|And here we are, folks, in beautiful sunny, windswept Quartzsite, not exactly a desert oasis but currently the RV capital of the world, at least in mid-January and February during the big RV, gem and mineral shows! Every conceivable vendor of products both unconceivable and practical, RV related to skin care, and every food item from delectable to questionable is presented for your use and enjoyment. There is entertainment as well and "people watching" would qualify high on my list for there are indeed a lot of "characters" about!
We are parked a couple of miles north of town in a free BLM (Bureau of Land Management) area and absolutely loving it. The area is now filled with motorhomes, trailers, toy haulers, jeeps, and ATVs. There are, of course, no amenities such as electric, water or sewer; just a whole lot of very nice folks having a good time, scrambling about, sitting around campfires, visiting and contributing to the local economy. Incredibly, most are very respectful of both the landscape and their neighbors! There must be "trailer gypsy" in my blood 'cause this somehow resonates; sort of like a "little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll"! Actually it's probably the "free" part! There are miles around for hiking, geocaching and jeep tracks galore. The only rules are the "golden ones"!
We have friends nearby. Don and Joan, whom we frequently visit at their beautiful 5 acres near Sutter Creek, CA., are now traveling in their 5th-wheel and parked a few miles away in the little town of Brenda. They are avid rock hounds and we enjoy our outings with them and all the treasures they introduce us to. Today we followed them in their ATV into the beautiful Black Mountain area, black due to all the volcanic activity and lava rock and rich with jasper.
Last weekend we drove out to the Desert Bar near Parker, a local unadvertised institution requiring a hearty constitution to both get there and endure the mega-decibel entertainment.
Al is just north of us with the Escapees SOLO group. We haven't met up yet but will as soon as his social schedule of happy hours and potlucks allows.
Earl and Gail drove in from Indio today to stroll the isles of Tyson Corners, a huge flea market where you find great buys in almost anything, such as nice looking watches, baseball caps, sweatshirts and much more. We had a nice visit before they drove back to their winter casita.
We plan to stay around this area until the 26th. The big show opens this weekend and runs the 17th-25th. We'll have to spend at least one day seeing what's new and what we absolutely can't live without. Then there are a few more hikes and jeep roads to explore and more friends coming in.
A quick note on book reviews: Howard and I both thought "World Without End" and "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" exceptional. Howard liked "The Book of Lies", I did not. I am enjoying "Gate House" which is "trashy and superficial" which Howard threw aside as a bad soap opera. I guess it sort of goes with my current "trailer" persona!
Welcome to my new FACEBOOK friends, Gail Balch and Carol Coriell!
Stay tuned, as there may be more.....