Fulltime Roadrunners

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

Life at Oxbow

October 25th, 2014

We got our washer ‘n dryer home on Thursday.  We definitely needed the help of the firemen to get unloaded.  Thom has spent the better part of yesterday and today getting them set up and ready to run.  Tried the first test run and the washer wouldn’t run.  He’s been tinkering with it for the past hour and I just heard the generator start again so we’ll see if it works this time.  This is one of those times when being off grid is definitely  a pain in the neck.  Having to rely on a generator for power and a water tank and pump for water (cold water only) can be challenging, especially when you are dealing with appliances with minimum power and water pressure requirements.  Will let you know if we ever get it gong.  Thom did get it going and we did get one load washed and dried, will do the last tomorrow.  Although the sales person told us we only needed to connect the cold water hose if we were only using cold water.  After much digging in the instruction booklet Thom found in trouble shooting section that both hoses had to be connected in order to run.

On our way back from getting the washer ‘n dryer, we stopped to check mail in Cibola and a truck driver was there trying to get directions from a resident to get to Hwy. 78.  Thom told the driver we were going that way and if he just followed us we’d show him where to turn to get to hwy. 78.  When we stopped to point to the road to turn on, he got out of his truck, got into the back and brought out a whole case of fresh Snow Peas and handed it to Thom.  I’ve been sharing with our guests here in the campground, but I’ve still got lots left.  They’ve only been in the fridge for 2 days so are still very fresh.  If anyone in Quartzsite or Blythe or anywhere else nearby want’s to have a sir-fry in the near future, drop on by and I’ll share until I’ve no more to share.  Just PM me in FB for my phone number or directions to the campground, or email me. Thom and I can only eat so many sauté’s snow peas or salads with snow peas, etc..

Our group of guys that come here on a “mancation” to fish catfish were back.  Once again they held a fish fry.  This time I made up a big potato salad and we ate at their place.  Yummy!  They’ll be back again sometime in March I think.  Our Firemen will be back in late March or a couple of weeks before Easter.  They all know to avoid the week before Easter because that is when the Chosen Few motorcycle group come in… if they are coming.

We have a couple of local Bass Fishing clubs launch here and stage their weigh-ins in our parking lot for the day.  Weigh-in is usually at 3 p.m. and after that they release all if their catch in our lagoon right at the ramp.  Bass fishing is pretty good that evening and next morning.

We haven’t done any fishing to speak of all year.  It’s either been too hot, or I’m just too frustrated with my fishing line to try to get it straightened out and back on the reel.  I need to change line completely.  In the meantime I’m thinking I’ll take my lightweight trout pole out to the lagoon and see what I can catch with it.  A couple of pan sized bass or large blue-gill, maybe a 1 or 2 lb catfish.  That would be a nice supplement to the diet.

I’m now going to share some photos from our last few months out here.  Remember, you can click on the photo to get the larger picture in a new window.  Just close that window to come back to the blog.

These are a couple of the more frightening critters we get here in the campground.  They are frightening mostly because of their size.  This first one is the Apache Click Beetle (aka Black ‘n White Click Beetle), this one was 2-1/2” long.

This other one is the Palo Verde Borer Beetle.  This one is a little longer than 3”.

The other reason these guys are frightening is their life cycle.  Both of these beetles lay their eggs in burrows at the base of the trees.  The grubs bore through and eat the roots of the trees.  If there are enough of the grubs, they will destroy a tree in short order.  The Click beetle’s cycle is 1 year underground then a few months to a year as an adult.  The Palo Verde Borer (so named because it’s preferred host tree is the Palo Verde) is an adult just long enough to breed, gather nutrition, and lay eggs.  The grubs spend up to 3 years underground eating roots of the trees.

Just because I love them and was so thrilled when Thom called me on the radio to tell me this guy was on the bathroom wall… I’m sharing a new reptile with you.  It the Western Banded Gecko. We tell our guests that if they see it on the wall, don’t panic and, by all means, don’t kill it!  They eat spiders almost exclusively and we get a lot of spiders in the bathrooms.

You can tell when a gecko is well fed because they store their fat in their tails.  See where it’s tail is a bit thicker?  If you are thinking of buying a gecko from a pet store, make sure it has a healthy fat tail to know it’s well taken care of.

We have our true beautiful jewels out here as well.  This is a Blue Ringed Dancer damsel fly.

Our Widow Skimmer Dragonfly

The Variegated Meadowhawk Dragonfly

All in all, it’s beautiful out here and we love it.  Life is truly good when you can wake up with this as your greeting to a new day.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!


Would like Your Input

October 22nd, 2014

I know it’s been months since I last posted.

When I started this blog many years ago, we were just making plans to become full-time RVers with the plans of boondocking much of the time.  I intended the blog to follow our expectations, preparations and learnings as we progressed, with the hopes of helping others benefit from our experiences and learnings.

Along the way we enjoyed sharing life on the road, the pluses and minuses of Workamping and the joys and frustrations of meeting all kinds of people.

Well, the summer of 2013 we pretty much quit being on the road. We spent the summer at Senator’s Wash Reservoir volunteering for the BLM and then they asked us to move to the Oxbow Campground.  We jumped at the chance and are now planning on being here for as long as the BLM needs us and lets us stay.  This means we are no longer on the road, not on the grid, but not totally off the grid (boondocking).  I quite writing the blog because I figured people no longer would want to follow my blog since I have no sharings regarding being on the road, or experiencing new places and situations.

Since I quite writing to the blog I’ve had several people who follow the blog comment to me on the fact that they miss it.  I found that there are a number of readers following the blog I didn’t know were reading it and they too missed it.

So, now, I would like those of you who read this to let me know if you want me to continue to write about our experiences out here at Oxbow campground, the wildlife we enjoy, our experiences with the BLM (with whom we have no complaints at all…so far), and our experiences with the diverse guests we get out here.

Please click on the comment link at the bottom of this post, or send an email to judy@jggrafx.com and tell me what you feel and what you’d like to hear about.

Now I’ll try to do catch-up in a capsule for the last 3 months.

As we were told, the summer here was hotter and more uncomfortable than at Senator’s Wash in spite of the fact that Senator’s is further south and we are right on the river.  Thom was able to deal with it much better than I, but we both spent as much of the heat of the day as we could in the air conditioned RV .

We didn’t get as much usage this summer as they did last summer.  I don’t think any recreational areas did.  We do, currently, have the retired and active firefighter’s group in here.  They started arriving a week ago and many of them plan on staying until Friday.  Great, fun people (men) who do a great job of policing themselves. They keep offering to help us however they can and  tomorrow we may take advantage of that offer.  The water pump in our washing machine gave up the ghost.  Because it’s a Swedish compact, it would take about $1000 to get someone out here to fix it, assuming the part can be found.  We found a Whirlpool set at the Sears in Blythe at a closeout price for about the same price, so we go pick it up tomorrow and will ask the guys to help unload if we need them.  My back hasn’t been happy for days (since I ran out of glucosamine/condroitin).

We’ve enjoyed the cycle of critters we get in here.  Many migrating birds from orioles to tanagers to warblers to water birds.  The rabbits and other mammals are more evident at different times of the year and the lizards are out and about all the time.  Rattlesnake sightings are rare and King and Gopher Snakes are beautiful and plentiful, which may account for the rattlers being scarce.

Enough for now.  I hope to choose what to share and get pics shared in the next few days, from our guests enjoying the water and campground to the critters we get to enjoy.  Maybe even a shot or two of the beadings I’ve done in the last 3 months.

Again, let me know what you think about my continuing the blog.

Ya’ll stay healthy and happy.