Come one come all!

Come on down…

I get a lot of people who are either headed this way or already here and wondering where our group is located.  I copied these directions

Quartzsite 2013 Directions

 The Camping area we will be using is called La Posa West Long Term (LTVA). The entrance is just South of the I10 overpass on Highway 95. BTW, Highway 95 runs North and South. There is another Highway 95 that runs East and West in town and actually crosses the “main” 95 but I am told that this is the business extension/loop of the N&S Highway 95. This can be confusing.

The off ramp from I10 for Quartzsite is just West of the “center” of town at the Pilot and Loves Truckstops. (Exit #17) Get off and go North over I10 to Business 95 that runs parallel to I10 on the North side of I10. Go East about a mile on Business 95 to the “main” 95 and turn South (right) over the overpass. You should be able to see the “Big Tent” (might not be up until the middle of January) off to your right. Just past the Big Tent on the right, is the entrance Kiosk for La Posa West is about 1/2/mile. For those of you that have GPS, here are the co-ordinates: N 33* 38.734’   W 114* 13.198’. Be sure you use the same format.  There are at  least 3 different formats on my Garmin.  Once these are recorded, at least mine will guide you right to the campsite as the BLM roads are on the Garmin maps.  It is Road 532 on the left as you go South and we are about 200 yards “back in”. If you come in from the South from the Yuma area, a GPS might try to take you in the “back way”. Just pass this up and come to the entrance kiosk for La Posa West. There was a “back way” in last year but I went looking for it this year and it is blocked off.

The RV Show has begun…

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On the way you can see a big RV balloon flying over the tent.

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We started by walking around the tent before going inside and fighting the mad throngs of people.

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We even spoted this fancy golf cart.  They had all varieties of carts.  REALLY COOL!!!

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Lots of people…

There were a lot of people inside the tent making it hard to move around and get a close up of each vendor.  There didn’t seem to be as many people as last year, but it was still very crowded.

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I checked out a vendor with some car wax and John and I went in together for 2 bottles.  Now you know what I will be doing today.  I tried to see my friends Don and Kim Greene from Harvest Host’s but they were very busy talking with people so I will go back another time.  I also want to drop in at the Amazon booth to say hello to my friends there as well.

Hot dog!!!

We had a hot dog, pulled pork buffet with a ton of other goodies.  YUM!  YUM!

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The end to a fun day…

Our campfire was a great ending to a busy day.

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Took the plunge TWICE!!!

Bought a toad that wasn’t even for sale!

Some friends of John and Linda were in the market for an RV and they drove over from Scottsdale to look at one on mile marker 112.  Whey they were looking at a rig a great little Samurai drove down this road and Linda was yelling at me to ask them if it was for sale.

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  I looked at it but didn’t ask them to pull over.  I could have kicked myself.  Then a few minutes later I saw them come back the other way and I just had to pull them over.  They were on their way to do some shopping in Blythe.  I asked them if they were interested in selling it and low and behold Charley the owner quoted me a price that he wanted.  I looked it over real good and he told me a lot of good things about it.  It was a 5 speed manual 4X4, with new tires and brakes and a trailer hitch as well as a wench in the front.  I was sold.  I took down his name and phone number, but wanted my friend John to look it over with me.

I called them back and told them we wanted to check it out again.  John and Cookie went with me and everyone thought it was a great deal.  I called him and told him I would have a check to him by in two days.  Today I went to Parker with Roger and got a cashiers check from the bank then went over to pick it up.

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I am so excited about my new toad.  It is just what I have been looking for these past few months and worked hard to save the money.

Summer plans…

I also took the plunge and made plans for this summer.  I have decided no to work once I heard about what John and Linda had planned.  They are joining the Northwest Lazy Daze group and travel for 3 weeks into Alberta Canada.  My friends Ed and Carole, who just sold their home in Florida and are moving to Colorado will be going as well.  It should be a great trip.  We meet in Baker, OR, then into Idaho where I have already made reservations, and then into Alberta.  It should be a fantastic trip as we will also be going to Jasper.  I can’t wait.

More rigs coming into our area….

Chris a new fulltimer from Santa Fe, NM just arrived today and joined up with our group.  We had another great “Happy Hour” today and sat around the fire.  It is always nice to meet new people.  We will also be having more folks come later once the RV Show starts.

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Gathering around the fire….

Another great group tonight and Roger again had a great campfire.  Gil and Nancy were showing the pics of their trip several years ago to the “Burning Man” festival.  Mike got out his guitar and provided some great music for our entertainment.

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I spent a lot of money today but cherished every minute and the RV Show hasn’t even started yet.  By the way the weather here is super.  In the 70’s finally.

