Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Boondocking and a Trip to a Bar in the Desert

After crossing the border, where our motorhome went through a scanner and some checking of our bays, we headed for Yuma where we spend one night with hookups. Also did a bunch of loads of laundry. We then headed back to Quartzsite to join the RV Dreams boondocking rally. It is a two week rally where people can come and go. We got there on Friday and stayed through this last Thursday. Howard and Linda put on a number of seminars on boondocking. Joe went to a few but as we have been boondocking quite a bit, he didn't really learn much. However, it was great for the newbies to Boondocking. We mainly thought it would be fun to get together with fellow rvers. The rally was at Plomosa Rd, which is one of the BLM areas you can stay free for 14 days. It is very nice and we would stay in this part of Quartzsite again. Our first night was an appetizer night and we made meatballs with Sweet Baby Ray spicy bbque sauce and cranberry sauce as our contribution. Lots of great things to eat, enjoyable time around the fire and another great desert sunset.





, a group of us led by Howard and Linda made our way to the Desert Bar, The Nellie E Saloon. Our kids who have friends who have a vacation house in Parker and so have visited this fun bar and restaurant a number of times. We kept meaning to go there ourselves and finally we have now done so. The name Nellie E comes from the mining claim as the land the bar sits on is a former mining area. You get there by driving just north of Parker onto a dirt road,. Cienega Springs Rd that whines through the desert for about six miles. Then in the middle of the desert, there is the saloon. It is completely run on solar power and there are sitting and bar areas both in and outside. There is also a stage where Hard Rain played the day we were there. A great band with a great selection of tunes, that included original tunes, as well as a mix of cover songs of Rolling Stones, REM, Talking Heads, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash among others. A lot of fun was had by all.






Howard in Yellow and Linda right below in lt yellow


The open air women's bathroom has a great view of the hills.


Church structure below is for any religion and is often used for weddings.



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