What's in Your RV Basement?

by Mary Hoover

Whoa, what was that? You’ve got to be kidding!

Several years ago my husband was doing his usual routine of setting up the 5th wheel after a day of driving. Jacks down, trailer unhooked, hookups. The day became unusual when he opened the basement door and a dark object came flying out!! And I mean flying!!

It took him a moment to assess what just happened --- a black cat had hitched a ride in the basement and was in a big hurry to get out once it saw daylight.

We called the RV resort where we had stayed the night before and they promised to find out who owned the cat . . . we never heard back from them, which turned out for the best since we only sighted the cat once and weren’t able to recapture him.

Lesson learned—don’t leave the basement door open and unattended.

But we still do.

You, Too?
Thanks, Mary, for sharing that story. Oddly enough I've heard of another RVer who also ended up with a cat that hitched a ride - it was a black one, too! Susan

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One Crazy Note

by Mary Hoover

Wouldn’t you know it---another delay for road construction. We had our two grandsons with us last summer and were doing our best to make the best of a rather lengthy delay. As we started driving again a family which included several teens waved wildly as they passed us. We waved back and chuckled about their exuberance.

My husband was backing our 5th wheel into our site later that day with my assistance at the back of the rig. I noticed a piece of folded notebook paper duct-taped to our back window. Very strange!

What fun to find a note from the teens that had spent about 20 minutes behind us at the road construction site. They had used several colorful markers to tell us about their vacation plans and to wish us a safe and fun trip.

We still have the note!

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by Jj Johnson
(Organ Pipe Cactus NP, AZ)

Jj and Judy Johnson

Jj and Judy Johnson

During recent days, many of the volunteers at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument experienced one of the most beautiful and least accessed parts of our park. We made a trip to Quitobaquito, a desert oasis along the Mexican order about 15 miles west of the campground and visitors center.

This area is in a hot spot of visitors and exporters from other nations, thus the area is closed to visitors unless they are accompanied by law enforcement agents. On the day of our journey in two vans, two LEs (law enforcement rangers) accompanied us, along with a border patrol unit. Ahead of our journey, some LEs found their way to hill and low mountain tops to watch during our journey.

Once at Quitobaquito, the LEs secured the area, and then maintained a constant patrol around the area while we explored. This area is a superb place to visit, one which I hoped we might get to see, but doubted we would. This trip was truly a treat.

The oasis is on the other side of the park, and geographically and geologically different. The mountains contain pink granite (think Elberton, Ga.) which is exposed to the surface in places. The pond received a dam from Native Americans many years ago. They developed ways of irrigating the small valley, and when Europeans began to arrive in greater numbers, during the American Civil War, they had more than four acres under cultivation.

The O'odham Indians of the area accepted a man from Habersham County, Ga., (adjacent to Stephens County where Judy grew up) and he established a trading post there and in other locations now a part of ORPI.

The O'odham continue to return to the area for ceremonies, the last about two years ago. Meanwhile, the area no longer receives regular visitors. Because our exploratory trip went well, park officials decided to offer five trips to Quitobaquito this spring.

There are about 30 pictures of that trip along with another 40 or so of life in the desert during late winter. Some pictures show a snow storm which left a residue briefly near the top of Mt. Ajo Feb. 27. At the desert floor, we had freezing temperatures and winds in to the low 40s during the night. We also picked up 0.77 of rain, which turned our desert into a green place.

You can access the photos at Flickr.com


If there is one square inch of this country that belongs to the public that is not accessable by the public our government is doing something majorly wrong.

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