Happy Passover and Happy Easter from Reggie and me!
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Saturday, April 15
A beautiful, warm, and calm day on Snowbird Mesa near Overton, Nevada. I prefer to call it Poverty Flats or Magnificent Mesa.
I want to show you how folks camp on the mesa.
Perhaps, while you look at these photos, you’ll feel like you’re camping on the mesa, too!
We’re out early in the morning and some of these shots are into the sun.
In the next photo examine closely and you’ll see an RV on the left. Another is on the right, just a speck in the distance.
The past few years I’ve noticed more travel trailers being towed by vans.
Not many, but when we first hit the road in 2011, a van as tow vehicle was rarely seen. I know some people will always love their trucks, but I love having a van!
Reggie and I go off “the beaten path.”
We find a slope not too steep for us. It goes down to the wash that winds through the canyon. We don’t go that far because it becomes treacherous with loose rocks. Far enough for a good angle for the next photo . . . .
Slopes facing south are good for flower-hunting.
That’s where we find tiny “nosegays,” like in the first photograph. That cluster is about the size of a half-dollar. Here’s a bigger cluster, about four inches in diameter.
This next photo shows an interesting plant. Each branch has fuzzy gray blooms. I’m quite sure the green bush next to it is sage, judging from the pleasant aroma when I crush a few leaves.
We climb up the slope and our camp and our closest neighbors come into view.
Speaking of neighbors . . . .
On the return to our campsite, two large toy-haulers pulled by diesel trucks move in next to us. Out come the quads, the firewood, the cases of beer, and up goes the volume on the music. Saturday of Easter weekend, the end of Spring Break, people are going to party!
Rather than be irritated on this holy weekend, I pull up stakes and move camp.
We return to Sand Mine Road on the other mesa!
Ahhhh. . . . peace and quiet . . . .
Okay, I know what you’re thinking.
Didn’t RVSue use up the 15-day camping limit? Well, yes, I did.
I respect that rule. But, gall darn it, I’m not going to suffer listening to engines and loud talking and boom-boom-boom “music” when I can have quietude and serenity instead. No matter where I go on the mesa, that’s what will move in next to me because there’s a giant, invisible magnet on the bumper of the Best Little Trailer.
By our leaving, the party people are happy and Reggie and I are happy. Win-win!
(And I’m not taking the last campsite over here. There are plenty of other sites. If I receive a fine, I’ll pay it without complaint.)
Sunday, April 16
I watch the sun rise.
Reggie is still asleep beside me on the bed. Later, while enjoying coffee, the wild burros begin their morning braying. Then a scratchy-clattering noise startles me. Reggie wakes up, jumps up, and growls. I jump up, too!
I find a wren sitting on the partially raised roof-vent cover. For an instant we connect and then he flies away.
The desert lilies at our camp near Blythe a short while ago
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