January Doings

January 2019 became a mish-mash of camping sites, moving back and forth between Ehrenberg and Quartzsite, Quartzsite and Yuma. The nights have been cold—relatively speaking for those of you experiencing real winter weather—and a bitter wind rocks MissAdventure on the morning of New Year’s Day. After the morning “To-Do” list the boys and I cuddle up back in our snug bed and while away the rest of the morning. They are content to nap. I play a few games on my phone, read, write, call family. We’ve been coming to winter in “Q” for four years now, and this has been, by far, the coldest, wettest, windiest, and most prolonged.

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Torrential Rain at Hi Jolly

In the middle of the first week in January I decide to leave our exposed camp on the desert plain near Tom Wells Road and go back to Hi Jolly in Q. I need gas. While fueling I notice a pool of gasoline coming from under the van. Panicked, I quit fueling, fumble with the hose to get it back in place on the pump, and take a deep breath after jumping in the driver’s seat and turn the key in the ignition.

I stop at Everett’s Auto Repair in Quartzsite and talk with the secretary. She can’t get me in today and suggests putting a piece of cardboard under the fuel port and tank to see if anything shows up, see if the van is using more fuel than usual, and come back in a day or two.

Off to Hi Jolly to make camp. It is packed with people, and after two nights I need solitude. We head out to Dome Rock Road and stay there for a few quiet nights before heading back into Q and checking in with the mechanic at Everett’s.

I report to him that there were no wet spots on the cardboard and gas consumption seems to be normal. He says there is no smell of gasoline on the outside or inside and that’s a good sign. “Be back at 2:00,” he says, and I’ll put it on the lift just to be on the safe side.

He thoroughly checks things out and finds no sign of anything leaking. He assures me it looks perfectly fine and suggests that maybe I was using a high velocity pump? Or didn’t have the nozzle pushed all the way into the port? I don’t know, but there hasn’t been a problem since.

Sunrise and Sunsets Remain Stunning

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Interesting Rock Openings on the Bouse Cutoff Road

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Author: 2DogsTravel

Hello! Welcome to my blog. I am a full-time traveler, retired from a lifetime of different occupations, traveling the country with my two little dogs, Fries and Charlie B; The Chiweenie Brothers. You never know where you might find us, but if you do stop by and say hi . . . If you can get past the two best watch dogs in the universe! Happy Trails!

6 thoughts on “January Doings”

  1. I’m so glad you didn’t end up having to deal with a fuel leak, Shawna! There’s plenty of snow for your old stompin’ grounds today; it’s a good day for a big pot of chili simmering on the woodstove. Be warm and safe!

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  2. Wow, what a scare!..Glad Missadventure is ok. We got about 12-15 inches on top of the several inches already on the ground last night. What was on the garage roof slid off ..naturally…it has been 36-40 degrees all day…I tried to dig Grace out of the garage and had to get my grandson to do it. Of course Kenny had to bring him by. It is now raining with flood watches everywhere..It is a weird February…Oh well Spring is on the way and we really need the water to refill the underground aquifers…Hope you are all well. Have a great week!

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  3. Hope you didn’t get the flash flooding. Glad your fuel problem wasn’t a problem. Wonder what you did? LOL. This is your 4th year going to Q? Can’t believe it has been that long already.

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