Warming up!

Weather improving

It was much nicer today and not nearly so windy.  It is only supposed to get down to 37 tonight and high tomorrow is going up to 69.  That is more like it.  From here on the daytime temps should be in the high 60s – low 70’s.

More people have arrived

The following have arrived in that last few days.  Jerry, Melinda, Mike, Jerry and Ann, Gil and Nancy and Jeanne.  We will probably get a few more once the show starts on Saturday.

Tonight we had a great potluck dinner with everyone bringing a dish.  Lots of great food!

Shopping day tomorrow

Tomorrow I will be going into Parker with Chuck and Beverly to do some major shopping.  We will make a few stops here and there but won’t be gone too long.  Parker is only 35 miles north of Quartzsite on Highway 95.

Dripping sink fixed

John took apart my kitchen sink and we went up to the hardware store and got a new fixture, which he then installed.  He also worked on my drivers side cab step. and it is now in place.  I don’t intend to step on it for a while until the liguid nails gets a chance to completely dry.  John has been a HUGE help to me and I cannot thank him enough.

Surprise in store tomorrow

I might have a surprise for you tomorrow.  I just don’t want to give it away yet.  But if things work out it will really make a change in my RV lifestyle.  I will let you know tomorrow.  Not a lot really happening now but things will get exciting once the show starts on Saturday.  I promise to take lots of pictures.

From 2 channels to 200

Cool weather!  Brrrr!

The temps have been rather cool here in the desert at Quartzsite.  It has gotten into the low 20’s at night and only up into the 40’s during the day.  On a few days it has even been windy making it seem even colder.  But fear not, it is slowly getting warmer and should be in the mid 50’s tomorrow and 69 by the time the RV show starts on the 19th.

Going from air to satellite TV…

I took the big plunge and entered the world of satellite TV.  Previously I only had a batwing TV antenna and relied on those channels I could get through the air.  But when I could only get 2 channels I decided to check out the cost of adding satellite.  Then Jim came over and told me about a setup that a local satellite dealer was offering using the Dish Network.  He drove me back there and I wound up buying it.

Now for the fun part.  Installing all the equipment and hooking up to the appropriate satellites.  The installation was fairly easy.  The dish would sit on the top of my ladder still giving me access to the roof when I needed it.

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Now for the fun part.  Getting it to acquire the satellite signals.  I called Dish and set up my account with them, then after making several calls and speaking with their tech support I still could not pick up one of the satellites which I needed.  They put me through to Tailgater tech support (who makes the dish) since they could not find anything wrong with my setup.  Tailgater said their dish was working properly as it had completed all the tests successfully.

Now it is back to the dealer with the receiver to see if it was faulty.  He put it on his bench and found that one of the settings was incorrect and once he corrected it I got a picture.  Now it was back to the rig and now the system is working properly.  I set it up to see the Los Angeles stations as I am more familiar with them.

I got lots of help during this whole process from all my friends who would come over.  This is Cookie, John, and Linda.  THANKS EVERYONE for all the help and support throughout this entire process.

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Going to be working at the Angels Spring Training

I got word that my background check passed and I will be working for Aramark for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Spring Training games.  I am really excited.  I made reservations with a campground only 6 miles from the stadium in Mesa to stay there for 2 months.  I am not sure what I will be doing but my friends Phil and Sindy will also be working there as well.  I worked with them at Amazon and they told me about this job.  The job only entails working for 5-6 hours during the 18 games that are played in Mesa.  I will not make a lot of money but just the experience of working around and seeing the Angels is a great opportunity for me as I have been a fan of them way back when they moved to Anaheim.

Gathering around the fire….

Everyday we gather around the fire and chat about our day while enjoying appetizers and beverage.  It is a great time that we all enjoy.  It also gives us an opportunity to meet the new people that come in during the day.

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Sunset alert…

I received a “Sunset Alert” from Roger on my cell phone.  I was inside my rig with the shades down so didn’t even notice.  I grabbed my camera and took this beautiful shot of the sunset.

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What a great finish to a wonderful day!

Basking in the sun in Quartzsite

Before I left Bullhead City, I helped Willie a little with his bike and he helped me a LOT with my side step on the driver’s side.  Here is a pic of his bike.

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This is a great pic of Blaze, Willie’s Gordon Setter.  Blaze is a great dog and very affectionate.

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I arrived in Quartzsite late Monday afternoon and found my friends just off 532 in the La Posa West camping area.  Prior to arriving I made sure my propane tank was filled as well as my fresh water tank.  Then I dumped my grey and black tanks and headed to the site known as Roger’s 1/2 Acre.

