I'm probably going to jinx myself here, but I have noticed (so far at least, and my fingers are crossed) that purchasing fuel in California has not been the incredible hassle that it has been at some times in the past.
Many of the pumps request you to enter your zip code when filling up at the pump with a credit card, but less so this year, it seems to me. In past years I would have to go inside and could not just leave my card or ask for a 'fill', but I had to suggest an amount of fuel I wanted then complete the transaction before ever touching the pump! Then one of two outcomes could occur; either you pumped all the fuel and the tank wanted more, Or, it was full and wouldn't accept what you had already paid for. Either way you had to make another trip or two to the counter and stand in line again a time or two.
So far this year the worst case scenario is just to leave the card inside till you finish filling, which is a big advantage from the past. I know that some Canadians have had luck entering either five zeros for a zip code, or 1-2-3-4-5. I tried both, unsuccessfully.
The big 'Q' on the hill means I am now in Quartzsite, Arizona.
I've spent a few days enjoying the sunshine, and the lack of crowds, now that it appears the majority of the winter crowd has left town. This means that there are endless parking spots, vacant lots, closed businesses, and because there are less RV's in town, you can actually see some of the infrastructure - tho I'm not sure why you would want to?
I didn't notice if there was a school, but I think there should be, if they were to teach spelling!
Now I know there are different spellings for a lot of words depending on which US/Canada dictionary you are using, but there were a couple signs I saw that did not fit into that category!
This is not a spelling mistake, but I guess I should have slowed down more to snap the shot.
Too Toe Trucks (pardon the pun).
I think this is a historic adobe house in town?
Many downtown RV parks are almost empty.
Real estate is available.
I guess I should have taken some more photos out in the camping areas. These are BLM camping areas. The ones I normally frequent are free for up to 14 days, and just a few miles out of town and are pretty much random with no services.
This dove came to the camper this morning for a better look, before going back to his 'mourning' dove routine.
Next, I'm off to Yuma. I hear there is a big airshow there!
I'm guessing there could be a lot of photos as a result. Stay tuned.