Saturday, January 23, 2016

Quartzsite, AZ

After leaving the Borrego Springs area we headed east towards Quartzsite (Q) AZ.  We met up with the Boondockers again, north of Q in a large area of free BLM land, the best kind.  We parked near DeDe and the next day our friend Bette joined us too.  The first day here DeDe and I went into town to the Big Tent to join up with hundreds of others looking and shopping for rv related things.

Inside the big tent, where we got there early, before the big crowds.

It's much like a county fair with a big tent filled with vendors selling stuff.  I'm happy to report that both DeDe and I got out of there without spending any money, always a good thing.  But the tent isn't the only place where things are for sale.  Outside there are miles of vendors selling everything from rv related things to everything else under the sun.

In the old days I would have at least touched most of these things, and bought some.  
Not anymore, now I can look and not buy.

Coming to Q was a hard decision that I had been going back and forth on for weeks.  Thousands of rvers and non rvers come for the week of the tent show and that equals lots of traffic and people which aren't really our thing but since the boondockers were here we decided to come here at least once.  

We will be parting ways with the boondockers now as we will be heading up towards Las Vegas area for a week to visit family.  Then we'll venture back south to Yuma where it's warmer.

Evie and Joy

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Borrego Springs, California

Last week we went over to Borrego Springs and parked off Rockhouse Rd.  Borrego Springs is an interesting place.  When driving around we came upon these very large metal sculptures.  We knew they were around this area so we went looking for them.  Wow, someone sure has vision and talent.

If you look closely you can see the road between hump 2 and 3.

This is how you get metal to look like fur.

This isn't the best picture but I wanted you to see how big they are.

Let's not forget that they grow dates as well as citrus. 

We went to Borrego Springs because there is great dry camping areas there and because it isn't very far from Julian, CA. where we met my daughter Maggie and her boyfriend Joseph for lunch and pie. Yumm.

We only stayed in that area for 4 nights and then it was over to Quartzsite, AZ. for the big rv extravaganza which I will talk about next time. 

I'll be back in a few days.

Evie and Joy

                                     Picking grapes.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Ehrenberg, Arizona

After our friends, Norm and Diane, left we spent another week in Yuma getting some things done. I've been feeling a vibration in the front end of the rv and decided to get the front end aligned and the tires rebalanced.  Got those things done thursday and that seems to have solved the problem.  Next thing on my list was to buy myself a new mattress.  So earlier in the week I had ordered a new mattress.  For the last two years I have been sleeping on the original mattress from 2001.  We picked the new mattress up on thursday afternoon and I'm happy to report that the new mattress is much better.

On friday we left that rv park in town and moved back out to our favorite spot off American Girl Mine Rd. and stayed there 3 nights.  Our friend Bette and her friend Beverly drove their rv's out and spent 2 nights with us.  On monday morning we all left, we went up to Ehrenberg where the boondockers had moved to after Christmas and Bette went up to Quartzsite and I don't remember where Beverly was off to.

So for the last two nights we have been hanging with the boondockers, as you might remember, boondocking means to park someplace where there are no services like water or electricity or sewer. We all have solar panels and carry our own fresh water and have holding tanks to hold our waste water. Tomorrow my friend DeDe and I will drive into Quartzsite to look around and do some shopping.

Quartzsite, AZ is the mother of all rv get togethers.  In January of each year venders from all over the country arrive there and proceed to sell everything and anything you might need or want. Not just rv things but anything.

If you look carefully, in the background you can see the 
Click on the link to read about them.

My friend DeDe gave me these horse stall mat pieces to put under my leveling jacks to keep the jacks from sinking into the sand and gravel.  They are a marvel, working much better that those orange plastic things sold for the same purpose.

We followed the Escapee Boondockers from American Girl Mine Rd. to Ehrenberg.

Two pictures of last nights sunset.

The Colorado River near Ehrenberg, AZ.

The last picture today is of RVSue"s camp down the road from us.  RVSue is a fellow blogger that I started reading long before we bought our rv.  Sue has been living on the road way longer that mom and me and her blog is filled with useful information. She was such an inspiration for me.

Sue's little Casita and van.

Until next time.

Evie and Joy