Friday, January 12, 2018

A visit to Parker....

Our Location: Quartzsite, Arizona

I had no trouble dropping off to sleep last night but woke up around 4 am. I cat napped from then until 6 am when I thought the clock said 7 am but alas I was wrong. So here I am starting my post before I read any blogs.

It’s pretty quiet here in our new spot except for the coyotes which howled off and on over the evening, sometimes pretty close, some times further away. We have a few things on the agenda for today, nothing major but a couple of little things. One of those things is a trip to Parker since we’ve not been there yet. It will be nice to get out and about to see something new. We haven’t done much exploring here but we’ll eventually get to it. 
Sunrise in behind there...can you see it?

I was outside just around 7 am, the horizon was just starting to glow and yet it was still going to be a while before the sun made an appearance. I donned my mini gloves and my fleece sweater to keep me warm and the truth is I needed both until just minutes before the sun came up, I could then unzip my fleece but still kept my gloves in place. 

With very few clouds in the sky there wasn’t much to see as the sun came up but it was still pretty nice. The surrounding hillsides heralded the sun’s coming with splashes of light here and there and soon more and more showed off their morning glow until finally the sun showed itself over the top of the mountain. It was a nice start to the day. 

I managed to capture a few pictures for this post, some a bit more creative than others. However I did enjoy playing around with the camera so that time spent waiting for the sun to show wasn’t wasted. 

Back inside the Igloo, Riley and I confirmed our plans to go to Parker today. Mostly to just get out of the house but also to do a wee bit of shopping. We needed a few grocery items and some other non essential things and opted for a visit to Parker. Since we needed the GPS to find Parker we started with Bella taking us the wrong way out of the BLM land. I knew it was the other way, just instinct I guess but I followed her lead. I will say that it was15 minutes later that we went back past the front driveway we’d recently just left. I managed to find Parker on my own without Bella’s help and found our way home again as well. Some days we all need a little help from our friends and today our US GPS Bella needed our assistance. Not a big deal.
I think these may be buds.....

We arrived in Parker and made a couple of stops. One of them being Spanky’s. We checked out his RV furniture and enjoyed the store. Clean, bright, and very big. We found a spice rack that I’ve mounted already to help free up some cupboard space. However the spice rack was all we found there, or at least all we purchased there. 

We headed out to Walmart to pick up a few things we needed. We also managed to find some carpet for the steps along with the groceries. We of course forgot the list in the Dogsled but managed to get everything except cotton balls and Lysol Wipes, but of course we also managed to get more than what was on the list. 
We have sunrise...

Heading back home we enjoyed a pretty easy drive except for the fella in front of us was pretty irregular in speed and weaving a bit as well. At the next passing lane Riley noticed he was on his cell phone while driving. Now doesn’t that just figure. I should have pulled over and let the big semi behind me settle in on his bumper, that might have gotten his attention. Oh well, we made it home safe and sound before 2 pm.
Aren't those just the hairiest legs you've ever seen?

We unloaded the groceries, putting things away, while the chili was heating up. Riley opted for a roast chicken and shrimp that we purchased at Walmart, and I slurped up the remaining chili. It was even better today but now it’s all gone so we’ll have to cook tomorrow. 
Flower garden in Parker..

After cleaning up the dishes I truly just didn’t have the energy to do much of anything except sit and read. I even found myself waking up from time to time between pages. Not sure how that happened but it did. 

Shortly after 5 pm I headed outside with the camera to snap some pictures. Not a spectacular sunset but I did manage to get some walking in as I ventured around the neighbourhood looking for good spots to take pictures.

As I was heading for the Igloo I heard Riley come outside. She wanted to have a campfire and so I explained how to place the wood, the starter, etc. Before long she had herself a nice little fire. Lasted about a half hour and that was long enough for her. Still warm outside 58F/14C at just about 7 pm. I was even outside in just a little pull on sweater, not my fleece. You know it must be warm if….
We liked some nice swivel rocker recliners here...

So there you have it, another day here in Quartzsite. Nothing earth shattering or life altering but we enjoyed it all the same. So thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed your visit. We hope your day has been a fantastic one for you. Feel free to leave a comment. 
Not much sunset tonight...

Until next time….. take care, be safe, 
Riley's fire with Jim's wood.

See that blue coloured flame?



  1. Beautiful pictures, glad you managed to take Bella to Parker.
    Nice fire, Riley! It looks inviting for however long it lasted.

    1. I'm not convinced Bella wanted to go to Parker. Hahaha

      Riley says, " Thank you." She enjoyed it and we're using up the wood Jim gifted to us a while ago.

      Take care, be safe,

  2. Now you have been to Parker and picked up a few groceries exploring a few more areas. and getting out of the house for a bit. Nice campfire Riley.!

    1. We have been out and about that's true, we're seeing a little more each time we venture away from home dirt, as you call it.

      Riley says, "Thanks."

      Take care, be safe,

  3. It is always a refreshing ride to Parker. Even though Walmart is a one stop shopping there are other grocery stores that carry a larger variety of food stocks then they do. Save-way was right across the street behind the Taco Bell.
    Wait until Mating Season when the Coyotes do more then Howling. On two occasions they bounced against our trailer last winter.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  4. Yes we noticed a few other places near by but had no interest. Sometimes it isn't about 'shopping' so much as it is a mission. Good days and bad days dictate which one we do.
    Coyotes are also very vocal at our summer location so their songs aren't anything new for us. There are more dogs around here than at our summer location so we tend to notice more of a 'noise' than actually just the coyotes singing.

    Take care, be safe,