The Sonoran Desert,then homeward bound

Trip Start Dec 16, 2008
Trip End Jul 01, 2013

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Quartzsite,RV park

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Thursday, April 21, 2011

After a week of working in the wind and dust to lay up Windstrutter, we were ready enough to leave. In the evening before our departure a  'happy hour' in a local bar  turned into a very happy few hours ! Saying our goodbyes and wishing fair winds and travels to each other, dancing to rumba and drinking the loveliest frosted limon Margueritas ever! 
 Ken, from  Plan 'B' knocked on the boat at 5.00 and we piled ourselves into his truck (with my picnic surprise, which was  prepared under the influence during the earlier hours!),then hit the open road to the border at Nogales.It was a 6hour drive and we nearly got caught in the truck lane for the border,where apparently the drivers can wait up to 3 days! It seems to me a disaster as the poorest people live on that border and a great wall is being built around them.Trying to sell their wares and wash windscreens,using various materials probably not wholly suitable for the purpose,seems degrading and futile.
 After the checks we were dropped off in Tuscon (1 hour  from the border), in order to catch the Greyhound on to Phoenix (another 2 hours).
 In Phoenix Dave, a friend we'd met cruising 2 years ago, met us and drove us another 2 hours to his winter home in an RV (recreational vehicle) park,at Quartzsite.In the winter months thousands trek down , many from Canada and Alaksa to park up and spend a few months under the spell of the desert. Dave and Gina's plot even has a covered Mexican style patio and kitchen where we had a wonderful turkey and watched the full moon and stars through the arched porticos. We had a trailer to ourselves and I slept like a baby and woke refreshed for what was to become an adventurous day in the desert.
Everyone seemed to have dunes buggies and quad bikes and we set off the girls in one buggy and the guys in another.We wove our way towards the mountains and I found myself driving up and down rocky corrals and through dry riverbeds. The desert was awash with flowers as the cacti blossom this time of year,but only for a few weeks. I saw chipmunks scurrying in and out of bushes, lizards hunting for shade and humming birds swiftly sipping the nectar of brilliant red catcus flowers.
 Who would think this raw arid  place could be so spell blindingly beautiful.After about one bumpy hour we came upon a spring and rocks covered in Native American petroglyphs,showing symbols and drawings of the people who survived for sometime in this harsh place.The glyphs appeared to develop the idea of these people being slightly different from the animals around ,though very much a part of their environment.
 On our way back we also found two dead  rattlesnakes,from which Tony removed the rattles and plans to make either earings out of them,or rattlesnake deterrents by tying  them to the end of shoelaces!
Back at the ranch (good line, eh?) we said our good byes and Dave drove us once again 2 hours back to Phoenix.Then adiós and back to Brighton,where fantastically the sun was shining.

 This trip was enhanced by our experiences and that included our friends and strangers, who in Mexico always gave with their hearts open. 
 Thanks especially to the 3 Dave's and Ken for ferrying us around. George for taking my teasing and giving it back,Venus and Gareth for a great new friendship,Paul, Robert and Mark for their support when things looked bleak for a while.
 My heros are the pangueros, who go out and fish no matter how much the wind blows and the dust burns.Guaymas, Marina Singlar staff for being helpful and human.Manuel, the panadoro,whose sweetness went beyond his cream hornitos every morning ,in the boatyard.
 Dave and Gina for their hospitality and sense of fun! 
 Richard for taking such good care of my boat,Eileen,Steve and Dave for a lovely welcome home.Ray for being vigilant (my boat was damaged whilst I was away)Mike for dinner last night (eventually) and all our friends out there where ever you are, we think about you and you make our lives richer. Love y besos Jacquie and Tony. 
P.S. Good luck and fair winds to Cool Cat and crew in getting to Aus. 
P.P.S. BSC for saving the pond! Thanks to John, Dan the gardener and the FOPs.
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Miyuki Kaneda on

There's a small desert in Japan but I've never seen like this desert in my life!

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