Sunday, January 29, 2023
Today started with, you guessed it, our morning coffee. I have to admit the start of our days is very predictable but enjoyable. After our coffee time Tom grabbed three batches of our wash I had sorted earlier and took off to get those out of the way. There was still three more batches to do but I wanted to do those myself later this afternoon. We had decided to attend Mass at Queen of Peace Catholic Mission here in Quartzsite, I was so sure I had read it was at 4 o'clock, then after Mass take care of the rest of the wash. Nothing like pulling up to a church when everyone is leaving and reading on the sign it was at 3 o'clock. So basically today we did wash.
Done and heading home as we approached the light at Kuehn Street Tom said lets just eat out for dinner and I suggested we just grab something and take it home. So we turned and headed towards Carl's Jr. for hamburgers.
|Clouds above the Dome Rock Mountains |
with the sun peaking out.
|Going over I-10 the sun is lighting up Quartzsite |
and the mountains beyond.
|Heading home on US-95 the sun peeked out |
of the clouds for a few seconds.
|Arriving home there is some color in the sky.|
|As the sun set this evening it looked like we would|
have some fire in the sky but the color we could see
soon started to fade.
It was still a beautiful sunset!
Well, today did not turn out exactly as we planned but on the bright side we do have clean clothes, sheets and towels and that is a good thing.
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Today started slowly and we enjoyed our time drinking our morning mugs of coffee. Going outside after lunch we noticed that several rigs have quietly left the area. I am guessing when we ride out tomorrow to go into Quartzsite we will see more empty spaces.
|This group across the way out our door is|
several rigs smaller then when we came in.
|Behind us all the rigs that were directly |
across the wash are gone.
|Looking out towards the front we gained a rig.|
|Left to right: Dave, Bill, Patsy, Cheryl, my chair, and Tom|
|Missed the Actual Sunset this evening but this was the|
glow my camera picked up.
After everyone left we took a ride around the area. The last place we parked out her last year was a nice spot and we were hoping to find it again. We think we did and if it is open when we come back this way we will be parking there. I have to admit that even though our first impression of this spot was not that exciting, though it is flat, we have come to enjoy it.
It was a good day!
Sunday, January 22, 2023
Our day started with Mass at St. Richard Catholic Church in Borrego Springs. This is a lovely small church. We have been to Mass here in the past and have always felt welcomed. There is something special about attending Mass at a small parish. You can tell the parishioners are "family" yet at the same time are welcoming of their visitors. At least that has been our experience over the years.
|Upper right: there is always a picture or statue of |
Our Lady of Guadalupe in the churches we attended
in the Southwest. This one is lovely.
|Out front an Ocotillo with tiny green leaves!|
Upper right: they share the parking lot with the church
next door and everyone parks facing their own church.
Bottom right: a marker at the entrance to the parking lot.
|We stopped for breakfast at the Red Ocotillo. |
Though there were people sitting outside we chose to sit
inside in our opinion it was a little to chilly out there.
|Top picture looking out over the badlands |
the rest were taken below.
|Top pictures the first arch Deb found.|
I find it fascinating that the beauty we saw down here
is basically all compacted sand.
Bottom right: a way out.
|Standing the way we were at the time we took a left and|
found the arch Deb remembered.
|Turned around and Tom had disappeared then reappeared |
up on top. That is him in the bottom right picture.
|Deb decided to crawl in and out one of the openings.|
|The Jeep up on the ridge. It doesn't look|
like we are very deep at this angle.
Doug was parked up there also. Deb and I walked up and out of the badlands while Tom walked up the sand hill to get the Jeep and meet us where we had first seen Deb. We then headed back to the Igloo where Riley joined us for a Happy Hour. Doug and Yuma soon took off and then not long after with the sun setting we followed behind.
|Looking back at the our friend's home with the glow|
of the last of the sun's light behind them.
|When we got back home I took a picture|
of the last of the light over the mountains.