Strolling Amok

Pops goes on tour.

Big Doin’s at the LTVA!

Originally posted 12/12/2012

Oh my, yes. While you have been imagining my going comatose of boredom out here, this area has been sparkling with activity, in a low-key turtle-crawl sort of way. More campers have been trickling in, in preparation for the numerous shows beginning in January.

I'm halfway down my driveway and, as always, admiring my new home. Sorry. Can't help it.

I’m halfway down my driveway and, as always, admiring my new home. Sorry. Can’t help it.

I heard a buzzing overhead a week ago, as in the straining of an overworked little motor. Stepping outside, I saw two ultralight aircraft soaring past.

Engine wailing, this little craft worked its way through the sky.

Engine wailing, this little craft worked its way through the sky.

Notice the jet and its trail. As is always the case, the more primitive form of transport gives the true sensation of flying high above the ground, while the technological approach insulates one from the wonderment of flight.

Notice the jet and its trail. As is always the case, the more primitive form of transport gives the true sensation of flying high above the ground, while the technological approach insulates one from the wonderment of flight.

And today, a road grader worked the Old Yuma Road, the main dirt pathway through the La Posa West Long Term Visitors Area. That was totally unexpected, and will transform the rock-strewn, diving crawl into a bonafide 15 MPH superhighway. Really, many sections of this road were awful, providing a rough and tossing idle of the F-250 to get the half-mile to the highway. I was jealous of the many lighter-duty trucks, since their comparatively spongy suspensions and low-pressure tires allowed them to drive faster than walking speed along the path. No more. I’ll be doing the speed limit from here on in, baby. It’s almost universal to reduce speed when approaching another vehicle or a pedestrian in order to reduce dust, and it’s also obligatory to wave to each other in order to acknowledge the Common Bond we share as boondockers. I’ve seen only one vehicle ignore that combination in all the time I’ve been here, a Toyota pickup driver, but what do they know of courtesy, really? The practice of courtesy will continue of course, but otherwise, it’s a full 15 MPH for the Ford. Exciting, no?

This was the last thing I expected to see when I got up this morning: a road grader and a water truck!

This was the last thing I expected to see when I got up this morning: a road grader and a water truck!

With water in limited supply down here, I'm not sure this use of water is worth it, but it makes a pretty picture.

With water in limited supply down here, I’m not sure this use of water is worth it, but it makes a pretty picture.

 

Stay left, little truck!

Stay left, little truck!

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