The “Quartzsite experience” had never been on our must do list, but after several recommendations and urgings from friends we decide it’s a go. Besides we didn’t have any other immediate plans in mind. Initially we thought, “Okay, after 5 days we’ll leave. That’ll probably be plenty of time to witness this unique place.”
The first couple of days were fine. The weather was sunny and in the 60’s. There were about fifteen RV’s already set up with our group – Escapees RV Club, the Boomers. Al and I pick a spot somewhat removed. We like a little space, but am told we won’t be alone for long as more and more RVs arrive.
We decide what Boomer activities we care to participate in, if any. We drive around town locating stores, restaurants, and laundromats. In less than thirty minutes we get acclimated to this small desert town. We locate the Big Tent for the big sale. We peruse the numerous vendors already set up prior to the official start of the sale.
Mid-week the cold rolls in. Daytime temps barely hit 50 and night time lows are freezing…..burrrrrr! Add in a little wind for drama and fun is not in the equation. Al and I get on the internet in search of better weather. Gosh even Mexico is freezing and by the time we could get to Florida the cold will have moved on. So we hunker down and wait for several days before fair weather is once again upon us……ahhhh.
Over the next couple of weeks, Al and I attend numerous Boomer events; morning walk, wine tasting, pancake breakfast, happy hours. We gather with others for a game night here and there. We caravan with a group to a unique bar located out in the boonies of the desert. AND we search out some alone time. Yes, there is such a thing as social burnout, but it’s been a fabulous experience. One we hope to repeat.
We had the pleasure of meeting folks from around the country. New friend, Edie and I both enjoy photography. We meet up one morning and traipse through the desert in search of photo ops. We spend over two hours wandering around the desert talking and taking pictures. So engrossed in snapping and chatting, I was thankful the vista was vast and the white RV’s remained in site or no doubt we would have easily gotten lost. This was a fun way to spend a morning.
It was these encounters, the forging of old and new friendships that MADE our Quartzsite experience. The RVing community is just that…..a community. We share a common bond, the bond of adventure. You have to have a sense of adventure to really embrace and enjoy this lifestyle. There are those that need full hook-ups making living as close to a sticks n brick home as possible and there are those that choose to dry-camp/boondock almost exclusively making for a remote camp like experience.
Al and I like both and usually split our time between the two experiences. When we leave the Quartzsite desert Friday, we’ll head back to a Regional Park just north of Phoenix. We’ll enjoy the conveniences of hook-ups and a bathhouse with lots and lots of hot water. Even Bear will relish a long hot shower with lots of doggy shampoo. Till then, we’ll relish friendships and amazing and vast scenery.
Next I’ll post about the eclectic mix of the town of Quartzsite itself.