Well, boys and girls, this has to be a first. We are sitting in the middle of the Arizona desert (Quartzsite, to be exact) at a…wait for it…bluegrass festival! Lots of really terrific pickin’ and grinnin’ going on and sometimes there were words attached. The trained musician in me cringes at some of the vocals, but they sure were having fun! (The Bible says make a joyful noise, doesn’t it?) I marvel at the musicians who just step into any band that’s playing at the time and play whatever song is next in whatever key they want. Mandolins and banjos never cease to amaze me. And I love the standing bass. This goes on all winter here, I’m told. We met a couple, Corky and Joyce Goerzen, in Wichita shortly before we left who spearhead this whole thing and neither of them plays or sings. They invited us to join them and since we were coming to Q anyway, here we are.
When we stopped for the night last night at camp Wal-Mart in the Phoenix area, we were parked next to another Eagle bus! That’s a rare occurrence for us. They had an Oregon tag, so we assumed (wrongly, it turned out) that they might be in Phoenix for the bowl game tonight. This morning we visited with them and discovered that they are Eagles International members, Bill and Arlette Klein. They are also full-timers, which makes us rare birds indeed. Most Eagles owners are not. They were headed for Blythe, CA and will be back to Quartzsite for the Eagles rally later this month. I had to call Bob and Karen Ward, who are a few days behind us, to let them know we had seen Bill and Arlette, since they know each other from past rallies.
I forgot to mention that the real draw to be in this place at this time is that Bill and Joyce and lots of the others in the bluegrass group run ATVs in the desert by day, right up LeRoy’s alley. Probably tomorrow will find us in the Jeep bouncing along on a trail ride following them. Well, that is until LeRoy gets the lay of the land. He’s used to being the one up front!