Monday, February 18, 2019

Imperial Dam LTV - 02/18/19

February 18, 2019 – Monday
Imperial Dam LTVA
Yuma, Arizona

The Bermuda Fire that I reported on in our blog of 02/17/19 appears to be under control. The wind has subsided today, so I'm sure that will have a beneficial effect to extinghuish the fire.

A cold front entering the southwest has contributed to lower than normal temperatures in Yuma for this time of year. Here in the desert north of Yuma, temperatures tend to be a few degrees lower. This week, daytime temperatures will be in the high 50s to low 60s with nighttime temperatures in the mid 30's to low 40's.


However, sunny weather will continue to prevail with a couple of rain showers forecast for Thursday. The sunny weather here in Yuma makes it feel warmer than the actual temperature. This weather still beats the cold, snowy weather back home in northern Illinois.

Tomorrow another adventure begins.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Fire In The Arizona Desert - 02/17/19

February 17, 2019 – Sunday
Imperial Dam LTVA
Yuma, Arizona

Yesterday morning we awoke to see a large cloud of gray dense smoke in the distance.


We later learned the fire was designated The Bermuda Fire. The fire spread rapidly, fueled by a windy day, with 10 mph winds gusting to 15 mph. The fire was consuming a section of the Mittry Lake area, located east of CA-S24 and south of Imperial Dam Road.


The Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) fire department had firefighters and equipment on the scene and were monitoring the situation. News reports stated the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have devoted significant resources to fighting the fire but have not requested assistance from the YPG Fire Department.

Last night we were treated to a spectacular and at the same time, disconcerting sight. We could see the red glow of the fire off in the distance, along with the red flashing lights on the firefighting equipment. We were comforted by the fact strong winds were blowing out of the northwest, which blew the fire away from our location.


This morning it appeared the fire had diminished somewhat, but increased winds throughout the day appeared to cause the fire to flare up and spread. Hopefully, BLM will have the fire under control within the next day or so.

Tomorrow another adventure begins.

 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Arizona Weather - January 2019

January 31, 2019
Arizona Weather in January
Yuma, Arizona

We enjoyed mild weather in January, here in southwestern Arizona. We had a few exceptionally windy days, but overall it was quite pleasant. Daytime temperatures ranged from the low 50s to the high 70s, with nighttime temperatures ranging from the low 30s to the low 50s.


Tomorrow another adventure begins.
 

Monday, December 31, 2018

Arizona Weather - December 2018

December 31, 2018
Arizona Weather in December
Yuma, Arizona

We enjoyed mild weather in December, here in southwestern Arizona. We had a few exceptionally windy days, but overall it was quite pleasant. Daytime temperatures ranged from the low 60s to the mid 70s, with nighttime temperatures ranging from the mid 40s to the low 50s.


Tomorrow another adventure begins.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Arizona Weather - November 2018

November 30, 2018
Arizona Weather in November
Yuma, Arizona

We always enjoy the November weather here in southwestern Arizona. Warm temperatures and sunny skies... what's not to like! Not too many windy days were also a pleasant surprise.

Daytime temperatures ranged from the high 80s to the low 70s, with nighttime temperatures ranging from the mid 40s to the low 60s.


Tomorrow another adventure begins.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Yuma, AZ - 11/11/18

November 11, 2018
Imperial Dam LTVA
Yuma, Arizona

We spent a restful night at a BLM campground located a few miles west of Tucson, Arizona.

We got off to an early start this morning to avoid arriving at our destination near Yuma, AZ in the evening.


We arrived at the Imperial Dam Long Term Visitor Area (LTVA) in the early afternoon. This provided us with plenty of time to secure a campsite and get everything set up for our extended stay here. We plan to stay here through March 2019.


This is our third visit to Imperial Dam LTVA. Our first visit was November 2014 to March 2015 and our second visit was December 2015 to April 2016.

Upon our arrival at Imperial Dam LTVA we were surprised at the number of campsites that were not occupied. On our past visits, a majority of the campsites had already been occupied. We were fortunate to find the campsite we had occupied during our second visit was available, so we chose it again for this visit. This campsite is located within the Florida Flats section of Imperial Dam LTVA. It has a spectactular view of the desert landscape and the surrounding mountains.


The Imperial Dam Long Term Visitor Area is located north of Yuma, AZ on the California side of the Colorado River. The LTVA was created in 1983 to accommodate the needs of winter visitors and to protect the local desert ecosystem from overuse. The campground is approximately 3,500 acres in size, flat landscape, sparsely vegetated with plants such as creosote bushes, palo verde trees, ironwood trees, mesquite trees and various species of catci.

Imperial Dam LTVA offers solitude in a unique desert landscape and a variety of recreational opportunities such as hiking, swimming, boating and fishing.

It feels so good to be back in the desert again. Our little companion, Bella, is thrilled with her first visit to the desert and the opportunity to explore new territory.

Tomorrow another adventure begins.

Travel Details:
Departed: Tucson, AZ
Departure Time: 7:00 am
Arrived: Yuma, AZ
Arrival Time: 1:00 pm
Miles traveled: 289

Campground: Imperial Dam LTVA
Type: BLM
Campsites: 1,000 plus (too many to count)
GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: 32.90293 N
Longitude: 114.50792 W


Camping Fee: $40.00 for 14 days
Camping Fee: $180.00 for September 15 through April 15
Campsite: Herman's Horse Path (Florida Flats Section)
Campsite Hookups: None – Dry Camping Only
BLM Amenities:
Flush Toilets, Outdoor Showers, Water Spigots, Trash Dumpster, Sewer Dump

Verizon Cellular Service: 4G-3 Bars
Verizon Internet Service: 4G-3 Bars (JetPack)
Dish TV Satellite Service: Excellent

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Tucson, AZ - 11/10/18

November 10, 2018
Tucson, Arizona

We spent a restful night at Escondida Lake County Park, located a few miles north of Socorro, New Mexico. Our destination today is Tucson, Arizona.

On our previous visits to Tucson we camped at the Gilbert Ray Campground, a county park campground. On this visit we are just looking for a place to spend one night. I remembered seeing a BLM campground during our travels around Tucson on our previous visits. Within no time at all “Navigator Sharon” locates the BLM campground.


In short order we arrive at the BLM campground and find it suitable for our purposes. There are no amentities here (no water, no sewer dump, no trash containers). Camping here is free! I make a mental note to use this campground on our future visits to Tucson.

Here are a few places we have previously visited in Tucson:
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Biosphere 2
Davis-Monthan AFB Aircraft Boneyard
Mission San Xavier del Bac
Mount Lemmon SkyCenter
Pima Air & Space Museum
Saguaro National Park
Titan Missile Museum

Tomorrow another adventure begins.

Travel Details:
Departed: Socorro, NM
Departure Time: 9:00 am
Arrived: Tucson, AZ
Arrival Time: 4:45 pm
Miles traveled: 386

Campground: Tucson BLM Campground
Type: BLM
Campsites: 40 (approx.)
GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: 32.15788 N
Longitude: 111.11542 W
Highway 86 and San Joaquin Rd.

Camping Daily Fee: Free
Campsite: Just Pick a Spot
Campsite Hookups: None
Campground Amenities: None

Verizon Cellular Service: 4G-3 Bars
Verizon Internet Service: 4G-3 Bars (JetPack)
Dish TV Satellite Service: Excellent