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Jan 19, 2017 - Boondocking on BLM land near Quartzsite AZ

Our normal mode of "camping" is to reside in RV "parks" with full hook-ups. That means electric power, city water, and sewer. We can stay indefinitely and all we have to do is about every 3 or 4 days empty our gray water tank (think shower) and black water (toilet) tank. Now were are on the wild side, camping on government land with no hookups. Before leaving our last park we emptied and cleaned all tanks and fill the fresh water tank (40 gallons). We are on our own relying on our generator for electric power -- mainly to make coffee, use...

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Nov 26, 2016 - Checking out Quartzsite AZ

On the road to California we decided to check out the "famous town" of Quartzsite. Every January there is a big RV confab here. We are thinking of attending. About the only thing really interesting there was the story of the arab, Hadj Ali. He was trying to convince the 1850s army that camels were a good bet for the southwestern deserts. Did not work out, but he became a legendary figure even though the locals could not pronounce his name. He became known as Hi Jolly.

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Nov 21, 2016 - Quartzsite

Quartzsite, Arizona, is a favorite spot for many full-time RVers but hardly anyone else has ever heard of it. If you drive through Quartzsite any time except January, it looks like a typical truck-stop town along the Interstate highway. There are a few fuel stations and fast food restaurants and little else. Every January nearly a million people flock to Quartzsite, mostly RVers. All of the land surrounding Quartzsite is BLM land, which to RVers means “free camping”! I’m planning to return to Quartzsite in January (2017) but decided to...

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Sep 9, 2016 - Quartzite, Arizona

Quartzsite Day 112: Wednesday September 7, 2016 We were on the road at 8:05 am headed east on SR 58. Traffic was light. Our first “obstacle” was crossing the Tehachapi Mountains; though not high there are some steep sections. When we reached Boron we had a choice to turn southeast on US 395 to I-10 at San Bernardino—it would shorten the distance about 20 miles—but Brian didn’t want to face the city traffic. We transitioned from SR 58 to I-40 at Barstow and continued on I-40 to Needles. At Needles we turned south on US 95 and then turned...

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Mar 10, 2016 - Quartzsite BLM Land (3/1 - 3/5/16)

We finally made it back to Quartzsite. We were going to try to get here for the big RV Rally in January, but the weather across the country prevented us from getting here. But, that was probably a good thing. We have talked to a few people who have been here for that and said it is a complete logjam. Anyway, we love the desert here. There is much BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land all around. To stay there costs nothing. There is a place to check-in and you can stay for 14 days. I'm sure there are some RVers that find a spot out in the...

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Jan 28, 2016 - Fun in the Sun

My brother, Mike, reminded me that I was behind in my updates, so rather than try to remember everything we have done this past month, I am giving you this: Directions for enjoying a 55+ RV resort in a warm clime: Prepare your site for outdoor living with grill, chairs, and bikes handy. Add activities to your day such as pickleball, tennis, bocce ball, golf, horseshoes, and table tennis if you are a competitive type (Ed) and if you are a passive type (Sue) you can watch folks exercise, take up basket making, join a book club, listen to...

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Jan 22, 2016 - boondocking

We’ve never been anywhere like Quartzsite. In the winter this town of 3,000 permanent residents burgeons as 100,000 RV’s arrive to camp on the Bureau of Land Management desert that surrounds it. From afar it looks like a huge city, but as you get closer you realize that all those white squares are RV’s. Most folks camp for free, parking anywhere they want for as long as they want. They pay nothing and get nothing. There are RV pit stop places in town to empty their tanks, and take on fresh water and propane. People take pride in how long...

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Jan 21, 2016 - Off to Quartzsite, finally

We are off to Quartzsite. We stopped for lunch and to top off our fuel tank across the Colorado River at the Arizona border. When we got to Quartzsite, we found where our friends, Bruce & Sue were camped north of town. After we parked our coach, we drove over to visit our friend Debbie, who is a flag vendor at the Main Place flea market area. We chatted and bought some new flags, then drove over to where we used to camp in on BLM Land. Our past Quartzsite group was breaking up, but we got to visit with Anne & Gene and the others who were...

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Jan 18, 2016 - Boondocking Capitol of the World

Time for a brief update, I guess. We have been spending time with our friends here on 45th Drive, doing some work on the rig (we washed it over two days), went shooting in the desert, etc. We did receive more bad news. A very good friend we met while RVing several years ago has been diagnosed with breast cancer. We have been able to spend some time with she and her husband as they learn about her illness and start to negotiate the path back to good health. Today we left Yuma and drove the approximate 80 miles north to Quartzsite. “Q” as...

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Jan 15, 2016 - Quartzsite, AZ

Fri, 15 Jan: On the road again... After an extended time parked at RoVer's Roost it is time to get scratch the "hitch itch" and roll some wheels. We went thru our checklists with care as this is a prime time to overlook something. We pulled out of our space, stopped at the propane fill station to top up our internal tank, and finally underway at 1115. East on I 8 to Gila Bend, then north on the Phoenix Bypass to Buckeye and I 10. East to Quartzsite and then north a few miles on AZ 95 to Plomosa Road Bureau of Land Management (BLM) desert...

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2016 Travels

Nov 6, 2015 - Quartzsite, AZ

Fri, 06 Nov: KaChing!!! We were up early (pre bright, in fact, pre sunrise) this morning. We warmed up some tea and got the coach ready to go in for service. Since the water heater is partially accessed thru the bedroom closet Bob had to clear that out... Watta guy! They rolled Carpe into the service bay a few minutes after eight and we took off in the car for breakfast at The Black Bear Diner. We very much enjoy these Diners and try to visit whenever we're nearby. This morning's breakfast was, as usual, excellent! Following breakfast we...

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2015 Travels

Mar 15, 2015 - 3/4 - 3/8 Quartzsite, AZ

On Wednesday 3/4 we loaded up and drove to Quartzsite, AZ. Crossing into Arizona on Interstate 10 at Blythe. The weather was again really nice and it was once again warm in the desert. In Quartzsite Tom’s cousin Frank and his wife Judy have a piece of land with a nice mobile home on it and room for several RV’s, and we were lucky enough to call that home for a few days. Quartzsite is a small town and very flat. It is very peaceful and had some nice sidewalks and roads to walk the dogs and they could run lose on the property which made much...

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