Well, that was an interesting night! I made it to Blythe at 9 pm. Stopped at kmart to use the restroom and wash the copious amounts of salt off my face. I realized they closed at 9 so I went outside, found a plug to charge my phone and eat! It was pleasantly warm still. I sat there quite awhile trying to figure out where to stay the night. The nearest campground was a KOA 5 miles east...that wanted $30 for a tent site-crazy! I decided to try and stay the night there for lack of options. On my way through Blythe I noticed several empty lots...and a pretty quiet town. I passed the parks building across the street from a large sports field/park. I decided that looked like a suitibly safe out of the way place. I tucked in between a shrubby tree and building. I didn't pitch my tent, instead used it wo the poles as a bivvy. It was quite lovely. I woke a few times, slightly on edge staying where I maybe shouldn't.
At about 130 I wake to a flashlight shining into my eyes...a cop... He was very friendly, I think a bit surprised to happen on me and that I was a female alone. He said there had been report if a break in of the parks building earlier. Asked if I'd heard/seen anything. I hadn't. Then told me I could go back to sleep, he'd wake me later if he had more questions. There was a police car the rest of the night. Very safe! I got up just before sunrise, packed up and left.
All in all not bad for my first out of place night!
Oh, and another beautiful sunrise!!