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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Desert, only desert

Gila Bend, AZ

We are still in Gila Bend, AZ.   We are parked at a very small Passport America campground right off I8.    Gila Bend is small town with one small grocery store, lots of boarded up store fronts, a post office, auto parts store, a couple of motels and tons of RV parks.  Of course there are the ever-present fast food places =Taco Bell, McDonalds, DQ and Burger King that you find at most Interstate exits.

The only place of interest to us is about 25 miles from Gila Bend.  

Out in the middle of the desert sits this pile of rocks on which the ancient Indians would paint various symbols.

The site is on Bureau of Land Management property.   There were several RV's boondocking in the area.   I envy those who are able to do that.  I would like to try living off the grid for a few days.  It would mean no nightly showers and lots of conserving power and water.  Yea, for a few days I could do that.

On the way back to I8 we saw a dirt road running through the desert.  The road was on the Arizona map we had and showed it went about 20 miles through the desert and ended back at Gila Bend.  We decided to give it a try.

The road was bumpy and dusty.  We saw no other cars.   About 7 miles in we came to an area about 100 feet long that was sandy, wet and with deep ruts.  We knew even with 4-wheel drive not to chance it.   Did not want to get stuck on a desert road, no cell coverage and nothing within miles and miles.   So turn around we did!

The rest of our time in Gila Bend has been spent talking to other campers, going to the DQ for Blizzards, playing on the computer (no TV here), and doing another puzzle.  Got it done yesterday.

Last night we drove about 40 miles north to Buckeye and had dinner at the Cracker Barrel with my cousin Muriel's daughter Annette and husband Ross.    It was great really meeting Annette.

 I had not seen her since she was an infant.   They live in the Phoenix area.   For sure if we come through this area again, we will spend more time with this nice couple.

Today will be spent catching up on the laundry and running into town.  The small grocery store in town is expensive for most items except for their meats which are really reasonable and quite good.

Tomorrow we head to Yuma, AZ for the Gypsy Journal Gathering.   This will be a first for us.


Rick and Paulette said...

Looks like you had a pretty good day in the desert and a dinner out to boot.

Safe travels on your way to Yuma, that rally should be interesting.

Laurie and George said...

Sounds like that road you were on had some flash flooding at one time. That would be a bit scary!

Karol said...

What an adventure traveling around the country. BTW, I found a DQ in Middletown, DE about 20 minutes away.

Donna K said...

We found a small museum in Gila Bend a few years back. I believe it was behind a gas station. It was actually pretty interesting. I wonder if it is still there?

CeiPui said...

Oh I'm dying to try boondocking, hope you will get to try it soon! How about alternate a sponge bath and shower every other day?