Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Bit Cloudy

I was wandering north from Yuma towards Senator Wash when I passed a museum I'd noticed once before. This time, I committed to stop on my way back and check it out.

It was my kind of place! A wide variety of rust with a good representation of trucks and equipment in addition to the car collection. Most of the collection dated to the 20's and 30's.

There was a reasonable collection visible from outside the walls.

Once through the gates and with my $5 entrance fee deposited in the iron ranger, I was presented with rows of rust. A couple rows of trucks parked cheek to jowl - so close it was impossible to get pictures of just one vehicle at a time.

In addition to the trucks, there were rows of cars that I pretty much ignored since I didn't have enough time to investigate everything.

There was at least two buildings filled with cars that were cleaned up and painted.

One of the highlights for me was this Ford Class C motorhome. I couldn't decide if it was a homebuilt conversion or purpose built. The current body was clearly purpose built as an RV.

The back had a pair of bunk beds set crosswise with a ceramic sink to one side of aisle and a five gallon bucket with a toilet seat just past the mirrored door. Cabinet work was classic 1930's residential construction.

A once upholstered chair and a swiveling driver's seat made up the seating arrangement. With a restoration, this one would be a real star at vintage trailer rallies.

For me, the most intriguing vehicle was this Dodge bus parked off by itself between a couple buildings.

It featured a Wayne schoolie body

that was in reasonable shape for its age and experience. I think it would be a wonderful candidate for an RV conversion! It would definitely qualify as unique!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Desert Wandering

On January 1st, we had the same idea as a bunch of other people. I'll admit, about 20 of those people were geocachers, but I didn't expect the parking lot to be as full as it was. By the time we returned, the lot was double parked, and there were cars all along the road obstructing access to the No Parking signs.

This particular trail was all new to Spencer and me, and over half of it was new to BJ.

Like nearly any other trail around these parts, there were interesting view of the desert and the mountains.

There was one point where Spencer knew where he was... This trip was about a five mile loop with enough heat to wear out the Alaska kid.

Another day I headed out alone to enjoy the sunrise in Bulldog canyon.

This year there were quite a few folks boondocking along the Bulldog Canyon road. The road was in better shape, but since I didn't have a current permit, I parked at the highway and walked.

I like the beauty and the hiking available in this area, but cell connectivity would be iffy.

I figured that I'd time the walk (1.5 miles each way) so that there would be enough daylight by the time I got to my initial destination.

Timed it just right and got there first! :-) This cache was especially nice with an outer container of a new ammo can and two containers inside - one for the logbook and the other for swag.

As I headed back to the highway, the sun was started to peek over the ridge, casting light on the eastern face of the hills. A beautiful way to start another winter day in Arizona!

Monday, January 8, 2018


It's so easy to make plans. Tougher to keep them! Hard to say how many of these will actually come to fruition but it's nice to have some goals. Somewhere in the mix of the next six weeks will be a visit to my Mexican dentist.

  • Friends of Helen Lower Colorado River paddling trip over the extended MLK weekend - This will be the 11th Annual Friends of Helen trip.
  • 46th Wedding Anniversary
  • Jeff in town to use his RV. I think it's scheduled for a few hours in the shop for a steering stabilizer and then Quartzsite for a few days for the beginning of the Big Tent show.
  • Mother-in-law in town to enjoy some sunshine.
  • Hosting a geocaching gathering in Quartzsite that was scheduled prior to MIL's visit.
  • Escapees Geocaching Birds of a Feather gathering in Quartzsite.
  • Early birds for the Fiberglass Gathering at Dome Rock in Quartzsite.
  • Fiberglas Gathering at Dome Rock in Quartzsite.
  • SWAG Geocaching Mega Event in Yuma and related events that conflict with the Fiberglas Gathering.
  • Valentine's Day
  • House building project in Mexico

Looks like we're going to be really busy through mid February with some of the things on the list. Meanwhile, we have other friends and relatives traveling through the area that we're hoping to catch up with as well.

After mid February, we'll have a month or so to take a deep breath, deal with Doctor appointments, and the last mods to Jeff's RV before cruising off to islands, beaches, etc.

In April I'm expecting to be busy making the rounds of all my caches to insure they're ready for summer, truck maintenance, new tires on the trailer and prepping for summer travel.

With as much specificity as there was in the January-February list, the only thing we know about summer travel is that we're hoping to cross paths with the Alaska contingent in late May, possibly in Jasper.

We're wishing each of our friends a Happy New Year!