Tuesday, April 26, 2011

davis camp

Living in an RV full time has its advantages and its disadvantages. One of the best parts of this lifestyle for me is the ability to "live" in places where most people camp. It means that we get some of the best waterfront property in the country. We lived here at Davis Camp on the banks of the Colorado River for almost a month. Our "campsite" was right next to the boat launch and on week-ends was a hub of activity. And right across the river is Laughlin, Nevada. It's a quaint little river town with Vegas-style casinos but not the Vegas vastness. Davis Camp you rock. We'll be back again (:

its a large Mohave County campground with beach camping, rv hook-ups and day-use beaches
sidewalk camping - each RV has it's own ramada picnic table and riverbank

our technology array securely anchored - one of the disadvantages or full-time RV-ing
always something entertaining out the back window - a float plane of all things
fabulous sunsets right out the door
looking downstream at Laughlin's casinos
                        a great place for making jewelry !                                       http://cgi.ebay.com/handmade-BLUE-OPAL-pendant-GREEN-FLUORITE-ss-necklace-/350456094654 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

journal entry #3245

Wednesday, Day 3,245
March 2, 2011
BLM land near Bouse, Arizona

It's been a good week of visiting our friend who spends his winters near Bisbee, Arizona. Bisbee is an interesting, artsy old mining town with a definite desert edginess.
the residents are as colorful as their homes
a storefront
interesting mixes of old and new
walking by St. Elmo's bar
love love love the cardinal's fine plumage

This morning we hit the road for some real desert camping. It's a familiar drive through Tucson (sigh, not this year) where close to half the palms seem to have survived the 3 days of 24-hour freezing weather. As we drive past Piccacho Peak we wonder about the sanity of those who hike to stand on the top. We stop at Tonopah for $3.89 a gallon diesel and a Subway sandwich. We can see that the hot springs huge old palms have not been hurt by the cold weather of the past month. Saddle Mountain appears empty of campers and full of spring green. We leave I-10 at Vicksburg and drive past it's inviting BLM track-side camping. At the Bouse county park, the guy takes our $2 for water and warns us of hungry coyotes and even a puma with two cubs sighted last week. As we're driving the four-wheel road into our favorite Bouse Hills campsite, a coyote crosses in front of us, sort of hovering. He runs when Dick gets out of the truck and yells at him. We'll still keep Hilldog close. Camp is set up, naps are taken, jewelry is made, firewood is gathered in the wash and for the first time since Lone Rock on Lake Powell (over 3 months ago), we enjoy a sunset campfire. It's like coming home when we are in the Sonoran Desert. The evening stays warm and we sleep with open windows. It's good to be back in the desert. 

good fire, good wine, good dog
it's nice to be able to camp in the desert without a campground

I can't explain it, but I feel a kinship with the Saguaro cactus

Sunday, April 10, 2011

texas tropical

OK Pam, this is for you and our shared love of the feathered friends. Also saw a pair of "rare and endangered" whooping cranes through a scope, so you'll just have to take my word for it :)

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