can see it in the BLM all the time.
People in all kinds of camping units, in all walks of life, sharing a common
campfire. People, are what is important, not what you camp in. Most all
in this lifestyle know that. I'm not telling you anything you don't already
drove to Blythe, CA on Saturday since our little mouse for our netbook
think the tiny wires gave out. I could wiggle them and get the laser
light to come on... But...
have never been able to move fingers over that little pad on a notebook
to do anything. I NEED a mouse. So we got a new wireless Logitech notebook
mouse at K-Mart. Good price.
observations since we where there... Not in the last several years have
we seen so much product packed all over in this store in Blythe, CA. The
Men's Clothing Dept. had more items on sale at about 40-50% off than what
the entire small Walmart in Parker had in their entire Men's section.
What a difference that had on our our minds. I got a new hoodie.
make this into separate posts for several days instead of a big one post.
But what do I know...
having fun with this so...
we took a drive north of Blythe, CA looking for the Midland LTVA.
after several years in Quartzsite had not been up to see this site on the
was Saturday so why not.
From the Boodocking
Guide website which has all the info about the BLM areas in the
southwest the directions state proceed north 6 miles on Lovekin St.
out of Blythe then northwest 4.8 miles on Midland road. The LTV area is
located on either side of Midland road.
A sign said see the campground
host with an arrow pointing off to the west...
How do they keep the books
from blowing away in the wind.
Not a guard station like
down around Quartzsite. They did have the local telecom install a phone
for emergency calls. The sign did say you still needed to to pay the fees
$40 for 14 days or $180 for the season. Not sure who collects.
This site is still 10 or
more miles north of Blythe, CA up on the plateau so to get supplies you
do have to drive a bit. No water on site but dumpsters and a possible dump
station to the east. We didn't stop to see if it was usable. There are
orange groves to the south and the county landfill which looked like you
might be able to get water from them.
This is further north back
from the ridge that overlooks the Blythe Valley so you don't get views
of the valley from here. If you want to be where you can see the night
sky without lights this is about as good as it can get me thinks.
While on site we saw this
cement historical marker... WOW do read this... Now you can camp
on this BLM site. But we should know about the history of it all.
just expanded their surgery and cardiac sections with the latest image
scanning and now also have greatly expanded their Quartzsite remote location.
year they opened a walk in clinic at the Parker location during the busy
snowbird season so you didn't have to go to their ER. So you may still
have that option or you can make an appointment at the completely remodeled
and greatly expanded Quartzsite Clinic and Imaging Center at 150
S. Tyson Road, Quartzsite, Az. 928-927-8747
to the fire station on the north side of Q) Also a Care Flight helicopter
is normally stationed in Q between the fire station and the health clinic.
company with ambulances is based in Q. Let's face it they are here because
there is a need with the older population and in season snowbird RVers.
listen to the police radio while here in Q for the season and the response
time is quick. The fire department/rescue is not volunteer, but fulltime
on site, so the response time is very good.
had to go to the hospital in Parker a couple of years ago in the middle
of the night and my partner had to later have surgery. At that time they
only had one operating room so we had to wait for the procedure. Now with
their announcement of their expanded surgery facility (now completed) that
should not be a problem. The staff and doctors were the best as we were
treated very well with great personal service. The hospital has won awards
as being rated one of the best 100 small hospitals in the whole country.
Later when we heard that we knew why after spending several days in their
feel very lucky to have this resource here for us when we need it (and
hope we don't) as we spend the season here in Q as Terry is involved big
time in the Gem and Mineral Club.
much so we feel we can get better health care here than in our summer travels
and or even when visiting in our orig. home state. Ambulance response time
here is about 5 - 10 min. and back in the mid west manytimes they would
have to call out the local volunteer fire dept. They are great people,
but that takes forever so you might need to drive yourself 20-30 miles
to one of the big hospitals. They are huge but you need to get to them
from out in the country. Much like anyone who would be a campground host
not near a large city.
to the original forum question. Where is the closest medical facilities?
As around Quartzsite.
can get great health care right here in Quartzsite and a fine hospital
up the road in Parker, AZ.
