Our Location today is Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A.
With the sudden change to overcast skies and at times some intense rainfall that the locals are saying didn’t occur during the Monsoon Season the escape to Parker yesterday helped to ease the feeling of Claustrophobia and gave us a few moments of relaxed enjoyment. The temperature did manage to dip into the mid forties last night so we caught up on some of our lost sleep. Waking to the sound of more rain on the roof was somewhat of a setback but then we saw the sky starting to brighten around 8:00 MST this morning. As we sat finishing our breakfast just before 9:00 we had to reach over to turn on the remaining lights in the living area because the sky was once again filled with night-time darkness from the once again intense rain that was coming down.
We spent additional time at the computers enjoying not one, not two but three hot drinks to start our morning. We even extended our time there after our morning chores were completed doing unexpected research due to the continuing rain. I was considering ordering some Adjustment Knobs to make changing the angle of the Solar Panels much easier but it didn’t matter whether I was on a Big Box Site or a Supplier’s Site none of them could find the stock that I’d personally had seen before on their shelves with my own eyes.
The only outside chore that I needed to do for the next few days was to dump our tanks. Even wearing my winter weight rain jacket while outside the Thirty + MPH wind gusts felt like they were going right through me. Staying outside to visit was not high on my list today.
Shortly after having a Soup and Sandwich along with some Strawberry Shortcake for lunch using our new cell phones we called our friend Vera back in Windsor. She was happy to hear from us and about what we have been doing. She was feeling sorry for the poor weather that we were having all the while she is suffering with a Cold or Flu for the last few days without taking anything to fight it with. Wishes for a Merry Christmas were exchanged and she will be sharing them with her husband Bill when she goes to visit him as they both love to hear about our travels.
|It felt so good just to see the sun break through the clouds.|
The rain finally stopped around 2:00 this afternoon and there was something that started to appear through the breaks in the clouds towards the southwestern part of the sky that was almost unrecognizable since it had been over three days from the last time we’d seen it. It was the Sun and even though we couldn’t feel its warmth just having its rays shining in our faces was a blessing in itself.
We drove down towards the Vendors Area in Quartzsite and were not surprised to see most were closed by 3:00 in the afternoon. What we were surprised to see was The Service Road leading to the Pilot Service Center was blocked off due to Flooding. This is new for us but for the locals it’s just part of living in the desert. Because the ground is so dry rain just sits on top and eventually builds. Since there are no Storm Sewers the washes in the desert fill and will cover the low-lying roads. Give the Sun a day and you’ll never know the Flooding happened.
We stopped in first at the Family Dollar to get some walking exercise in and found they had a Case of Bottled Water on Sale. When we went to pay for it and a small snack I saw that they had the new Tap Card Readers so I used it. The sound it made startled the clerk because it was different than anything he’d ever heard and he immediately asked what I’d done. I had to explain that this technology has been around for years back in Canada. That was the first time he had ever seen it done and had a hard time believing it was that easy.
Still being early we also went down to Dollar General to walk around a bit more. Now Dollar General is supposed to be a leader as Dollar Stores goes but every time we’ve gone in this store in Quartzsite it is a mess. The shelves look like most of the stock has been thrown in place and piles of stock line the aisles making it difficult to walk down let alone push a cart.
Outside most of the clouds continued to break apart and the sun was well appreciated. We started to head back towards Quail Run RV Park on Highway 95 when we realized the wind hadn’t calmed any which would make using our Weber Q an impossible task. Doing a double left turn I circled the block and came out across the street from Silly Al’s Pizza. The place was hopping at 4:30 in the afternoon but the service and the Hawaiian Pizza we ordered were all as good as before.
Back Home we made another phone call to our Friend Kathie in Windsor. She is still having a hard time adjusting after Ross’s Passing this past May. She celebrated Christmas with her son Dwayne yesterday because he has to work tomorrow in Orillia. She will celebrate Christmas again with her daughter Christine and her husband’s parents tomorrow. She continues to make changes in her life knowing that she has to continue on.
The wind continues to pummel the trailer as I write this post but should calm down soon after midnight. We are so grateful that I installed the Stabilizers otherwise we’d both be getting Sea Sick. With the skies being clear tonight we’ll also be seeing lower temperatures Close to the Freezing Mark.
Kathy and I would like to wish all our Family, Friends, Followers and Readers a Safe and Merry Christmas at this Joyous Time of Year. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
It’s about time.
Words of Inspiration
The bravest thing that men do is love women.
Mort Sahl, American Comedian