Sunday, January 27, 2013

Quiet Time in the Desert- American Girl Mine Rd, Yuma

Before we left the huge crowds of Quartsize for a quieter less populated spot in Yuma, we took a drive to Lake Havasu. We had made an appointment for Savannah for a vaccination needed and a health certificate for our Mexico trip which is coming up soon. We had made it very early as we had planned to kayak after. Of course the weather changed sooner than we thought and rain was due so those plans were dropped. We got up when still dark ): and took the drive north on the 95 which includes the lovely drive from Parker to Lake Havasu. Savannah was a good patient at the doctor's and now is up to date on shots and has her papers in order for the trip. We drove back partly on the California side. We stopped at the Bill Williams Wildlife Refuge which now has a visitor center. We kayaked from here down the Bill Williams River that starts from the lake on one of our previous trips.



We saw some wild burros walking down the highway.

Friday night was a rainy one but we had no problem leaving our boondocking spot at Dome Rock and drove a few hours to our next destination in Yuma. We had read about a few BLM boondocking spots off Ogilby Road, in Wheeling It's blog, that sounded nice and found a great spot on American Girl Mine Road. What a difference from Quartzsize. There were only a few other motorhomes in the area and we have unobstructed views out all our windows. Very lovely and very quiet.

View from window


One morning we walked down the wash below us. There are remains of the mines around this area. We saw a bunch of old tin cans that must have been from mining days in the past. I am not sure why they were in this one spot. There is also gold in these hills. This was a booming mining area in the 1880's. Sadly we haven't found any and are not now part of the 1%ers :)

Savannah is enjoying being off leash to do her exploring.




I never get over the awesome sunsets. Oh, the beauty of nature.

I love the way the light changes the coloring on the hills near sunset.





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