Another luxury - or concession to age

13 Dec, 2017; Imperial Dam LTVA, Winterhaven CA

Lifting and pouring 48 pounds of water into my fresh water tank is hard!

And, oh so heavy!  Last winter I even slipped and dropped my plastic jerry can and punctured it.  So, this year I found a 12v water pump to transfer the fresh water into the tank with the push of a button (more or less).

Plugged in to my outlet

The pump came with a short intake hose (with a filter in case you're drawing water from a lake or river!) and some battery clamps.  I knew I'd be plugging into my 12v outlet on the side of my trailer so I got a cigarette type connector and did a little rewiring so I could use that or the battery clamps.

Close up of the pump

The hardest part is getting the intake hose primed; I stick the hose all the way into the jug and then screw it onto the pump - still takes a few seconds to get going.  

There isn't actually a start button - it starts to pump as soon as you plug it in.  

Water pouring into my tank with no personal muscle power!

It's very fast - only takes a minute or two to transfer 6 gallons.  

After such hard work, I get to enjoy sunset and moon-rise!

As usual, if there is a great sunset, I'm there to enjoy it!  This night was a special treat (This day actually occurred a few days ago on the full moon) as it was the last full moon of the year.

I've started to decorate for the holidays

I'll be moving before Christmas, so I'm holding off on the outside lights - but I've been doing a bit of decorating inside!  I love the strand of battery leds along the back window!

A nice walk in the desert to no where

1 Dec, 2017; Painted Rock Petgroglyph Site, Gila Bend AZ

Pick a direction and head out - I'm always interested in what turns up

At the south-east end of the BLM campgound at Painted Rock, there is a BLM road that heads south, eventually crossing other BLM roads.  

Every once in a while, I see these little balls on creosote bushes.  Perhaps someone out there can identify them - I think they might be cocoons or some kind of insect thing.  It looks like they're made of creosote leaves - but they don't look like a growth coming out of the bush itself.

The terrain here is pretty barren and flat with mountains in the distance.  Mostly I'm seeing creosote bushes, ?Rabbit Bitterbrush?,  fishhook barrel cactus, and an ocassional, not very healthy looking saguaro.  

Things green up around the frequent washes I'm crossing

From little washes only a feet across and barely a couple steps deep, to wide washes (maybe 30 feet across and 10 feet deep), these sometime waterways support grasses, mesquite, ironwood, palo verde and more that I can't identify.

Cattle chute, corrals and cistern for watering

This looks like a water pump with a pipe into the rock cistern

This trough surrounded the cistern on 3 sides with pipes to fill them from the cistern

A fire ring - although camping is not allowed here, the ashes were recent and I found a potato that wasn't even shriveled up yet -  so  - hmmm.

I decided to hike up the the top of a ridge of exposed volcanic rock before turning around.  Sometimes, when I hike, I get into a mindset of  "I wonder what's over that hill, or around that corner" and don't think to turn around until I'm really tired and stuck with having to trudge all the way back from wherever.  Now, I tend to pick a time frame for the hike and try to turn around mid-way.  

View back to the campground - hard to get too lost around here!

And a lovely sunset

Yesterday was too cloudy for a good sunrise or sunset - kind of like winter in the PNW - black to gray to black.  But this night, the partly cloudy sky made for a great sunset.  I watched it until the sky was dark and then made a small fire.  I don't do campfires very often but this just seemed like a good night to have a fire and enjoy the night.  The desert is very quiet, the moon is almost full - I love it here!

Perfect coals warming the night