Saturday, February 19, 2011

Still Out In The Desert


Yep, we’re sitting out here in the desert with no plans to leave anytime soon.  I’m still not liking the “Navy showers” but it’s a small price to pay for all this solitude.

We don’t do a whole lot here but it seems like we’re in the car going somewhere every single day.

We had to make a trip to Quartszite to have a new inverter installed since ours wasn’t charging our batteries anymore.  Thank goodness for the extended warranty.  A bill that would have been over $1,000 ended up costing us only $150.

We’ve been to Parker several times for our grocery shopping and we’ve been to Lake Havasu City a few times for Rod’s dental appointments and bigger shopping.  The other day we went for Rod’s dental appointment and Jim & Ellie decided they didn’t want to go.  I drove around looking for someplace that had free wifi while I was waiting for Rod but nobody did.  The McDonald’s and the Starbucks neither one had wifi.  Weird.  Guess it’s not that big of a city after all.  I drove back to the dental office, parked the car and Rod came out.  What great timing.  We then went to Chili’s for lunch since we had a gift card (thanks again to John & Erica).

We even made a trip to Yuma one day and crossed the border into Mexico for a few needed “supplies”.  No time to stop and visit anybody as it was a quick trip.  Well, except that it took us over an hour in line to get back.  By the time we got back to our place it was well after dark.  Have you ever tried finding your home in the middle of a pitch-black desert??

Border crossing



One of our sunsets


And one of our campfires



We’ve had a few visitors to our “Compound” since we’ve been here but nobody stays for more than a few days.  Rollie & Gina were here for a few weeks but left to visit their son in California before he deploys to Afghanistan.  They’ll be back shortly.

Rollie cooking up some pork loins


Gina coming for the potluck


Doug & JoAnn came for a few days along with Fred & Jo.  We had a couple of potlucks with them.  I cooked up a bunch of salmon and now I have room in my freezer for some other kinds of meat.  YAY!!


Jim, Jo and Fred


We did get to finally meet Angela & Don from Vancouver Island in Canada.  I’ve “known” Angela online for several years now and we just missed each other last winter so it was good to meet this time.  We had lunch with them and Jim & Ellie in the “big” restaurant here in Bouse and then they came out to see where we were all set up.

Angela and Don


Mike & Janna’s cute little dog named Emmie


I took this pic the other night of the moon rising


So, we don’t know how long we’ll be here…


LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Did you mean 'converter'?
It will charge batteries while genny is running.
Inverter just makes 110v out of the 12v. that is stored in your batteries.
No need to publish this.

Hugs, Penny

Don Moeckli said...

It must be so peaceful there, I think I would like just hanging out in the middle of nowhere and not hearing all the noises that come with city/town life.

Jim and Dee said...

Thanks for the post. Looks like you're having a wonderful time.

Debbie and Rod said...

The charger inside the INVERTER wasn't charging the batteries. We had to replace the INVERTER.

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

You guys are just having too much fun out there! Hope we can swing by to see you for a few days too...

(Yes, small inverters don't charge, but big inverters have built-in three stage chargers in them...)

Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

Cheryl said...

Sounds like a wonderful place. Bet the dark is black! Love your pics.

Janna and Mike said...

Thanks Deb!!!

Angela said...

It was great finally meeting you guys on Thursday. After seeing your spot out in the desert I think I might be able to talk Don into boondocking out that way for a bit next winter! Hope we get a chance to meet up again before we leave the area.

Wil said...

"ever tried finding your home in the middle of a pitch-black desert"

Not a lot easier locating the camper in the pitch dark in a canoe, so now carry a handheld, backlit GPS on which I have set a waypoint for the actual put-in for the canoe. No need to leave kerosene lanterns burning to advertise your absence, either.

Looks like a great spot for boondocking.