Wednesday, January 04, 2017

GROCERIES AT OLSENS AND……WAIT A MINUTE, WHERE THE HECK IS OLSENS????

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THE BAYFIELD BUNCH IS ON THE MOVE AGAIN AND KELLY HAS ON HER ALGODONES DRESS WHICH IS SHOWING IT’S TRUE BERGUNDY COLOR UNLIKE MY TUESDAY POST WHERE THE COLOR WAS SHOWING UP AS RED (KELLY WANTED ME TO STRAIGHTEN THAT OUT:))

When stepping out of the coach with Pheebs in the early morning darkness every day the first thing I do when opening the door is quickly scan the immediate area with my flashlight for Monsters then give the ‘all clear’ to Pheebs and she scampers out.  It’s very rare for me to turn on the outside light but I do carry a powerful flashlight just in case.  I much prefer the darkness with it’s host of stars overhead.  Although I have trouble seeing the small print on my computer screen I still do have excellent night vision for keeping an eye on the Pheebs.  Second thing I do when stepping out of the rig is to look up.  Stars = good:)) No Stars = Not so good:((  This morning was…..Good:))

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LOOKING EAST ALONG I-8 WITH PILOT KNOB ON THE DISTANT HORIZON AS WE ARE ABOUT TO TURN LEFT DOWN THE RAMP AND JOIN THE INTERSTATE

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My new dentures are fitting fine so the decision was made to head out this morning in search of  new and old familiar scenery.  i was happy about that because I really wasn’t keen on going back to Algodones.  An OK one time experience but enough was enough with all those pushy vendors.  By 9 a.m. we had all our storf stowed away.  Storf??  Ya, stuff you store away.  You know…….Storf:))  Minutes later we had the wheels headed south down Ogilbie Road to Interstate 8 and made a left turn down the ramp into the east bound lanes of I-8 towards Yuma.

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HEADING THROUGH YUMA’S EAST END MOUNTAINS

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ABOUT HALF WAY BETWEEN YUMA AND GILA BEND

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Always easy getting through Yuma as I-8 heads across the city’s north end.  Fuel stop at Loves netted us some propane, 2 Subs, 2 coffees, and a small box of Chester Chicken for later.  Without further adieu we exited Yuma’s east end between the Muggins and Lechuguilla  mountains out onto the flatter desert and charted a course for Gila Bend.  Nice day with blue skies, warm sunshine and no wind.  This is one of those long straight stretches of road that allows a feller if he can get his steering wheel set just right to snap on the cruise control and get up and go back to the galley and make himself a coffee and a peanut butter sandwich.  Maybe even a good old big one in the washroom if he feels the need:))

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THE 3:10 OUT OF YUMA MOVING EAST IS HEADED IN THE DIRECTION OF PHOENIX

It is often uncanny how things sometimes occur in the RV traveling lifestyle and we had one of them this afternoon which occurred at a rest area about 30 miles west of Gila Bend.  We had just pulled in and rolled to a stop when a soft knock came to our side door.  Kelly was closest to the door and opened it a smidgen and right away recognized the person at the other end of the knock.  It was Diana from Life On The Open Road and she had recognized our rig pulling in.  She too was traveling from point A to point B and had stopped for a break as well.  I don’t recall having formally met Diana before but I do recall seeing her from a distance at Bloggerfest 2015.  Small world indeed and nice to briefly talk to you today Diana.

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ACRES OF BLACK LAVA ROCK AT A REST STOP AREA ABOUT 30 MILES WEST OF GILA BEND ON I-8

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HEADING SOUTH FROM GILA BEND ON #85 THROUGH THE BARRY M GOLDWATER MILITARY RANGE….IT IS NOT UNUSUAL TO BE  BUZZED BY LOW FLYING MILITARY AIRCRAFT ALONG THIS HIGHWAY

Gila Bend is one of those ‘Oasis In The Desert’ places for RVers.  A growing crossroads kind of place in the middle of nowhere to take on water, fuel or propane, stock up the food larder and dump tanks.  Today we took on water and dumped a couple tanks before rolling out again this time heading straight south on highway 85 towards Mexico.  But Mexico was not our destination this time.  Olsens Market Place was our destination and is one of our favorite grocery stores in one of our favorite small Arizona towns in one of our favorite Arizona areas.  A few fellow RV boon-dockers will already know where we are and yes indeed we are in Ajo Arizona and of course camped out under the stars all by ourselves somewhere out Darby Well Road.  North end to be precise because that is where the visible Verizon tower beams out it’s best signal in our direction. 

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ONE OF OUR FAVORITE GROCERY STORES

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A FEW QUICK ‘DRIVE-BY’ PHOTOS OF DOWNTOWN AJO AS WE DROVE THROUGH

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It was late afternoon when we happily returned to another one of those areas where we have many pleasant memories from our earlier traveling years.  It was here we met RV Sue And Her Canine Crew when we convinced her to come on over from Truth Or Consequences New Mexico to try her hand at some boon-docking.  The rest is history of course and RV Sue could now probably right her own book on her experiences and the RV boon-docking lifestyle.  And it all started right here on Darby Well Road west of Ajo Arizona.  And it was in Ajo that we first met the Grandpappy of all RV Bloggers……Tioga George his very self:))

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WE DO TRULY HAVE OURSELVES A NICE SITE HERE THIS TIME

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I HAVE ALWAYS CALLED THOSE LARGE ROCKS IN THE BACKGROUND ‘THE COW PLOPS’ AND WE DID HIKE TO THE TOP OF THE CENTER ONE

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HOW NICE TO HAVE AN ORGAN PIPE CACTUS BESIDE US

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If I remember correctly the final remains of Edward Abbey are somewhere just west of us in the Cabeza Prieta Desert.  Here’s a clue to his final resting place and be sure to read about his Death and Burial at the end of the Wikipedia article.

