Thisawayz and Thatawayz

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who only dream at night. – Edgar Allan Poe

Category: BLM

Reno is Burning Man central

I’d read that it was a good idea to buy everything you need well before you hit Reno since 70,000 people descending on the town at once can decimate the stock they have there. That was obviously advice from a few years back. Turns out Reno is more than ready for all the heathens and […]

Lake Havasu, AZ

We’ve passed lake Havasu by a bunch of times, driving just north or just south of it, but never managing to fit it in. I had heard differing opinions about it, and I hadn’t felt in a hurry to get there, but I have a desire to see everywhere so it had to be experienced, […]

Oh why oh why oh why? Yuma to Why, AZ

We only had a 2 hour and 38 minute drive from Yuma to Why, AZ. We had to get tidied up and ready to go, drive up to the pay water booth and fill our tank and empty bottles, dump at the 76 Station, withdraw some cash from an ATM, and buy a Bota box […]

Yuma – the official sunniest place on Earth

All the way down from Quartzsite, the view is desert scrub, rocks, and cacti. Then you hit Yuma, and it’s field after field of green produce, citrus and date trees. The biggest cauliflower, and the biggest cabbage, I’ve ever seen, about as big as an adult head. Lemons, oranges, tangelos, grapefruit grow on street corners […]

Quartzsite at the right time of the year

Quartzsite is a tiny little town in western Arizona 20 miles east of the Colorado river, the stateline to California. The first time we came through, last April, the place was deserted. It was out of season and unseasonably scorching hot. The time to come here is January when the RV show is on and […]

If the Trailer’s rocking don’t come knocking!

“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” ~ Jack Kerouac We’ve been sitting here in the Cottonwood Springs BLM lands just south of Joshua Tree National Park for the last three days. It’s not a place whose beauty can easily be seen in a photo. It’s dusty, beige, sandy and scrub brush, on a […]

On the fringe, and off the grid — Slab City, CA

Slab City or The Slabs started off in 1942 as a Marine Corp base named Camp Dunlap, but was dismantled in 1956. Some years later a chemical company in Oakland, California hired 20 men to harvest creosote leaves near Niland. Some of the workers moved closer to their work by living in small trailers at the […]

It’s a dog day afternoon

Arriving in Quartzsite, AZ a few hours after sunset made it hard to see where we were going once we got outside the town limits. We had chosen to stay at Scaddan Wash, a 14 day limited free camping area on the BLM lands, just a few blocks east of town. I had run through it […]

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