Sunday, 29 October 2017

Snakes, Scorpions and Coyotes. Oh my!

Went to Quartzsite for breakfast this morning after discovering that the dog seatbelt we were looking for in town was not a seatbelt at all but a seatbelt looking dog collar. Aaargh. Then we decided to go to Parker looking for a dog seatbelt, they didn't have any so we grabbed some paracord and a couple of caribiners and we (he) shall make our own.

What I'm looking for with regard to the dog is a strap with a seatbelt latch on one end and something we can hook to his collar on the other. I'll be checking Amazon tootsuite. Just did. Like this:

Pawaboo Dog Safety Vest Harness, Pet Dog Adjustable Car Safety Mesh Harness Travel Strap Vest with Car Seat Belt Lead Clip, Medium Size, BLACK
The others he just gets tangled up in

I also bought myself another hat. Blondie left her hat in the restaurant at Paradise Casino in Yuma. So I bought the identical hat, because frankly I liked that one. Once back in Quartzsite we drove around a few of the tents to see what there was to offer, I got a new pair of sunglasses. Adding even more to my beauty ;) (I look terrible in glasses)

We returned to the rig to discover we had set it in the wrong direction. The longest/hottest sun was on our sit outside side, so we moved slightly down the road and set up there - facing what we hope will be the right direction this time, offering us mid/late day shade.

Brad was putting up his TV antennae and new Canadian flag when the neighbour (from British Columbia) drove over to say hi. He proceeded to tell us that for years his 'group' has had this area filled up, although most are dead or dying now. He is 88 and his 'partner' who is in Washington at the moment is 97 he tells us. I inquired if we were in the way and he assured me that no we were fine, if not a little too close to the creekbed. Then he warns us of the snakes, scorpions and coyotes. Be careful if your picking anything up (dog poop) and that the scorpions don't usually go into the rigs (insinuation being the snakes do). When he said his 'partner' feeds the coyotes, I figured he was just having me on at that point and was just trying to get us out of an incoming friends anticipated spot.

 We figured all the Americans were flying theirs, so... when in Rome...

While supper (beef stew) was cooking in the Instant Pot - incidentally I don't use a recipe, I just review a few recipes and then wing it on my own with what I have - I walked around the bush beside our outdoor 'sitting area' and filled in all the snake holes (likely 25ish of them). We are sitting inside this evening and will take careful stock of the exterior area in the morning, just in case. Perhaps he's just a nice old guy, I don't know. Personally, I'm leaning toward he's trying to convince us we need to move. Which incidentally, we will be but only a few feet away from the creek towards the road after the next tank dump in a few days. Unless of course -- we have holes in the morning.

This is the suspect bush and the creek to the right (about 20 ft from the rig)

P.S. We know Snakes, Scorpions and Coyotes are a serious business around here but everyone else we spoke to said its not a problem, just be aware, alert and careful. Anyone care to argue that, please let us know. I'll be having dreams of Medusa tonight.


  1. The snakes and scorpions usually out in the hot weather, which you have now, we don't arrive to the desert until it cools down a bit. Coyotes all the time but usually at night, unless they are sick..
    Gotta watch out for those creeks IF you get a good rain it can raise drastically in minutes.
    Good luck with your doggie seat belt.

    1. Thanks George, I'll keep an eye on the weather between now and shuffle up day.

  2. If there is a lot of rain in the forecast, be careful if you are too near the wash. Here is a picture from Quartszite 2014. . When we arrive mid-January last year there had been quite a bit of rain before we arrive and apparently the washes were running 2 weeks earlier. Ground was still soft.

    1. Wow that's quite the mess. Thanks for the picture, makes it easier to imagine your own site.

  3. As George stated it is the warm weather when the snakes and scorpions come out. Scorpions normally hide during the daylight hours. As a safe measure, always shake out your shoes before putting them on.

    Now. When we are in the US we are visitors of their country. As Canadian visitors to the US, should Brad not be flying the Canadian Flag at an elevation under the American Flag? It would be the same as Americans in Canada, at their cottages, or with their boats. They would fly the Stars and Stripes below the Maple Leaf. It is not a rule or law, but basically a common courtesy to the country you are visiting.

    1. Ya know, I believe you are right. We are familiar with that in as much as sailing. I will mention it to him. Thanks for that reminder.

  4. I've been keeping up with your adventures (even if I haven't commented on all of them)--looks like you are having a good time. I'm taking notes from your trials and error for future reference! I hope the snakes, scorpions, coyotes, and neighbors who want you to move and few and far between. Safe travels and welcome to the US! Again, hope our paths cross on the road! Dawn

    1. Thanks Dawn, we will have to make a point to meet up with you guys - somewhere. And The Padster too.


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