Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Quartzsite, Arizona

I parked the coach with a group of Monaco coach owners. I had never meet them before, but RVers are a friendly lot and it did not take long to make friends with them. Our location was about six miles north of the town of Quartzsite and two miles east along the Bouse Road in a BLM camping area. It was very quiet out there and the weather was great for the entire two weeks that I was there, except for the torrential down pours we experienced one day.

All around us were scenes out of Arizona Highways.

The BIG attraction for the first week that I was there was the RV Show at the BIG Tent.

The Chamber of Commerce had local artists do some Rock Art and they placed about 18 of them around at business in town. The rocks are sitting on a small pallet about 2-feet square. People were to go around and look at them and then vote for their favorite. They will auction them off in April and use the money for charitable work there in Quartzsite. Here are just two of the fine works of art:

Another thing that Quartzsite is famous for is Swap Meets. You can just about buy anything that you need and a lot of stuff that you don't need out there. For example: Do you need an old fliver? If so they had four antique cars for sale on a used car lot.

All this is just part of the may interesting things that I enjoyed while staying out in the beautiful desert. The group that I was camped with all departed about five days before I did. So we all went out for breakfast on the morning they took off and then we posed for pictures and exchanged contact information so we can keep in touch and meet there again next year in the same spot.

Of course no Arizona trip would be complete with a sunset picture.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Blythe Bluegrass Festival

My next stop after leaving Indio was Blythe, CA where I enjoyed my evenings sitting around a campfire with friends that I had made a couple of years ago while attending this festival. The festival workers furnish a wood stove and fire wood. They come around every day and resupply you with wood. Not only that, on the evenings before the festival starts, those same guys come around after dark with their instruments and play several bluegrass songs for the people sitting around the fire. They call themselves The Colorado River Boys and are very good.

Nine bluegrass bands performed over the three days of the festival on two stages. So if you did not want to hear the band that was playing on one stage you could walk over to the other stage and listen to another band.

This went into the early evening, but nobody complained. The music was very good.