Sunday, January 22, 2017

Arizona Alright part 2

After a few days at the beautiful Black Rock RV Park in Brenda AZ, it was time to move back out into the desert where the rent is a little more affordable. As with every move day, I went  through my checklist of all things GMC including topping off the engine oil, antifreeze and power steering oil. Inside, we tie everything down, tape everything closed and move everything that could fall down to a safer location. We also made sure to fill up with water, totes and all since we were heading for an area with no hookups.
On a tip from a friend, we had heard about some BLM land that was close to the little community of  Brenda so after a five minute trip and a little scouting, we decided on a nice private spot around 2 miles from the highway and the general store.
With spectacular views and zero neighbors, this new spot has proved to be one of my favorites.

With Quartzsite only 12 miles away and Brenda at 2 miles, we have everything we need to be comfortable for awhile out here. What we were in need of however was a different car that could be used to explore all these old trails and roads. The Jetta has been such a great car but it's ground clearance makes it useless on the trails. I'm thinking.....Samurai!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Arizona Alright Part 1

We said "goodbye for now" to Laurie and Scott in Las Vegas and pointed the bus towards Kingman AZ to visit Jessicas Aunt Ethel and Uncle Joe.  
While the coach leaked oil on their pristine driveway Joe and Ethel took us out to a wonderful Italian place called The Garlic Clove for dinner. It was amazing! The next day we all jumped in the car and headed for Oatman to see the burros.
Nice little tourist town now with a ton of history and interesting buildings to explore.

The burros are all very nice and are very used to people feeding them so be warned, if you have a brown paper bag in your hand, they will follow you around.

We traveled along old Route 66 and even toured one of the last original gas stations that was the inspiration for Radiator Springs in the movie Cars.   
That afternoon we said our goodbyes and spurred the coach towards Lake Havasu City and beyond.

About 20 miles from Havasu, the left wiper arm lost it's stabilizer arm and it was pouring rain so we pulled into the first place that looked big enough to turn around.

As it turns out, it was a great place to fix the wiper and spend the night for free.

The next day we arrived in Brenda AZ thanks to a tip from our old friend Dana. He invited us to stay next to his place at Black Rock RV Park for a few days for New Years.

Dana showed us around the park and took us into Quartzsite for some shopping.

And of course, Gem World!