Friday, April 6
Sunrise at Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, southern Arizona
Before I begin telling you about this day, I want to post a few photos of Reggie and Roger having fun while off-leash at our camp.
One of the things I like about this campsite is the flat, open space for the boys to run. It’s easy to keep an eye on them from my chair on the blue mat.
Oh, the way they race and chase!
Round and round they go! Roger has a special technique when he wants to catch the speedy Reggie Man. He locks his jaws on Reggie’s harness. Sometimes he flips Reg to the ground. Reggie doesn’t mind. It’s all good fun.
Reggie keeps going! I think that’s what is going on in this next photo.
“Time for a drink? Wow, you two are the fastest pups in the whole world!”
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Okay, back to the sunrise on Friday . . . .
The first photo of this post shows sunrise as the colors are fading. Right before that picture was taken, the sky was so brilliantly colored that any photo wouldn’t be believed.
My running outside with the camera rouses the crew.
“Before I take you out to potty, I need to do my own potty. You’re young. You can wait.”
A few moments later . . .
I step on the flush pedal.
“Guess what?” I announce. “We have to dump tanks today!”
I should have dumped tanks on the way to Las Cienegas. Normally I do that when moving to a new camp. I guess I was lazy or absentminded during this move.
I pack up, hitch up, and pull us out onto Route 82.
We ride the 15 miles or so to Quail Ridge RV Resort which is located near the intersection or Route 82 and Route 90, Whetstone.(Mailing address is Huachuca City, AZ).
I know from a call this morning that the dump station at Quail Ridge is open for the public, even if you aren’t a registered guest.
The fee is a reasonable $5.00.
When we move into the turn lane at the entrance, no one is behind us. I stop, roll down the window, and take the classic canine crew photo (below). I urge Reggie to get into the shot but he doesn’t.
I’m picking up a bit of oppositional attitude from Reg. I could be wrong but I think he likes to ignore my suggestions. Yeah, I do think so. All cuteness aside.
Quail Ridge is a clean and tidy RV park.
Of course, I experience a slight shock as I adjust from untamed boondocking camp to the orderly atmosphere of an RV park.
Part of Quail Ridge has paved road (above) and part has gravel road. There’s a clubhouse (left, out of frame below) next to an area of grass and palo verde.
A woman greets me cheerily and I state my reason for being here. She walks with me into the office where I pay the five dollars to dump tanks. She hands me a brochure along with an invitation to try Quail Ridge.
Here are Quail Ridge RV Resort fees (April 2018):
- Daily rate: $13.81 includes tax and electric
- AOR rate: $12.81 includes tax and electric
- Weekly rate: $75.67 (electric.16\kwh)
- Monthly rate: $300 (electric.16\kwh)
- 3 Month rate: $800 (electric.16\kwh)
- 6 Month rate: $1500 (electric.16\kwh)
(For more information go to the Quail Ridge website or call 520-456-9301. )
A dump-ing we go!
A dump-ing we go! Hi-ho the derry-o, a dump-ing we go!
While involved in the task, a few quail promenade down the lane and head off between the RVs. Quail Ridge has quail!
I like a name that’s real.
Ever notice how names attached to man-made places tend to mention what they destroyed? Subdivisions are notorious for that. Piney Woods has nary a pine. The streets of Shady Glen are close to melting under the glare of harsh sun. Mountain View Estates is more accurately The View of the Side of My Neighbor’s Garage Estates.
I remember when Sand Key Condominiums were built in Florida and in the process much of what made Sand Key. . . uh . . . Sand Key was wiped out. I guess Hurricane Vulnerable Condominiums lacks appeal.
Dumping goes without incident.
By the time we leave Quail Ridge, the air temperature is in the mid-80s.
“It won’t be long and we’ll be home again, guys.”
What Reggie and Roger don’t know is I packed up everything at our camp in order to move somewhere else at Las Cienegas.
I admit I’m addicted to change.
As long as the Best Little Trailer is hitched up to dump her tanks, why not find a new place to call home?
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