Good evening from Senator Wash Reservoir.
We just got done taking a dip in the lake… It’s been a beautiful day… The clouds
cleared out, warmed up nicely and the sun is shining again! We’ve been here for
almost well… About 10 days now! And you probably have noticed when we go and get
fresh water and dump our trash and stuff… That there’s a lot of camp set up over.
There are folks that are there for the winter…. So it’s BLM land and it’s called
the Imperial Dam Long-term Visitors area! And it’s a very fascinating place
because it’s full of people, pretty much living dirt cheap. If they don’t have a
payment on their Motorhome and they live in tiny because they’re living in
an RV! So it’s very fascinating and people get very comfortable! But it’s
only 180 dollars to stay there for seven months during the winter! That’s a heck
of a deal. Let’s head on over! Alright guys! We figure the wind picks up
as soon as we get over here… But we have made it to the other side of the lake
which is the Imperial dam long-term visitor area and…. There are several areas
here. Like this one precisely is called South Mesa… Generally speaking it’s all
the same area. Now we’re staying on the other side of the lake which is part of
the Recreation Area. Which has a 14-day max day!…. So we mentioned that you can stay here through the winter months. Specifically… September 15 through April 15. It’s $180 for that time period. And you’re able to use their dump
station, trash cans and water, potable water facilities while you’re here!…. The
water is not the best tasting in this part of the world so… Odds are you’re
going to want to get your drinking water from somewhere else. But it is safe to
drink! Yes. But it’s nice to be able to… Right
here in the campground, refill your tanks so you can do dishes and take showers and flush the toilets…. So there’s nobody here right now….But some of you guys
may have seen there’s these tanks that people dump their holding tanks into. And
roll them behind their vehicle… I’ve even seen somebody pulling one on a bicycle,
motorcycle, golf carts and… So they dump their tanks and wheel that right over to
the dump station. And dump it over there! So they don’t have to break down camp
every time their tanks get full…Same thing for the water, you can do what we do….
Which we have three and five gallon tanks that we bring over here and refill.
But I’ve also seen people here with like 50 gallon drums and they fill them up.
And then they must have a pump back at their RV…That’s the way they do it I think!
Especially if you’re going to be in an area like this…. For the whole winter!….
Speaking of areas like this, there are… LTVAs scattered throughout the West… A lot of them are just small areas. But this one’s
a big one! And I know there’s that another big one up in Quartzsite. But no
offence, you go to Quartzsite for people not for the environment. This is hands-down
awesome! I could stay here for an extended period of time. Obviously it’d
be nice to be down on the lake where we’re at in the recreation area but… You
can easily drive your vehicle down to the lake and go swimming… They have amazing
views! There’s mountain vistas all around… The lake, the desert here is really
pretty with the rock formations and the plants. It’s, it’s just a lovely place! And…
You’re only about 25 minutes from Yuma where you can go get groceries and… It’s
a full-service city…Gasoline…It has everything you could need!… So we’re here kind of towards the end of March and there aren’t as many people here. But you
can see that they’re set up to handle a larger population. There’s eight water
base… Seven dumpsters and four dump stations…. There’s something that’s really
cool about this area is that people get so settled in. And they get very creative
with the rocks and the vegetation in the area. They’ll like make planter beds
around the brushes and the ocatios. And arrange their rocks to make a driveway.
It is really cool! And I imagine there’s a great community of people out here… Alright a couple closing thoughts… This is boondocking which means you’re
going to have to supply your own source of electricity. Whether you get that
electricity from a generator or solar… Just be prepared to generate that
yourself! I did see a Schwan’s truck out here doing deliveries today. I would
not be surprised if propane trucks don’t come out during the peak season. When
there’s like thousands upon thousands of people here… Okay! We’re going to fill up
our water bottles and close this video out…. We really enjoy sharing awesome
places. And this is a pretty awesome place because you can live tiny and live
cheap and have fun! Which is what life’s all about…Thanks for watching and we’ll see you tomorrow