Friday, January 29, 2016

Yuma is Back Home

Friday, January 29, 2016

Around 12:30 P.M. we were packed and moving south.  There is a big wind and cold front coming this Sunday and I don’t want to be in the desert when it happens.

We drove south on hwy 95 to Yuma, Arizona.  To be more exact, we are at Mittry Lake just north of Yuma.

We turned right on Imperial Dam Road at the cannons. 

Yuma Proving Ground

Yuma Proving Ground is located on this road.

Yuma Proving Ground  Sign

There is a collection of tanks just off the road, so we stopped to take a look at the World War II relics.  This area known as Camp Laguna Training Center was used to train for desert warfare, back in World War II.


 World War II tank  Honest John Missle

Army tank  Army tank

Army tanks

Before heading onto the dusty and rough Mittry Lake road we went up Senator Wash Road to take on water and dump our tanks.  There are lots of LTVA locations along this road.  Many RV’ers spend the whole winter at this location.

Got the basics done and then I took the jeep down Mittry Lake Road to search for a place to camp.  There are not many campsites on this lake, so I wanted to run the jeep down first to make sure there is a place, before driving the RV five miles down this rough road.

When I got down to the area where many of the RV’ers camp up on the hillside, I was shocked to see that the whole area down the hill was burned.  Nothing left.  Before, you could not see the RVs on the hill because of all the shrubs and trees.  But now there is nothing left, so the RVs are now visible on the hill.

Mittry Lake burn

Mittry Lake burn

There must be a lot of fires here.  When I was here last year, I was awakened at 2:30 A.M. on Xmas Eve and ordered to evacuate because of a fire.

Mittry Lake still looks beautiful though.

Mittry Lake

Luckily, there is one place left along side the road.  It is the same campsite Yuma and I stayed last year.  It was a year ago this month I freed Yuma from the Humane Society of Yuma.  His name at that time was “Cheerful”.

By the time I had everything setup for the night it was time for dinner and then my favorite TV program, “Gold Rush”. 

Beautiful sunset just outside our new camp.


See you later.


  1. I'm here too, for the first time. Finally figured out how to get here - and that the closest access is off Ave 7e. Got a waterfront spot, so plan on staying a few days. Good to see you and Yuma again at Bloggerfest.

    1. Beautiful day. May see you on our way into Yuma.

  2. So glad you have Yuma!

    Have you ever stopped at the General Patton museum near Chiriaco Summit? Lots of tanks on display there. Gen. Patton, as you know, used our desert as a training ground for his troops.
    ~Cheryl Ann~

    1. I stopped in there last year while boondocking St the south entrance of Joshua Tree NP. Hope to make it back with Dolly.

  3. Glad to see you came in out of the desert and found a refuge from the incoming storms and blowing sands - but, so sad to see what the fires did to all the lovely vegetation which made that area so special. Are there still palm trees out on little peninsulas into the lake ? Yuma is a beautiful dog and you gave him such a perfect name - glad he has such a nice home, little sister, and family. Enjoy the Sunshine.

    1. Thanks Moonfly. Fortunately, the fire stopped at the road and didn't burn the palm trees. That would have been terrible. Going to take Yuma to rescue center to meet the people working there.