This winter makes five that we’ve loaded up truck and trailer and headed south to the desert. The first was supposed to be a one and only, but it was just so much fun that we did it another four times and there seems to be no plan to stop anytime soon.
Works for this dog. I love the sun, I get cold when the temperatures drop much below freezing, and I hate wearing coats and boots. Being a snowbird suits me like spots.
Every year is quite similar. We spend a few days getting out of winter, hang out in Las Vegas for anywhere from four to fourteen days, and then head into the deserts of Arizona and California. The first year we moved every three to five days but, in the trips since, it’s more like ten to fourteen, with a few shorter stays in RV parks or places that T and Nollind don’t take a shine to (like last year’s noisy Ocotillo Wells visit).
Our longest stay before this year’s trip was sixteen days at a place called Saddle Mountain a few trips ago. Since then the long stays have been in places like Borrego Springs, Wickenburg, Quartzsite, and Tucson. These seem to be the perennial favourites.
Tomorrow will be three weeks here in Quartzsite, a new record. We had to up anchor and go into town to dump the holding tanks and get more fresh water a week ago, but otherwise, Sid has been parked here in the same place since we arrived on December 16.
It was part of the plan before we left home, to move less and make things easier for Logan. I’m pretty easy about new places but it’s hard for him, the travelling itself and the settling into a new spot. For example, he’s made himself a den under a shrub and he’d have to start all over again at a new location.
It also means he can go to the same vet every two weeks for his Legend injections. New vets aren’t necessarily bad, but he prefers familiar places and people. They give him a bit of comfort in an otherwise uncomfortable situation.
So T and Nollind looked at all of the places they like to go and chose Quartzsite as a good place to hang out a bunch of this winter. Why?
- We can camp close to town. There are a lot of dispersed camping (boondocking) areas in these parts, but very few that are this close to a town.
- There’s a strong music community here and T & Nollind love live music and like to play music with other people.
- Blythe, California is just twenty-five minutes away for the vet and for any shopping the stores of Quartzsite can’t accommodate. (Blythe also has a very good Mexican restaurant. At least it smelled good when they brought the go-box back to the truck.)
- There are tons of trails for walking and/or riding in Fang. (I’m still hanging out to get my turn. They’re worried I’ll be scared or uncomfortable but I’m pretty sure I won’t.) And the walking around our camp area is fairly old-dog friendly (although Logan would deny this being a required element).
- Quartzsite has a place where T & Nollind can go dancing (the Quartzsite Yacht Club), a library with free wifi, more markets than you can shake a stick at, and an outdoor pub that YOU CAN TAKE A DOG TO. (I haven’t been there yet as you might have guessed.)
- And, last but not least, the camping is terrific. Quiet, privacy, starry nights, and off-leash time. It doesn’t get better than that.
So it will be a different kind of winter, spending most of our time in one area but, from this dog’s perspective, a good kind of different.