Imperial Recreation Area, Yuma Arizona, January 26 -31, 2015

We are still a foursome; Diane and Ronnie , Rochelle and Ralph. We drove south on Hwy 95 to our next camping site in the Imperial Recreation Area just north of Yuma, Arizona. The area is next to the Yuma Proving Grounds. We’ve had quite a lot of activity in the air above us; several helicopters and one F-18 Navy jet. I swear I’m in an episode of China Beach with all the helicopters and their thumping noise.  BTW for all you Detroiters, the GM Proving Grounds are right next door.

Entrance to US Army Proving Grounds

Entrance to US Army Proving Grounds

Display just outside the gate of the Yuma Proving Ground

Display just outside the gate of the Yuma Proving Ground

More tanks, many used in Viet Nam

More tanks, many used in Viet Nam

It's not often you see a tank crossing sign!

It’s not often you see a tank crossing sign!

We are parked along the shore of the Senator Wash Reservoir and it is really wonderful to have this water system in the desert. There is a Long Term Visitor Area (LTVA) here and you can camp the entire season for $180 or $40 for 14 days. Lots of snowbirds here!

Our yard for our time here at Senator Wash

Our yard for our time here at Senator Wash

We circled the wagons

We circled the wagons

The Senator Wash Reservoir provides water for agriculture in and around the Yuma area. And who knew? Certainly not me. However, I just learned that during the winter months Yuma grows 90% of lettuce for the entire country. That’s a lot of lettuce. It was surprising to me that there was so much green around Yuma.

Lettuce growing in the desert

Lettuce growing in the desert

Cabbages too!

Cabbages too!

It’s a 20 mile drive into Yuma, a city of around 95,000 people. They have everything in Yuma including all the major stores and chain restaurants. There is a great mall called the Yuma Palms. Diane and I went into Yuma to do laundry, grocery shop and have lunch.

Yelp guided us to a very good Mexican seafood restaurant. The food and service was excellent. I use Yelp everywhere we go and I’ve never had a bad meal.

We scouted out the LTVA and Mittry Lake for possible campsites in the future. Some folks spend the entire winter season here. They even landscape their campsites by gathering the rocks in the area and making circular driveways, planters, fire rings and boundaries around their sites. There are sun shelters, wind barriers and dog pens.

Mittry Lake

Mittry Lake

There is a reason so many who are able, winter in this area. The sky is clear blue, the temperature is 75 with a gentle 7 mph wind and the humidity is a comfortable 30%. Yuma is reasonably priced and caters to RVers. There are things to do and places to go in town, including Farmer’s Markets, Flee Markets, entertainment, mountain hikes, ATVing and more. I like it here!

Next stop is Ogliby and Sidewinder Rds 14 miles east of Yuma and just over the California border. Another boondocking location I learned about from the Wheelingit.us blog.

There's even six-foot Flamingos in the desert!

There’s even six-foot Flamingos in the desert!

Out for an afternoon stroll

Out for an afternoon stroll

Chillaxing after a walk

Chillaxing after a walk

Until next time…

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