We weren’t quite sure about returning to the “Q”. Some people said that once was enough. But we were excited about meeting friends in Quartzsite, although we cut our stay a bit shorter than last year.
And we sure are glad that we chose to return.
Last year I wrote about the Merchants in the Desert, and once again we headed out to all the shows. Frankly, I think that the Big Tent tent is the least exciting of all, although we spent a bit of time at one of the North to Alaska booths plotting our summer trip to Alaska.
We didn’t buy much, just a few little things – my very own work gloves (I usually wear Hector’s), kneeling pads, a new rubber mallet (old one just broke) and a few other small items, all made in China, I’m quite sure.
We boondocked at Dome Rock Mountain, and found the same great spot that we camped in last year! Check out our review of this camping area here.
One evening Linda and Mike (Bear Tracks), whom we met here last year, came over for snacks and drinks. This fun and interesting couple sailed for seven years around Mexico and the Caribbean and crossed the Atlantic to Europe. Fabulous!
Another evening we joined Linda and Mike for snacks and drinks in their RV, the Bear. Another great time sharing stories and laughs. And Angel and their dog Lucy were being especially cute.
Back in “show mode” I headed to the Q.I.A. POW WOW with Spencer. We saw some gorgeous pieces there and had a great time talking to the vendors: hearing about the different gems and where they came from, and about how the jewelry was made.
Hector stayed behind taking care of an issue we were having with our water pump 🙁
But later that afternoon he and I drove to Kofa National Wildlife Refuge to visit Todd and Russ, our ex-neighbors from Anza Borrego.
The six of us (dogs Frances and Angel came along) went on a short hike on the Palm Canyon Trail.
As we looked up from the end of the defined trail, we saw a stand of California fan palms in a narrow side canyon above us. VERY cool.
The next day, Spencer and I returned to the Q.I.A. POW WOW, to mostly “window” shop. There are some very knowledgeable and interesting vendors there. And I scored a couple of earrings. But I was having so much fun that I didn’t take any photos.
I found out about a gathering of bloggers “Bloggerfest” from a commenter. Since I discovered it at the last minute, I was only able to go for a little while. But I did have an opportunity to introduce myself and hear other’s introductions. And I met about 10 other bloggers. It was nice to meet them and I look forward to reading their blogs.
On the day we’d planned to leave, we had Vince and Spencer over for brunch. We hung out for quite a while and they convinced us to stay for dinner. That day Vince and Hector went on a photographic expedition.
There were some amazing vintage buses around including a cool 1947 Flxible Clipper and double decker Greyhound Scenic Cruiser. There was also a large assembly of Bluebird Wanderlodges, the luxury coaches of their day.
Until next time dear friends. Maybe we’ll see you again at the “Q”.
P.S. For more information on Quartzsite, check out my last year’s blog post Tips for Quartzsite Newbies