A little dry camping never hurt...or does it?

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Dome Mountain Park

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Day 219 - We drove the 80 miles from Havasu to Quartzsite and found a free campground run by the state.  Basically you drive off the road onto flat desert and go for it!  We found a great fire pit already built and the three RV's all surrounded it and made the middle our living area with all our doors opening towards the fire pit.  We (all 6 of us) have our chairs a table to two out and we all eat together.  We had a mishap with the surge protector after a great deal of wind, and then of course you have to have the flood next and we did! The water line disconnected and began spewing water all over the place for several hours and the bucket that the surge protector was in, got flooded - so our first dilemma was the lack of electricity.  Nick managed to by-pass that and we got our electric back.  We usually have this large surge protector covered in plastic at the "pole" where you plug in, but we needed an extension, and it needs to be upright - hence the bucket.  Not ALL of our ideas are good ones!!!

Day 220 - (12/5) We go into "town" (not really one) and see the vendors all set up for business along several roads.  This is where the rock hounds come - why?  Who knows, but you can find just about anything that you DON'T need here!  From RV supplies, to tee-shirts to junk, you name it! You will probably find something that you didn't know you needed, but realize that you did!  NOT!
I got a tee shirt that says "HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY (you figure it out! ha)...and Nick found several RV thing-a-ma-jigs that he couldn't live without.

Day 221 -(12/6)  Back to town to see what, if anything, that we could have possibly missed.
Apparently we did miss some things. We are using McDonald's as our personal hot spot.  Works great and Nick gets his work done and I get caught up on the blog.  We met up with a couple who live here that are relatives of Nick's Cousin Elly, and we had a delightful time with them. Iileen took me to lots of great places to shop and Nick and Steve went to the firehouse where he works and checked out their facility. 

Day 222 -(12/7) Our last day in Quartzsite.  We had breakfast out with Iileen and Steve and then did a bit more exploring with them.  It was cold today for their standards and what made it worse was the wind.  

Here's your history lesson about this crazy place in the middle of no where!!  On the welcome sign as you come into this town, you see a reference to camels and mountains.  Well the mountains were obvious, but camels?  I wasn't so sure why that was here.  Well, come to find out, General Patton used this area as a training ground for his troops.  He brought in all these camels to help train and because this was desert, he figured it would be great training for the men.  Come to find out camels can't handle the rocks.  Their feet are meant for sand and this area is all rocky.  So, when they left to go overseas, he left the camels here and they roamed the desert until they all died or were carted off to zoos maybe.

As we looked across the road and up the hills in front of us, we saw this great old stone building that was in disrepair and Claudia and I were planning on hiking up there to see it.  I told Iilene about this, and that's when I heard the story of Patton and his camels.  This structure was one of theirs during their training years here.  Interesting!  She also told us that you can still find shell casings up there.  So off we went that afternoon to see this up close.  It turned out that there were two stone buildings up there.  One is disrepair, the other still intact except for windows and doors.  There are a lot of trails and old roads up there and the 4-wheelers have a blast around there and you can see signs of people camping up there as well.  Pretty Cool.

As Claudia and I left the area and continued our hike, we were walking on the road going up to one of the taller hills, when all of a sudden we hear this 4-wheeler that seemed pretty close.  We hurried off the road (you couldn't see to the other side of this road as we were approaching the top of it) and sure enough had we not heard that vehicle and continued walking, we would have been directly in his path, and the outcome would NOT have been good for us!  So much for a nice quiet walk in the desert!! 

Day 223 - (12/8)  Today we made our way 80 miles south to Yuma, AZ.  We are staying in a great campsite with wonderful amenities.  We are thinking of coming back here for a month in February.  They have wonderful heated pools and hot tubs (Claudia and I took advantage of both) , tennis courts, shuffleboard and lots of classes and entertainment!  Might as well see how the "blue hairs" live!II
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Jan Marsengill on

Great pictures, but really want to say "Happy Biirthday" really do miss my friend!
Love you

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