Today is a prepare-to-move day.
I gather up our bedding and dirty clothes and drive us down to the laundromat. Clean laundry will give us a fresh start at our new camp. Bridget and Spike recognize the place and are happy to go for a walk around the premises.
Back at the campsite, I put the outdoor items into the PTV. The charcoal grill gets a cleaning so it can be loaded, too. I gather up some kindling sticks to place in a pile next to the fire ring, along with a few pieces of firewood I bought before going to Quartzsite. It’s a good habit to leave a site in a welcoming state for the next camper.
It may seem odd for me to say this.
I love it here!
The weather is perfect and the air always smells clean. There’s a lovely view in every direction. The sunsets vary from serene to glorious.
Lately, every time the crew and I go exploring, we discover new flowers. Tiny, daisy-like flowers smaller than a dime dot the rocky ground like fresh snowflakes refusing to melt. Hundreds pop up in an area the size of a blanket, and these blankets of mini-daisies are all over. This afternoon we find some lavender ones.
I’d love to see the saguaros when they don their flower hats. Oh well. Maybe next year. It’s time for us to get moving again.
Late in the afternoon a couple from Quincy, California, move into Rick’s old campsite
After giving them plenty of time to set up, I see them moving around outside their Casita Spirit, so the crew and I walk up to welcome them to the neighborhood. Linda and Allen are here from camping for four days in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, right on the beach for $5 a night. Sweet! They’re friends of people who have been camping here at Darby Well for several weeks.
I’ll break camp in the morning.
In Ajo I’ll gas up and get propane. Instead of dumping waste tanks at Belly Acres RV Park for $10, I’ll go north and stop in Gila Bend. I’ve heard about a Shell station there that allows free dumps. I’m always looking to save money!
I’m not sure where we’ll make our next camp.
I have two boondocking sites in mind. I’m tempted to camp near Casa Grande so I can make a run to Wal-Mart. Or I might go further north. I’ll decide tomorrow.
It’ll be fun to get back on the road!
Hover your cursor over the wise old saguaro for an important message to fulltime boondockers!