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Friday, January 31, 2014

January Wrap-Up

We had such a great time in Quartzsite with our RVing friends! There were 15 or so rigs in our little compound. Had great visits around the campfire each night, some planned events and some spur-of-the-moment gatherings.  Margarita and quesadilla night was a blast!  Thanks to the organizational and photographic skills of Carol Ann Dwyer, we got a terrific photo of our Escapees RV Club “Classless Class”!  Not an easy task to rein in this group of knuckleheads… good job Carol!  A truly great group of fellow RVers to be with! 
2014.01.22 Q-Group.
A potluck dinner was our main gathering, and tribute was presented to Lee (known as IYQ), our oldest member… he holds the record for most years full timing.  Lee is a wealth of knowledge, and has the kindest heart… we all love you, Lee!
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Also enjoyed time with others not parked with our group… several good visits with Karen & Bob (photo in last post)!  Was fun to see my cousin Lynda and her husband Korky!  Seems the only time we get together is in Quartzsite!  Also, enjoyed a visit with Diane and Glyn, the great folks we are taking over for at Warren Bridge Campground in Wyoming this summer!
2014.01.25 160020 Lynda, Korky  2014.01.26 150530 Glyn, Diane
One afternoon we went to visit Denise (Sassysondaroad blog),  at an adjacent BLM area, and Nina & Paul  (WheelingIt blog) came by.  We have followed Nina’s blog for some time, and met her and Paul in Borrego Springs.  Nice to connect again… and, always great to be with Denise!!! (I don’t know how to “link” to a blog, but both of these are listed under “blogs we follow” at right.)  And, this last photo is of Nell with her chin on Alice & Robbie’s steps, waiting “patiently” for more cookies :)
2014.01.26_161441 Nina, Paul, Denise  2014.01.23 172741 Waiting for cookies
After Quartzsite we spent a few days in Congress, AZ doing some cleaning, rig maintenance, laundry and cooking.  Tom installed the final piece of our solar system… a charge control monitor!  He checks it regularly and giggles!  And, interesting to think that it was a year ago that we met Becky & Dave, Alice & Jim, and Mary & Bob here at RV Boot Camp. Good to have stayed in touch, and looking forward to visits with you all again soon!!!

We are now in Tucson, AZ for a couple weeks and Tom is looking forward to all the gem & mineral shows here!  (NO MORE ROCKS, TOM!) He says he is looking for just a few special specimens… time to change gears and focus on good desert adventures before our trip north to Wyoming and LOTS OF FISHING!

So, that’s our January wrap-up.  Drop a note when you can, please, as we really want to stay in touch!  We send good wishes to each of you!  Be well! 

Hugs, Dianne & Tom

Friday, January 17, 2014

Quartzsite - One Year Later

Amazing to think that it is one year since we came here to Quartzsite, AZ to meet up with fellow Escapee RV Club members.  Since we became fulltimers in 2012, we are part of the Class of 2012, but there were just two couples of us from that class that joined in with a group of 2008-09 classmates, a sprinkling of other years, and a new group grew out of that gathering to be the Classless Class. Yes, lots of joking about that name!
Last year was also the year we traded in our truck and trailer and moved into a motorhome while here at Quartzsite.  No regrets about that!!!  We have loved this change, and I especially love riding in the passenger seat of the MH as we tow our car. (Becky, so will you!!!)
So, we are gathered again with rv friends at La Posa South BLM area… some we have seen here and there throughout the past year, some we had not seen since last year, some not parked here but joining in now and then, and others that we had not met until now.  A great group!  But, alas, there are some that we got to know last year that are traveling elsewhere right now… Lynn and Roger, Tina and Jeff… you are missed!!! 
Now, to backtrack a bit… ushering in the new year while doing our solar installation in the desert west of Yuma, AZ was a great time in a beautiful area!  We truly loved the Ogilby Road - American Girl Mine Road location we were at!  A wonderful boondocking place that we will certainly return to!!!  Had good times with friends Alice and Robbie… a trip across the border to Los Algodones for lunch and shopping (yeah, I know $10 was too much to pay for that purse!), and a prime rib dinner at a stateside casino were great!
Look forward to seeing you both again soon!!!
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2014.01.02 Alice, Robbie  2014.01.05 001 Robbie, Alice, Dianne, Tom

While in the Yuma area, we also visited with Toni & Doug, Sandie & Jim and Jan & Bill.  Toni & Doug hosted a nice potluck and fireside gathering one evening, and another day six of us went across the border once again… Tom and I got our teeth cleaned, and some of the others had crowns and various work done.  In spite of their more extensive dental work, we all still enjoyed a good day together and tasty lunch.   
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Also, had a couple of visits with Denise, and enjoyed dinner with her at the casino…more chats in our future, Denise!  Always fun to visit and share with you!!! 
We arrived in Quartzsite last week and enjoyed some time in the Plomosa Road BLM area before moving here to join our group.  While there, Karen & Bob arrived and parked near by… so fun to get to know you two special people more!!!  The four of us went to town one day and poked around the vendor booths.  Also, had a campfire gathering at their place one evening, and Shoko and Harry joined in… fun time.
So, now we are here with our Classless Class group and enjoying time with these friends.  The following are a photo of our “compound” with just two rigs here, and another as the space is filling in. Photo taken from our rig roof! 

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And, great to have Denise pop by for a visit, as well as Karen and Bob!!!
2014.01.16 Denise 002  2013.12.18 004 Karen & Bob Ritchie
Many good visits for the next week or so… campfire gatherings, potlucks, happy hours, walks, shopping and excursions… you name it! Then we will each head out in different directions and REST, ever grateful for good times with RV friends!
 Be well!  Dianne & Tom