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OUR SIDE YARD VIEW TO THE NORTH ABOVE AND SOUTH BELOW

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LOOKING SOUTH

Again, can’t tell you how happy we are to be where we are and what makes it especially nice this time out here is that basically there is nobody here except for one small van camper we can see on a hillside about a quarter mile away.  We are parked right beside an Organ Pipe Cactus and surrounded by thousands of stately Saguaros.  It is this type of boon-docking we had loved so much years ago and have been so sorely missing since 2012.  So nice to be back doing what we so much like doing…………..:))

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I know there are a lot of ‘do it yourself’ RV’ers out here so you might want to keep the following site on file because Steve from RVing: The USA Is Our Big Back Yard is one of those fellas who can and does do most of his own repairs and modifications whether it be to their 1996 Safari Serengeti Motorhome or sticks & bricks house.  Recently retired Steve is a very talented laid back fellow with an abundance of patience for fixing and modifying things.  Karen, talented in her own right writes the blog and takes the photos and has started the New Year off with 3 past Motorhome modifications which you can read about Here.

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OUR CLOSEST AND ONLY NEIGHBOR TO THE EAST

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NOTE THE CROSS ATOP THIS ROCKY PEAK

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SUNSET AT OUR HOUSE TONIGHT

GROANER’S CORNER:(( Nursery school teacher says to her class, "Who can use the word 'Definitely' in a sentence?"  First a little girl says "The sky is definitely blue"  Teacher says, "Sorry, Amy, but the sky can be gray, or orange..."  Second little boy..."Trees are definitely green"  "Sorry, but in the autumn, the trees are brown."  Little Johnny from the back of the class stands up and asks:  "Does a fart have lumps?"  The teacher looks horrified and says "Johnny! Of course not!!!"  "OK...then I DEFINITELY crapped my pants..."

20 comments:

  1. Love it there and yes Olsons is a store that we love too. Ajo is a wonderful area that we will enjoy again this year. Have too much fun.

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  2. What a beautiful area in the desert! We actually sat outside last night next to our new chimenea and looked at the stars. It wasn't that cold...

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  3. I rode my bicycle on that shoulder of I-8 between Yuma and Gila Bend in 1975 as I rode from Indiana to San Diego and then up the coast to Seattle. I stayed overnight in Gila Bend and at that time there were only 12 people living there and working in the restaurant. They had nothing more than a post office, a gas station, the diner and a small trailer park in back for those that worked there. Great pics of the desert. I can tell by your writing and photos you are really enjoying your travels.

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    1. A couple of corrections to my post .... the 12 people worked at the PO, gas station and diner. Also it was in May 1976 that I passed through, still very hot. Luckily Yuma had a bike shop where I could replace bike tires, and a spare.

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  4. Ajo looks like a nice place, we'll have to wait until next year to check it out.

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  5. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy Algodones. It does take some getting used to. We always stop at one particular spot for fish tacos that are delicious. Yes there are a lot of hawkers, but they're just trying to make a living. I try to talk to many of them, letting them correct my bad Spanish, ending with a laugh and Gracias, No. It's always good for a colorful picture or two also.

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  6. It was great to finally meet you guys too!

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  7. Tis a small world when we meet others at a random rest stop!! Enjoy that beautiful area (minus the slag pile) and of course Olsens. We love the national monument and that beautiful drive along the mountain. At the visitors center you can pick up the "not so junior ranger" book that has the location of the crested cactus along the dirt road. It's wonderful to hear the excitement in your words as you and Kelly reconnect with the vagabond life.

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  8. Good to see you three back in your natural habitat! :-)

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  9. Although we missed the Crested Saguaro we did do that spectacular 25 mile Ajo Mountain loop drive 3 times and we did manage a couple nice hikes along the way. We totally first stumbled upon this whole great area back in late 06 I think it was when we made a left turn in the south end of Tucson somewhere and wandered out into the desert westward towards Kitt Peak,

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  10. Good to see you back in Ajo. I first read about this place in your blog a number of years ago and have been coming here for the past four years. Love to camp near Black Mountain.

    In fact, Yuma and I will be arriving from Why today. Will be looking for you. Hope you don't mind if I stop by for a visit. Yuma will be glad to see Pheebs again.

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    1. Come on over Doug. We are at the North end and easy to find because we are the only Motorhome out here so far. We can't figure out why nobody is here yet this year. There's a nice quiet spot kind of hidden away right across the road from us and our area has enough room for you and your rig to do donuts even with your Jeep attached.

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  11. I enjoyed your blogs from your stays in Congress, but so glad to see you on the road again! I'm going to try and get to where you at later this year, but I starting out in Calfifornia so may be late due to the heat.

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    1. BTW: Thanks for the link to Edward Abbey, great article, I never knew him in life or his death and burial.

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  12. You sound very happy now, I guess no stress and new teeth and a great place to camp will do that. On all our trips from Tucson I never went to Ajo, until I read your post about it. It is a great place in the Winter.

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  13. Thank you for taking us back to beautiful Ajo!! It was you and Kelly that got us interested in staying around there at Hickiwan back in 2010! We enjoyed it so much that we stayed 7 weeks! I loved Olsen's too, and we did the drive in the Cabreza Prieta to Charlie Bell Pass. (I think that's what it was called). Took us 4 hours to do 25 miles, and then a hike down to the petroglyphs...I LOVE Ajo and that whole area!!!

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  14. I spent part of November at the family reunion/boondock the other side of Kitt Peak. It was a lovely area and mostly warm in the day time. Windy at the end of our week, though. Ugh on that. Great places to boondock.

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  15. How on earth you got away with taking pics of the border guards, I will never know. I got in such trouble!... Lucky duck.

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