VFW (Yuma, AZ)

Still trying to get caught up with the posts.  Let me bring you a little closer up to date.  But first, I forgot to mention in my previous post about the Yuma Territorial Prison that our neighbors’s (Don, Kevin, and others) invited me to tag along with them to the races Saturday evening at the Cocopah Speedway back in Yuma.  I’m not sure why I forgot to put it in the post for Saturday… guess I better start keeping notes if I get behind.  Anyway, what a blast!  The speedway was well laid out, not a bad seat in the bleachers.  Thanks for taking me along Don!  Stilla opted to stay in the Coach with the dog and catch up on TV shows… her loss.

Here’s a couple pics:


We even had a beautiful Arizona sunset as the races got started.



Anyway, back to Monday… in the morning we folded up the chairs and patio mat, pulled in the slides, and raised the jacks to go to the nearby campground just this side of the Los Algodones (Mexico) border crossing.  I don’t think it was more than a mile away.  We just needed to dump and take on water.  This campground charges $50 for a night.  I’m assuming most folks that stay here are getting dental work done across the border but they probably pay the more reasonable weekly rate.  We paid the $10 fee to dump our tanks and take on water.  Then we stopped back at our campsite to say goodbye to our good neighbors from the last several days.

After saying our farewells, we hit Interstate 8 towards Yuma and then turned north on 95.  There was a Barons gas station that Don gave me a tip about – easy in – easy out, and diesel was around $2.54 a gallon which was a pleasant change.

Since we didn’t have to be in Lake Havasu for the Fireworks Rally until the 11th, we decided to pull in to another boondocking spot (BLM land) located right next to the highway (95) and behind a VFW post.  We still wanted to visit the museum at Yuma Proving Grounds since we didn’t stay at the Fam Camp there as previously planned.

Here’s the VFW post.  The entrance to the BLM boondocking land is right behind the building.  The post has a band playing almost daily from 2 or 3 until 5 PM.  We stopped in for a refreshment after we got parked and settled.  Unfortunately, the post didn’t have a kitchen… no snacks at all except for chips and pretzels behind the bar.


This tank is on display out front of the post.


Here’s a view of our boondocking spot.  No hookups here.


Most of the rigs spaced themselves out pretty well from each other.  We found what we thought was a quiet corner.


Here’s our spot.



Now, after spending the night here, all I can say is – avoid this spot at all costs if you want any peace and quiet.  There was a plane, maybe a crop-duster, that continuously zoomed in and out around the area until late into the night.  And the train tracks across the highway must be one of the busiest railways I’ve ever seen (or heard) to date. We had to keep hitting the pause button on the TV every time another train went by or the plane made another run, it was so loud. I can’t understand why anyone would stay here for more than one night when there are so many other opportunities to boondock along 95.  We won’t make this mistake twice.

The next morning (Tuesday) we visited Yuma Proving Grounds and toured the BLM spots around the Imperial Dam area for future reference.  I’ll put that in my next post.. until then, have a nice and quiet night 🙂