Saturday, December 03, 2011
MOVING DAY….. DARBY WELLS NORTH TO DARBY WELLS SOUTH:))
LEAVING OUR DARBY WELLS CAMPSITE UNDER STORMY SKIES THIS MORNING
In the above photo you can see a clump of large round brown rocks on the left. We were camped just across the road from these large rock formations. They appear in a lot of my photos and Pheebs and I climbed to the top of the center one. The locals call these rocks the ‘Cow Plops.’ Story goes that Paul Bunyon once traveled through these parts with his big blue ox, Babe. Seems Babe left a few deposits along the way but here’s my question to the locals. Babe wasn’t a Cow. Babe was an Ox. Should not these large deposits be called…..Ox plops. I rest my case……
A COUPLE RIGS PARKED NEAR THE ‘COW PLOPS’…OR ARE THEY REALLY OX PLOPS!!
Our travel plans have changed yet again. Don’t ya just love it. Because of the higher altitude & ongoing bad weather in the Patagonia area we have decided to forego that region until another time. Decided to stay right where we are in the warmer weather here on Darby Wells Road. But, a different site. I think it is just great that we have the freedom to change our location whenever we want.
SOME FOLKS OUT SCRAMBLING UP COW PLOP ROCK THIS MORNING
After our morning walk we hopped in the Jeep and headed south down Darby Wells road scouting for a new and better location. Wanted to be further away from the main road, wanted to be further south for a better Verizon signal and we were looking for a bit of altitude so we wouldn’t have to put our Mifi on the roof. Found a location that fit all three requirements and headed back to the rig.
WE FOUND US A NEW SPOT
Packed up a few more things, took the satellite dish down and by 10:20 we pulled out of our old site under increasingly stormy looking skies. I am always sad to leave a spot that has given us so many memories in just 10 short days but it was time to change things up a bit. Kelly followed in the Jeep.
ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL MORNING WALK
Reached the area of our new site and Kelly parked the Jeep off the road. She jumped in the rig and we headed the 11 miles south to Why Arizona to dump our tanks and take on fresh water at the COYOTE HOWLS CAMPGROUND AND RV PARK which happens to be right next door to Hickiwan Trails.
COYOTE HOWLS CAMPGROUND AND RV PARK…LOTS OF ROOM HERE
By now there was a light rain falling so we didn’t waste any time taking care of business. Must admit I am a little gun shy now dumping the black tank after my little incident a couple weeks ago but I made sure the connection was secure and all went well. Ten dollars to dump by the way.
PHEEBS WATCHING FOR KELLY TO RETURN FROM THE COYOTE HOWLS OFFICE
We had no more than left Coyote Howls when the dark foreboding clouds opened up and we got a mixture of rain and sleet. Lasted about half way back to Ajo and began to clear. Storms are like that in the desert. They can come and go quickly.
COLD RAIN AND SLEET ON OUR WAY BACK TO DARBY WELLS ROAD
Stopped and picked up the Jeep. Kelly followed me as I slowly made my way with the Motor Home over the rough and narrow desert Jeep road to our new digs. Picked up some new desert pin striping and scrambled a few cupboards. Raining lightly as we reached our spot. Did a little wiggling around with the rig to get things reasonably level, put some boards under the passenger side tires and we were all set settled in. We were home for another week or so.
The rain picked up for about an hour and we ended up having to fire up our Legacy Blue Flame Heater to get warmed up. By 3 o’clock the sky began clearing and by 4 we were once again bathed in a big warming Arizona sun.
CLEARING SKIES FIND US IN OUR NEW SPOT
We took Pheebs & Motor for a late afternoon walk and met our closest neighbor from maybe a quarter mile away. Nice fellow out walking his dog, Lady. Well, Lady and the Pheebs just hit it off right away and the game was on. They just ran, frolicked, wrestled and bounded non stop for nearly half an hour. So nice to see 2 dogs having so much fun playing together.
PHEEBS AND NEW PAL LADY HAVING A BLAST THIS AFTERNOON
Because we are higher up now we have a totally scenic 360 degree panoramic view all around us. We have TV channels with just the rig’s aerial and we now have a stronger Verizon signal. No cell phone, but who cares eh:))
OUR NEW FRONT YARD
And, a reminder to folks that if you see a colored word or words in my posts with capital letters, it is a clickable link. For example, if you click on TIOGA GEORGE it will take you to his site. KEN ROCKWELL PHOTOGRAPHY will take you to my favorite helpful photo site and ONE MINUTE ASTRONOMER will take you to an easy to understand daily night sky Astronomy site.
I liked GYPSY'S post awhile back about how she decided to try on the RV lifestyle as a lone RV’er and how a few years later had to reverse that decision.
There was a time when I might have been able to go it alone as a solo RV’er but I’m not so sure I could or would want to do it that way anymore. From a technical point alone it would be a major challenge for me. Kelly handles all that TV set up confusion, internet and cell phone stuff not to mention all the paper work and dozens of phone calls regarding insurances etc. She is also much better than I am at trouble shooting technical problems. Not easy for a feller to have to admit all that but reality being what it is I have to face the fact that my mind is just not quite as sharp as it once was.
OUR NEW NEIGHBORHOOD
In Gypsy’s post she talked about the feelings of loneliness on the road and I think that would be one of my main problems as well. One of the greatest things about RVing is having someone to share all the adventures with. The highs and the lows. The joint decisions and the like minded interests. I do like my alone times but to be alone 24/7 would probably not work for me now at this age and stage. I never feel a need to be around a bunch of people but I do have a need to be with someone close and someone special. And of course that includes the furry guys too.
(Am hoping I never posted the following two paragraphs before because I wrote them a couple weeks ago and don’t think I included them in my posts)
Made myself a ‘no-no’ purchase in Wal-Mart awhile back. It was something I have not had for years and something I like so much I just have to stay away from because it is so very fattening. It was a spur of the moment decision that saw me pick up a whole quart of this stuff for myself. I know of no drink anywhere on this planet that tastes better than……Pumpkin Spice Eggnog:))
YEP, WE LIKE OUR NEW DARBY WELLS DIGS:))
Our change in travel plans again is a good example of why we prefer to travel the way we do. With no obligations, commitments, reservations or restrictive travel plans we are able to stay flexible and footloose. We both prefer to stay on the move seeing new things. As Snow Birds we sit in one spot for 6 and 7 months of the year and our rig never leaves home. Neither one of us has any interest in driving all the way south for the winter and ending up sitting in one spot for another 6 months. We know we are the exception to the rule but it’s just our way……..10-4:))
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Brenda's 6 year old was explaining to the other kids what "extinct" meant:
"Well," she said in all seriousness, "it means that the dinosaurs are all dead and have been dead so long they don't stink anymore, that's why they call them exstinkt."
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