Help is on it’s way. The BLM is providing us with gas for our Honda generators, and ordering propane right away when we tell them the tank is down below 30%. We use the Hondas to run the portable A/C, and the propane generator supplements the power to the batteries on the solar system which we use to power the house including the big 15K a/c on the RV. We are now running the Honda AND the propane generators all night long so we can have both a/c’s on all night.
We have another 13K a/c over the bedroom, but every time we’d run it, it would run 15 to 20 minutes then trip the breaker. Even though the other two a/c’s were running all night with a fan blowing up to the bedroom and a fan in the bedroom, it would still be mid 80’s until the early hours of the morning. One of the guests who have been here since the 19th does air conditioning and offered to come take a look at it. After telling him what was happening, he said it could very likely be a bad breaker. He attached an amp meter to the breaker (20 amp breaker) and we turned on the a/c. After about 10 minutes it tripped and the meter only read 16 amps. Right next to this breaker is a breaker for the washer/dry we don’t use so he switched the wires and , viola, the a/c ran all night long giving us the best nights sleep since the heat hit. If I had time and could stand the oven being on in the RV, I’d bake him a cake or cobbler.
We’re not seeing many snakes at all now. I guess the heat is such that they only roam around at night after the temps get low enough. The lizards are sure active though. Every time I walk outside I see a lizard scurrying away. I’ve seen 3 separate Desert Spiny lizards, the male and female I shared in my last post and a youngun’ about 1/2 the size of the female. Other’s we have out here are varying sizes of the Giant Spotted Whiptail Lizard, the Ornate Tree Lizard and the Side-blotched Lizard.
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I mentioned earlier that “help is on it’s way”. The BLM has purchased a 20K diesel generator for our campground (host site only) and it should be here the first week of July. They have already filled our diesel jump tank so we’ll be ready to go when it gets here.
Not many people coming out to go fishing, but those who do are doing pretty well. One guy caught a 50 lb. Flathead Catfish out of the river (not a back water) just a bit up river from here. I took photos for him, but with his camera and IPhone and didn’t get any with my camera.
With the temperatures getting up above 110° and staying there during the daytimes, our guests on the point have been doing a great job of beating the heat. These shots are all in our lagoon.
And here’s a photo of their group, shot from the Oxbow Bridge.
We’d welcome this group of people back any time! They are a joy to have in the campground. They are respectful of us, the land they are staying on and the creatures who share this land. Usually when we have a group like this at least one of them can and will be a pain in the…. tongue (from my biting it constantly), but every single one of the people in this group are lovely to have around, even the kids (the older I get the less tolerant I get to brats).
A week ago we had a snake I rarely see go through our campground. This one is quite difficult to get photos of because it is so very fast. It’s actually called the Red Racer. This one was at least 6 feet long. The first pic is the whole snake and the 2nd is after it hid under a board and started feeling safe, it stuck it’s head out to see what was happening. You’ll often see them moving along with their head up in the air like that looking for prey.
Planning and preparing meals has been challenging. I don’t want to heat the house with the oven, nor do I want to stand outside in the sun in 115° to cook on the BBQ. Last night fixed a shrimp salad and was so disappointed. Where can you buy (in the state of AZ) shrimp that is NOT farmed. The shrimp last night was mushy and flavorless. I haven’t been able to find shrimp that is wild caught and not farmed in the stores I have access to. I love salmon, but can’t afford wild caught. Produce is hard to find at a reasonable price and it’s rare to get fresh. Although, on that point, we do have Van Dyke farms in Blythe that we buy whatever and whenever we can find. We don’t mind paying the price for it (about the same as the stores) because we know it’s fresh. They have yummy melons and fresh corn. We are eating a lot of veggies, fruit and cheese now and a lot less meat, but when we do eat meat it’s often Schwan’s precooked chicken patties or precooked chicken breasts.
Pineapple has been available at a reasonable price so I’m buying a lot of it. I learned that if I slice it, lay it out flat on a cookie sheet and freeze it, I can store it in plastic bags in the freezer and pull it out as I want/need it. I find eating it after it’s thawed just a tiny bit is super refreshing, like a pineapple ice.
California grocery stores have raised the price of a dozen eggs, med or large, to near $5. We were in Quartzsite yesterday but didn’t think to look at the General Store, but next time (next week) we’re definitely stopping there for eggs…. still under $2.00/doz.
I made my beaded parrot. I have a lot of changes I’ll be making next time. The beak will be orange or black/charcoal and the colors will be per my choices not the pattern.
Thom just went out to get the propane genny going and it wouldn’t start. Said it sounds like the starter and he’s not a mechanic. We’ve switched to our big ol’ 10K to keep the a/c’s going.
All I can think of for now so I’ll quit rambling.
Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!