Monday, January 30, 2012

Time to move on

Saturday and Sunday

On Saturday we had another pot luck supper and campfire. A few people went into town for one last run at the stuff. Jim walked to the Big Tent with some of the guys but, per his blog, left his wallet in the camper. A good, money saving idea. Sunday was our last day in Q. Didn’t do anything real special, mostly sit around talking with our friends. Some people pulled out today, more heading out in the morning with three rigs staying around for a few more days.
I called Mom's ACLF on Sunday and talked to her aide. She's doing a little better but still has the cold and is feeling very weak. Elizabeth paid Mom a visit then called us. Mom has what's referred to as Sundowners Syndrome; a common condition associated with dementia. Our future travel plans are getting more complicated.
Carol and I think this was the best camping experience in years. The people were just marvelous. John and Roger were the fix-it guys. Between them it seemed there was nothing they couldn’t fix or install. Roger is also a great chef. Ann wins the prize for the most amazing baked goods. The lemon cake and cranberry/pumpkin muffins were unbeatable. In an earlier post I said we would likely not be back to Q again. We’re rethinking that statement.
We began our current desert boondocking stint on December 29th with the Escapees at Mittry Lake. Thirty three days later we’re heading to “civilization” in the form of the Escapee RV park at Casa Grande then Tucson to meet up with John and Marge.

One last campfire.


We headed to Discount Solar to inquire about adding another solar panel. They were jammed packed, couldn't pull someone off the line to take a real close look at our current system and couldn’t get to us until perhaps tomorrow. We’ve camped successfully with our current configuration for almost fours years having just completed 33 consecutive boondocking days. No need spending an estimated $500 to fix something that’s not broken. The new batteries seem to be performing very well and we've completed the switch to LED lighting. John and I took the voltage reading direct from the batteries in the morning before the solar power kicked in. The voltage, after a nights use, was always in the acceptable range. We'll stick with what we have and supplement charging with the generator on the odd occasion.

Today we’re camped at Holt’s Shell in Gila Bend. We stayed here a night before heading to Yuma in December. Full hookups for $21/night. Got caught up on laundry, took long showers, flushed the holding tanks and shared an ice cream sandwich. Ahh, those little luxuries.
Gopher is a powder puff of red desert dust. She reminds us of the Pig Pen character in the Charlie Brown comics. I gave here a good brushing but what she really needs is a swim. We'll be looking for a lake during our travels. It's not just Gopher that's covered with desert dust, it's EVERYTHING. The next few days we plan on giving the camper a good bath; inside and out.
Tomorrow we head to Casa Grande. Grocery shopping then the Escapee park.
I heard about an app. for smart phones called Google Latitude. When installed on the phone, it will allow someone you designate as a "friend" to track your location by the GPS capabilities of the phone. We designated Jennifer as our "friend". Now, should we drop off the edge of the Earth someday, Jennifer will be able to know the location of our cell phone. Hopefully, we won't be far away.

1 comment:

Donna K said...

Sounds like you had a great time in Q. Hope you enjoy the Escapees Rally just as much. That sounds like a good app for travelers to have.