Public Libraries and Truck Camping

Oh what a blessing the libraries are to people who are on the road.  I am seated at a table with a woman who is chomping wetly on a huge wad of gum. I am across from a man who is dozing off and snoring and waking himself up with a loud snort. Across the corner from me is a man who keeps scratching his belly and chortling. But … the wi-fi is free, the books are free, there is no wind, it is cool indoors when its hot outdoors, it is warm indoors when it is cold outdoors.

When you travel and use the libraries in tiny towns please donate. Donate money. $5 is great, $500 is better. Most of the time the libraries are underfunded. As a non-resident of the area you pay no taxes to help them out. Please please donate.Quartzsite Library

The Quartzsite Library is funded by the town of Quartzsite. The friends of the library have bought a copy machine, a printer,  and and of the large print books.

I use the libraries in every small town … Tucumcari, NM, Silver City, NM, Dolores, CO, etc. I try to drop off a few bucks at each one. Please help out, whenever you stop to use the wi-fi.

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Living in a Truck

There is nothing as intoxicating as the smell of rain on the desert sand. Really. I get drunk on it. I jump out of the truck, run around in circles and deeply inhale. Repeat. Yesterday morning, after a day of rain, the whole area was thick with fog. It reeked of wetness. I was thrilled. It cleared by noon, and we had 70 degree weather and bright sun.

fog

This morning, for my birthday, I treated myself to a shower and breakfast. It was perfect.

Huevos rancheros

For the rest of the day I will be wandering the displays set up in Quartzsite, looking at all of the tchotchki for sale. There is nothing that I need. It is major fun to see the books, tools, and camping gear for sale. The displays were all empty last week. This week they are 90% full. The lots are filling up with big rigs for sale, the restaurants are getting lines as the snow birds begin to pour in. Soon the lines of cars will become bothersome, but until then it is smooth driving the 5 minutes into town. Last year, in January,  it took me 2 hours. I have several shortcuts now, so that should help.

 

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Quartzsite Food

Truck campers are always looking for cheap food. The Quartzsite winter has incredibly cheap foods. The reason is because it is out of date. Some things will expire in a few weeks, some things expired a year ago. Regardless, the selection is sometimes exciting and rewarding.IMG_6357

This delicious pesto was $1 and lasted for 3 meals. Normally costs $5.Grocery tentGrocery tent

Like everything here the grocery store is in a huge tent. And there is another “store” in a real building called Ken’s. It takes forever to find stuff, but the exciting finds are always worth it.IMG_6250

How about Dave’s for $1!!! It was not the freshest, but worked well for a toasted Spam and tomato sandwiches.

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Truck Camping with Tent

In the LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area) there are many solutions to staying out of the wind/rain/sun. One of the truck campers that I met has a tent that held up in 60 mph gusts, blowing rain and 95 degree days.Kodiak Tent

Kodiak Tent

This single woman entertains (cooks huge batches of soup and feeds her neighbors and friends). This tent is sturdy and highly functional. She and her dog are more than happy with it.

You know that I am looking for a way to extend the comfort level. This tent, as beautiful and functional as it it, is too heavy (122 lbs) and takes too long to set up and take down. For people who stay in one place for a long time this is quite luxurious.

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Staying Clean While Truck Camping

Weather

After three days of living in the back of the truck due to outrageously beautiful weather  I stink. Here is the dramatic weather:rainbow over Lilith

Dramatic clouds

During the monsoon season Quartzsite got .66 inches of rain. On Tuesday and Wednesday there was .77 inches. The most exciting aspect, aside from the visuals, was the smell. I was drunk on the smell of wet sand. Really. I wandered around inhaling.

After 3 days of being inside Lilith I had to shower. Thanks to a friend/brother I splurged and went to Pilot. Oh what luxury.shower

It costs $12, but is worth so much more. After a month of self cleaning it was beyond luxurious  to stand under a hot shower. They supply a clean washcloth, a bath towel and a bathmat. The rooms are spotless. The hot water is endless. I am clean. Thank you, Pilot.

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