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I spent Tuesday working at getting things organized and catching up with all that my friends and I have been doing since I last saw them last year at this time.  There were five rigs including myself on Tuesday morning but it has now jumped up to seven rigs already.  It is sure fun seeing everyone again.  This is a pic of all of us getting caught up with each other.

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That evening we all got together and John and Linda supplied the pulled pork and buns and everyone chipped in a dish or two.  It was a great meal.

Here is a small pic of my rig in one of my favorite places.

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Wednesday a few of us walked into town to check out the flea markets.

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On the way we passed the spot where they will put up the big tent for the RV show.  They were just starting to lay it out and get it ready.

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Not too much going on in town yet.  Frank drove me around to pick up the Quartzsite White Sheet to check out ads for cars for sale, but no luck so far.

Then we all got together again for dinner and Roger cooked his famous Tri-tip and everyone added a dish and all was well.  Here we are gathered just before dinner.

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Even Buddy wanted to get a piece of the action.

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It was a great day.  We were joined by Jim and Terry from Beaumont, CA.  We even were treated to a beautiful sunset.

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Stay tuned for more Quartzsite adventures.

 

 

 

2nd Year on the Road

On July 12, 2012 I just completed my second year of fulltime RVing.  I can’t believe I have been on the road so long.  So once again, as I did last year, I will summarized this fantastic year with some of the highlights.

Remember you can click on any pic then click again to enlarge.

Working in Texas

To start I was in Texas and decided to work for a month to help defray costs of traveling to Texas to see my family.  What a mistake that was.  It was 106 degrees and higher the entire month I worked.  Oh well I will definitely know better next time to stay away from there during the summer.

Grand Canyon of Texas

After my work duties were over I headed to Palo Dura State Park in northwestern Texas.  It is know as the Grand Canyon of Texas and a very beautiful place.  While there I hiked the Lighthouse Trail and took this pic of myself standing on the plateau in front of the lighthouse.

Taking advantage of my NM state pass

Then it was off to New Mexico where I wanted to take advantage of the last few months of my New Mexico State Pass.  My first stop was Clayton SP.

Then on to Sugarite SP, just south of the NM/CO border.  This next pic shows Lake Dorothy just north of Sugarite SP.

My next stop was Cimmaron SP and the town of Cimmaron.

Fulfilling a boy scout dream

I also visited Philmont Scout Ranch, which had always been a dream of mine ever since I was a Boy Scout.

More of beautiful new mexico

After that it was Eagle Nest SP, Coyote Creek SP (where I saw a bear), Storie Lake SP  and then on to Villanueva SP where I got my semi-annual haircut.  Finally it was off to Hyde Memorial SP.

Then in October I met up with all my good friends at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta where I stayed and partied for 10 days.  Even had a balloon land on top of my rig.  HA!

After the Balloon Fiesta I drove south to Poncho Villa SP to enjoy a Escapees Chapter 21 Rally.  Of course that also included a trip to Palomas, Mexico where I had to have some dental work done and make sure the margaritas still tasted as good as always.

A visit to the Whitehouse

Next stop on my route was Canyon de Chelly (pronunced d’Shay).  Located on an Indian Reservation it is a beautiful place and a must see for anyone in that area of Arizona.  Of course I had to hike the Whitehouse Trail, which is so beautiful.

Monument Valley

From there it was to Monument Valley, UT.  Talk about a fabulous area, don’t miss out on seeing this.

On my way to Amazon

Then I drove north to Interstate 50.  It is known as the loneliest highway in America.  And believe me it really is.  You could drive for miles and miles and never see a car or truck in either direction.  You would not want to break down on this road.

My destination was Fernley, NV, where I worked for Amazon for 8 weeks.  By the way it was probably the hardest job I have ever had.  Thankfully the 8 weeks went by fairly fast, although it took a couple of months to get healed from the aches and pains I suffered at that job.  OUCH!!!  On top of that it was very cold as well.  Four degrees when I left there.

I then drove to Reno, NV and parked my rig and flew to SO CA to spend a week with my family over the holidays.  It was really great seeing everyone and getting caught up.  I even played some golf.  Actually I tried to play some golf.  HA!  What a joke!

Time to warm up

Then I hit the road to get out of that cold weather up north and drove down to Quartzsite, AZ.  There I met up with a whole bunch of Lazy Dazers (about 20 rigs at different times) and relaxed in the wonderful Arizona sunshine.  Of course I also saw the crazy RV show and even saw a concert by Paul Winer (the Naked Book Seller) although he was fully clothed.  Great show by the way with SRO.

