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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sunny, Windy Day At The Big Tent, Same Mountains, Grilling Supper and Lights On.


Our Location today is La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A. 

We were trying something different last night after not having been able to sleep with our CPAPs the entire night before. We were in bed and sound asleep minutes after 10:00 MST and we were both up before the Sun this morning. When the sun made its appearance, we noted there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and within seconds the light on our Charge Controller was flashing away meaning that our Batteries were charging. YEAH! 
While having our breakfast, we were discussing whether we should wait until tomorrow to check out all the activity that was happening at the Big Tent or go today. The outside temperature at the time was only 43 F (6 C) so we wouldn’t be getting much accomplished outside and we had been told if we were going to go, be there before it opens at 9:00 or you’ll never find a parking spot. With it not even being 8:00 we decided to go for it today. 
The Big Tent straight ahead.
It was 8:30 by the time we locked the door and headed towards the entrance of La Posa South. We did have some delays as we dodged extremely large water puddles that were left over from last night’s heavy rainfall. Heading north on Highway 95 I thought that we’d have to turn onto Tyson Wells Road to find a parking spot but when I saw other vehicles from La Posa South turning into the gate that said RV Sale I followed them. Kathy was a little concerned as we traveled through a few washes that were fairly moist back to higher ground to where instant parking lots were being made in the Desert. 
Once parked the next challenge was walking back through those washes amongst parked vehicles until we finally arrived at the Big Tent. Kathy doesn’t do well in big crowds so we were moving at a slow crawl amongst all the others that thought today would be the best day to visit. We even ran into our friends George and Suzie checking out some of the Vendors themselves. We wandered down all the aisles inside the Big Tent before going outside to see the Vendors that had set up around the Big Tent itself.
Since we’d already worn off Breakfast even though it was only 10:30 we each had a Hotdog to fill the void. One thing that really amazed us was how many people were bringing their dogs with them to the Big Tent. Kathy and I are both animal lovers but you could see the fear of the crowds in those poor animal’s behavior. Big Crowds in Tight Spots are not the place for some people but especially those poor dogs. 

All these dogs were scared of the crowds.
We made a small purchase at the Camping World Tent of clothes hangers before heading back to find our truck. There are no street signs or row numbers out in the dessert so by the Fourth Wash of Vehicles we spotted our truck in the distance. After waiting for the line of cars and trucks to stop blocking us we managed to pull from our spot and start heading back the way we came. 
Remember the Heavy Rainfall I mentioned we had here last night. As the ground was very soft as we traveled back and we were doing fine until the person in front of us stopped to talk with a Long-Lost Buddy. When he finally moved on, we couldn’t. The rear wheels just dug in. I switched the transfer case to Four Wheel Drive but we still weren’t going anywhere and Kathy was getting nervous.
I always carry a small shovel in the truck so I started moving the lose Sand and Gravel from around the wheels. Just then Kevin offers to hook a tow strap to pull me out but I wanted to try one more time. When I did try again Kevin said the front wheels weren’t turning. That’s when it dawned on me to Manually Lock the Front Wheel Hubs themselves. As soon as that was done the truck had no trouble pulling itself from it’s Trap. I thanked Kevin and we were on our way. 
Kathy with the Michelin Man.
Somehow because there was still traffic coming in from the one trail the one I took brought us out in La Posa West behind the Big Tent. When we reached Highway 95 the Northbound Traffic was stopped from Tyson Wells Road a Half Mile away to across the road from our exit. Glad we weren’t heading in that direction. 
Traffic backed up a half a mile.
Back Home we had clear skies but cold winds so we thought that we’d do the morning reading that we’d missed. As I was finishing getting caught up on other posts that I’d recently missed I was reading the post called A Place Called Away where Lorne Green has started to install Solar Panels on their Motorhome. Something about one picture looked familiar but I couldn’t figure it out. Just then I raised my eyes from the screen to look out our window and there was exactly the same mountains that were in the picture. I went for quite a few walks this afternoon looking for them with no luck. The only thing I can figure is that We are parked at the same spot They were parked when the picture was taken and they have moved on. 
Same Mountains as in Your Picture.
Returning from one of my searches.
For supper, I positioned our Weber Q under the front of our trailer to block some of the wind so that I could grill a Chicken that we’d picked up the other day. It took nearly two hours on low heat to grill but it came out Moist and Tender just the way that George from Our Awesome Travels does it. Kathy made up the sides inside and everything tasted great. 
Our Windsock shows the wind coming from the Southeast.
Herbed Pasta, Corn and Chicken,
Since the Sun had set while we were eating after we were finished I started closing the Window Shades when I noticed the lights were lit on Gerry and Melinda’s Truck. I went over and when Gerry came out he couldn’t understand why they were on. He checked the light switch then if the doors were ajar. That’s when he noticed he’d left his keys in the ignition. Ten seconds after he took them out his lights went off. He appreciated the warning. 
We’ll see how our Batteries do tomorrow since the clouds are supposed to be back. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.

Krackers 

Words of Inspiration 

Don't hold on to anger, hurt or pain. 

They steal your energy and keep you from love. 

Leo Buscaglia, American Lecturer

6 comments:

  1. We parked at the RV show in the free parking lot a 100 yards from the tent, no washes there. It was a wonderful busy day with full sunshine.

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  2. If you go early, there is usually parking up front off Hwy 95. The back lot is known for lots of water and getting stuck. Glad you got out with no problem. The Big Tent is always an experience!!

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  3. It sure is a grand site seeing the light on the solar controller blinking early in the day isn't it!

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  4. We went early to the Big Tent so had a great spot in the lot. I was worried about the sand too in La Posa West so didn't want to do that. Glad you got out!

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  5. Glad to read you are getting some sunshine. We were so hoping to get there by the end of this week and check out the Big Tent this year. But when the weather turned here we knew the safest thing to do was stop and accept we would not make it. Enjoy your time and if you are still there the beginning of February hopefully we will run into the two of you.
    Stay Safe.

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  6. Hope your time in Quartzsite goes well. It is cold and cloudy here in the Phoenix area, too. Ugg.

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