Monday, January 30, 2012

Quartzsize, Mecca for Snowbirders

Well, we had to do it at least once.Quartzsize is your typical small desert town of around 3,000 people However, in the months of January and February, something extraordinary happens. The population swells to hundreds of thousands as RV's converge onto BLM land and fill all the RV campgrounds in the area. It is quite a sight. At the time we arrived, the big RV show was going on. There is a hugh tent where you can purchase just about any time of RV related items you can think of. There are also stands over all the town with rv and jewelry, clothes, etc  for sale This is a rock hound paradise as well and a big gemstone show will be here is a few weeks. We are meeting up with several groups while we are here, which is another part of what goes on this time of the year. We arrived on Monday, the 23rd. We stayed at the Scaddan Wash , which is one of the free 14 day areas. There is also some long term areas where you can stay for a small price, $180.00 for the season What a deal!! On Tuesday we had a potluck dinner with the Mexican Connection people, who we are going to Mexico with in a few weeks. They gave us all some information we needed for the trip. It was fun meeting and talking to some of those who will be on the journey with us.
We had a nice spot with views of the hills and the desert landscape. However, it is a little too close to the noise of Hwy 10 for our taste. There are lots of spots away from the highway. In fact, for our other group meeting, we were in a better spot. Thursday, we moved over to the Road Runner area, which is off Hwy 95, about 6 miles from the main area of town. We drove off the highway, onto a dirt road, following signs to the RV Driving School get together. Dennis and Carol Hill were the owners of the Driving School that we attended when we first started off on our traveling adventures in June of 2010. They have been putting on this gathering for several years. They recently sold the school and this is their last get together with them as owners. The new owners also were there and will continue the Quartzsize tradition. Saturday, we had another pot luck, with more good food and good people. While we were there, we visited the big tent and then went back a second time to purchase a few items we needed. Well, we can say we did the Quartzsize experience. Not sure, we would do it again as big gatherings and crowds are not really our thing. However, we would come back at a different time of the year to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the desert. This is a great spot for boondocking with great views of the desert and where you can park, often with no other vehicles in your immediate area.



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