We finally left Quartzsite during the first week in May. That is WAY too long to still be in that area. Temperatures really start rising. It was forecasted to be 106 degrees on the day we left. If you had told us that we would still be there into May, we would have laughed. But then, if you had told us that we would have bought a winter place there in March, we would have just looked at you funny. But we did, and that is at least part of the reason for staying beyond the typical Quartzsite “season”.
Sharon made a two week trip over to California to visit her 97 year old dad and otherwise take care of things related to his wellfare, leaving me alone with Quigley. But that was okay because there were things to do. I wanted to get started on building an additional shed. The property already has a really nice one adjacent to our patio but another one will be needed to contain some of our remaining “stuff” that remains in storage over in California. This shed will be a barn-like 10×12 foot structure with a Gambrel roof. I wanted to at least get the floor framing, sheathing and skids finished before leaving. Although we purchased the lumber to complete the framing of the walls, we decided to store that portion until Fall when we return. The Casita on the property is very well built and insulated such that it stays relatively cool even when temperatures climb. As for the portion I DID complete, hopefully it will survive the summer.
Another project that I was able to complete was to refinish our kitchen drawers and cabinets below the countertop in the motorhome. Lots of block sanding, staining and finishing up with a satin polyurethane coating or two.
Ultimately though, Sharon returned from California and we set about packing up for our slow roll northbound toward the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone where we will be camp hosting for the summer.
As this is being written, we have just wrapped up our stay in Williams, Arizona. Suffice it to say, it was much cooler in Williams than in Quartzsite. Williams is a quirky little town that primarily services the many tourists visiting the Grand Canyon. It has Route 66 roots as well, having been a main stop for those traveling west on the “Mother Road” back in the day. The town has kind of grown on us over the last few years. With each visit, we try to venture out and about in an effort to better appreciate the area. While boondocking just a couple miles out of town at one of our favorite spots, we managed to get in a few more road trips. One such trip was to take the Jeep to the top of Bill Williams Mountain which sits immediately south of the town. At 9,100 feet, the 360 degree views were beyond belief. This particular photo is looking out toward Sedona.
And, of course, we had to take in at least one of the breweries in town, the Historic Barrel & Bottle House. She had the Oceanfront Property, an Arizona Lager using a Mexican recipe, while I had the Farmers Tan, a Pale Wheat Ale.
Although summer has not arrived as yet, there are quite a few folks in town, many of whom are here to visit and/or ride the train to the Grand Canyon.
As we continue northbound, we will continue to spend time in Northern Arizona visiting the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell. Then, maybe over to Colorado.
Who knows? Such is the life of the nomadic traveler. Stay tuned.