We moved from Quartzsite to Imperial Dam today. We are about 20 miles north of Yuma along the Colorado River. There is another Long Term Visitor Area here where we have all the same services we had in Quartzsite, and our pass from there is good here also.
I remember when Mom and Dad spent some time here. We visited them where they were parked along the river. That is no longer possible unless you want to pay $15 per day. The area we can stay in is located up on a mesa on the California side of the river. It is very different from Quartzsite which is level ground with a few dry creek beds running through the desert. Here the land is mostly hilly since the river has cut down through here sometime in the distant past. It is also 3 to 5 degrees hotter here than in Quartzsite because it is lower in elevation. It got up to 89 today, which is hotter than we enjoy.
After arriving this afternoon we rode into Yuma to do some shopping. The road runs along the river for a few miles and then through fields of produce. It is actually quite pretty and the green fields are much cooler.
When we returned home I set up the satellite and TV dishes while cooking a turkey breast on the grill. It came out very good.
While in Quartzsite we didn't do a whole lot. We rode down to Yuma once and to Blythe once for shopping. We also took a trip south of Quartzsite to Palm Canyon on the KOFA National Wildlife Refuge. The only palm trees native to Arizona live there in a very narrow canyon. Other than that we just did the normal stuff; hauling water once or twice a week, grocery runs to town and taking walks in the evening.
We plan to be here until we move to San Onofre where we will spend the summer. That move should happen on April 1. Until then we are just going to try to keep as cool as possible.