There are wild donkeys all over the Imperial Dam area. Everywhere you go you see evidence of them. There are many donkey trails throughout the area. Finally we had some donkeys come into our area while we were having “Happy Hour”. They are very friendly but it is against the law to feed them. I heard it is a $500 fine if you are caught.
One of the donkeys was pregnant and looked like she was about to pop. They strolled around to many of the rigs including mine but once they discovered that they were not going to get a handout from any of us they quietly moved on. They were very tame and there was nothing to be afraid of.
Thursday morning hike – Painted Desert
The last Thursday I was at Imperial Dam I again met up with the group to go hiking. We all had to hitch a ride to our next hike which was called the Painted Desert. It was about 10 miles away past Martinez Lake. There were about 22 of us just the same as the last hike. It was only about a 2-3 mile hike but it went up and down the local hills and thru the washes.
This pic shows part of our hiking group.
I believe this is call a hoodoo. This was the only one I saw along the trail.
The trail was very up and down among the hills.
This was one of the honeycombs we say in the rocks. You could also see the bees flying about.
On of the many washes we climbed thru.
The temperature was about the mid 80′s and it was quite hot. It sure was nice to find some shade when we stopped to have lunch.
This is part of the group checking out a large cave we discovered.
It was a great hike and glad to get the exercise.
On to Baja Wine and Whales Tour
The rest of the week was spent getting computers (both old and new) and preparing for the Baja Wine and Whales Tour that starts Sunday afternoon. The tour is gathering at the Portrero County Park just north of Tecate.
I will post whenever I get a chance but it may be sporadic since I probably won’t have Internet access all of the time.
Well I didn’t get my computer fixed (at least not completely). I did pick it up and Charlie at My Internet in Yuma did replace the power plug on the computer’s mother board. But after plugging in the AC adapter realized there is also a pin missing on it as well. I can not leave it any longer for him to fix but will have to work on it later.
Picked up new computer
The big news is that I picked up my new computer from the FedEx store in Yuma. They called this morning and I couldn’t wait to get down there. This new computer is going to be a real learning curve for me. I finally made the big switch from Windows to
My New Mac Book Pro
I opened the box in my rig at the FedEx Store and spent almost an hour playing with it and trying to figure out the difference between it and my old Windows PC. In a nutshell – I LOVE IT!
Things do come a little slow but I am starting to figure it out. Well enough on the subject of computers.
The weather here is getting much warmer. The highs are in the mid 80′s and not too cold at night. The only bummer is that it has been quite windy. I guess they don’t call my camp area Hurricane Ridge for nothing.
Andrea left this week to catch up with the WINS. Ann and Jerry were staying down in Senator’s Wash but had to move after 14 days. Now they too are up on Hurricane Ridge for 14 days and then will move on down to Senator’s Wash again. They had the family over last week and had a wonderful time being entertained by their grand-kids.
Thursday is hike day
Every Thursday a large group gathers to go on a hike. The first hike I participated in was to an arch. It was about a 5 mile hike round-trip and the hiking wasn’t necessarily easy. The hike was led by a guy that was 80 years old, but you sure couldn’t tell. He walked at a very fast pace and kept everybody moving. Up and down a lot of steep hills and over a lot of rocks. It was a good workout for everyone.
Hiking to the Arch
We all made it to the arch after about a 2-2 1/2 mile hike. The we all took a break and ate lunch.
Made it to the Arch
It was an absolutely beautiful day.
It was sure a great day and everyone enjoyed the hike.
I am glad to be able to get back online and posting again. There is nothing worse then when you have computer problems.
I am still at Imperial Dam. The weather has been windy but it was calm today. It is supposed to be in the mid 80′s the end of the week.
I must apologize for not posting lately but my computer died on me and the power connection has to be replaced. I took it in to be repaired, but it will probably take at leasta week. That is a real bummer!
Ann and Jerry as well as Andrea are still her but Andrea is leaving tomorrow and I am leaving on Sunday to meet the caravan to Mexico.
I will post as soon as I get my computer back or get a new one, whichever comes first.
Last one in our camp
I am the last rig in Roger’s Half Acre in Quartzsite. I took these pics showing how bare it is once everyone left. I stood at the very ends of the encampment where the furthest rigs were standing.
Will the last rig out of Rodger’s Half Acre please remove the flag?
I stopped at Old Yuma Road and removed the flag. I will be giving it back to Rodger at the 2012 Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM.
On to Imperial Dam
I then drove south to Yuma, AZ did some shopping at Walmart and then headed out to the Imperial Dam LTVA. My annual pass is good there also so it will not cost anything to stay. Andrea had written that she was staying at Hurricane Ridge and there was lots of room there. I entered Hurricane Ridge in my GPS and it took me right there.
When I arrived I parked right next to her rig, but noticed that her car was gone. I went across the road and was checking out the Senator’s Wash when I spotted An and Jerry’s rig with Andrea’s car parked next to it. I then walked down and joined them just in time for Happy Hour. There are thousands of rigs parked out here in the desert and I was able to find them without any trouble. It’s a small world, isn’t it?
Hike to Squaw Lake
I set up camp and the next day we all went on a hike down to Squaw Lake about a mile down the road.
First we passed Senator’s Wash.
Then on to Squaw Lake where I am planning on launching my kayak later in the week.
Longer hike around Senator’s Wash
The following day Ann, Jerry and I had planned a longer hike that went all around Senator’s Wash. It was about 8-10 miles. Not really sure since I forgot to set my Android Runkeeper App to calculate the entire distance. Here are some pics from this hike. I got a pic of a Blue Heron at the water’s edge.
Next are some pics taken around Senator’s Wash.
It was a perfect day for a hike. The wind was blowing a bit but now too much and then temps were in the low 80′s making a perfect day. I drove with Andrea down to Ann and Jerry’s rig and had a fun Happy Hour enjoying all the wonderful scenery. After dinner I went down to the campfire they have every night at Hurricane Ridge and enjoyed sharing tall tales with everyone else.
Classic Car Show
On our hike down to the produce store Ann, Jerry and I stopped in the big tent for the Annual Classic Car Show. There were still many vendors left over from the RV Show that were located in the center of the tent. On either end of the tent they had many classic cars on display. They were all shined up and looking good.
Tear Drops and smaller rigs
They even had Tear Drops and small trailers that were towed behind some classy trucks. They were really fixed up nicely. It reminds me of the time I was at camped at Camp Sherman in Oregon and was invaded by a “Sisters on the Fly” club. Some of those gals had small travel trailers, Casitas and Tear Drop trailers as well. You can see that post at Moving on to Camp Sherman. It was great fun seeing all the different types of rigs people own.
Finally this one was a small trailer that was nicely decorated and very comfy. Nothing I would want to live in fulltime though, but it sure would be nice for weekend jaunts.
Beautiful Arizona Sunset
After hiking back to out campground we had a small get-together for “Happy Hour” and I got this pic of another beautiful sunset.