With the help of all my friends I was able to upgrade my rig with new LED lighting, another 12v receptacle and an outdoor motion sensor light.

Next stop – Imperial Dam

In February I left Quartzsite and headed to Imperial Dam just outside of Yuma, AZ  I really enjoyed my stay there with more friends.  Got to do a lot of hiking in the desert.  Plus don’t forget the wild donkeys.  HA!

Heading south of the border senor!

Then it was south of the border to Mexico with the Harvest Host Wine and Whale Watching Tour.  What a fabulous trip that turned out to be.  Visited 5 wineries, with great wine tasting at each.  The wineries were located in the Valley of Gaudelope with very beautiful scenery around.  Also stopped in Ensenada for a day, where we had a great lunch down at the fish market and an opportunity to stock up on lots of great seafood.  Of course we also had to have some cervasa’s (brewskies) at Hussong’s Cantina.

Later visited La Bufadora (the blow hole).  Another very scenic spot.

The wineries were great plus the wine was even greater!  Even got to see a colt that was born that very day.  How exciting!

I am NOT an illegal alien!

After crossing back into the US I drove to Tamarisk LTVA where I stayed for a week and met some really wonderful people.  We hiked ever day in the desert and one day we were surrounded by Border Patrol cars who thought we were illegal aliens.  No comprende  Senor! What a trip that was!

One of my very favorite spots

After spending so much time with so many wonderful people, I needed a break and decided to head for one of my most favorite spots in the Clark Dry Lake bed of the Anza Borrego desert in southern California.  It is 7 miles outside of Borrego Springs.  This place is so peaceful and always gives me a chance to reflect on my future plans.  It was here where I made my resume on workamper.com and emailed it to various people.  Within 10 minutes I had a call for the job I would be working at this summer. More on that later.

Back to the coast

Then it was off to the west coast to Oceanside, where I parked my rig at the Elks Club and took the train up to Orange County to see family.  It was back and forth visiting different members of my family and it was great seeing my Mom.  Love you Mom!

Heading up north

Then it was time to hit the road and head up north.  My first stop was the Trona Pinnacles outside of Ridgecrest, CA.  It is like a trip to another planet.

From there it was off to the Alabama Hills just outside of Lone Pine, CA.  This has been one place I always dreamed of venturing to even before I had an RV.  An absolute MUST SEE.

From there it was off to Mona Lake, where I stayed for about 5 days and ventured around the area seeing the tufa’s at the edge of the lake and the weird cloud formations.

I also took a side trip to the old ghost town of Bodie, CA.  Much of the town is still intact as it was a hundred years ago.  Really neat and another MUST SEE.

Then I finally made it to Oregon where I stayed at Goose Lake SP, La Pine SP and finally Crooked River Ranch.

My workplace for the summer

I met up with my area managers who I would be working for the summer in Prineville, OR.  I am the camp host at the Ochoco Divide, a NFS campground.  It is on the summit (4,726′ elevation) of Hwy 26.  This campground is nestled among giant (200′) Ponderosa Pines among other pine trees as well.  I have now been here 2 months and love this job.  I get to meet a lot of interesting people and have lots of areas to hike in.

Well that about wraps up another fabulous year of my fulltime RV lifestyle.  There were some tough times (truck breaking down) and some great times (caravan trip to Mexico) as well as taking time out to see my family, which is very important to me.  I had lots of times spent with great friends and even some time to myself to ponder how lucky I am.

I almost can’t believe it has been two years since I have set out on the road.  I would also like to thank all my wonderful followers who have been with me as I experienced each and every day.  Every day is a new adventure.

Quartzsite Car Show

Classic Car Show

On our hike down to the produce store Ann, Jerry and I stopped in the big tent for the Annual Classic Car Show.  There were still many vendors left over from the RV Show that were located in the center of the tent.  On either end of the tent they had many classic cars on display.  They were all shined up and looking good.

 

 

Tear Drops and smaller rigs

They even had Tear Drops  and small trailers that were towed behind some classy trucks.  They were really fixed up nicely.  It reminds me of the time I was at camped at Camp Sherman in Oregon and was invaded by a “Sisters on the Fly” club.  Some of those gals had small travel trailers, Casitas and Tear Drop trailers as well.  You can see that post at Moving on to Camp Sherman.  It was great fun seeing all the different types of rigs people own.

 

Finally this one was a small trailer that was nicely decorated and very comfy.  Nothing I would want to live in fulltime though, but it sure would be nice for weekend jaunts.

 

Beautiful Arizona Sunset

After hiking back to out campground we had a small get-together for “Happy Hour” and I got this pic of another beautiful sunset.