THE OLD CONGRESS PIONEER CEMETERY AT THE END OF GHOST TOWN ROAD
These gorgeous Arizona weather days just seem to keep going on forever this year. What a pleasure to be in what I feel are perfect day time temperatures of low to mid 70’s. Fingers doubly crossed that it will continue.
Peter & Leslie expressed an interest in seeing the 2 old cemeteries at the end of our Ghost Town Road so it was off we went for the long drive of less than a mile. The oldest of the 2 cemeteries dates back into the late 1800’s & is located where the mining town of Congress once stood right next to one of the largest Gold producing mines in Arizona. CONGRESS GOLD MINE The town is long gone now but the old mine, a mere shadow of it’s former self still remains & tailings are at present being worked by a few determined individuals.
Always interesting walking through cemeteries. Names, dates, & inscriptions, on the stones often give one a historical idea of the area. Often surprising findings as well. Came across Confederate Soldiers buried in the Pearce Arizona cemetery as well as one of Abraham Lincolns body guards. One of Wyatt Erp’s brothers in the Wilcox cemetery are a few that I remember. Walking around cemeteries may not be everybody’s cup of tea but we always find it interesting.
The annual largest gathering of RV’s & RV folks in the world is well underway again over there in that Quartzsite Arizona place. Our first visit to Q was back in January of 07. We have been back many times since. We have experienced the serenity of the desert there & fought our way through the crushing crowds in the big tent on opening day. We’ve walked all the vendors rows picking up needed & uneeded items. One time we took all the standard uncomfortable furniture (couch, chair, dinette) out of our Class A & sold it to the Gambler down on vendors row. Drove to Ikea a few days later in Mesa & refurnished the rig. Another time we had to pack up & move 3 times because of other RV’ers crowding in too close to us. We’ve endured wind storms there as well as rain & cold. Tried out different eating places & found a place that sold 25 cent hamburgers after 4 p.m. Walked around Angela’s Garden & other areas of interest in Quartzsite itself. Even bought an RV there last January. Quartzsite is a must see experience for every RV’er. It’s Mecca for RV folks. Anything you need for your RV can be found there & just about anything you don’t need can be dragged home as well.
I think we endured the Q about 4 or 5 times during it’s frenzied January blast. I wrote posts for all those visits & of course complained roundly about the crush of the crowds, RV’s practically stacked one on top of the others, the noise, the crowding, the inconsideration's, the traffic chaos, & the list goes on. But there’s a good side to all that mayhem at the Q as well. It was a great experience for us at the time. We had a new awning installed out in the desert as well as our blue flame heater system. We went right in there & went toe to toe with the aggressive crowds. We became an active part of the Quartzsite melee & came away much the wiser for our experience. Picked up some bargains & things for the rig. Not likely we will ever be a part of those crushing crowds again but I do come away with the feelings of ‘I’m glad we experienced the times there we did’. Both good & bad. Now if there is anything we need or want in the Q we know enough to just wait until most everyone has left before making the hour & a half drive over there. Most of the stuff is still around, most of the people are gone, & most of all it is a much pleasanter experience for people like us. I much prefer the quiet little Quartzsite we have come to know & not the big January Circus we have been to so many times. That was then & this is now & that’s my thoughts today on Quartzsite:))
Ever had a funky smell in your rig you just couldn’t figure out? Checked all the cupboards & bins for dead mice. Looked under the sofa or behind the couch in case a bird had flown in & died. What about the bathroom. That’s always a likely place for nefarious odors. After weeks of ‘funky air’ Merikay of MERIKAY'S DREAMS finally figured it out. A common problem but one that folks just might not think about. Slip on over & she will tell you where the big stink was coming from & why. And no it does not have anything to do with husbands……….
Marteen, our fence builder rolled in today about noon with a couple helpers & dug 3 fence post holes for our new south gate. Imagine he may be back Monday to cement in the corner posts. Brought the 14’ gate with him today.
I THINK MARTEEN’S HELPERS MIGHT BE HIS SON & DAUGHTER…GATE & HOLES AT RIGHT
We had originally planned on going to Ike’s Cook Shack for supper in Wickenburg but as the day wore on & energy levels drained a bit we opted for a yummy pizza from the CONGRESS DEPOT right here in Congress.
Immediately following the Pizza furniture was re-arranged for the crew to watch DOWNTON ABBEY. Not my cup of tea so Pheebs & I headed out to the rig to work on tonight’s post…………………
DOWNTON ABBEY FANS
Sure am enjoying my time in the rig. Haven’t snapped on the TV once. Peaceful & quiet in here. Just my ambient music all day long on Sirius XM. I leave the door open for Pheebs to come & go. This sure could become a habit…..
GROANER’S CORNER:)) You might be a Farmer if......
-Your dog rides in the truck more than your wife.
-You've never thrown away a 5 gallon bucket.
-You have used a chainsaw to remodel your house.
-You have used baling wire to attach a license plate.
-You've been stopped by the deputy sheriff for a cluttered dashboard.
-You have used a tractor with a loader as scaffolding for painting or roof repairs.
-You've used the same knife to make bull calves into steers and peel apples.
-You know cow pies aren't made of beef.
-You can eat an ear of sweet corn with no teeth or utensils in under 20 seconds.
-When you were little, you "beat-up" another kid on the school bus arguing over the color of tractors.
- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.