I wonder who that is . . . .
“Just a minute. I’ll be right out!
Quickly I snap Reggie into his cowboy harness, slip on my sandals, and head to the door. A trim, tanned man of retirement age greets me with a smile. He says he’s a “neighbor,” camping at Midland LTVA (Blythe, California).
I clip Reggie to his tether.
The man exclaims, “I have a dog that looks just like your dog!”
His car is parked across the wash, beyond the ironwood tree. A white dog with a brown spot over one eye has his head out the back window.
“Oh, he does look like Reggie! May they play?”
While the man returns to his car to let out his dog, I dash inside the Best Little Trailer for my camera.
The man and I talk and the dogs get to know each other.
They become instant friends.
Reggie has been starved for canine companionship.
Gee, he’d would be so happy if he had a regular playmate like this one . . .
The man mentions he retired recently.
I ask him what he retired from.
“I had an RV park between Salt Lake City and Twin Falls, had it for many years. Sold it and now I’m living in my fifth wheel and lovin’ it.”
Wait a minute. . . . I think I’ve met this guy!
“What was the name of your park?”
“Lottie-Dell in Snowville.”
“I know you! We met a couple years ago! I camped at your park!”
We reintroduce ourselves.
His name is Delbert. You may remember reading my August 2015 post about the owner of the RV park. He’s in his 80s and looks in his 60s. Maybe the detail that he’s married six times will spur your memory . . . “Leaving Idaho’s mountains, fleeing smoke!”
Skeeter wants to see Reggie’s house.
Delbert assures me that Skeeter will not run off. I figure Reggie isn’t going to stray far from Skeeter, so I unhook Reggie from his tether.
Reggie says, “C-mon, Skeeter! I’ll show you where I live!”
Delbert asks if I’ve seen any desert tortoises.
When I tell him I haven’t, he describes what to look for.
“You’ll see a small mound a bit larger than the tortoise. You can tell a tortoise is in there because the opening is flat on the bottom. That’s because a tortoise is flat on the bottom. In front of the opening the ground will be scratched back toward the mound where he’s covered himself up.”
All this time two more dogs have their heads sticking out the car window.
“Who are these guys?” I ask, scratching their necks.
I’m told this is Simba and (darn, I forgot the black dog’s name).
“I have a fourth dog, a lab,” Delbert says. “He’s asleep in the back. He’s very old and deaf.”
Reggie and Skeeter have a grand ol’ time . . .
The sun is high in the sky and it’s becoming hot.
Reggie and Skeeter slow down their play. Reggie can’t take his eyes off his new pal!
Delbert and I agree it’s time to take the dogs where they’ll be cool.
When Delbert calls Skeeter to jump into the car on the driver’s side, Skeeter does so. Reggie is tight behind him and attempts to jump in, too!
I catch Reggie just in time and hold him in my arms.
“Sorry, Reg. You can’t go with them.”
~ ~ ~
Thursday, March 9
Southeastern California is heating up! In the eighties during the day. The nights and early mornings are still cool.
Reg and I go into Blythe this morning.
I drop off the handbag I bought from Amazon at the UPS Customer Center, the no-charge return slip that I printed previously at the library taped to the box.
Next we go over to Madd Jax Laundromat.
The morning is heating up. Fortunately the laundromat has a roof extending over where vehicles park and also across the front. While waiting for the wash to be done, Reggie has a brief walk-around and then we sit together — well, I sit and Reggie snoops and greets people — in the cool shade at the front of the building.
I want to have these things done before leaving the Blythe area.
I’ll buy propane for the one empty tank and return library books. Oh, and also dump the waste tanks at Midland LTVA’s station the morning we hit the road to a new camp sometime in the next few days.
Unless I change my mind. There’s always that possibility.
NOTE: The identity of the flowers in the previous post have been added at the bottom of that post. — Sue
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