Sunday, January 14
As you can see, the crew and I haven’t moved camp.
Midland LTVA, Blythe, California
Sometime this week the starter will be installed on the Perfect Tow Vehicle. Then we should be fit and able to hit the road.
I don’t mind the delay one bit.
Our life at Midland LTVA is peaceful and relaxed. Lord knows, the boys enjoy the daily routine.
I do, too.
Here they come to meet me — the younger set — BeeBee, Skeeter, Roger, Buddy, and Reggie.
The weather is perfect!
Sunny and warm. We had one day and one night with rain. It rained enough to tamp down the dust and freshen up the desert. It was nice to listen to the tap-tap-tap on the roof.
Reggie and Roger play on the mat while I play with my griddle.
As I use up the initial supplies for meals, I replace them with higher quality. I look forward to trying one of the many Mexican cheeses available at Smart and Final in Blythe before we leave the area.
The photo at right shows the new cover for the griddle. I’m glad I sprung for that.
I found a salsa that I love.
“Hatch Valley Green Chile Chunky Salsa — 505 Southwestern.”
It tastes fresh, isn’t laden with salt, and has the right amount of kick.
I use the griddle at least once every day and wonder how I went so long without it.
Mostly I make tostados, quesadillas, and burritos. Inexpensive meals and healthful, too!
Let’s see . . . what else?
Oh, I used my air compressor on the Best Little Trailer’s tires. And there’s always tidying and cleaning to be done. Not that I do much of that . . . .
One day I put the new cover on the BLT’s spare tire. It went on easily without having to wrap the tire in cling wrap. Major improvement!
In the photo at left, I tried to crop out all the dirty parts of the BLT. I don’t see the point in being obsessive about keeping it perfectly clean.
Live in the desert, live with dirt!
In other news . . .
Whenever I want a thrill, I can always look at the nude guy.
Ha! Just kidding!
Midland has acquired a few “naturists.” (Sorry, no photos!)
A large group of RVers who like to shed their clothes in nature disperse camp in an area south of Quartzsite. A few come to Midland for alone time, like I do.
I tell you, whatever your interest, you can find a group of like-minded folks somewhere that you can join while living on the road.
The crew and I continue with our exercise.
The walks and play dates wear out the crew causing them to sleep late mornings. Yesterday they didn’t get out of bed until 9:30!
Reggie gets so tired playing that eventually he comes up to me, interrupting the conversation with Del, and pleads with his eyes, “Can we go home now? I want to go to bed!”
Roger never wants to stop playing with Skeeter.
His eyes look like they’re going to fall out of his head and he keeps going. When it’s time to leave, I clip him to a leash — “Time to go home!” — and he plants his feet like concrete columns embedded in the ground. I have to carry him away. Del laughs every time.
You can see why we return to Blythe.
It’s easy, comfortable living here. We’re in our 71st consecutive day at Midland Long Term Visitor Area, camping under the $180 permit. Seventy-one days works out to about $2.54 a day.
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