Saturday, December 20, 2014

Goodbye Quartzsite - at least for now.

Here are some final photos from Quartzsite:

This coyote walked down the road right near us, just strolling along - at 12:30 in the afternoon.  I was surprised to see him at that time of day, and when a car drove past on the road, he just stood there and looked at it.  Wasn't at all worried.  He looks pretty healthy. 

This was a shot of the full moon rising over the aspen glow on the eastern mountains behind us.

One of our hummers in the campsite:

Did this Hummingbird hear about the "hands up, don't shoot" protesters?

I loved this cactus and took lots of photos of it.

Here it is at sunset:

This is Sasha, Sue and Brian's dog.  She's such a sweet dog, and Katie really liked her.

Pretty Quartzsite sunset:

Well, you all know why we have wheels on our homes, right?   So we can move on down the road whenever we want.  As much as I like Quartzsite, it was constantly cold and mostly cloudy the 5+ weeks we were there.  When we first got there it was nice, but once it turned cold and cloudy, it seemed to go on forever.  I remember two years ago it was like that, and I finally moved south. I did it again Friday.

On Thursday I let Brian know I was leaving and he came over at 8 am Friday morning and un-tilted my solar panels so I could drive on the 95 freeway.  Thanks, Brian!

We are now at Imperial Dam LTVA - it's actually on the California side of the CA/AZ border, but this area still has Mountain Time.  It's warmer here, and will be for weeks and weeks.  I may or may not return to Quartzsite - depending on whether I feel like moving again.

This is where the wild burros are that Katie and I loved so much in 2012.  I don't often repeat photos, but couldn't resist showing you these again.  Do you remember them?

They were so much fun to watch!  We've come through this way since then, but haven't stayed long enough to see them. This time I plan to stay longer and get lots of great burro photos.  I hope.

This morning when we took our walk, there was a line of lots and lots of hoof prints going right by The Palms.  According to my neighbor, they pass this way every morning while it's still dark, and then retrace their steps in the evening.  I think they are headed to the canals below us.  Yes, we have a view of the water.  I wasn't expecting to get one of these water view sites coming this late.  They are usually taken early in the season and it's almost the end of December, so I was surprised to see some empty.  The last two times I was here it was pretty crowded and these were taken, but this time we lucked out.  (Its actually not a really pretty site, but I prefer it to the inside sites with trees and bushes.  From here I can see the road and the water, and when the burros are walking down the road I can see them.)

The Yuma Proving Grounds down the road are doing a lot of warfare practice - there's a lot of "BOOM" stuff going on.  Some of them shake The Palms.

Welcome to our newest Follwers, Tom and Deb Duchaine!  Katie and I are happy to have you following along with us - Welcome Aboard!  :)

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


  1. Here's wishing you a Safe and Happy Holidays from the both of us.

    It's about time.

  2. Yep, these wheels are made for rollin'! Isn't it just awesome how we can pack up and go wherever we want to whenever we want to. I know you will enjoy the warmer temps.
    I love the burrow pictures and hope to see more...
    Merry Christmas to you and Katie.

  3. Sounds like you have a pretty spot. I'd like a place where you can watch the burros.

  4. I hope you see the burrows lots of times. Keep warm and enjoy. Happy Holidays.

  5. That is one strange looking saguaro.
    Yes, isn't it nice to be able to just pick up and move when you feel like it?
    Merry Christmas!

  6. It seemed like you found a perfect place for a while, until you mentioned the Proving Grounds. I hope the noise and rumble doesn't get on your nerves too badly. I love the coyotes and the burros!

  7. Enjoy your warmer weather in the Yuma weather. Being retired from the Navy I am aware just how much shaking/vibrating those dropped bombs bring. At NAS Whidbey Island they use to have a sign that said the loud jet engine noise was "the sound of freedom". People in that area now days are fighting to reduce that noise.

    At least with the occasional shakes, it might have any old hidden dust shaken loose to be easier to vacuum. :)

  8. Wild animals and birds are a joy to observe. Keep on posting your pictures, I really enjoy them.

  9. It's been chilly here also but at least the sun is shining and it's not snowing. I'm hoping Q isn't too cold while we're there this year. We'll be in Yuma in a couple of weeks. Hopefully we'll get to see you then.

  10. That's why I like Florida, rarely cold (for me), sometimes a bit too humid but not too bad as long as the temps are under 76 or so. That was the first I had seen of the burros, if Skruffy saw a Burro up that close I am afraid she couldn't keep her mouth shut! Have a wonderful Christmas Barbara. --Dave (

  11. You're not too far down the road from me at Imperial NWR. Maybe we can meet up during your stay?

    1. Yes, definitely! I have someone coming to visit and she has a car, I was thinking of asking her if she wanted to see the Imperial NWR and visit you. (I'm sure she will!) I'll e-mail when she gets her the first of the year. :)

  12. Aren't you glad you don't have to carry a donkey bag around to pick up after all those donkeys? Great photos! Those coyotes look pretty well fed.

  13. Great Coyote pics, he is becoming pretty laid back with peeps.
    Merry Christmas

  14. I'm sorry that you moved before I got a chance to visit with you! Hope you get lots of burro photos!

  15. Hope you and Katie have a Merry Christmas and that the New Year brings you many more safe adventures. Love travelling vicariously with you.

  16. Merry Christmas to you and Katie!!! Stay warm!!!! xx Sheila

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