Monday, May 29, 2017

Phoenix 2.12 - 4.4

We had a fantastic month in Quartzsite, meeting new folks, getting the rig capable of boondocking for extended periods and really enjoying the desert. It was time to get jobs though! We had employment lined up north of Phoenix. The area is a mecca for MLB spring training and the seasonal work required to support it! Thankfully there was also quite a few boondocking opportunities outside the city, as the RV parks in town were very expensive (lots of snowbirds and retirees). If you can believe it, this would be the first time we'd worked since Amazon!! Although we were really just doing minimum wage work, we had a great time. Texas and Kansas City were based at the stadium we worked, but teams from all over the country came to play. 3/4 of the people I worked with were full timers, probably less than half for Karla. I was the cook in one of the little stadium kitchens, making sandwiches, hot dogs, pretzels, etc. Karla manned one of the registers at the store behind home plate. She had a great view!  Go Rockies!

We stayed at an OHV (off highway vehicle) area north of town, called Boulders. An OHV area is a place setup for dirt bikes, ATVs and side by sides. This one was really big and relatively well developed. There was plenty of nice places to camp plus two pit toilets. It was quiet during the week and busy on the weekends, but folks were for the most part very respectful and we enjoyed the company on the weekends. Lots of families. The weather was spectacular, except for one week of super hot weather. Lots of fun riding right outside our door.

Got to practice our skills on loose, rocky hills

And sand. I still hate sand!

The skies were incredible, all of these were taken from our camping spot.

Full moon rising as the sun set

Another evening

After Quartzsite, Phoenix was insanely green. It felt like we were camping on a golf course!

You could hear the donkeys braying almost every day. Derby and I actually came across a herd of them on one of our walks. Calmly sat down and watched them for a good half hour. These guys were NOTHING like the donkeys in Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota or the herd up in Oatman, AZ. All of them were almost house pets. They'd come up begging for food and let you pet them. These guys were VERY wild. Skittish, ornery, loud and curious. What a treat to actually see them.

Took the time to get some bigger projects done. Roof repairs and new coating for Lucy.

New tires on both bikes. 10,000 miles on my rear, it definitely surpassed expectations. Happily went with the same tires again.

Guess what we found in town?? OMG. I died.

We had one week when it rained every day! Very glad to have all new rubber on both bikes.

Karla went out and took some amazing photos one wet morning while I was at work. Cell phone cameras are getting pretty good!

These little guys closed at night and opened during the day, like clockwork.

Hard to believe but the desert got even greener.

Had a super bloom of wildflowers as a result. Yeeessss!!!

That's one of the many offroad trails we enjoyed in the background

Lots of rain means lots of puddles. Weeeeeeee! Let's go riding!!

Even with the rain and short winter days there was plenty of sun, we didn't need to use our generator.
Dog AND battery, charging!

Phoenix was the stomping grounds of Amber and Rick, some RV friends we made in Quartzsite. The four of us got along very well, we were happy when they said they'd be joining us for a bit at the OHV area! What do you do with a group of atleast four good friends?? Bust out Cards Against Humanity!! If you've never heard of it, it's like a dirty Apples to Apples. Never heard of that? Well, there is no help for you...

Found some decent beer at State 48 Brewery, just down the street from the baseball stadium.

So pleased to have my parents visit, it was the first time dad had seen our rig all renovated! Also enjoyed a visit from some local motorcycling friends, Mark and Chris. Glad to finally meet them in person, known Mark on one of my forums for years.

Of course any self respecting motorcyclist, when in this area of Arizona, will introduce his wife to the wonders of 89 into Prescott and 89A into Jerome.

I meant to show her Sedona too but we got distracted at THAT Brewery in Cottonwood...

We spent just over 6 weeks in Phoenix. Work was fun, weather was enjoyable, plenty of great riding. What's next? Stay tuned...

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