My Migration South out of the snow was long overdue. I had enough of frozen water lines and installing snow chains on my tires. Unfortunately, my rig is not made for the snow, but I sure did love living in the snow.
I found a window of time where the roads were pretty clear and we (The Girls and I) packed up and headed out. The plan was to explore Arizona and SoCal and then I would mosey back up North as it warmed. Still, I refuse to call myself a snowbird. Aren’t I too young for that?
Above explains how I feel about the snow. I am going to miss it.
Today was pretty easy as far as the drive. No snow, no freezing stuff on the roads. Well, except for late that evening I came across fog and dry snow flying across the road which made it virtually impossible to see any lines. It was pretty short-lived but got a little tense. Still, the views were outstanding as I left Montana and entered Idaho.
I found a Flying J in Idaho to stay the night. It was shower time, and I took advantage of the Flying J $12 shower for as long as I wanted. Their water pressure is SUPREME and their showers are quite spacious.
Really, as far as a shower experience goes, it doesn’t get much better. It’s better than most hotels I have showered in! Kudos to Flying J. A good shower is a luxury only a full-time RV’er can truly appreciate.
While I am traveling to any given destination, I much prefer staying at a truck stop as opposed to going through the trouble of finding a campground, (or a hotel- they would have to take dogs, of course) checking in, searching for your site, paying, likely having to back into it in the site in the dark, etc. Why not just pull into a truck stop or a Wal-Mart and park? It’s well lit, public and they are usually well plowed in the northern areas. Additionally, you don’t have to back up. (A pain when pulling an Rv.)
On this day, Gizmo decided to see how many different places and positions she could find to sleep, mostly on my body. This kept me entertained for most of the drive.
Night two- Flying J in Beaver, Utah! No shower tonight. I was too tired and just wanted to sleep. My rig looked like a miniature toy next to the big rigs.
Looking back, I probably should not have parked where the big trucks go. I can park somewhere else that won’t take up one of their spaces. We don’t need a Trucker/RV war started for goodness sake. I don’t think I will park in a big rig spot ever again.
Also- You sure can get a purse with some bling on it at these gas stations. Like, do you need a purse? You want it to draw attention to you? Shop at a gas station.
In the morning, a gas station tire store attendant mentioned that my tires looked low on the Rv as I was fueling up. I checked and he was right. I was low all around, truck and trailer! Not good. The colder temperatures and higher elevations can make this happen. So they filled me up all around and I got to meet the sweetest black Lab while they were doing so. Look at that face!
Later this day I filled my propane at a gas station. Then this happened (photo below). I opened the ‘shower’ to see if I still had a key for it. I did. Then it wouldn’t lock back up. So I guess now I don’t have a key for it. You’d be surprised how much can go wrong with a small 24-foot travel trailer in 8 short months.
I was cruising along highway 93 in Nevada minding my own business when suddenly I saw that I was about to cross the Hoover Dam! I got all excited until I wasn’t as excited anymore because It didn’t show up.
Finally, I looked at a map, and dangit, you don’t get to see it from the main road! Oh well, live and learn. I will check it out on my way back up North. It impounds Lake Mead, providing power to California, Nevada, and Arizona. That little tidbit is for all of you factoid nerds out there.
Day 4: Arrival day
I have arrived. Arrived at Quartzsite!
Right now I am living illegally on public land. That is, I found out that I am actually parked on long-term public land, which one needs a permit to stay on. I don’t yet have a permit.
The bummer is that I am about 100 yards from FREE public land where you can stay for 14 days at a time in a single spot. So, I have to get a permit or move. I’ve already been notified by a ranger:
Being on public land means you are not in a campground. You have no utilities to speak of and have to provide your own power. If you buy a long-term pass you do have access to potable water and an RV dump in the area, free of extra charge.
I have batteries, propane and a portable generator for my power needs. It’s really fun to live like this -for me it’s like I live in a mobile ‘fort’!
There is a lot of beauty in Arizona. I’m posting a few here, which you may or may not enjoy. Thank you for taking the time to read about my crazy little life, It means the world to me!