Tucson to Quartzsite
We purposely stayed at Del Sol Casino longer than we had planned so I wouldn’t miss Wednesday’s Survivor episode. Thursday March 20 we drove to Quartzsite and got there right at sunset. We parked at a site right off the highway to avoid driving around the desert in the dark. We had a nice quiet night, then moved to Hi Jolly campground the next day.
^ Charging stations behind the Quartzsite Carl’s Jr.
We parked facing north so we had afternoon shade from the RV to sit in. Behind us was a little wash with a shady area we only used once since it was morning shade. The stars were amazing. We broke in the folding recliners well. I should’ve taken pictures, but the RV was still filthy with red dirt from Texas. Bubbles and Dolly were allowed to go off-leash with supervision. Dolly amazed me - she usually doesn’t like walks; we went out in the desert and she took off in the lead like she was on a mission. Her little legs were moving so fast it looked like she had eight feet.
Someone has planted a ton of geocaches around Quartzsite. We piled everyone into the Jeep and went out on the trails several times.
^ Corny retrieves a geocache
Corny got to be a cowboy. We had some harrowing/fun ups and downs. We’re learning the capabilities of the Jeep - it hasn’t disappointed us yet. We should’ve had good footage from the dashcam but it got erased by the time we made it to Las Vegas. We passed the rock outlines where General George Patton’s troops bivouac’ed while training for Africa. I surprised numerous horny toads and long-tailed lizards on the way to grabbing caches. No snake sightings. Otherwise it was lots of black rocks, saguaros and ocotillos in bloom.
We were doing fine with water rationing and the toilet hadn’t burped yet, but Corny picked up the weather forecast on his Kindle and it was going to be 91 degrees in the shade the next day! I didn’t want to be stuck indoors for the next three hot days - we would’ve had to run the generator constantly or plug in at a campground for the A/C. We decided to collect Corny’s tax paperwork from General Delivery, visit the nudie bookstore for about a dozen VC Andrews books, and make a run for Las Vegas.
We had planned to stop in Lake Havasu City, but it didn’t look as interesting as we expected. We stopped in Bullhead City for gas and a fun $15 do-it-yourself RV wash, then on to Don Laughlin’s Riverside casino parking lot for the night. We drove the Jeep to Harrah’s for their buffet. Everything was good.
In the morning we drove the hour or so to Las Vegas and the trashy trailer park we like - King’s Row - and signed up for a month. I was glad to be somewhere we could extend both slide-outs, run the microwave, use the electric can opener ~and~ it was a lovely 72 degrees. I have about 20 tv channels, three of which are music videos and four are all movies. The Internet is less than perfect, but it works if you’re patient. It took me a couple hours to order the rest of the VC Andrews books I needed to complete every series on my list. Corny quickly got me a wi-fi antenna, which helps a lot.
The first day in Vegas we went to the nearest buffet - Boulder Station casino. We had a BOGO coupon but since they misspelled Corny’s name (Mr. Crown), he got a free buffet at (re)sign-up. He played his $3 freeplay and won a couple dollars. I sat at the machine next to him, put in a $20 and pulled out $45! Maybe we’ll forgive them for treating us like sheiat last year. We had thrown away our cards, we were so disgusted with them. That’s why Corny had to sign up again.
Next day we stayed home and had Sam’s Club frozen fried rice. I wore my boxer shorts all day but Corny had to go out to get some DVDs from a couple different RedBoxes. I realized I hadn’t missed the sound of airplanes overhead - there is quite the air traffic in Vegas.
Looking forward to the next month. Life is Godd!