Remember Jedediah, the pilot?
Well, that's who I thought of as I stood in this desert, watching this fly over:
The rest of the day was not nearly so interesting!
Today was 'chore' day; clean the trailer, get the laundry stuff ready, and explore the services available in Quartzite.
I found a couple of small grocery stores, a craft store (I needed thread and some other supplies for the sock monkeys in making for my twin grand-nephews), a hardware store with RV supplies (a couple of small repair items needed after my cupboard failure of a couple days ago).
Herb's Hardware reminded me of my local hardware store in Portland and, just like home, as I described each item, the guy knew exactly what I meant and found each item in little obscurely marked bins. $1.29 for what I needed and then another $12.50 for "Oh, that would be handy".
Apparently, today was laundry day because both laundromats I found were jam packed - guess I'll wait on the laundry.
I found two places to get a haircut but both look like the kind of place I might leave with a 50's style blue rinse and a perm - so, I'm kind of waiting on that chore too.
So far, Quartzite is living up to it's reputation
As far as I was able to find in a couple hours of wandering around, Q consists of two main streets; hwy 95 going N/S and, well, Main St., which parallels I-10 going E/W. Both are lined with RV parks, RV lots, RV supply stores, gas stations, restaurants, and blocks of swap meet and craft vendors. South of town are 4 LTVA campgrounds ($180 for the season, or $40 for two weeks; there are water, garbage, and sewage dumps in these campgrounds) and west of town is Dome Rock campground, a free 14 day area with no services. Just south of I-10 is a frontage road (Kuehne) which consists totally of huge RV show tents and the accompanying craft, food, and various 'other' vendors. It's amazing in kind of a weird way. I didn't take the time to wander around today, but will before I leave (maybe leaving my wallet in the trailer).
The last thing is really the first thing
I woke up this morning with a red glow lighting up the trailer windows. My first thought was that something was on fire outside. I jumped up and looked out the window - and saw the sun rise. No place does sunrise and sunset like the desert.