The crew and I take a little drive up Araz Road.
First we get on Interstate 8 and go a few miles west to dump trash and fill water jugs at the rest stop. On the return eastward we pass the Ogilby Road exit for home, continue past the Sidewinder Road exit, and take the exit at Araz Road.
Araz Road to the south (right by the casino) takes you to Los Algodones, Mexico and the many dental, vision, and medical clinics so favored by retirees for inexpensive care. We turn the opposite way on Araz Road, heading north-northeast to Winterhaven.
Not far from the interstate we come upon a clutch of boondockers.
Why would people choose to boondock that close to the highway? My guess is it’s close to Los Algadones and also a short trip both to Winterhaven and Yuma. Sometimes boondockers choose convenience over scenery and quiet.
Here’s a patriotic cluster. It looks like they know each other.
These folks like to be off by themselves. I can relate to that!
The last two campers I see along Araz Road are parked behind a sign that says, “Indian Reservation. No trespassing.” I suppose they have permits or they are Quechans. The Quechan reservation includes the town of Winterhaven and its surrounds.
We drive over American Girl Canal.
The landscape flattens into agricultural fields on both sides of the road.
Fields of head lettuce look recently harvested by machines. Other fields of romaine, Bibb lettuce (?), and kale appear ready to be picked. Busloads of pickers work over these fields, picking the greens by hand. They box up the greens out in the field for immediate loading into cargo containers for shipment.
We enter the town of Winterhaven, California. You’ve heard western towns described as dusty. The adjective fits Winterhaven.
I park at the curb alongside the post office, dash inside and grab a form to apply for a passport card.
I should have sent in the application months ago. Instead I procrastinated.
Are we seeing a pattern here?
I would like to go to Mexico for new glasses and to have my teeth cleaned.
Speaking of procrastination . . .
I did complete one of my many waiting projects! I cut and grommeted two panels of Reflectix. I put one on the west window and the other on the south window.
I don’t have a panel covering the east-facing window.
I need that window open for ventilation. With the door and roof vent open, plus this window, we have plenty of air flow. It’s very comfortable inside the Best Little Trailer during the hottest part of the afternoon.
Today it’s very warm outside, definitely in the 80s.
Before driving to Winterhaven, I stretch out on the bed and listen to XM radio while Bridget naps in the crook of my arm. I smile, happy and content with my home.
I think the grommets look very professional.
However, they are a b*#tch to make! As y’all are my witnesses, I will never ever make another grommet as long as I live. I pounded on those dang things forever!
I do need to make a panel to cover the third big window for use in cold weather. Needless to say, but I will anyway . . . It will not have grommets.
DeAnne of Tennessee, a long-time reader of this blog, sent me a photo of a “bugaroo!”
That’s what you call a Volkswagen bug that’s been transformed into a camper.
To see more photos of “bugaroos” and other unusual motor homes, as well as to take another look at that woman’s hair, click this link:
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