It is really hard to believe it has been 2 months since we parked in the Arizona desert. Sadly it is time for us to move on. Quartzsite started out as a place to spend the winter at minimal cost while staying warm. But over the past two years it has turned into something totally different. Now for us, the cheap living has become a secondary benefit rather than our main reason for coming here and it certainly is not about the warm weather (it really has not been all that warm). Now it is all about the people. A place to reconnect with old friends from across the U.S. and Canada and a place to meet new likeminded people.This year has been filled with both. Although we cross paths with some of our friends during the summer months, winter in Quartzsite is where we usually count on seeing many of them. This year was no exception.
First, two random pictures......
|I caught this picture when the dogs were outside in the sun waiting for Barb to come home|
I took this picture of North America with the drone.
It is made out of rocks and is probably 40'x40'
|Vicki and Harry|
Dale and Ruth were the first people we connected with when we arrived in Quartzsite having several happy hours before they had to move on to better cell coverage areas.
Then there was Deb and Ray, BC residents who
promised us a gourmet tater tot dinner but in the end invited another couple
when they had to move on and we were not available their last night in the
|Ruth, Tazzy and Dale|
|Where's my tater tots?!?!?|
Les and Sue convinced us to join Escapee’s. They get the award of having the most unusual pets in the form of fish. The last time we saw them was in Homer Alaska last summer. We were able to get together with them several times and never fail to have a good time and the happy hour our last night there was the perfect way to cap off our Quartzsite adventure.
|Les and Sue|
Kathy and Rick
|(l-r) Brenda, Jim, Susan, Guy, Roger, Rowdy, Cindy and Missy|
|Our Silly Al's adventure|
Beer Belly’s twice, once with Shawn and Kim and again with Steve and Dianne.
Another beer sampling, the last one was so good
we decided to up the ante and tried 16 different beers followed by some
incredible T-bone steaks and crème brulee! That was a fun but crazy evening.
Daisy and Dakota even made it to Beer Belly's!
|Steve starting us off with the first beer|
|Barb torching the crème brulee|
|We met the owner of this mine, a Wisconsinite who lived near our old stomping grounds!|
|A meth cook gone wrong?|
|Deere Run Resort is just a mix of furniture out in the desert|
Our tentative plans for next year don’t have us over this way at all so who knows when we will see many of these people again. It is bitter sweet departure leaving our desert friends but we have something to look forward to…..we are meeting our son Forrest and his family down in Tucson for a month in the desert there!