Quartzsite, AZ...having too much fun
Jan 17, 2009
|I know it has been a week...time flies when we're having fun! We arrived Monday, Jan. 12 in Salome, AZ about 2pm. The Desert Palms Golf & RV Resort was a pleasant surprise. Although it is all asphalt and rock it is CLEAN. The sites are full hook-up and twice the size we usually find at other parks. We can park the coach, have a cement patio and park the car next to the patio and they are all 74 feet deep!!! The park is about 35 miles east of Quartzsite. This is a little ways away but we are staying a month and won't being traveling back and forth to Quartzsite once the shows are done.
The park has a pitch 'n putt golf course and is next to an 18 hole golf course. It has a pool and club house with lots of activities. We have not been around much to take advantage but will as soon as we are shopped out.
Our friend Len Winger arrived about an hour later. We met Len at Arches National Park in Utah last spring and have kept in touch ever since. He has a great blog and is a fabulous photographer.
We have gone to Quartzsite every day except Thursday. We took Thursday off and the guys played with Len's new Macbook all day. I was off to a beading class but it was cancelled do to illness so I baked instead. Also broke out the crock pot and made some pot roast/stew. Love using the crock pot.
Now how do I tell you about Quartzsite....it is part flea market, arts and crafts show, rock and gems show and just a lot of stuff show. The booths go on forever. Acres and acres of them. The vendors say that the traffic (shoppers) is down about 50% this year. I will have to admit that I was expecting it to be a lot more crowded with people. J.C. and I were here last May and it was a ghost town. It is amazing to see this place now even if it is slower. If you have never been here whether you are an RVer or not, it is a place to visit at least once. I do think you need an RV because I don't remember seeing any hotel or motels.
One afternoon we hunted down the various BLM (Bureau of Land Management) campground areas. Some of these camp areas are for the true, get down and dirty boondockers. Its ugly desert but great for all the groups getting together for some good times. We tracked down some of Lens friends, Jim & Kathleen Shipley, in one of these BLM camp areas. They were hosting a gathering of Elks club members. When the week is finished they had been planning to move to a full service park in the Quartzsite area. To our delight they will be joining us next Tuesday at Desert Palms.
Today, Saturday, the RV and Sports show started. Now here we found the crowds. It is amazing how many rigs can show up over night. The same area we comfortably shopped in yesterday was wall to wall people today. We have been good about not buying everything in sight. Sometimes that can be hard. We did pick up a portable watering bowl for Clyde. This RV show is all about accessories and stuff that has nothing to do with RV's.
We also ordered the upgrade to our Direct TV equipment. We have been using park cable services but are running into parks with no cable services more often than not. So we are biting the bullet subscribing to the service.
We have been using iTunes to download our music and most of our other TV shows using park WiFi or our Sprint data card. But both of these services have reduced the amount of content we are allowed to download so low we can no longer download video content most of the time. With Direct TV, we can use DVR and not worry about missing important events like the presidential inauguration.
We have been eating high on the hog. One night we went to a restaurant called Grubstake Bar and Grill (on Central Ave. in Quartzsite). They serve deep fried white fish to die for. It is really good and very large servings. The service could be better but the food is great. Another night we had BBQ steak courtesy of Len. There are not many grocery stores around here. But we found one outside of Salome with some pretty decent meat and one of everything else you can think of. Len treated, I cooked and JC enjoyed. lol
The weather is perfect with highs around 74 and cool nights about 40 and light winds. The weather forecast calls for the same for the next couple of weeks. Yahoo! Len is really good company and the three of us are having a really good time. Sunday is Len's last day before he goes back to Phoenix. We will surely miss him but are planning to stop by and see him in Phoenix on our way east. Well I'm off to bed, tomorrows another big day.