I drove from Flagstaff to Quartzsite, sweating. Arrived and it was 104 degrees. Love the heat, love the desert, love it that I found “my” spot. $180 for 7 months. There is a pit toilet, a dumpster and potable water nearby. I drank all of my LeCroix drinks, all pineapple juices, all but 1 V-8 in first three days. Plus a gallon and a half of water. The water was hot, the drinks were hot. It hurt to pour the water over my head. But I am in the desert and I love it.
Spend most of my days chasing the shade. Moving the chair, moving the books, moving the radio. I have been keeping a very alert eye out for snakes and scorpions. Saw a coyote walking by. The quail sing in the mornings and early evenings as they walk by, looking for food.
I have several nearby spots where I can search for gold. I am so excited. I will post when I go out. The next week or 10 days will be too hot to do anything, so I will load up on books, thanks to the Quartzsite library (thanks especially to Billie, the head librarian, who reads as much as I do!).
I will sit in the shade and read. What luxury. What joy.