Oh, and we got both the seasonal
flu and the H1N1 shot right here in Q this month from the La Paz County
Health Dept. I read just today back in our orig. home state they were now
offering the H1N1 shots for people up to 24 years old.
Here everyone who wants one can get it now. Thank You La Paz County.
had a wild ride last night... and yes it was the weather. We knew it might
rain, but what we got was unprecedented for in Q at this time of
year. We were looking forward to a little storm and rain for excitement
from the, day after day, of perfect weather you expect here.
upper midwest was in for a super epic big winter storm so we felt we should
have to pay the price just a little bit. But what we got was much more
than we expected. A rush of runoff ran through our site so we will
hve to lift up our green grass carpet, so to speak and deal with that.
the night progressed we determined we needed to secure our canopy tarp
a little more. So we moved the truck so we could tie it to it.
A little later as the winds picked up we had to go out to remove the
tarp from the frame. It was all we could do to hold it as we released to
the cords holding it to the frame.
that was done so the frame was standing without any tarps connected to
it so it would be ok. One of the poles is just a couple feet from our main
5er window and we didn't want it to slam into it and break it.
went back inside wondering what was going on as it was starting to hail.
This was acting like a midwest storm in the spring, which doesn't happen
here in AZ in the winter. So we didn't take it seriously.
inside watching the local radar on the internet I said this does not look
good and then a pop up from our weather service, warning of a severe storm
as it said, just 7 miles west of Q with and winds above 70 mph heading
this way. As if the winds could seam higher as we had just been out in
it. . At that time the local police radio on our scanner reported
things going down hill big time with semi trucks on the interstate being
blown over and a roof blowing of Flying J truck stop west of here
on the CA border on I-10.
was getting serious. Back inside we decided we needed to bring in
our slides as the 5er was rocking big time... I was still online watching
the radar updates on the NWS site. As we retracted
our slides I sent a signal to tell our DataStorm dish to stow. It struggled
but made it down with winds getting right at the stage where it would be
blown off the roof.
The bottom line we came through
all this OK. No damage. But as you can see others were not so lucky...
are very glad we moved our service appointment at RV Lifestyles from today,
Tuesday to Wednesday, as we are still recovering from the storm.
We knew we would have to move our DirecTV HD standalone tripod dish as
it was right behind our 5er. How stupid was that.. But now
as it blew over in the storm, we picked it up and moved it out of the way
today, so in the morning we can back up and get out of here for our RV
little more thought about the proposed fee structure changes by the Forest
much more about this fulltime lifestyle.
our travels this fall in the northwest I recall staying in only one true
Forest Service campground and that was on the main highway north of Sulphur
Springs in MT. Not a destination campground by any means right along the
road. We needed a place to hold up waiting for a repair part for the fridge
to get to Great Falls, MT our next destination. (A minor plastic door part,
not related to cooling)
(I say not a destination
campsite but Ya Know Terry caught more trout in the small stream across
the busy highway than he did anywhere else. How strange.) The site was
clear unlike it looks in the picture. But the flies were a bother.
looked very hard to find FS campgrounds as I had just gotten my Senior
Pass in Sulphur Springs. Most of the times the back roads to get to the
campgrounds were very ruff to pull a large trailer over and then the sites
were to small for our rig. We took many day trips scouting out our next
stops and FS campgrounds just didn't fit the bill, much to our displeasure.
Now that is not to say the FS campgrounds were at fault, but they were
never intended to be used by people with larger rigs when they were built.
you can see above we did find some great sites but you just can't get trailers
back to these locations. They are a grab your tent or pop up and
head to the hills kind of adventure. Now that is not a bad thing to be
sure. Perhaps these FS sites should be kept pristine for the true backwoods
camper. If that's you, go for it.
went through tents and pop up trailers in our vacation modes over the years
and later a tiny 5th wheel pulled by a Ford Ranger and then a 17 ft Jayco
5er pulled with a long box Chevy gas truck just so we could go to places
with our big 5er we miss not being able to go camping anymore so to speak.
