After two months in Los Angeles, we are back in Arizona for the winter. And I cannot tell you how great it feels. Not that we did not have a great window for Sharon to spend quality time with her 97 year old father. And not that I was not able to spend important time tackling many projects in conjunction with the motorhome. All of this, in addition to spending Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day there was a blessing.
In spite of all of this, however, was my total dissatisfaction with nearly all things California. Particularly, what California has become in recent years. I almost cannot believe that most of my life was spent as a resident there. From growing up in Northern California, to most of my military years spent there, to my 25 year corporate life there, to owning a business for 13 years there. The California of today is NOT for us. And although we are still official residents, THAT will change in the near future.
So, we’re back in Arizona. Quartzsite to be specific. Although we have enjoyed our time here for the past three winters, we know this is just a temporary “home” in winter. At all other times, it is too freeking hot here. Although we ARE looking at other more northerly locations within Arizona for a potential home base, we’re also looking outside of Arizona as well. We’ll see. We are not in any hurry, and the full-time RV lifestyle is something we love and plan on continuing.
Although we are presently hanging out in our favorite RV park here for a couple of weeks, later this month we will move about 4 miles up the road to our BLM boondocking area north of town. We will be joined by something close to 100 other RVs JUST IN OUR GROUP as part of Ooberfest 2018, the 3rd annual gathering of folks who for the most part, did not know each other prior to the event. You just sign up and show up during the third week in January coinciding with the BIG RV Show held each year in Quartzsite. It’s free and all self-contained RVs of any type are welcome. Just Google “Ooberfest”.
On another front, those that follow this blog know that we lost our longtime doggie companion “Bogie” at the end of this past July. As everyone goes through who have had pets and lost pets, we were faced with whether 1) to get another one, and 2) if so, when is the best time after the loss. For us, there was never any question as to whether we would get another doggie, but we DID wonder when that would be. We always said that it would be when it felt right.
During the Christmas holiday, we visited an animal shelter. Rescuing pets is all the rage these days. It’s almost as though it is politically correct. And I hate political correctness. Nevertheless, I AM in favor of rescuing a pet if the stars align. And the stars DID almost align with one particular doggie. But, unfortunately, we were 5th in line for this particular guy.
After getting over our momentary disappointment and chaulking it up to “it was just not meant to be”, I happened to come across a Recycler website pertaining to dogs for sale. That’s when, among the hundreds of ads, I came across an ad with THIS guy…
And after meeting his family (mom above, dad below), we negotiated a deal and drove home with him.
Ya, I know, he sort of looks like Bogie. Although that was unintended, we’re okay with it. His name is Quigley mainly because, of the list of names we came up with, he responded to “Quigley”.