|Let's try this again as first draft is orbiting in cyberspace! And you just can't recap hours of pure wit and humor so here goes the droll, boring version......
It's hard to believe we actually spent 2 whole weeks in Quartzsite and thoroughly enjoyed the combination of just hanging-out, visiting with friends and extreme shopping and sight-seeing in town. Usually after 3 days we are over-stimulated and under-whelmed. Attending the opening weekend last Sunday of the "Big Tent" event and walking up and down every aisle - showcasing all the vendors of things both RV related to personal hygiene; travel agents to loan companies; nude camping facilities to faith-based organizations - how could you not be entertained?!
Chris and Beth Pany, long time friends who winter in Yuma, joined our neighborhood enclave. Beth multi-tasked; cleaning hordes of gourds for (what else) a gourd carving class she's giving in Blythe while preparing a delicious Mexican shrimp cocktail/gazpacho for our dinner. They travel in their Beaver Contessa, "Pugsley", and tow "Annie", the CRV, with Emily the bird onboard. They are serious namers of inanimate objects and so much fun and easy to be around. They do their thing, we do ours, and we often meet somewhere in the middle!
We had another outing with Don and Joan, this time taking the jeep about 15 miles south of town to a Palm Canyon hike that is a local landmark though we had never been there. We hardly realized we had gained about 1600' elevation driving in but the lush mountainous landscape was in sharp contrast to the flat desert a few miles away. The hike, though only a mile or so, was steep and rocky and the grove of approx. 100 palms was framed high up in a mountain crevice and a bit hard to distinguish in photos. Next, we all drove a few miles north on highway 95 and again east onto a BLM road that lead to Crystal Hill, a location known to all the rockhounds that flock here looking for the crystal and quartz treasures that abound for those who are patient and know what they are looking for. Don and Joan qualify! There are also free camping sites for those whose vehicles can withstand 6 miles of teeth-jarring washboard road.
We have also been ordering and sometimes receiving packages via a FedEx/UPS location in town; a very frustrating experience. Extra battery packs and chargers, memory cards and card readers, supplements and skin care products, travel books and reef shoes, to name a few.
So now might be a good time to let you in on our latest, spur-of-the-moment, upcoming adventure. But now we need to be near an airport and Phoenix is the closest, and a hub for Continental Airlines!