Fulltime Roadrunners

Fulltime Roadrunners
Staying Put at BLM Oxbow Campground on the Colorado River, Cibola, AZ

I Honestly Tried

November 11th, 2013


I’ve planned on posting to the blog every day for the past week, but something always comes up to keep me from sitting her and writing our happenings.

Last Tuesday we went to Yuma and picked up a new BBQ we bought at Home Depot.  It’s the Weber Spirit 210, a two burner BBQ with plenty of room to cook a larger turkey, or roast.  I’ve used it 3 times and so far it’s wonderful!  We did a Papa Murphy’s pizza the first night, a steak for me and buffalo patty for Thom the next time and today I cooked a 10 lb. Pork Picnic Shoulder. All of it came out fantastic.  Here’s a pic of the stuffed pizza we did. Came out very nice.

Here’s a shot of the BBQ

Business in the campground is slow but steady. We’ve had two “Man-cation” groups in here. They come here to fish and relax at the campfire while their wives use the time to get together and go shopping, do massages, etc. Personally, I’d prefer the fishing, relaxing, etc. We’re also getting a lot of hunters. You’d think the hunters would be the quiet ones, going to bed early in order to get up early. NOT! They party with loud music and loud talking until we require them to shut down the music & noise. Both Man-cation groups partied a bit, but they were quiet partiers and very respectful of us and other campers.

I’m a bit worried about a group of campers that came in tonight. It’s a church group of 6 vehicles with large oriental families and 1 Caucasian  “guide”. There are several young children in this group. They plan on rafting down the river and paddling back. It’s the first time they’ve done any rafting. Here at Oxbow the Colorado River flowers at 4500 Cubic Feet per Second when it’s slow, 7,000 to 8,000 when it’s going good. There’s no way these people would be able to paddle up-river from even a mile down river, let alone the 3 to 6 miles. Thom is the one who greeted them and talked to them. He’s tried talking them into launching their rafts into the Oxbow Lake and paddling around the acres it covers. We hope they follow his advice. The river can be so unforgiving and with young children it would be crazy to chance it.

Stan, the guy who handles the major maintenance issues of our campground, called and told us there was a couple at Rice Ranch in Quartzsite who were selling storage shed so we went in to Q last Wednesday to look them over. The quality and price is right so we are ordering an 8 x 14’ barn shed with loft. Assuming all goes as planned it will be delivered by the first of January. We can empty the storage shed we are renting in Quartzsite and quit paying rent on that.

I’m beginning to nest here. I’ve planted 4 flower pots, 3 hanging and 1 one sitting on the table. I keep moving them around in the yard until they are in “just the right spot”. We’re making this campground “ours”.


The group that was going to raft today decided a couple of the men would go up-river and put in a raft and bring it down to the Oxbow Bridge. They decided they wouldn’t take the kids on the river so they went across the road to the Oxbow Lake and let the kids get in some rafting there… much better idea.

I’m hungry for a turkey dinner and Safeway in Parker has them on sale at 75­¢ per pound so we’ll be going in to Parker tomorrow to do a bit of grocery shopping and stop at Wal-Mart to look for more flowers to plant and another pot or two so I can plant more turnips and sugar snap peas. We’ll freeze the turkey until a couple of days before Thanksgiving and have a turkey dinner for TG.

Yesterday and today I got some photos of new birds for my life list. This first one was in our Pond/Lake yesterday at the end of the pond standing on some cattail reeds floating on the water. It’s the Black-crowned Night Heron.  After a few minutes it took off and that’s when I got a decent shot.

The 2nd one was swimming on the pond today. Because it’s a juvenile it took me quite a while to identify it.  It’s a Juvenile Common Loon.

Just had a Red Shafted Northern Flicker land in the Cottonwood tree in front of my window. I managed to get a few pics. Will share next time I blog.

The weather is still near perfect… high 40’s to mid 50’s at night and low to high 80’s during the day. Lovin’ it!

That’s all for now.

Ya’ll stay healthy and happy!