Making “Firsts” At Quartzsite, AZ (& Announcing a Meet-Up On 23rd!)
Well we’ve made it to Quartzsite, the biggest RV gathering on earth. Every year around the last two weeks of January hundreds of thousands of RVers come from all over and converge on a teeny little dusty town in the Arizona desert to gather, socialize, show-off and shop. Almost everyone boondocks and every type of rig is here from million dollar Prevosts to classic Bluebirds (just down the road from us) to vans & car-campers. It’s crazy, it’s busy & it is so….much…fun!
We dropped by last year to enjoy the show and this year we decided to come back and do something we’ve never EVER done. We joined a group!!! I’ve been an active part of iRV2 forums for many years and have benefited from no end of help on our rig from the members of that group. The Monaco/Holiday Rambler group are particularly supportive and that’s the team we decided to join. As of yesterday morning we had 32 rigs in the group circled around a massive fire-pit and drills (i.e. tools) were already out with folks helping other folks. It’s a totally new (and unusual) experience for relative loners like us, but it’s also incredibly interesting. We can putz around and see other people’s mods….ask about common problems…exchange info on places to get service. Plus we make a ton of new friends and put faces to the names of the folks that have advised us on the forums over the years. We even have an exact twin of “the beast” here!
But we are not alone…..
There are around 100,000 of our closest friends all camped out here and word has been getting out amongst blog readers. We’ve had a number of folks asking if they could meet us, and I’ve been trying to figure out how to make that happen without running around like mad chickens. So, we’re going to do a second thing we’ve never EVER done -> I’m arranging a casual “meet and greet” for anyone who wants to meet us at 3PM on Thursday 23rd at the Beer Belly Bar (the outdoor bar near the main road on the NE side of the “big tent”). I figure 3PM would be early enough that the bar won’t be too full and hopefully we can find enough space to hang? So, if you’re one of the blog readers that reached out to us and want to say “hi”, come see us there!
LOTS more on Quartzsite coming on the blog, but wanted to get that announcement out now….maybe we’ll see some of ya later this week?
Post Blog Edit -> Did You See My Blog Go Down On Sunday?
Some of you might have noticed my blog went down Sunday evening. Actually it was a complete and utter panic situation. I started having weird little issues with my plug-ins, then I couldn’t write/change anything in my side-bars and then (finally) the entire blog went dark. Aaaarrrghhhh! Turns out I was saved by a fellow RVer just down the road! We’d met the lovely couple of Cheddar Yeti just a few weeks back in Borrego Springs and when I put out the panic call on Sunday night, Dennis answered right away and told me to just “come on over”. Within an hour I was sitting in their fabulous 1978 Wanderlodge Bus with a cat purring on my lap and my blog was back on-line. Talk about RV serendipity! If any of you are looking to develop a WordPress blog, or having WordPress blog issues or just want to spiff up your site I highly recommend these guys. Not only are they fellow RVers who own a super-cool bus, but they are a great couple who can work some serious WordPress magic. Check them out…Motorhome Office Of Design & Technology