Well... we're back in the saddle and on the road again.
We've headed back into the desert for what is our 8th visit
to the Annual Quartzsite RV Show and all the associated antics
that surround this event.
|First I had to clean the dust off the solar panels
Good friends and Travel Buddies Rob & Pat are down in the US from
Canada, and were staying nearby, so we traveled together the 3 1/2 hrs to Q
and picked out a spot in the desert close to the larger Montana RV group
that we meet up with.
|Our parking spot at Q
On our second night, friends Jim & Kristi had a bunch of us over a burger barbecue.
They are parked in the big circle of Montana 5th wheels that was the the reason for our
first trip out here many years ago.
|Burger night at J&K's
The ever-present toys buzzed overhead.
Here a pair of motorized paragliders flew around over our burger bash.
The gliders, ultralights, and sometimes hot air balloons would pass overhead
while on the ground all sorts of off road vehicles scurry about.
This year one big new addition seems to be electric bicycles.
There was at least 5 vendors selling them around the big tent, and they seem to
be buzzing around all over the place back where we are parked.
Below - one of the many great Q sunsets.
The topography here is quite intersting.
Its almost like nature made this area specifically for RVs'
Large wide areas, slightly crowned in the center like roadways, have gravel surfaces.
These long fairways - some are several miles long are ideal parking areas.
On either side the areas drop off eventually into dry washes that flood during storms.
Then - beyond the wash is another large flat area.
Down in the bottom of the wash - life blooms.
Occupying those large flat areas are RV's of all types.
Below - on one of my walks I came across this group of about 10 RVs.
There were trailers, motorhomes, and even a Greyhound Bus that had been converted into an RV.
They had circled the wagons!
Closer to home - one of our neighbors is the Alpine Coach Owners Club.
About 50 or so coaches meet here every year and they really do it up.
You can see they have a large tent professionally erected and use it for
catered dinners, and entertainment of all sorts including some big-band music and dancing.
What draws everyone here at this specific time (besides the weather) is the big
RV show that takes place in town.
A large tent that is hundreds of feet long and 3 aisles wide.
|Inside the big Quartzsite tent
Outside the tent is surrounded by acres of fairways.
Miles of RV (and non RV) related stuff.
Back at home we have nightly happy hours outside the bus.
And each night when the sun sets - the desert cools off quickly.
When night falls - its back to the coach for dinner.
Some nights guest come over for coffee.
We've been here a week already.
Time sure flies!
On Sunday we'll head over the mountains to the California coast just south of L.A.
Meanwhile - this was just a quick taste of life here at Q #8.
See you on the coast.