But we live fulltime in our 5er now, so less is not more. We have to give
up things to live this lifestyle. And one of those is getting way back
up that road to the outback. Day trips in our truck are now the adventure.
for other alternatives to FS campgrounds... Don't get me going on state
parks.... Way over priced, over run, and not user friendly. Some want an
entrance fee and also a camping fee on top of that.
Montana has some fishing access campgrounds (not true big ugly state parks),
this one with just a few spots right on the river. Discounted
camping fees with a fishing lic. right on the Blackfoot River in MT east
of Missoula on Highway 20. More info on this area on our blog post in
doesn't get much better than this as the above picture shows. I took this
shot while sitting at the computer desk.
back to topic...
best bet for the most part this fall was city or county parks, local fairgrounds
with campgrounds, and Passport America 1/2 price parks. With a big rig
you sometimes have to just park where you can, and go on long day trips.
I foresee is our best use of the Senior Pass will be at COE Campgrounds.
These are great places to camp with wide open spaces designed for big rigs.
COE locations are sparse in the northwest but we did find a gem, north
of Libby, MT right on the Kootenai river below the Libby COE Dam and it
was free. Picture is below.
day limit) Wonderful. Libby was a cool town to boot.
you will forget I told you about this place wont you. If we get there again,
and you are there and it is full, you will pack up when you to recognize
us and move on to give us a spot wont you. I'm sure you will be right at
your 14 day limit as once you get there you wont want to leave.
sez... Do remove all this info from your mind... NOW.
forward to the vast choice of COE parks to choose from at half price. You
can find all the COE parks with this
COE Google Earth link.
thoughts on this FS fee thing.
Pass users who are retired tend to stay on during the weekdays, for more
days, since the price is right. Right when the campgrounds are least occupied.
Thus generating income from sites that would site idle otherwise. Raise
the fees and they just might bypass the organized camps all together and
boondock down the road and then just stop by to use the out house and dump
their trash and not pay anything. Raise your prices and your best customers
will leave. Lots of empty sites with no fee paying Senior Pass customers.
I hate using the term customers when talking about campground users. Only
concessionaires think of us as paying customers.
for the concessionaires who are lobbying for more revenue they knew the
score when they signed up. Now for them to get greedy me thinks is
just wrong. Maybe the forest service should take the parks back and let
true volunteer campground hosts help them instead of giving control to
private companies who seem to have now determined the parks exist for their
benefit and to pad their bottom lines. The forest is owned by the people
and should not be exploited by a few for gain, but be managed well for
the owners... US. Me thinks it was a bad decision when the Forest Service
gave up running the campgrounds because they didn't want to bother with
them anymore. The Forest Service as we travel around have huge building
complexes in many towns and for what? They must be busy doing something,
and we wonder what that is. Guess I should ask my old governor from
Iowa, Tom Vilsak now that he is over all this as the Secretary of Agriculture
what that is.
Bet a FS park ranger or
two would chime in if it didn't impact on their job security.
I know things are tough all
over and my comments are not going to change that.
Gather up some firewood and
enjoy a campfire, with friends, or if the case may be, just with yourself,
and reflect on what is good in this life as we know it on this planet.
Life is short, pretty soon we will be a part of the forest, for all time,
not just camping in it.
I had a good time reflecting
on our fall travels doing this post. Later... Ron.
News you should know about.
Do read the following... Escapees E-News
Release U.S. Forest Service
Announces Proposed Changes to Senior and Disabled Camping Discounts 12/4/2009
A news release from the Western
Slope No-Fee Coalition was forwarded to us at headquarters by a
fellow Escapee. That news release, which publicizes the U.S. Forest Service’s
plans to reduce or eliminate some current discount programs, is excerpted
below. Needless to say, any change in the senior and disabled park pass
programs has the potential to affect a large number of RVers and outdoor
<Begin excerpted news
release> December 2, 2009 For immediate
Contact: Kitty Benzar 970-259-4616
http://www.WesternSlopeNoFee.org Forest Service to Eliminate
Senior and Disabled Camping Discounts
DURANGO, CO - The U.S.
