Summer 2023 Page 47

Jan 25…really nice night last night…wind subsided…the gas fire ring was warm and cozy…drank about an ounce of Makers Mark…don’t know if I’m going to turn into a Whisky drinker…still can’t get used to the taste so it’s probably gonna be back to cheap beer…one or two cans a month is my limit.

Drove down to Bouse for milk and cookies…on my return I found another nice campsite on down the gravel road from my last one on the hill…super quiet…no road noise at all…nice. I keep the hood of the van up when I’m camped in the desert…a pack rat or mouse is less likely to crawl up in the engine bay and chew the wiring when it’s lit up with light or open to the sky.

29 Jan…today my sister, niece Alyx, and her dad (my nephew) Ashley had a little birthday party for him at mom’s place…I don’t have a clue how old he is but I guess around 40…here’s a photo of two to the sweetest little kids in the world…mom’s mother and father are in the photo between them in the back ground…very neat.

I left the desert this morning and headed into Quartzsite to grab a shower and do my laundry…decided to head up to Parker for the night at the Walmart…get my grub stake restocked and hang with the weirdos :).

I’ve only been drinking coffee for about 12 years…in all that time I’ve never been able to find a coffee that didn’t taste bitter…it’s probably just me…but today was a milestone in history…while at my friends Phillip and Susan’s casa in Lake Havasu City the other day Phillip told me they only drink Black Rifle Coffee…the are very patriotic…I like that…well, I spotted some in the isle at Walmart…made a cup with the pour over system I have and Holly Cow…I’ve gone to coffee Heaven…so smooth, sweet, and not a trace of bitterness…I’m on my 10th cup 🙂

I think when I get back out in the desert I’m gonna use the rest of my K-Cups for target practice 🙂

30 Jan…it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…extremely quiet night at Walmart last night…guess all the coke/meth/benzo/trank heads had their fix on and were passed out in the woods…after two glorious cups of Black Rifle Coffee I drove to the Crossroads BLM Campground…it’s about 500 feet into Californication on the banks of the Colorado River across from Parker AZ…and…I grabbed the PRIMO spot…it’s really expensive at $2.50 a night with my Golden Age Pass 🙂

the view out my door…that’s looking back at Arizona across the river

2 Feb…I’m back…been a nice few days since the last update…I only spent one night at the Crossroads Campground…I don’t watch regular TV…nothing but crap…I get most of my entertainment from the net…it was almost usable at the campground but so slow…I didn’t want my life pass by waiting for the cartoons to load so I headed on down the road…topped off the fuel as I left Parker and headed back to my favorite campsite on Plomosa Road near Bouse.

I noticed many of the campers had left the area…the Big Tent Show had closed so that may be the reason…so quiet here…lots of trails to explore on the bike…made a good cheese/ground beef/salsa quesadilla for dinner…not bad but the cow muscle from Walmart sucks.

I love walking in the desert…so quiet…I try to get two, one mile walks in each day…one in the morning and one late in the afternoon when the sun is going down…during those times it seems all the world’s problems are far away.

8 Feb…life in the desert is calm…quiet…little mental or physical energy is used to stay comfortable…I’ve been following the horror of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria…all the empathy I have for those people will never be enough…times like those make me feel selfish…selfish that I’m ok….not hurting…not starving…not cold…life is not fair…many are blaming God for abandoning them…that’s not fair also…God never said mankind would not suffer…he only promised a good life after death…until then we should do what we can do to help others…to comfort…to console…to bury with respect.

37f this morning…not a breath of wind…crystal clear skies…humidity is 17%…burning my trash in the fire pit…I have one bag for paper stuff that will burn completely…one bag for cans and any stuff that needs to go to the dump.

Spent a few great days with my friends again in Lake Havasu City…Susan and Phillip…we watched TV, had great conversations solving the world’s problems…and eating good Mexican grub…I always look forward to seeing the Lake Havasu City city limits sign 🙂

I’ll be out here on Plomosa Road until Sunday…then it’s off to Tombstone…I’m a huge wild west fan…love the characters and tales of daring do…I’ve plotted a new route back to Florida…lots of small back roads across Texas…might stop by the site of the Branch Davidian massacre near Waco…we will see.

Perfect night tonight in the desert

All calm…warm fire…a cup of 50/50 water Makers Mark bourbon…ask me why I love being in the desert…

12 Feb…been in Tombstone AZ for a couple of days…really nice place to dry camp (boondock) right next to the historic old courthouse for $10 a night…center of the town is only two blocks away…here’s some photos.

Dolls, toys, and clothes from the towns children in the 1880’s

The Tombstone news paper the day after the shootout at the OK Corral…you can zoom in to read the article.

Wyatt Earp’s brother Virgil was ambushed in the street next to the original Crystal Palace

The Birdcage is completely unrestored and is as it was in the 1880’s when Wyatt Earp, his brothers, and Doc Holiday were in town.

If you’ve seen the movie Tombstone with Curt Russel as Wyatt Earp this is the theater in the movie.

Bullet holes in the ceiling

Left as it was in the 1880’s

One of the rooms in the Birdcage that was used by the “Soiled Doves”…all original…I was told this room was used by the lady in the b&w photo…her name is lost to history.

And of course the famous traveling cup made an appearance….:)

13 Feb… another really nice quiet night in tombstone last night….Got back on the road about 8 AM heading east on I-10…. really high winds and dust storms for about 250 miles …decided to throw in the towel and stop at the Cracker Barrel in Las Cruces New Mexico for the night….Got some big rains coming into the area with a front moving through….That should knock the dust down and hopefully the winds will be calmer in the morning.

I’ve decided not to take back roads across Texas. That would probably take me a month. So I’m just gonna hang out on I 10 all the way back to Florida. Looking forward to seeing friends and family and my beautiful little niece. Also looking forward to hopping on the little Honda 300 rally motor bike and going for some rides….later.

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