Winter in the Desert - 2013 travel blog

campfire circle

rig panorama


We have left Phoenix long before we've "seen it all." We have never been to an area with so many campgrounds, Mesa where we have stayed last is especially full of them. If you took out all the over age 55+ campgrounds and 55+ home communities, you could roll up the sidewalks and turn off the lights. We've visited a few with an eye to a return trip some time and it will be hard to decide. An embarrassment of riches.

We left Tucson too soon to go to Quartzsite - to the RV show specifically and we are leaving Phoenix much too soon to return to Quartzsite to a boondocking rally. It's being run by Howard & Linda Payne, a full timing couple we first met in 2005 as they began the gypsy life style as 40-somethings. Boondocking is not really my favorite activity. In our motor home it's as comfortable as it can be. We push a button to turn on the generator and have electricity. A solar panel on the roof adds a bit more, especially in this climate. The tanks for fresh and used water are large. But I always feel somewhat constrained when boondocking and see it as a means to an end. Often when we attend large RV shows, that's the only way to park nearby and attend. When we're on the move a quick overnight without hookups makes a lot of sense. Occasionally a special spot cannot be visited any other way. But boondocking to boondock has not appealed to me thus far. When there isn't a show there, Quartzsite appears to be a pretty nothing place. After rallying with 30+ rigs doing the same thing, impressions may change.

From our first cursory "meet and greet" we got the impression that most of our fellow boondockers are far less experienced RV'ers than we. A number are understandably disciples of Howard and Linda and are new full timers. The Payne's website where they share their experiences from the first day they decided to live on the road has been an inspiration to many others who feel trapped at home. Many have never boondocked at all and are here to learn. I hope we will learn something, too.

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