Silver Eagles International members arrived in Quartzsite again last week, making 2020 another fun gathering. Several of us showed up in something other than an Eagle, but we enjoyed ourselves all the same. In the past year we’ve lost four active members, so we knew the rally would be smaller this year. Other members have sold their buses and/or bought other rigs and that certainly changes the dynamics, since they get involved in those owners’ groups.
One constant at the Quartzsite rally is the Big Tent event. Most people either love it or hate it, depending upon whether you enjoy being in very close proximity with thousands of people you’ve never met, along with their dogs. In the tent, you just fall in step with the person in front of you, try not to step on their dog or dog stroller, walk when they walk and stop to browse at a booth when they stop. It sounds less than pleasant but LeRoy and I are among the ones who enjoy it. We rarely buy much, if anything, in the tent itself. It used to be primarily RV related vendors booths, but now you can find a little of everything. Two of our friends from Golden Bell were representing the RV parks of Bouse, AZ at a booth just outside the big tent and we had fun reconnecting with Max and Ted.
We never know from one time to another what the weather will be in Quartzsite, but one constant is wind. This year, the temperatures were pretty low and we were layered up trying to get warm. With overnight temps in the 30s and 40s and dry camping, we were thankful for extra blankets for the bed. This week, we’re back in Yuma and warmth. On Sunday when we were leaving for home, it was 18 degrees warmer in Yuma than Quartzsite! We appreciate temperatures in the 70s, especially when we talk to family members back in the Great Plains who have been having snow!
Stay warm, everyone, including our friends in Florida who have been “suffering” with cool temperatures. We feel your pain!