Thursday, January 28, 2016

Wandering With The Wrights 1/28/2016

Until yesterday we were still boondocking in Quartzside, AZ
We spent 11 days with no hookups so needed to be conservative with our water, waste water & electricity(generator).  We are very pleased how well we did - could easily make two weeks on our own.  
You just never know what is going to fly over

Along with the beautiful sunsets I showed you in the last blog we also saw the moon setting one morning

We continued to have interesting and educational seminars - this was on fire safety and how to put out a fire in a rig

and how to use the emergency window exits in our rv's

When the wind picks up in the desert there is no problem finding paper weights
12 cars full of boomers headed out to the Desert Bar outside of Parker, AZ
A unique saloon located on the site of an old mining camp.  You have to drive approximately 10 miles on dirt roads to get there (reminded me a lot of some of the roads we were on in Kenya).  It is hard to describe but worth the trip to see at least once.  Food was good with enormous portions.  If you build it they will come.  The entire saloon runs on solar so if no sun they aren't open.

We had a wonderful surprise a few days before we left when Jerry's sister, brother-in-law and niece stopped by to take us out to breakfast.  We had a great visit - thanks Tim, Deena & Ali.  We ate at the Main Street Restaurant which is unique in itself.  Many campers boondock in this area and need to conserve the water that their rigs hold.  This restaurant also features showers and a laundromat so you go in put your clothes into wash, take a shower, move your clothes to a drier and go have breakfast or lunch - it is always packed!!

We left Quartzside and Boomerville having had an awesome time.    To get to our destination for the next few nights we had to drive through Hope, AZ  Its name was inspired by the community's hope for increased business.  Today it consists of one RV park, one gas station, one church and one antique store.  We enjoyed their signage:
The welcome sign coming into town
We chuckled when a very short distance further we saw this sign as we left the town.

In between was however the Little Church of Hope - just to prove there always is HOPE

The next small town was Salome, our destination for two nights.  Salome isn't much larger than Hope but it has a KOA that allows you to wash your rig at the campground (many don't) and after 11 days in the desert boondocking the coach, the Jeep, the laundry and yes even Teddy needed to be washed.

We leave here in the morning for Buckeye, AZ where we will be working our first NOMADS mission project.  We will be at a small Methodist Church for 3 weeks with two other couples doing various tasks.  We know one of the couples and are excited to see them and to work together.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Wandering With The Wrights 1/21/2016

While in Yuma, AZ we crossed over into Algodones, Mexico and enjoyed a wonderful day.  The city caters to senior citizens from Canada and the US. They flock to the town for dental work, legal pharmaceutical drugs and eyeglasses.  Jerry saved over $200 on his prescription eyeglasses - exact same frames as from the US
Outdoor restaurants play 40's, 50's & 60's music in English
Purchased a jacket from my Mexican amigo
Waited in line about 50 minutes to cross back over into US through customs.  Have been told line can be 2+ hours long.
Enjoying time with a couple from Lindenhurst that camp host at IL. Beach State Park with us. Had a great evening with Dennis and Marcia Zwissler in Yuma. 
Left Yuma for Quartzite, AZ and the largest RV show in the world.  We are boondocking (no hookups) in the desert a few miles outside of town with a fantastic group of people from an organization we belong to called The Boomers.  So they call this area of the desert Boomerville while we are here - 145 rigs so far.  Jerry up on rig surveying the area for a good place to park. 
The sunsets have been magnificent - some of the prettiest we have seen 

The sunset reflected on our coach

As you can see life in the desert is pretty simple
Aerial view of Happy Hour at Boomerville from the quadcopter
One of the men here has an awesome quadcopter and lands it successfully on that small rubber mat
There is every kind of rig you can imagine here.  This is called the Sundeck and it has a reinforced roof, stairs inside to climb up to the sundeck which holds 18 people.
There are many educational speakers presenting at the fire pit during the day.  This is Curtis the creator of RVillage.  A social network on the line of Facebook for RVer's to stay in touch and be able to meet up again as we travel.  It is a fabulous resource and it was such an honor to meet him and to hear his story.
Every 3rd morning there is a pancake breakfast - it takes about an hour and a half to get all the hungry campers fed.
With all these rigs and no amenities something has to be done with all the trash.  So every third morning while the pancake breakfast is happening 3 or 4 men from the group with pick up trucks hall all the trash into town where a dumpster is provided.  They don't mind going as they get to be first in the pancake line.
This was a sign at a tent serving ice cream outside the large tent of vendor's at the RV show.  

We have only been in Arizona for a little over a week and have had a great time so far.  We will be here another few months and really looking forward to it.  We will be here in the desert for another week.