Posts Tagged ‘Blythe CA’

We have just a week of this desert trip left and want to get back to Wiley’s Well where we had such a good time two years ago, so it is time to hitch ’em up and head ’em out.

We go west on I-8 through Yuma and cross what’s left of the Colorado River and we’re in California. And we just gained an hour. We go north on Ogilvy Road, County Hwy S34 past the American Girl and Tumco mines in the Cargo Muchacho mountains where we spent an entire day two years ago. Further north, winding some now, the road heads to Blythe. Several miles south of Blythe we see the turnoff for Milpitas Wash Road and I tentatively suggest that we try it again, in the daylight this time. For our in-the-dark trip up that road, you can check out my blog post for February 1, 2013. Larry is still not terribly excited at the prospect and I wisely don’t say any more.

When we pass the Bradshaw Trail we know we are almost to Blythe. On into town we go. We already know where the bank is, the supermarket, the laundromat, and the park with free water. We stock up on food, gas, diesel, and water then drive west about 20 miles on I-10. The rest stop at our exit is open now, after being closed two years ago and the solar power plant appears to be completed, so maybe we’ll be able to go north from here to do some exploring.

But for now we have to go south, down three miles of good paved, high-speed road till suddenly the good road goes to the right to the state prison and our road goes straight for another six miles. The road is wide, it is graded from time to time, but receives enough traffic that it is badly washboarded. The speed limit is 15 mph but with the trailer, we crawl along at walking speed. At long last, we come to Wiley’s Well Long Term Visitor Area, where you can dry-camp for 6 months for $180 or 2 weeks for $40. Considering that full hookups now often cost $40 a night, we can put up with a little inconvenience for the beauty, the quiet, and the dozen or so other campers here.

We get just enough cell signal that we can check Facebook and email but can’t send anything out. Not to worry…when we tire of being cut off, we’ll drive into Blythe, visit a fast food restaurant, and take our time getting caught up with free wifi.

For now, we’re just happy to be back at one of the most peaceful places we’ve been.


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January 25 & 26

As wonderful as Thursday was, wandering around doing whatever we felt like, not many days are like that. Retired or not, there is still plenty on the Dumb Stuff Ya Gotta Do list.

We started Friday with one of Larry’s bucket list items. We’ve heard about Quartzsite, AZ for as long as we’ve been interested in the RV lifestyle. We’ve heard how every winter hundreds if not thousands of RVing snowbirds descend on the desert a few miles east of the Colorado River along I-10 in Arizona and we had to see for ourselves what it was all about. Whatever we thought it was, it wasn’t. At least it definitely isn’t our style of RVing. (more…)

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January 23, 2013

Today it was time to tick off another item on the Desert Bucket List. Since our early days of desert exploration we have read about the intaglios, giant figures depicted in the desert north of Blythe. Now, finally, we were going to see them.

Linda and Al had shopping and laundry to do and the threatening sky put off-roading up desert washes on the not-too-wise list of activities, so we headed to Blythe in separate cars on separate agendas. The weather radio said chances of measurable rain were slim for at least another day or two, despite the clouds, so we enjoyed the patterns of shadow and sun on the desert floor and marveled (more…)

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Our neighbors Al and Linda got home from Quartzsite while we were setting up yesterday. Quartzsite, Arizona is the mecca of RVers for the winter and their many shows offer everything one could want for their RV’ing lifestyle. Al and Linda had gone over to see what’s up but decided there wasn’t much they were interested in and there were far too many people. After living here in their motorhome for the past six weeks, they are loathe to join the milling throngs and eagerly escaped back to the wide open quietude of Wiley’s Well. It was good to catch up with them since visiting in cold and rainy Washington nearly two months ago. (more…)

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