Fulltime Roadrunners

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

What a Difference…

November 4th, 2014

…a few days make.  Our weather lately has been perfect!  No more having to run the A/C. We’re keeping the windows open all day long and for a while there we were keeping them open all night long, but the last couple of nights we’ve had to close them because it’s been getting too cool.

We’ve acclimated so well that the low temp of 48° yesterday was quite cold for us and even at 67° I’m wearing long sleeves and pants.  Thom is still in tee shirts and shorts, but he wears shorts until it freezes.

Things have really slowed down here in the campground.  The cooler weather causes the river and back waters to cool down too making it less desirable for both recreationists and fishermen.  The fish are still biting, they’re just a bit deeper now.  The temp of the river has dropped from about 88° to 75° which makes the water-boarders, skiers, and tubers stay away. 

About all we’re getting in the campground now are the really avid fishermen, snowbirds, cyclists, canoes and the occasional hunter.  The ducks have just starting coming south so we should be getting more hunters in soon.

We just got word from the Yuma Office this morning that we will be getting a large group (48) of students and faculty from Evergreen State College out of Washington state to camp here from the 6th to the 8th.  Then 24 of them will leave and 24 will stay until the 12th.  That’s just 2 days from now.  They will be doing some work and/or study of trees over in the Cibola Wildlife refuge while here.  The college is in my old stomping grounds.  I lived in Western Washington for 18 years.

Yesterday morning Thom drove all the way into Blythe to get water and discovered water is no longer available at the place we were getting it.  He was able to get the load of water out of Cibola, but we can’t do that on a regular basis.  He drove back to Blythe yesterday afternoon to talk to the water dept. and/or parks dept. to see if we could work something out, but it’s a no go.  He also talked to some water suppliers like sparklets to get rates.  The cost is pretty prohibitive.  We’re still working on checking into options.

Tomorrow we are going in to Quartzsite to visit with Lee and Ilse and are going to take our water trailer with us to fill at the BLM La Posa South LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area).  It’s about 46 miles to the LTVA.  We can’t afford to drive 96 miles every 5 or so days to get water.  We’ll figure something out.  We’re still looking for options.

Quartzsite is starting a new Farmer’s Market tomorrow.  It will be every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon.  It’s located in the front row of Desert Gardens Gem show.  There will be fresh baked goods, local crafts and, of course, local produce.  The Eastside Breadery will be there with baked goods, Van Dyke Farms out of Blythe will be there with their produce and goods.  I’m not sure who else, but I’ll report back after we’ve experienced it tomorrow.  It should just get better and better as more snowbirds arrive.  I’ll try to take pics too.

I’ve got a few orders for my beaded hummingbirds so I’ve been spending a lot of time working on those and not near enough time on housework and other things.  I don’t have any time at all to get out and go fishing or work at getting my garden so it will grow plants.  I’ve got 4 birds to make right now and it takes a minimum of two days to get them done.  I’m limited to about 3 to 4 hours a day, after that I start making careless mistakes and spend more time undoing than doing.

As you might know, AZ doesn’t observe Daylight Savings so we didn’t turn back our clocks.  Our cell tower doesn’t know we are in AZ because it’s in CA so our phones tell us it’s an hour earlier than it really is here.  Minor frustrations, but sometimes still confusing.

That’s all for now, I’ll try to get some pics ready to post and get pics of the Farmer’s Market to share.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!