Saturday, November 15, 2014

Checking out home bases... and on to Quartzsite

I've been busy checking out little places to use as a home base.  I'm feeling like I need one, or will in a while, and the Escapee parks and other park models have been on my mind. 

When I left New Mexico, I headed for southern Arizona to check out the Benson Escapee park, Saguaro Co-Op.


They show you to your site - I appreciated that! 

It is really nice, super clean and friendly, and I took advantage of their special - $50 for a full week of hook-ups.  The members of the co-op can put their site in the rental pool when they are going to be gone, which leaves some nice sites to rent - short term or long term.  I chose one on the edge with fields on one side. 


Nice, huh?  When you rent another Escapee's lot while they are gone, you can't use the "casita" that's on the site.  But you could put your chairs on the patio and enjoy sitting in the shade.

The weather was perfect, taking Katie for walks up and down the paved streets was nice, and I met quite a few people.  I could definitely be happy there, but they have a long waiting list and I wanted to check out some other places, so after our week there, we moved west.

Next we visited Lloyd of Wanderin, and he joined me on a tour of  Far Horizons Tucson Village, where he lives.  He has a very nice, newer park model.


Above is a drawing of a park model that I "borrowed" from Far Horizons' brochure.  I didn't want to use any real photos of homes.

I toured quite a few that were for sale, and there were some I would have purchased right then if I was ready.  So far, I'm just doing research, but park models are just the right size and I loved the community feeling there.  Thanks for the visit Lloyd, it was great seeing you again. 

Then we headed toward Quartzsite, and after a night of rest at a truck stop along the way, we arrived here on Tuesday. 

I found a great campsite in a new area (for us), got set up, then drove down the road to the dump area in La Posa South.  Took care of that chore, filled up with fresh water, drove back to town for propane and a few supplies, and here we are.  The weather has been great, one cloudy day and the rest have been sunny, warm and breezy.

Notice the rock-lined driveway?  I finished the site today and now have a road into the site and out of the site.  A circular driveway.  And I put together my first rock burning pit - I decided this year I'm going to burn all my paper instead of hauling it to the dumpsters.  I've always needed to "take out the trash" every day, but now it's every other day.  I don't know why I didn't think of this before  :)

See our nice living room, above and below?  I put our chairs and table there, as well as a runner carpet with Katie's fence around it.  So we both have a nice place to relax in the shade.



Katie and I have been taking lots of walks, and have been sitting outside enjoying our "living room." 

We were sitting in the living room the other day - it is lower than the area The Palms is parked on.  I usually check all around and under The Palms before we leave anywhere, but hadn't noticed this - it must be something new:


I got a little rug to lay on and went under to see what was going on.  This hose, that is attached to the generator and should be tied up to the frame, had been tied with a zip tie which had broken.

Luckily I have a package of different lengths of zip ties, and used a bunch of them to re-tie the hose.  Now it's secure, and I'll keep checking to make sure it stays that way.  :)

View of the "fixed" hose from my chair in the living room - well, you can't see the fixed hose, that's the point.  :)



Another year.  This is our fourth season at Quartzsite, and it's nice to feel like I know where things are and what to expect.  The only unknown is weather.  Our first year here it wasn't great - cold and windy a lot of the time.  The second year was nice.  Last year, our third year, was absolutely perfect the whole time we were here.  This year, we'll see.  I'm hoping it will be as nice as last year. 

Our view of the Q on the mountain out the dinette window:

It looks like it's snowing here, but that white stuff is sand.  I took this shot during our cloudy afternoon and you can see the colors are different than when it's sunny. 

We will be staying here in the area the whole season this year, heading for San Diego the last week of March to visit my kids for Easter.  Hopefully the weeks before and after Easter I'll be able to complete the doctor, dentist and vision appointments I schedule every year in San Diego.

Here's the first sunset from Quartzsite this year - we've had some pretty ones already.


From me and Katie, have a great Saturday, everyone!  :)

27 comments:

  1. It looks like a wonderful winter home... maybe someday I'll make it out there... I would need a home base too... if I ever get moving... geez Here I am thinking about a home base and I haven't even gone anywhere yet..lol...donna

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  2. I, too, hope you have great weather again this year. My pups told me to say howdy to Katie.

