About a hundred years ago, when I first started researching the idea of traveling fulltime, I joined the fabulous and friendly community of RV-Dreams.com. From Howard's daily journals I ventured over to the Community Forum where I commented and contributed, and eventually started a thread for the Class of 2015. Those of us planning to launch our fulltime dreams in 2015 following and encouraging each other - it has been great fun for me.
I continue to connect with many of our "class" and am excited to see that some of them will also be in the Parker/Havasu/Quartzsite area when we are.
Paul reached out from Lake Havasu City last week and we made plans to meet up at our place on Monday.
Within minutes it is clear we are going to enjoy our time with Paul and Kim. What a fun couple! We visit in the warm sunshine, give them a quick tour of our house, and then head to Parker for lunch at the Crossroads Cafe.
Our meal is good, the company even better, and the time goes by way too fast! And naturally not a picture is taken as we all get to know each other. We make plans to get together again while we're all still in the area. Perhaps photos can happen then :-)
Tuesday morning the sun is bright and the desert is calling.
|Clear dawn skies portend a sunny day ahead|
|Old Parker Road is every bit as nice to drive as the new paved one - and I think it's wider :-)|
|So many treasures to look for|
|We're reminded of home|
|The sun plays among branches of Ironwood|
|Short blonde photo-bombs the Cholla (she's not as close as it looks)|
Nearing Hwy 62 we come upon signs of human intervention in the arrangement of rocks. Also looks like loads of small gravel were laid down to form a path. No signs or any indication what it once was, but it clearly was a while ago. We walk around the area, finding more beautiful rocks.
|Something was here....|
|Nice views from "whatever it was"|
Lots of truck traffic makes finding another dirt road a challenge, and I have to dive into a road construction parking area to turn around. On the way back I'm able to see the opening in the brush soon enough to make the turn. Most dangerous place in the desert is definitely on the asphalt!
We find ourselves on the Heritage Trail heading to Mopah Peak. Dad and I spent a lot of time on the other side of the Turtle Mountains, but neither Bill nor I have ever been here.
The breeze has been picking up so we opt for an indoor lunch, with amazing views from the dining room of our Jeep.
|Step Ladder Mountains|
|Eroded volcanic peaks in the Mopah Range|
I'm looking for "chalcedony rose", a favorite of my mom's. I soon find they are abundant here, just lying on top of the otherwise dark lava and other rock. Soon I'm far up the trail (vehicle access stops where we parked the Jeep), enjoying the complete quiet and broad vistas.
Tessa moves between Bill's location across the wash, and mine, making sure she knows where we both are. As I start to turn back, she finds me and leads the way. She always finds the easiest route, and right back to base - nice to have a good trail blazer on our travels :-)
The 4.3 mile drive back seems to go much faster, even though it takes 30 minutes to navigate the gazillion rocks.
I don't feel like cooking dinner and look for some place new in the area. Surprisingly there is a review for a restaurant a couple miles from our park. We haven't seen anything commercial here and are surprised when there really is a place to eat at the address given! And even more surprised when Taco Tuesday (no menu, just tacos) at Dumas Walker is delicious. The amber beer on tap is good as well, and we thoroughly enjoy our meal at this local spot. More bar than restaurant, they are the place in Big River, and with live music and an outdoor fireplace I bet they are rockin' on the weekends!