Sunday, February 28, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
We liked this picture...it looks like two Saguaro cactii hugging each other while the one on the right wants to duke it out!
These last pictures were just some examples of the sunsets here in Quartzsite.
Tomorrow is the annual Chile Cookoff...FH is gonna love tasting all those chile recipes!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Today we took Flat Hayden, aka FH, to the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, which covers 665,400 acres total and is located between Quartzsite AZ to the north and Yuma AZ to the south. It contains one of Arizona's largest populations of desert bighorn sheep, but other wildlife is limited, including: ground squirrels, pocket mice, kangaroo rats, the desert tortoise (one of the longest living creatures in the US), and several species of snakes (including the rattlesnake) and lizards. We only saw several gecko and what we think are ground squirrels, and thankfully no snakes! Also found here is the rare Kofa Mountain barberry, which is a species of plant found only in southwestern Arizona. Many mines dot the desert, including the most famous King of Arizona mine. There are also remnants of WWII military training conducted by General George Patton, so visitors have to be careful not to step on unexploded munitions that were left behind in certain areas of the refuge. Our final destination was the Horse Tanks, one of many tanks that are natural pools of water and streams where the horses were taken for water and where the bighorn sheep drink. The road into the Refuge is gravel...but once we turned off onto the 'road' (and I use the term loosely!) to the Horse Tanks, it was 2 tire tracks full of rocks and potholes and washes and dips and very narrow...you get the picture! After about 2 miles we parked and then hiked maybe 1/4 of a mile up to the tanks...there were 3 or 4 pools of water up there and it was just beautiful! Everywhere we looked were mountains and desert and saguaro cactus...and pools of water. FH had a ball!
Once we were back on the main road, we crossed the street to a roadside food stand and souvenir shop called the Stone Cabin. The real Stone Cabin, apparently an old miners cabin, was located directly behind the food stand at the caved-in entrance to a mine. The owner of the food stand was very friendly and even agreed to a picture with FH!
There are a few things we'd like to see in Yuma, so we're thinking we'll bring the RV down there for a few nights so we can spend a few days sightseeing...with FH of course!
Tomorrow I think we'll sit out in the sun and read...it doesn't get better than that!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
We were sitting outside one evening, soaking in the sun, when we saw a parasailer overhead...pretty cool!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Fortunately again, there was a group of people at the spot we had staked out...I say fortunately, because about an hour after we got there, it started to rain and this group had an awning that we could stand under! The race was actually pretty exciting...we were standing right at the top of a hill so we could see them come over the crest, and then take a hairpin curve about 10 feet in front of us!
We had to be careful because rocks were flying every time a car passed and kicked up the dirt (or, at times, mud!). We walked around to a few different spots for a different view as the cars passed by and after about 3 or 4 hours we walked down to the finish line. I think the first car finished at about 3:00 or so and we got a good pic of him.
Today we're just hangin' out and watching the Superbowl...well, Ed's watching the Superbowl... I'll be reading and relaxing...ahhhh! We were supposed to head back to Quartzsite tomorrow, but we decided to stay an extra day here and stock up at Walmart and Safeway...two stores that are non-existent in Quartzsite. And maybe take one more hike up in the hills with Emma...good exercise!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Nothing much for us fans to do, so we decided it would be a good time to drive up to Lake Havasu. We brought Emma with us...she's always game for a drive in the car!
When we got to Lake Havasu, we drove over the London Bridge... yes, the same London Bridge that spanned the Thames River in England. It was purchased in 1962 by Robert McCulloch, who founded Lake Havasu City and was Chairman of McCulloch Oil Corp. It cost him 2.46M to purchase it and another 7 million to disassemble and reassemble the bridge here in Lake Havasu. We parked at the bridge and walked along the Colorado River's edge with Emma...she loved getting her paws wet and chasing the ducks!
On the drive back to Parker, we took a little detour to see the Parker Dam, which took us over to the California side of the Colorado River. We followed the California route all the way back to Parker, which gave us the opportunity to see all of the sights on the Arizona side of the river that we wouldn't normally see from that side.
Once we got back to the RV, we journeyed into the desert to find a good viewing position for the race tomorrow...success! We decided we'll skip the opening ceremonies and head right for our prime spots in the desert with our chairs and our cooler, so we'll be ready when all of the race vehicles race pass us! The race is 425 miles total, consisting of 3 loops around a set course...so if we stay put all day, we'll see all of the race vehicles pass us 3 times! And we'll be sitting fairly close to the finish line, so when they've all completed their 3 loops, we'll be right there cheering them on at the finish line!
I think that's enough activity and excitement for one day...can't wait till tomorrow!