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  3. I wish I had known that you were already on your way to Q. You could have spent a couple of nights here on the refuge with full hookups. I think we're about 60 miles from Q.

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    1. Hey, Judi - I came in from the east, along highway 95, but it would have been fun to visit. The season isn't over yet - maybe we'll meet up before it's over. I hope so! :)

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  4. I'm Hoping that that looking at alternate living options is only a looking at PLAN B options and not a definite problem on the horizon. It is nice to have a plan B just in case though. As always wishing you well in your beautiful 'new' home.

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    1. Nope, no problems. I just want a home base that I can RV from. I'm too much of a gypsy to give it all up for now, and will definitely keep The Palms. :)

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  5. Looks like a great winter home you have there!

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  6. I've stayed in the 'camping' section of Far Horizons on two different occasions now, once while on vacation with my octogenarian mother

    http://travelsofaramblingvan.blogspot.com/2014/05/arizona-vacation-with-mom-tucson-and.html

    and was impressed. A very neat and active little community within walking distance of basic shopping yet tucked back away from the hustle of the city (And they even have their own traffic light to get you out on the main road safely!!!) I was also amazed at how affordable long-terming there is.

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    1. Yes, they have lots of options, and that might work for me before I actually put any money down on a park model. I loved the whole area! :)

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  7. We really enjoy having a home base. Especially a place for Jim to leave his boat every summer. And now a place to leave the fifth wheel while we travel in the Bungalow. I also like the sense of community that we have. I know that if something happened and I needed help - all of them would come to my rescue. So good luck finding that special spot for you and Katie. See you when we get to Q.

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  8. When I worked at Lassen Volcanic National Park a few years back, I spent most of the day outside with the dogs. That was a nice summer for me.

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  9. We're thinking we may check out some parks this winter too. We have a few places in mind. Not sure how much we'll really get involved in the looking. Maybe a whole lot and maybe nothing will happen.

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  10. You passed Roover's Roost in Casa Grande. It might work.

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  11. Good luck with your research. Quartzite sure seems like a lovely spot, especially the sunsets!

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  12. Barbara, As always you find the greatest spots and your 'home' and 'yard' is always so appealing. Can't wait to get there !!

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  13. I'm glad to hear that you found such a lovely spot! I visited The Benson park last year to check it out! It was very nice, but not level enough for me. I didn't know about the place in Tucson, it sounds nice!

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  14. Barbara, does it get crowded there during the winter where you are. We are stationed in Florida now but next winter will be out there. It looks wonderful....and inexpensive!! love it!
    Sheila

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    1. No, not crowded at all (except in January during the big tent - and then only crowded in the areas within walking distance). It's a huge desert in all directions, and the further out you go from town, the more space there is. You will never have a problem finding a space to park your rig. :)

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  15. I really like the coziness of your new camp site there near Quartzsite. That's exactly the kind of spot we like as well. Nice trees for privacy & it's always fun arranging things & giving the site one's own personal touch. Liked that house sketch at Far Horizons. Looked very homey to me. If I had to live n a big city in the area I would much prefer to be in or near Tucson as opposed to Phoenix.

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  16. well we are in San Diego but plan to come to the Q for our first gig to take in the big show... after all these years we are finally getting around to it...

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  17. Nice that you got to check out some long-term options on the way, and got to visit with Lloyd. Great catch on that hanging hose!!

    I love your spot there. Looking forward to getting out there in January. I may stop in at the Benson park as an overnighter on the way.

    Hugs to Katie. See you in Jan.
    Jeanne and Riley

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  18. What a nice living room and it's nice for Katie too. Angel would prefer to walk on a carpet instead of dirt too.

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  19. Hey that looks like a really neat set up in Q. We plan to be there in January (first time) wonder if we will have any difficulty gettin into La Posa South LTVA??? Good catch on that hose.

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    1. It seems like there is always room. La Posa West gets pretty crowded in January - people don't have the normal privacy because it's an easy walk to the big tent and the rest of the smaller tents up and down the street. La Posa South should be no problem at all. :)

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    2. We stayed at LaPosa East which was easier to take the blueboy on a dump run...LOL

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  20. Wishing you and Katie the very best in finding a "Home Base". Enjoy your Living Room!

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