Message Received

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 192017

I wanted to give you an update on the couple I told you about in yesterday’s blog, who were beginning to feel anxious about boondocking in Quartzsite, Arizona after a neighbor filled their heads with all kinds of nonsense about how dangerous it was. They wrote to me yesterday evening to say message received, and that they had relocated to another area and settled in with some RVers who read my blog every day and made them feel welcome.

When you are a newbie starting out, and the first thing you hear is some fool telling you all kinds of horror stories, I imagine it can be a bit disconcerting. I’m glad they moved and are among nice folks now so they can have a good time.

Somebody asked if Terry and I were going to be at Quartzsite this year. No, we are settled in for the winter at our house on the Intercoastal Waterway here in Florida. We will probably stay here until May or June, then get back in the motorhome and head out on the highway looking for new RV adventures.

People seem to either love or hate Quartzsite. We’ve been there three or four times, our first being a month long stay when we were boondocking and trying to sell our books and subscriptions to the Gypsy Journal from our old MCI bus conversion. Other times when we have been there we hung out with friends in the desert, and it was fun.

But overall, we are not big Quartzsite fans. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. Now we would prefer to be someplace with full hookups.

But if you’ve never been to Quartzsite during the wintertime, when RVs of every shape and size fill the desert for as far as the eye can see, you really do need to experience it. It is sort of a rite of passage in the RV lifestyle.

And while Terry and I won’t be there, several of my author friends will, and you can catch up with them Monday through Wednesday of next week at the Readers Oasis bookstore. Here is a flyer about the event. Stop by and tell them I said hello.

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Thought For The Day – Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

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  6 Responses to “Message Received”

  1. Thanks for the plug about our event at the Oasis Bookstore in Q. We’ll miss you, Nick. I know you and Miss T are living the life in Florida but don’t forget about your dusty desert friends. The wild, wild West is calling your name….. LOL Hope to see you down the road.

  2. I had to comment on your thought for the day: “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

    My husband and I purchased the home we live in almost 10 years ago. Our neighbors told me the tree that shades our backyard was planted by the previous owner of their home. What’s really cool, is the previous owner was my mom and step-dad. How awesome is that!
    Now as far as a long time ago – that would have been around the time my daughter was born – she’ll turn 40 in a couple of months – not sure how she feels about being born “a long time ago”.

    I love your blog and look forward to reading it each morning, and I always enjoy the thought for the day!

  3. Quartzsite is not what it used to be. Driving around there aren’t nearly the number of RV’s as when I first came here in 2004. Not even long lines waiting to be seated at the restaurants. The city father’s raised the rates for the vendors also.

  4. PS. Thought you were coming to Tucson for the Escapade.

  5. It occured to me that the “Harbinger of Doom” who was doing his best to terrify those folks might have been intentionally trying to run them off. He may have had friends coming and wanted the space … or he just hates neighbors and wanted them gone. Either way, they are better off with folks who will contribute to their knowledge base, welcome them, and uplift their enjoyment level. Quartzsite can be a really good time, if you have the right company! But, as you say, been there … done that. it is a nice stop on the way to Yuma and Winterhaven (with a side trip to Algodones for shopping, dentist, optometrist, and drug store) … then on to El Centro for some quiet time and great fresh dates! Nothing lke a Date Shake to satisfy your sweet tooth for a year!

  6. Sitting out in the desert at Quartzsite as I write. This is our second time to boondock here and we enjoy getting away from our regular winter spot in Casa Grande for a few days to visit with friends here.
    We’re with a group, but we’d feel “safe” even if we were with no one right beside us. Every RVer should “experience” Quartzsite once and decide for themselves whether or not true boondocking in the desert is for them.
    As I said, we enjoy a bit of diversity from our normal FHUs in the winter.

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