Forest Service has announced it plans to eliminate the 50% discount at
National Forest campgrounds that has traditionally been available to holders
of lifetime Senior and Access (permanent disability) passes. The change
will apply at campgrounds operated by private concessioners, which represent
50% of National Forest camping capacity and 82% of reservable campsites.
Under current policy,
concessioners are required to honor Senior and Access passes for campground
fees under the same terms as if the Forest Service operated the facility
directly, meaning that a 50% discount must be offered. Most highly developed
campgrounds are now concessioner-run.
In a notice in the December
1st Federal Register, the agency outlined a new policy that would replace
the half-price rule that has been in place since the mid-'60s with a 10%
discount. The policy would also require Senior and Access pass holders
to pay a fee at National Forest day-use sites that are currently covered
in full by their passes.
Day-use sites managed
by concessioners will also be affected. Under the new policy, holders of
the annual America the Beautiful Pass would be entitled to free entry,
but Senior and Access lifetime pass holders would get only a 10% discount.
This changes current policy, which calls for all three passes to be honored
equally at day-use fee sites.
Seniors 62 and older pay
a one-time $10 fee for their lifetime pass. Lifetime passes for the permanently
disabled are free. Together, Senior and Access passes represent more than
78% of all pass sales. <End excerpted news
We strongly suggest that
you take a moment to tell the U.S. Forest Service what you think by clicking
on the comment link below, or by sending your comments via postal mail.
You may also wish to contact your state and Federal representatives as
Comments must be received
in writing by February 1, 2010.
U.S. Forest Service, Attn:
Recreation and Heritage
1400 Independence Avenue,
SW., Stop 1125
Washington, DC 20250-1125
Comments sent by postal mail
should reference the notice by the following title:
Proposed Directives for
Forest Service Concession Campground Special Use Permits (Document ID FS-2009-0001-0001)
Escapees and our friends
at www.rvecafe sent
a heads up to help spread the word.
things never change in Quartzsite. The Auction Red tent is going up again.
They just don't wait for you to browse and shop they push their goodies
direct at you and temp you to bid on the stuff. But you know what, it is
popular and people come back for more. It's entertaimment in a Quartzsite
sort of way. People can come in and sit down and have fun as the auctioneer
is a hoot. He has to be to get these tightwad shoppers to part with their
Now looking out our 5er windows
we can see the weather has turned for the worse. I even got a weather alert
pop up from Weather
Watcher. High winds tonight and colder as it might go below freezing
Saturday morning. Then next week cool with rain. The perfect days of November
have come to an abrupt halt me thinks. Not to worry it will get nice later
on. Just a cold snap as they are talking about cold and snow even in Louisiana...
what is that all about.
Just our luck as we have
an appointment to hook up and take our 5er to RV Lifestyles here in Q for
service. Dexter Axle sent a new wheel bearing to them for us, so I guess
we get to, I hope, not in the rain close up our trailer and get it to the
Now let me think about this,
rain in Q at this time of year. Might not happen or the rain may not make
it all the way to the ground. We shall see.
I'll be sure to let you
know if weget wet. Might have to find a rain coat for Terry.
I did make sure the appointment
was for noon and not the first thing in the morning. I need my beauty sleep
after all, or more like I'm retired and refuse to get up before the sun
if I don't have to. That's a rule and I'm sticking to it.
Late this morning I heard
sirens and turned on my police radio and watched a Q fire truck pull into
La Posa West right where we are at. I now could see why. A black smoke
cloud was rising up just to the southwest of us. It was behind some Palo
Verde trees and Grease Wood bushes so couldn't see what was on fire. But
with the black smoke it looked big and was worried someone was watchng
their MH or trailer burn up in front of them. Later the police radio
said they had it put out and were staying for cleanup. Much later
a tow truck was carrying a car out that had burned. WOW only an auto and
not someone's fulltime home. Just last week a 5er did burn to the ground
over in Desert Gardens. The Free local paper Desert Messenger said they
were venders and the unit was not insured.
Now for tonight...
Now tonight is the big football
game with Oregon playing Oregon State for the right to play Ohio in the
Rose bowl. This is a big one. We are NOT big college football fans
but tonight is different. We got interested in the Oregon Ducks since our
good friend Tad is a big fan and alumnus.