Quartzsite was surprisingly cool last night and even colder in the morning. I'm not sure what happened but I was very appreciative. I waited around as long as I could before taking off and going all of one quarter mile to fuel up. It may take longer at this Arco station, but the desk clerk is very easy on the eyes. Yup ... a hunk!! Fuel was $2.89 a gallon.
After giving directions to a lost little old lady trying to get to Yuma (who probably felt ok to ask another old lady), I was off and running. California here I come ... if reluctantly.
The border crossing - inspection station did it's usual wave on through. Do they ever stop anyone or ask about agriculture products?
This was my only quick view of the Colorado River. I think there's an RV park around here somewhere that I would like to spend some time at.
So back to Thousand Trails ... I happened to read on Facebook (Thousand Trails, the Really Good and the Really Bad) that it was a dustbowl and NOT a good place to stay. Dan said it was definitely a parking challenge with all the palm trees. The fact that it's free on my membership does carry some weight.
Halfway to Indio, I chickened out and called the Elks Lodge. Come on in said Carol ... we've missed you. It happens they also host at the Florence Oregon Elks Lodge where I stay every summer. I decided asphalt trumped dirt and sand, not to mention a drive-through space versus backing up between the palm trees. So here I am at the Elks Lodge.
I was immediately off to the fabric store, but stopped in at Thousand Trails to cancel my reservation. Good grief ... it was exactly as they had stated. All back-in sites, they were all covered with banks of sand and dirt. The landscaping had all died and what little grass there was needed to be mowed. What a mess. Apparently they blame it all on the drought.
I smiled as I drove out, thinking I had made a good decision. Time for the fabric store!! This place is amazing and Monica herself was there today. I thanked her profusely for keeping the store stocked full of everything imaginable as I handed over my credit card.
I always tell them NOT to tell me the amount. I would rather be surprised later when the bill comes. Boy have I been surprised in the past!!! While standing at the counter, I spotted this magnetic pincushion, one I've been looking for for quite some time. I threw it on the pile. SCORE!!!
Since becoming familiar with Nutrisystem, their serving sizes and what you eat, I stopped in at Ralphs grocery store to see if I could find something acceptable. Lobster bisque can't be fattening, right? I grabbed a chunk of meatloaf and some broccoli salad. I was being SO good until I got to the checkout stand.
Why do they keep this stuff there? Ever heard of this one? Hershey's GOLD? Well let me tell you, it's probably one of the best candy bars I've ever eaten. It tasted like caramel with crushed pretzels. I'm ashamed to say I ate the entire thing in about two minutes!!!
Back at the rig I watered the puppies and tried to keep Jessie out of trouble with the big dog next door, chained to the undercarriage of their trailer. I hate it when people do that because I rarely see them before Jessie does. She is getting better ... well not really .... I'M getting better at catching and changing her direction of intent.
This morning I'll head off once again for the big town of Bakersfield. I've hit a window of opportunity between wind, rain and sunshine and I'm taking advantage. Happy Trails ......
BTW ... for you mechanically minded men out there ... my water pump works great when I turn on the bathroom faucet. The kitchen faucet has hardly any water pressure at all, nor does the toilet. When I flush it, hardly any water comes out. Any guess on what the problem is and how to fix it??? I appreciate any help I can get!!