Don on January 31st, 2005

01/31 Monday: Nice to be home! I got the coach and car washed and parked. Now to start doing what I should have been doing instead of being gone and having fun.02/03 Thursday: Working on tax preparation. What fun! More fence work needed. The fence at our rental in San Jose needs replacement. Estimating the […]

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Don on January 30th, 2005

Saturday evening: I arrived in Bakersfield a little after dark. I stopped by Bill Lee’s Bamboo Chopsticks Restaurant downtown for Chinese dinner.I finally got TV here so I caught up with some news. I learned of Johnny Carson’s death. That’s sad. One of the nice things about being in the middle of nowhere is not […]

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Don on January 29th, 2005

Lies, Lies. It was still raining where I was and snowing here and there. Pretty rainbow though.On the middle and right above pictures, the rings embedded into the rocks give this trail it’s name, the Ring Trail. The rock in the left picture is covered with active lichen. And there is green grass all around. […]

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Don on January 29th, 2005

Arrived at Mitchell Caverns in Providence Mountains State Recreation Area in Mojave National Preserve. Seems like wherever the State has a good park, the Feds surround it with more park. Good going.Looks Bad! Turned out cold. It’s snowing here as I wait for the 10am tour. It melts as it hits the ground, but it’s […]

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Don on January 28th, 2005

Last day in Quartzsite. Breakfast today at the City Bus Internet Cafe with the DataStorm Users. This is the home of Dustfoot, a DataStorm Installer here. It is also one of the nicest little restaurants here. The bus is beautifully converted into a restaurant and the breakfast burrito was probably the best I’ve ever had. […]

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Don on January 27th, 2005

Up late working on the computer, up late in the morning such that I missed breakfast at Gene’s. Had to suffer with a fresh BarBQ’d pork hoagie. It’s tough, I’m kinda glad the micowave still doesn’t work. I don’t think I could learn to use the gas stove. Too complex!I rode the bike West of […]

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Don on January 26th, 2005

It rained most of the night and until about 7am. Wet and muddy outside today, and this is the desert? I took a drive looping North and East to Bouse, South to Vicksberg, Brenda and back to Quartzite. It’s a little more pretty near and in Bouse and Vicksberg than here in Quartzsite. The sun […]

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Don on January 25th, 2005

I took a drive South on Hwy 95 to Palm Canyon, in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. The desert is beautiful here. The extra green this year probably helps but this is a healthy desert here. There are supposed to be Bighorn Sheep here but I saw none. Not unusual though. I did see a […]

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Don on January 24th, 2005

One of the main reasons I came to Quartzsite was to get a deal on my solar system. As it turns out, Quartzsite isn’t the place to get a deal on solar. Their prices for panels are 25% higher than the normal low prices from reputable dealers on the Internet. They also didn’t have the […]

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Don on January 24th, 2005

A little rain last night and again this afternoon. the microwave oven died last night, all the more excuse to eat out. I had breakfast at Gene’s again. I took a walk up to the top of Quartzsite Hill, the hill with the “Q” on it. Lots of flowers and a really good view of […]

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