Hello from the desert! Nikko and I wrapped up our "friend-help" visit in Scottsdale, AZ yesterday morning. My friend's parents are adjusting to their new environment and it seems they are settling in well. That was the objective! There is still some organizing left to do outside the main living areas, but I feel I left them content in their new home.
One errand trip around Scottsdale included stopping at a shop that restores the mechanics of vintage vehicles. We saw some very cool old cars, including a couple Rolls Royces...
This is a Golden Hawk Studebaker - 1957-1958. The one at the shop was under a car cover, but we could see one side of it. In its entirety, it looks just like this one. The owner put $100,000 into this car!
One last photo from Scottsdale....it's the end of the the monsoon season, so there was a little rain here and there. One rain/sun combo resulted in a beautiful rainbow...
Now to the current events. Yesterday morning we left Scottsdale and headed to the Box Wash BLM land a few miles south of Wickenburg, AZ. You may recall we drove through Wickenburg this past spring when we were headed north from Yuma. It was only about 70 miles (NW) from Scottsdale, but took awhile because I had to drive straight across Phoenix on normal streets... stop/start... stop/start...
We found the boondocking area with no problem....headed down the dirt/sand road....saw a couple of campers and thought, "let's just drive a little further and see if there are other sites..." BIG MISTAKE!!!! The RV's passenger side rear tire got caught up in deep sand. UGH. There was no going forward or backward. We were STUCK! Not good!
I walked over to the other campers and they didn't have a tow chain....but that probably wouldn't have worked anyway. So, I called my RV roadside assistance company - Coach-Net - and after assessing the situation from my description of the dilemma, they sent a BIG tow truck up from Phoenix. Nikko and I visited with the other campers for the 1.5 hours it took for the tow truck to arrive.
The tow truck arrived within the ETA and Cliff, the driver, looked over the situation. He was quite concerned as it was a precarious situation. But, after an intense analyzation, he decided it was a "go" with his truck vs. a 4WD off-road type tow truck. With hesitation I signed the waiver that said they would not be responsible for any damage done to the RV. Didn't have much choice in the matter. We took the totes off the back cargo rack and he started working under the RV with the chains and large pieces of wood.
After very slowly inching the winch, we got back up to level land with less sand and the ability to drive normally, YAY! SAVED! NO DAMAGE! Cliff was an expert tow-guy! He worked with precision every moment of the ordeal. After a little chit-chat, with Cliff and the other campers, Glenn (aka "Buck") and Mark helped me strap the totes back on the cargo rack and showed me some parking spots in their area, but distant enough from them that I have a lot of privacy. And off we went to our current boondocking site! By this time, it was about 5:30pm and Nikko and I were exhausted. We hardly took note of our spot....we just ate something and konked out early. It cooled off nicely with a soothing breeze after a day in the 90's. Great for sleeping out in the "wild"!
Up this morning at sunrise to check out our surroundings....there's a very pleasant breeze today!
There's not a lot of "scenery" here, but it is quiet and I do have low-height trees on the other side (door/awning side) of the RV, which is nice. A lot of this area has no trees at all, so this is a nice spot! In the distance, there is an interesting rock formation that I can see when sitting under the awning.
In the opposite direction there are some distant mountains....
Perhaps the best "view" is the brand new Verizon cell tower that was just recently installed! This couples very well with the new, unadvertised UNLIMITED, limited-time-only, data plan I scooped up!
Someone left a little "housewarming" angel for future campers at our site....apparently she was looking the other way when I got stuck in the sand! LOL!
We will stay here until I can see that the temps are lowering a bit towards the Yuma winter area. It's low 90's here, but still high 90's-100* down there. Should start leveling off soon, tho'. I'm expecting a couple of online RV friends to come by here over the weekend on their way to Tucson. That will be fun!
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From Nikko and I, enjoy a great autumn weekend, wherever you are!