Quartzsite, Arizona - Desert Center, California
Last year while in the Parker, Arizona, area we met Paul and Kim - a couple I'd gotten to know on the RV Dreams forum - and when we find out we'll be back at the same time we make arrangements to meet again!
They winter in Lake Havasu so Thursday morning we make the drive up the Colorado River. Such a beautiful drive!
We enjoy getting caught up on our travels of the last 13 months. Two hours fly by, and we agree that if not before, we'll see each other next winter :-) Of course I don't get a photo, at this point it's a shock when I do remember.
Just over the Bill Williams River bridge a view point sign points to a dirt road. Let's go see!
I'm expecting a short climb to a parking lot, but instead we find a 3.5 mile road through the gorgeous canyons and wetlands of a wildlife refuge.
|Back to the river.|
Lake Tamarisk at Desert Center was our first stop when we bought the motor home. It is also just down the road from where Bill lived and we went to high school. Lots of wonderful memories, and several good friends here.
Saturday morning Coy's brother Jimmy, and our friends Mike and Rita from Blythe, join us. We drive out to the Desert Lily Sanctuary to hunt for arrowheads and agates. It's a warm day and we all enjoy the peace and quiet of being in the desert of our youth. How wonderful that we can all still get together here!
|Looking for treasures|
|Wide open spaces|
|Rita, Mike and Jimmy|
We each find a few pieces to bring home, but the hunt is really the best part.
Mike and Rita return home Saturday night and Jimmy takes off after breakfast on Sunday morning. We hang out on the patio with Coy then take a drive in the high winds to see some of the places we knew as teenagers.
Eagle Mountain was a community of the Kaiser Steel Mine which closed in 1983. It's behind a locked fence now, most of the buildings removed or falling down. Our high school is now a K-8 school for the few children who still live in the area. The gate to the school is also locked.
Still, we find lots to see from the many dirt roads in the area.
|Purple lined road to the mine.|
|A sunburst of Brittlebush|
|Sometimes you can't go home.|
|Our baseball field in front of the high school.|
|The remains of the horse corrals with the mine's tailing piles in the distance. When going to school here, I rarely ever noticed the piles.|
|Head gates of the Metropolitan Water District's pumping station nearby.|
|Railroad tracks washed out - the power of water in the desert!|
|Exploring the back roads.|
|This massive rock|
|has wonderful detail.|
|40 years ago a lot of young people partied here - Caution Hill|
|I'm sure we didn't appreciate the views.|
|Time was spent looking for the Coors Monster.|
|Pencil Cholla glows in the late afternoon sun.|
|The flaming tips of a tall Ocotillo|