The decision is made to head to Bouse, the shabby little town with some history. We take the scenic cut-off that shaves a good ten miles or more off the trip. It was a little late in the day when we drove over Quinn Pass so we didn’t stop to see the cistern.
Bouse has everything a Snow Bird or boondocker could want and is worth a visit if you like military history. There are plenty of places to boondock without a neighbor sitting right at your doorstep, a HUGE dog park, and a produce truck that delivers two days every week and has fabulous prices on the best looking produce I have ever seen. There are several trailer parks if you don’t like roughing it. The water is cheap, there’s a tiny laundromat, and a propane yard that fills all size tanks. There’s a library and did I mention a HUGE dog park? 😉
As a side note, there’s something fishy with the powers that be in Bouse. A conversation with a man and his wife who are here to look after his mother during an illness revealed the reason the dog park, which is part of the old school and the former ball field, was obtained because those in the capacity to do so put the field and old school in the flood plain and a new school had to be built. The funny part is they changed it back into non-flood plain after they got the new school built. Hmmmmm … There was something else that rang a sour note, but it escapes me at the moment. In any case, the boys aren’t complaining about their new hang out that’s for sure.
The Boys Recover After a Romp in the Park
The flip side of all that is available to the winter people: TERRIBLE internet reception, not a huge selection in groceries or dry goods, and to get anything even slightly out of the ordinary you must drive back to Quartzsite or into Parker. If one lived here planned trips to the bigger towns wouldn’t be a problem, but being a guest and roughing it in the desert means I wouldn’t do it. But that could just be me.
Our view from Freedom
The Plomosa Mountains
Thanks for visiting. Hugs, Shawna
CURRENT READ: The Last Englishman: A 2640 Mile Hiking Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail by Keith Foskett
WHAT’S IN THE NIGHT SKY: Venus is still beautiful and beautifully visible, but her position has and is changing. You can’t miss her, however, she’s the largest object in the night sky with the exception of the moon, and it will soon be in its dark phase. Mercury is still visible in the pre-dawn hours. The other billion or so stars aren’t too shabby either. 😉