Outside New Hampshire

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I know I haven’t posted in a while, but I actually have a good reason now. Over Thanksgiving, Steve and I drove Waldo to my dad’s house in Florida in preparation for an extended trip to Quartzsite, AZ in January. We didn’t want Waldo to get stuck in the snow before our trip west. We flew back to New Hampshire to await our departure date. I drove Toad to my dad’s house in mid-January, Steve flew in on the 28th and on the 29th we headed west.

I know this blog is supposed to be about touring NH, but I thought it would be nice to share some of of my other adventures with you.

Once we reached the Bureau of Land Management land in Quartzsite, we set about finding an area to boondock in for the next several weeks. Boondocking is living in your motorhome or RV without hookups for water, sewer or electricity. Waldo has a 100 gallon water tank, a propane fridge and a generator. The biggest challenge is the sewer. The gray tank which holds shower and sink water fills up pretty quickly. The black tank which holds the actual sewer fill up a bit slower. When the tanks get near full or we get low on water, we drive into town and “dump” and refill. This is our home for the next 6-8 weeks…

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Our front yard…

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Our back yard…

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While out on our first exploratory walk, we came across an adobe oven someone had built…

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Our first evening brought us a sunset worthy of being photographed…

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You can see the town of Quartzsite in the distance…

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And my first try at astrophotograhpy netted me a picture of Orion. It isn’t perfectly clear, but I’m working on it…

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We arrived on Tuesday and on Wednesday, I drove the 2 1/2 hours to Phoenix to bring Steve to the airport. Unfortunately for him, we own a business so he doesn’t get to hang our here with us. Hopefully, he will be able to come out and spend the last 10 days or so with us before driving Waldo home.

My dad, the dogs and I headed out for a walk when I got back from the airport. The variety of things to see always astounds me…

A Saguaro cactus next to the skeleton of another one.

A Saguaro cactus next to the skeleton of another one.

You don't want to run into one in the dark!!

You don’t want to run into one in the dark!!

Up close and personal with the spines

Up close and personal with the spines

I'm not the only jeep out here

I’m not the only jeep out here

There are chunks and pieces of quartz everywhere you look

There are chunks and pieces of quartz everywhere you look

There are plenty of trees and bushes that didn't survive the conditions in the desert

There are plenty of trees and bushes that didn’t survive the conditions in the desert

Luckily, the dogs found a bit of shade to rest in after our walk.

Luckily, the dogs found a bit of shade to rest in after our walk.

Yesterday, my dad, the dogs and I loaded up in Toad and headed out into the desert for a bit of 4-wheeling. There are countless trails to follow. I doubt we will get though all of them on this trip. We headed towards the mountains and Mitchell Mine, the trail was easy to follow and was fairly smooth…

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There were plenty of cacti to see…

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Don't get too close!

Don’t get too close!

Cholla cactus

Cholla cactus

Coming into bloom

Coming into bloom

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We finally reached Mitchell Mine property…

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We weren’t worried, the only thing I was “prospecting” was pictures. After we drove a while, we came across a sight which made the entire trip worthwhile! An abandon stone house. I’d love to know its story and the stories of those who had lived there…

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I knew we had gone up in elevation quite a bit and my GPS confirmed that. We were at 1106′ when we started and ended at 1674′. From that height, we could see all of Quartzsite and beyond…

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You always notice things on your way back that you didn’t see the first time though. This time it was the 2 saguaro cacti standing guard over the road…

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I hope you’ll stay tuned to more of our Quartzsite adventures. If you are only interested in NH, I will be back to touring in about 9 weeks. Thanks for coming along. I promise more desert surprises in the coming weeks!

 

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14 Comments on “Outside New Hampshire”

  1. Lori Woodward February 6, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

    Thanks so much!!! I grew up in Tucson and wish I could be there right now. Lori

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    • Touring NH February 6, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

      The weather is wonderful!! I’m planning lots of great adventures in the next several weeks!

  2. marthaschaefer February 6, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

    Love this, Laura! It’s fresh and a new eye on the world through your lens. Keep up the posts!!

    • Touring NH February 6, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

      There is so much to see out here! We are loving it. Even the dogs are happy. And I hate to rub it in but I am not missing the snow!

  3. New Hampshire Garden Solutions February 6, 2015 at 9:32 pm #

    I like the stone house but what an odd place to find an adobe oven. I wonder if you saw any actual quartzite there, which is a mineral. It would be ironic to be in a place named after it and not see any.
    The desert is a beautiful place!

    • Touring NH February 7, 2015 at 11:01 am #

      After reading your comment, I did a bit of research and most likely what I am finding is quartzite, not quartz. The abode oven makes sense, many people come out here and camp for weeks on end.

  4. Jeff | Planet Bell February 10, 2015 at 3:04 am #

    That looks like a great place to spend the winter. I like the close-up shots of the cactus.

    • Touring NH February 10, 2015 at 3:07 am #

      I’m having an awesome time seeing all of the sights. And best of all, the days we do absolutely nothing but sit in camp and enjoy the scenery. I have another post covering my birthday I’m hoping to get out tomorrow.

  5. Marie Keates February 10, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

    What a change from New Hampshire! It sounds like a real adventure and I love the desert landscape and the cacti. I especially love the stone house.

    • Touring NH February 11, 2015 at 2:04 am #

      My dad, the dogs and I are loving it. Every day is something/someplace new. I’ve come across a few more stone houses but haven’t had the chance to photograph them yet.

  6. seekraz February 11, 2015 at 2:50 am #

    It looks oh, so familiar! Glad you’re having a good time. 🙂

    • Touring NH February 11, 2015 at 10:55 am #

      We are!!!! Something new almost every day. I think today will be a down day. We all need a bit of rest!

  7. Sue Slaght May 4, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

    Love your photos of the cactus. As Jeff said I really enjoy the close ups. Such a fascinating landscape to explore.

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