The Desert Bar

We drove out to the Shea Road BLM area and I think we’ll move there tomorrow. It’s right off a paved road about 5 miles from Parker, and the ATT signal there was better than here.

Then we went to The Desert Bar.  The directions on their website are not very good but after a couple false starts I discovered that Google Maps knew where it was.  Boy you really have to want to go there!  It is 4 miles down a really REALLY bad dirt road!  Lots of twists and turns, going mostly uphill, with big rocks sticking up. I thought a low-slung car would never make it but a minute later, a SmartCar came around the bend, so I guess any car can do it.  It took 30 minutes to go the 4 miles.  It must be good for business; once you finally get there, you’re ready for a stiff drink or two!

The Desert Bar is out in the middle of the desert, a big open-air place run by solar energy.  It’s only open in the winter on weekends, since it’d be way too hot in summertime.  I am so mad that my camera ran out of battery while I was there!!  The battery lasts a really long time so I tend to forget about it.

Since the bar is open-air, dogs are welcome!  I didn’t know about that so poor Roxie stayed in the car.  There was a live band playing today, and they sounded pretty good.

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Maybe the coolest thing about the Desert Bar is the ladies’ restroom….it’s open air, too! The stalls are backed up to the rock wall, with very heavy rusty iron sides & doors.

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And here’s the view while you are washing your hands:

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I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve taken photos in a bathroom! For more pics and the history of The Desert Bar you can go to their website at http://www.thedesertbar.com

I really wanted to get some of their beer-battered fries and a brew and sit for awhile but my p0cketbook screamed, “Are you NUTS??!”  But I did stop on the way home at the do-it-yourself car wash and spent $3.25 to wash the car. Boy that’s something you won’t hear me say very often…..that’s the first time the car has been washed since I bought it in April!  But the Yuma mud had really left it a mess. I was so proud of my nice shiny car when I got back here….only to find that I did a bad job!  It’s still got some dirt streaks.  Sigh.  And now it’s apparent that the damage from the jacknife incident is worse than I thought.

I got a new neighbor today….I feel so insignificant!! DSCN1971

 

 

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3 Responses to The Desert Bar

  1. Marilyn says:

    I love your writing and pictures, especially the “insignificant” pix. Poor little ALiner beside that monster. Also love seeing the Southwest, I miss it this time of year. I’m buying on Amazon through you, so please have the beer battered fries and a brew next time. I order a lot this time of year.

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  2. Sondra says:

    I like to call them the “Motherships” I really don’t like it when they get too close like that…Have to tell this story…I was camped at Ft Stephens SP in OR Its a very big park..I chose a tighter circle hoping it would keep the bigger rigs away…A couple was already set up in a 5th wheel I consider those motherships also as they have everything including the kitchen sink…well it was about 8 am I was out making coffee on ,my butane stove, and I saw the “man” of the house get in the truck and leave…and in a few minutes he returned and JUST as I thought he had gone for take out coffee! OMG I just shook my head in disbelief! I really don’t relate to that at all. There is nothing “rough” about RV’ing these days…

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