Quartzsite–It’s a Wrap
January 31, 2016
It was a dark and snowy night… well, make that; it was a dark, windy and rainy night. The sound of the pelting rain on the motorhome is fierce but magical. But never mind all that literary jargon: IT’S POPCORN NIGHT!
Sunday is almost always popcorn night—my true break from practical, healthy eating, and I have not one drop of guilt. I do it right—I cook it in oil and I smother it with at least two tablespoons of butter. If you are going to feel guilty, don’t eat popcorn!
Tonight is my last night in Quartzsite. I broke camp today from the spot that has been home for the past two weeks. Because rain was forecast, I was worried that the dirt road would get turn to sludge, so I moved closer to town, off of a paved road. With the exceptionally dry climate of the desert, the dirt roads are extremely dusty. People give a very large envelope of space between vehicles to enable you to see the road. As I towed my car behind Miss Chauncey, I threw up huge pillows of dust. Sigh, in my eagerness to get away before the rain came, I left a front window down in my car. To say that there was a half inch of dust in my car is an exaggeration, but you can imagine the mess…in every nook and cranny of my car… At least it wasn’t raspberry chipotle sauce… Luckily, a huge bowl of popcorn soothes a multitude of disappointments! As I munch, the motorhome is rock’n rollin’ in the wind. In fact the wind is so strong that I decide to pull in my slide outs so they won’t catch the wind so much. Much better and the motion is reduced to a gentle sway.
I have learned SO much in the past two weeks! And, all that new information caused me to spent a lot of money. I learned that my propane refrigerator had been recalled twice and had been the cause of multiple devastating RV fires and several deaths. So I got a temperature activated fire extinguisher installed in the outside access compartment to the refrigerator, and three other foam fire extinguishers for inside the RV. My ceiling lights were all halogen, and were real battery hogs, causing me to run the generator more than I wanted to keep my batteries charged. So, I replaced them with LED lights. The three lights now burning over my head as I type are putting out a total of 4.5 watts! I also got a highly recommended security electrical device that will keep your RV from receiving a power surge when you plug into a campground power outlet. It will alert me in case of reversed polarity when you plug your RV into a power source in a campground, and will shut off the electricity if the current drops below a level that would cause damage to my electrical appliances and components. This scenario often happens in the summer when lots of people in a campground have their air conditioners running. Expensive upgrades, but I felt all were very much worth the price.
So, as I reflect on my first boondocking adventure, I’d say that it was a great success. I may plan an annual pilgrimage to Quartzsite to join the thousands of other RVers, who, like migrating snowbirds, return to roost every winter. Every day, after trying to take in as much as I could, I would return to my comfortable RV. I’d walk up to the door, stomp my feet on the rug outside the door to dislodge the dust from my shoes, and smile. I’m home! I’m loving it and I can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring!