For the month of January camping off the grid at BLM land at Ogilby Road in SE California, we put on a little over 1,300 miles on the jeep which included trips into Yuma (15 miles away from where we are) for needed supplies, services, going to a movie or meeting up with friends for a meal out and some lively conversation. And of course, we can’t exclude our road trips that we take for the sake of adventure, rock hounding opportunities and seeking out new sights. This being our third winter here in the desert definitely draws us here because of the lower elevations which mean warmer temperatures. We love it and so does our health.
We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.
Few people have heard of the town Felicity, California. Known as the Official Center of the World it is indeed a place that shouts loudly with historical facts – also known as Museum of History in Granite. For a small fee of $5/person, there was so much information to absorb in one visit that it was pretty mind boggling to take in just one visit.
Click on this site Felicity California if you’re interested to read more about the museum and the man who has put all of his energy into this place.
|We even received certified copies that this is the place. Is it?|
|You know where Jeff's standing|
|The start of one of many granite panels to read|
|Church on the Hill|
|Hello down there!|
|Section 13 from the Eiffel Tower in France|
|A serene place in busy Yuma|
|Jeff standing under a Mesquite Bosque|
|Beautiful flowering shrub called, Fairy Duster (thanks, Lynne & Fred)|
|Cow's Tongue (l) & Prickly Pear Cactus (r)|
|Desert tortoise named Baloo|
|A sundial that really works!|
Another new area for us was Laguna Diversion Dam located 13 miles NE of Winterhaven, CA-Yuma, AZ. Constructed between 1903-1905 the dam was the first dam built on the Colorado River. Engineers studied dams in other countries where the foundations were built on sand and silt. Over the millenniums the Colorado had deposited so much silt that it seemed financially impossible to dig to bedrock. Adding to Laguna Dam's unusual design were 9" swastikas embedded in its masonry piers. These originated from the trip engineers took to India where they "came across a symbol that represented a Hindu goddess with power over water. They thought it would be appropriate to place the symbol on the Laguna Dam." It wasn't until years later that the swastika became controversial as a symbol of Nazi Germany. No trace of these piers exists any longer.
|Wooden bridge over the dam|
You can't escape the fact that you need water when you're in the desert. Jeff has pretty much got this down to a science in our years of boon docking. Our new coach has a 115 gallon fresh water tank that Jeff replenishes with water that we get from Grey's Well which is about 8 miles from where we're parked. He has multiple containers that fit neatly into the back of the Jeep that hold a total of 22 gallons of water. Upon returning to the coach, we have a pumping system that syphons the water into the rig and walla, it's done.
|Pumping fresh water collected into the motorhome|
|At the RA called Grey's Well is where we fill up for fresh water|
|Drop in the quarters and fill your containers.|
Drinking water is another story and we have two 5-gallon jugs just for that which we can fill up at any location throughout Yuma. Our best deal yet is 5 for $.50. We can go through a 5-gallon jug in 4-5 days. Conserving water and electricity is important when you're living off the grid and we have the stories to go with it.
|The Dolphin pump that we use is pretty efficient for our drinking water|
|Date trees that have been harvested|
We were lucky to find some petrified wood, unique quartz pieces (smaller in size) and what we believe may be a mineral by the name of Sodalite. Pure Sodalite is blue is color, light and fragile and relatively rare. We were told by a camper here in the desert that it sells for $8/lb in Quartzsite at the rock store. We are just excited to share with others in its beauty.
|A pure white quartz that stands out against the volcanic rock|
|Beautiful quartz to admire|
|So much rock to look at!|
|Jeff taking a union break!|
|Wood petrified in rock|
|Chocolate Mountains in the background|
|Beautiful blues called Sodalite|
|This tarantua was our buddy near the motorhome. . .NOT!|
This particular pottery piece is called Nemadji Pottery and shares a Minnesota connection with us also. We were excited to say the least on this small treasure!
Click here: History of Nemadji Pottery
|Just one of many beautiful sunrises here at Ogilby Road|
|Sunsets of many colors here in the desert|
|Another breathtaking sunset at Ogilby Road|
|Out friend from Canada, Rollande, shared this sunset from Puerto Penasco, Mexico|
|Sunset near Sacramento CA from our friend, Karen, while on vacation this winter|
|A friend snapped this sunset over San Carlos, Mexico|
“The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.”
|Biscuits & Gravy|
|Hot Cocoa from scratch, compliments of Rollande!|
|Fresh vegetables, citrus and Medjool dates...yum!|
|Chef Salad Supreme|
|Steak with Spicy BalsamicGlaze|
Never truer words ever spoken as memories are made while we’re Down the Open Road. We are grateful for friendships made.
|Roger & Susie from Ohio|
|Bob and Rosemary from California|
|Rollande, Melissa and Denise holding Salvia|
|Kay with Betty who is from Prince George, BC|
|Jeff with Heidi and Rollande who are from Ontario|
|Super Bowl Party at our place|
And on the family front ~ Congratulations go out to our niece, Lindsey and her husband, Kyle on the birth of their first child. Quinn Marie was born on 01.20.16 at 7:43p. 6#-12 oz. 20" long. She is definitely a cutie!
Our 3 year old grand-daughter, Julia (aka Princess Julia) with her first attempt at writing her name. Way to go, Julia! We are anxious to see her when we get home!!!
Hugs to all!