January 2022  "Love Your RV" Newsletter
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Hello, and welcome to the January Newsletter. 2022, WOW think about it. 1972 was 50 years ago.

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What's New With Us

We spent a Happy New Year at the Saddle Mountain dispersed camping area but decided to depart on January 6th. The temps were warming up into the low 20s (mid-70s Fahrenheit), and because of that, the house flies were getting out of hand.

There is a chicken farm in Tonapah, AZ that dumps its manure not far from Saddle Mountain Camping Area, and if conditions are right, a big hatch takes place. They become quite insistent they would like to be inside the RV.
View from Saddle Mountain BLM Area towards the nearby farms
We had planned to head south to the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument region but had heard the pack rats were pretty fierce this year. A wetter than typical Arizona monsoon season had caused a population boom and washed out many nests. Guess they are rebuilding them with automotive insulation and wiring!

Several people I know had been visited and left with a damaged engine bay. Not something I'd like to see happen to our pretty Blue Ram diesel pickup. Especially in these times of auto parts shortages.
So we decided to head back west and spend a spell near Yuma, where we maxed out our 14-day camping limit at the Ogilby Road BLM area. It's a mellow camping area with nice views of the mountains and loads of hummingbirds.
Ogilby Road BLM west of Yuma
After Ogilby we headed back to the Salton Sea for more state park camping at the primitive Salt Creek Campground. Both locations have fewer cactus, so not many packrats compared to the much lusher Sonoran desert in southern Arizona.
This winter the weather has been terrific. Warmer and drier than our last few trips to the southwest. We have been pretty much keeping to ourselves enjoying peaceful desert dry camping.

Anne is still taking immune-suppressing drugs, so she has to keep socializing to a minimum. She spends lots of time connecting with her fellow photographers online, though. That and processing a massive backlog of photos keeps her well occupied.

I stay busy with my product reviews and RV mods, maintenance, and repairs when needed. With an old RV, I'm never at a loss for things to putter with.:)

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Extra Videos

4 Month Review Update of the Lion Energy Safari ME

Dumb RV Boondocker Mistake - Flying Water Bladder

Image of the Month

Salton Sea Sunset - Jan 29th

Tip of the Month


Amazon Lockers and Hubs

We have been taking more and more advantage of Amazon Lockers or Hubs during this trip to get items. They save us the time of hunting around in stores for things. The less time spent in stores, the better for us these days.

I'm finding most towns and cities have them scattered about these days at corner stores, gas stations, or drug stores.

They are very convenient to use. Amazon sends a code when the item is ready for pickup. If it's an outside locker, you scan the bar code on your email or enter the number, and a door opens. If it's an inside hub, the store cashier scans and gives you the package.

Funny of the Month

Hope you find the LYRV newsletter useful. Thanks for reading!

Cheers Ray -
When the sun is setting, leave whatever you are doing and watch it." - Mehmet Murat Ildan

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