Friday, December 09, 2011

THE BAYFIELD BUNCH MEETS RV SUE AND HER CANINE CREW:))

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No condensation on the rig’s windows is always a great indicator of milder morning temperatures and we could see through our windows just fine first thing today.  Bonus:))  This is what it is looking like back in our Bayfield neighborhood this morning.  Grand Bend is just 20 minutes south of Bayfield.

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Commenter question about what is on the top of the mast on Rick’s Scamp in Thursday’s blog photos.  That is his TV antennae.

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I WAS SURPRISED TO COME ACROSS THIS WATER HOLE IN THE DESERT THIS MORNING

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ON CLOSER INSPECTION I REALIZED THIS ROCK FORMATION AROUND THE WATER WAS ACTUALLY A MAN MADE WALL…ANOTHER DESERT MYSTERY

PHILIP, MIKE, AND KCGAZ are our latest Blog Followers.  Welcome aboard fellas and thanks for dropping in on us Bayfield Bums.

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PHEEBS IS GETTING A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP FOR A BIG PLAY DAY TOMORROW  

Donna K from TRAVELS IN THERAPY sent me this set of instructions for changing the header photo on a blog……All of these instructions assume you use of the latest Blogger Dashboard (the older version would look somewhat different)

-Make sure you are logged into Blogger

-From your blog page go to the dashboard by clicking on "design" at the top right hand corner of the page.  that will bring up the dashboard.

-On the left hand column, select "layout".

-You will see a layout of your page.  Find the box that says "picture" and click on edit.  That will bring up a pop-up box that has you picture in it.  Enlarge the box if needed so you can see all the options.

-Select "remove picture".

-Next click "choose file" .  Select the location on your computer of the picture file that you want to use.  Insert that information and click "save"

-Back on the main dashboard page, click "save arrangement" and you are done.  Click on "view blog" and your new picture should be in your header………..

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AND, THAT’S MY BED SHE IS SLEEPING IN TOO!!

Fellow RV’er Gerrit motored through our area Thursday but may have been thwarted from finding us by a Border Patrol sign.  Those signs are common when you get to these parts anywhere near the Mexican border.  They are just an awareness sign informing people to be watchful of any unusual activity.  As I have said before, I feel far more comfortable here than I would in any large city with the same activity going on.  Incidentally, cities do not have awareness signs posted.

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SIGNS LIKE THIS ONE ARE POSTED LEADING INTO THE CABEZA PRIETA…THE SIGNS ARE NOT SAYING TO STAY AWAY BUT JUST TO BE AWARE

Some sites out here on Darby Wells road have a fine sandy gravel on them and others are very rocky and stony.  We are on a site that has the latter.  Spent some time this morning raking stones and at least making the area around our campfire more walkable.

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BEEN WARM AND WINDLESS ENOUGH THE LAST COUPLE DAYS TO PUT THE AWNING DOWN

If you see these Cholla barbs (photo below) on the desert floor do not try to kick them out of the way.  They will instantly imbed themselves in your shoe.  When you bend down to pull it out of your shoe it will grab your hand instantly and throw you to the ground in searing pain.  It will then quickly jump upon your chest driving it’s spiny razor tipped daggers straight into your heart killing you almost instantly.  Almost, because it likes to see your face contort in pain first!!  Well, maybe I’m a little exaggerated here but if you’ve ever had one of these things stuck in you, that is just about how it feels!!  These things have barbed tips and are a real painful dickens to get out.  Had one stuck in my shoe on the Mica Mine walk but knew enough not to try and pull it out.  Mashed if off my shoe with a big rock.

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We didn’t make it into Ajo today and instead stuck close to the rig keeping a wary eye out for a trail of dust coming up Darby Wells road from the east.  That trail of dust would be Sue and her RV Crew.  Well, the next thing we knew, RV SUE AND HER CANINE CREW came walking up our desert laneway.  Using a dustless approach she had slipped in under our radar about 3 o’clock.

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SUE AND THE CREW MOVE THE RIG UP THE ROAD A BIT

How nice to meet not only a fellow RV’er but an RV Blogger as well.  And, an RV Blogging Boondocker to boot. Now, how great is that:))  Sue has a relaxing pleasant personality and I could tell right away the ‘Crew’ and the ‘Bunch’ would get along just fine.  Sue’s our kind of people:))

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RICK AND SUE DISCUSS A BACKING UP STRATEGY AS PHEEBS LOOKS ON

Pheebs, Spike and Bridget got along just fine as we all walked back down the hill to the main road.  Kelly and I had previously scouted out a flat easy access site near the road we figured would be a good spot for Sue and the Crew.  Sue retrieved her rig from down the road.  Rick, out walking with Lady suggested Sue might be better off up the hill where we were because of dust on the main road so up the bumpy road came RV Sue, the Canine Crew, the Van, and the Casita.

