I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.

For me they are the role model for being alive.

~ Gilda Radner

Friday, January 14, 2011

Home is where your chair is

Of course we brought one of Stumpy's chairs!

Stumpy had a rough ride down. The rig is a 1975 model, so pretty noisy to begin with. Add things falling out of storage and pots and pans clattering in cupboards. Well, Stumpy didn't get a wink of sleep the whole way down. As soon as her chair was set up, and we had a walk she made herself right at home!

We're in Quartzsite, Arizona for 3(ish) weeks, boondocking in a borrowed RV. I am camping with a group of Rubber Tramps.

Quartzsite is known as the snowbird capital of the world. It begins to transform in November. From a sleepy, desert town to a metropolis booming with RV's.

We're camped on BLM land, where camping is free but you/your vehicle should be self-contained. Many of the people I am here with have been doing this for years. Their vehicles are tricked out with the latest technology to survive, full time, off the grid. I hope to be joining them within the next year. It's one of the reasons I ended up in Dirtville.

You can see RV's dotting the land scape in this photo. We're about 7 miles out of town. The closer you get to town, the more congested the camping gets.

There's some fool parked about an 8th of a mile south of me with a bright blue strobe light on a 20-30 foot pole. What the hell is that about?

Anyways, it's supposed to get to 72 degrees here tomorrow. You'll find Stumpy baking in her chair, no doubt.

I'm on battery power, so my time on the internet is limited. I hope to keep in touch over the next couple of weeks. I run my generator in the earlier hours of the day to charge the house batter, my phone and laptops. The object is to not run out of stored electricity before bed. No solar power or storage in this unit. But you can bet there will be in mine!


Anonymous said...

That'd be such a cool thing to do, camp out in an RV off the grid for however long you want to. I did have to click the links on boondocking and rubber tramps to find out what they were though...so maybe I'm not quite ready for the nomad lifestyle!

We're glad to see that Stumpy's got her chair with her! We would hate for her to miss out on a sunning session. :)

Elyse and Riley

Anonymous said...

What a cool road trip! Laughin my tail off at poor Stumpy ridin with all those pots and pans zingin at her :O Bet she's thrilled to be loungin in her chair :)

Thinkin she might try chewin off the distributor cap if you try and drive any further ;)

Waggin at ya,

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Oh Poor Stumpy!

What our humans put us through!

PeeEssWoo: BTW, I'm pawing this from the khool snow of my yard ;-)

rottrover said...

Love seeing Stumpy in her chair -- all's well with the world!

-Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

Stella said...

When I was a kid, back in the 50s, I bought a chair like Stumpy's for my room because I thought it was soooo cool. Glad to see Stumpy carrying on the tradition!

Jo and Stella

Barbara said...

That's just the sweetest thing! I'm so glad you brought her chair - what a rough trip!

Wyatt said...

Don't get too far off the grid....it's a good thing you can get the puter working out there :)


Kapitein Haakje said...

wooow that cool :D

El'bow & Hauwii

Sandra said...

I would expect no less than for Stumpy to have a chair at every port. A girl needs her things.

Lorenza said...

Sure is nice to have your chair there!
Sounds like you are having a very nice time!
Kisses and hugs

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

What an awesome Mom - you brought Stumpy's chair! Sure hope she appreciates that. Enjoy your visit.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Anonymous said...

Yay! You brought Stumpy's chair! I bet that makes her all kinds of happy. And boondocking sounds FUN!

But, um, a STROBE LIGHT? Seriouslys? Sometimes humans can be very much strange indeed.

Wiggles & Wags,

An English Shepherd said...

That chair looks very restfull :-)


Gus, Louie and Callie said...

It looks like a pretty interesting trip. Sure glad Mom brought your chair Stumpy at least you have somewhere to relax..
Now we are not sure if we could handle a strobe light!! Even the deaf ones would dislike that..
Oh Miss Callie can NOT be trusted so she has to stay in her condo during the day. No slumber parties for her. Mom can picture feathers all over from those pillows..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Pat Wahler said...

Sounds like quite an adventure. You and Stumpy are hardy souls!


the booker man said...

i hope miss stumpy didn't get knocked in the noggin with a fryin' pan or somethingie! i'm glad you brought her special chair cuz she's gonna need the comforts after the trip there. heehee. 72 degrees sounds reaaaaally niiiiiiice...sigh...

the booker man

Brenda's Arizona said...

How fun!
Do you have a special chair for humans? I'm so glad Stumpy always travels in style!

Anonymous said...

Me again :D

I have a little somethin I was hopin Stumpy would like to pawticipate in. (No, I'm not settin her up with Alien! ;) Any chance I could get a photo of her? My email is 1roodog(at)gmail(dot)com
Can't say more here (too many eyeballs ;)

Waggin at ya,