We got our washer ‘n dryer home on Thursday. We definitely needed the help of the firemen to get unloaded. Thom has spent the better part of yesterday and today getting them set up and ready to run. Tried the first test run and the washer wouldn’t run. He’s been tinkering with it for the past hour and I just heard the generator start again so we’ll see if it works this time. This is one of those times when being off grid is definitely a pain in the neck. Having to rely on a generator for power and a water tank and pump for water (cold water only) can be challenging, especially when you are dealing with appliances with minimum power and water pressure requirements. Will let you know if we ever get it gong. Thom did get it going and we did get one load washed and dried, will do the last tomorrow. Although the sales person told us we only needed to connect the cold water hose if we were only using cold water. After much digging in the instruction booklet Thom found in trouble shooting section that both hoses had to be connected in order to run.
On our way back from getting the washer ‘n dryer, we stopped to check mail in Cibola and a truck driver was there trying to get directions from a resident to get to Hwy. 78. Thom told the driver we were going that way and if he just followed us we’d show him where to turn to get to hwy. 78. When we stopped to point to the road to turn on, he got out of his truck, got into the back and brought out a whole case of fresh Snow Peas and handed it to Thom. I’ve been sharing with our guests here in the campground, but I’ve still got lots left. They’ve only been in the fridge for 2 days so are still very fresh. If anyone in Quartzsite or Blythe or anywhere else nearby want’s to have a sir-fry in the near future, drop on by and I’ll share until I’ve no more to share. Just PM me in FB for my phone number or directions to the campground, or email me. Thom and I can only eat so many sauté’s snow peas or salads with snow peas, etc..
Our group of guys that come here on a “mancation” to fish catfish were back. Once again they held a fish fry. This time I made up a big potato salad and we ate at their place. Yummy! They’ll be back again sometime in March I think. Our Firemen will be back in late March or a couple of weeks before Easter. They all know to avoid the week before Easter because that is when the Chosen Few motorcycle group come in… if they are coming.
We have a couple of local Bass Fishing clubs launch here and stage their weigh-ins in our parking lot for the day. Weigh-in is usually at 3 p.m. and after that they release all if their catch in our lagoon right at the ramp. Bass fishing is pretty good that evening and next morning.
We haven’t done any fishing to speak of all year. It’s either been too hot, or I’m just too frustrated with my fishing line to try to get it straightened out and back on the reel. I need to change line completely. In the meantime I’m thinking I’ll take my lightweight trout pole out to the lagoon and see what I can catch with it. A couple of pan sized bass or large blue-gill, maybe a 1 or 2 lb catfish. That would be a nice supplement to the diet.
I’m now going to share some photos from our last few months out here. Remember, you can click on the photo to get the larger picture in a new window. Just close that window to come back to the blog.
These are a couple of the more frightening critters we get here in the campground. They are frightening mostly because of their size. This first one is the Apache Click Beetle (aka Black ‘n White Click Beetle), this one was 2-1/2” long.
The other reason these guys are frightening is their life cycle. Both of these beetles lay their eggs in burrows at the base of the trees. The grubs bore through and eat the roots of the trees. If there are enough of the grubs, they will destroy a tree in short order. The Click beetle’s cycle is 1 year underground then a few months to a year as an adult. The Palo Verde Borer (so named because it’s preferred host tree is the Palo Verde) is an adult just long enough to breed, gather nutrition, and lay eggs. The grubs spend up to 3 years underground eating roots of the trees.
Just because I love them and was so thrilled when Thom called me on the radio to tell me this guy was on the bathroom wall… I’m sharing a new reptile with you. It the Western Banded Gecko. We tell our guests that if they see it on the wall, don’t panic and, by all means, don’t kill it! They eat spiders almost exclusively and we get a lot of spiders in the bathrooms.
You can tell when a gecko is well fed because they store their fat in their tails. See where it’s tail is a bit thicker? If you are thinking of buying a gecko from a pet store, make sure it has a healthy fat tail to know it’s well taken care of.
Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!