Saturday, October 14
Normally the crew and I don’t move camp on a Saturday. Since we’re not going to a campground or an RV park, but rather to open desert boondocking, the fact that it’s a Saturday doesn’t matter. We won’t encounter competition for a good site.
We leave Cedar Pocket Campground, boarding Interstate 15 south.
In a glorious swoop curving downward between high canyon walls, the Perfect Tow Vehicle shoots out of Virgin River Gorge. The straight line highway crosses the northwest corner of Arizona and into Nevada.
We pass the condos, casinos and commerce of busy Mesquite and 29 miles further exit the interstate at Route 169. We go southeast into Moapa Valley, zig-zagging through Logandale to Overton.
I love the ordinariness of Overton.
Nothing pretentious about this town!
Oh, there’s the turn for the city park.
“You guys are gonna’ love picnics and playing in the grass. You loved it, Reg, the last time we were here.”
On the other side of town we roll by the wildlife management area.
The roofs of a few RVs stick up from the tangle of dusty tamarisk. I chuckle recalling the time we camped there. All night long we were bombarded with the clanking-beeping-crashing noises of the silica plant across the road.
I have a post about it, of course: “I sure can pick ’em — Our camp at a wildlife management area” — November 2016
No thank you. I’d much rather be on the mesa!
Beyond the cluster of RVs at Poverty Flats, we turn onto Sand Mine Road. The PTV rumbles over the rocky road. I drive slowly in deference to the Best Little Trailer tagging behind.
At last we come to the place of silence and solitude I’ve been wanting!
Wow! We have the mesa all to ourselves!
This next photo looks across the great divide between “our” mesa and popular Poverty Flats. Those tiny white marks near the top of the photo are RVs!
Oh, this is sweet! I don’t think we could find a better camp than the one we had the last time we were here.
I find the fire ring that marks that nice campsite. I position the Best Little Trailer with the door/refrigerator side facing north which will provide shade to that side throughout the day. The narrow blue mat goes here.
At the rear of the BLT I put down the large blue mat. The boys will like playing on the mat in the sunshine . . . .
Sunday, October 15 and in the days that follow . . .
We fall into a pleasant, comfortable routine.
I set to work removing oxidation from the Best Little Trailer. (Shame on me for not giving her a wax last winter. The BLT deserves better!) I follow up the oxidation removal with a coat of Mequiar’s Marine Wax.
I only do a small area each day, enough to give me a feeling of productivity followed by the reward of pushing back in the lounger with a book.
We take twice-daily walks on Sand Mine Road and out to the end of our mesa . . .
Each day we toodle into Overton.
It’s only a few miles to town.
Some days we go to the library where I have a library card. (My Paperwhite works fine but it’s fun to browse the library and bring home regular books for a change.)
Occasionally we stop at McDonald’s drive-thru to pick up a picnic lunch of “artisan grilled chicken sandwich” (480 cal.) to share . . . Or I go into Linn’s Grocery to procure a picnic lunch from the deli (57,843 cal., give or take.).
After our picnic, it’s fun in the grass for Reggie and Roger!
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Both the oxidation remover and the wax are easy to apply and both do an excellent job!
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“Time to go home! We’ll come here again tomorrow. Promise!”
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