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In Search Of Relaxation and Improved Showers

Home for the next two nights

Home for the next two nights

Following a hearty breakfast with Gene and Sandy, Kelly and I begun what will be a week-long crawl back towards home base in Half Moon Bay.  This past week with Kelly parents and their respective spouses was great and we both are definitely glad we made the long drive this way.

One upside of this lengthy journey is that our location now affords ample opportunity to visit places new to us and even better – not overrun with hustle and bustle one will find elsewhere.  In fact, based largely on the glowing reviews of our pals over at WeaselMouth, we’ve gone out of our way to be out of the way … stopping for two days at the BLM campground Painted Rock Petroglyph.

Our destination today is only about 100 miles southwest of the hustle and bustle metropolis wherein we awoke this morning, but the area lies squarely in the midst of nowhere – just about perfect for our wants at the moment.  If you ever decide to visit the area, you’ll know you’re getting close once you pass the Space Age Lodge in Gila Bend, AZ … about 11 miles away.

Hotels rooms are out of this world

Hotels rooms are out of this world

Our campground is nothing more than a huge chunk of land – probably a few hundred acres in size and offers no amenities, less a picnic table and fire pit.  For many with RV’s this types of dry camping is not appealing, but for Kelly and me (and a few others here), these primitive campsites are just what we need to recharge – both mentally and physically.  Of course it helps that our Airstream is pretty self-contained, equipped with just about all the necessities to make for a more than comfortable stay.

Site #6

Site #6

Once we were set-up, we took a little walk – nothing major, but enough for Lilly to stretch her legs a bit and poke her nose into endless holes in hopes that she might come across a critter or two along the way.  (she came away empty-handed)

Lilly, waiting for me

Lilly, waiting for me

Upon returning, I had a simple modification to complete  — replacing the shower head.  I continually hear high praise for the Oxygenics BodySpa shower head and its magical abilities to deliver a quality shower with stingy water usage, so I figured this week in the desert would make for a fitting field test.

Our new shower weapon of choice

Our new shower weapon of choice

Swapping out the previous unit with this new one is about as easy a task as one could expect.  As per my usual cheap frugal self, I opted to save $10 bucks and went with white, not polished, so the new head unit doesn’t match the non-replaced hosing and bracket, but I really don’t care about the fashion of it all.  Rather, I’m far more interested in the water flow – something I’ll test tomorrow.

Function over fashion

Function over fashion

Once the “work” was complete for today, I set my attention towards more interesting matters – like watching the sunset in this beautiful area … Mother Nature’s Fantastic theatre in the sky.

Another fabulous desert sunset

Another fabulous desert sunset

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Was there cell service there? Verizon? AT&T? Looks beautiful!

    December 31, 2012
    • Leigh – we had pretty good coverage in the park. Our Verizon broadband card plugs into the rooftop antenna which is amplified, so that was great. That said, I was able to use my iPhone tethering to AT&T but it was definitely slower, but fine for checking emails or other non-content rich purposes.

      January 1, 2013
      • Ok – sounds like that will work!! We’ll be there last week of January!

        January 2, 2013
      • No comltainps on this end, simply a good piece.

        August 11, 2014

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