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DECIDING ON THE BEST SPOT TO PARK THE CASITA

Took us all a bit of wiggling but between 4 Seniors, 1 Van, 4 dogs, and one Casita trailer, Sue was finally ensconced in her very first boondocking spot in her very first ever visit to the great State of Arizona.  Gonna be zany around here tomorrow with 20 little doggy paws on the ground.

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YEP, I THINK THAT’S A GOOD SPOT

After a night in a noisy truck stop and half a day on the road we knew Sue and the gang would be anxious to get set up, organized and relaxed.  We have found from experience not to bother someone when they are either packing up to leave a site or just arriving to a site.  Conversations can be distracting when it is most important for a person to be concentrating on their tasks at hand.

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SUE AND THE CREW ARE TUCKED QUIETLY AWAY IN THE SONORAN DESERT

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SUE’S CASITA WITH RICK’S SCAMP VISIBLE AT UPPER RIGHT

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PHEEBS & MOTOR’S HOUSE FOREGROUND RIGHT, BRIDGET AND SPIKE’S HOUSE IN THE MESQUITE TREES AT LEFT AND LADY’S HOUSE TOP RIGHT BACKGROUND

Sue and the Crew are about 200 yards from us making Spike and Bridget’s house about half way between Lady’s and Pheebs house.  Oh tis quite a neighborhood we have ourselves going on here among the tall Saguaro’s along Darby Wells road.  And, add a big full moon to the magic mix and I’m thinking Sue is one very happy & excited camper tonight.  I just love it when I see that glowing enthusiasm in someone coming out and experiencing all the beauty the desert and the boondocking lifestyle has to offer.  Makes my day:))

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TONIGHT’S  DESERT MOON

GROANER’S CORNER:((  To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a committee.

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15 comments:

  1. I bet You are going to have a fantastic view of the eclipse Saturday morning! We have to many trees in the way of the horizon.

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  2. Hey Al
    I'm curious about the "essentials" boondocking there. Obviously your RV has much more fresh water and waste water capacity than the Casita and the Scamp. How do the smaller RV's (especially Rick, since he seems to be planted there) handle the fresh and waste water issues? I noticed in one of your photos that Rick has a solar shower, but that little Scamp can't have a very big waste tank. Thanks.
    Bill in Nebr.

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  3. sure looks like the neighbourhood is filling up!!..what fun!!!

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  4. I kind of like the spacing of your neighbourhood.

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  5. It's cloudy this morning where I am, so I hope to see some good eclipse photos on your blog. Nice little neighborhood you have there.

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  6. Always great when you get good neighbors, with dogs.Have fun and be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

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  7. Great photos and especially the Moon shot!!! Loved it! Have fun with your new neighbors...
    Travel safe
    Donna

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  8. excellent pictures...nice to have company...love the placement your all together but have nice distance between you...I too am anxious to know how the smaller rigs handle water waste etc...have a super visit...the dogs will all have a blast...love the pic of the pheebes in bed..lol she is sure enjoying life

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  9. I was wondering about showers while boondocking. I GOTTA have a shower at least every other day, but we have a 90 gallon fresh water tank. I have a feeling I wouldn't survive in something that small and boondocking...Great photos of the moon!

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  10. The way it's crowding up there on Darby Wells Road, it will soon be known as Ajo South. :)

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  11. Looks like you have an excellent spot there in that sonoran wildlife refuge. Love to see your pictures and hear of your adventures. You even have nice neighbors to share it with now. Just being there for a day would revive my batteries. Happy Trails.

    Virginia

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  12. Very happy to know that RVSue and Crew are in your neighborhood! As usual your photos are wonderful to wake up to! Dang, I can't believe I slept through the eclipse! Thanks for the info on header image! Ya'll have fun, ya hear?

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  13. Could the man made water hold be Darby Well????

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  14. That looks like a nice area, I think I drove by Darby Wells Road. I'm starting to recognize some of the places here in AZ. Love your moon shots, especially with the cactus. I love the saguaro cactus.

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  15. Really like the look the area you are presently in. Makes me want to hook up the Casita and move in between Rick and Sue. Really glad the three of you are there for support during her first boondockin' experience.

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