The combined bus rally officially began with coffee in the gathering tent first thing this morning, whatever that meant to individual rally attenders. For LeRoy, it began a little earlier than it did for me. Coffee and doughnuts and good conversation went on until around 9, when the coffee ran out. The rest of the day was open, so we did a little shopping, took back the “perfect” purse I had found that broke in the first 3 days and found another that was even better. We also took some pictures. In the one below, Liberty is just to the left of the American flag. You can see we’re packed in pretty closely so it’s nice to have other buses around us, with owners who understand us!
The bus at the front has solar panels up so they have plenty of electricity to run anything they want. Most of the others are using generator power a few hours a day to keep a bank of batteries charged.
One of the things I loved about Liberty from the beginning is the logo on the side, an eagle painted like a carousel pony. It’s the last one above, the only one in vibrant color. Most of the conversions don’t have these and I understand they have a pretty good value because they’re fairly rare. The other pictures are some of the other examples of those logos, each painted to match the bus it adorns. I happen to think Liberty’s is the prettiest, but I might be prejudiced.
Today at 4 we had a potluck with lots of good food. One of the people near us said “The best cooks in the world live in old buses!” There was lots of food, enough to cover a half dozen or more tables, and good conversation.
While this is a combined bus rally, not just Eagles, it’s pretty much true that birds of a feather flock together. We’ve met other non-Eagle owners but tonight at dinner, none of them sat near us. They mostly sat with other owners of their particular brand of bus. We’ll just have to make a better effort to get acquainted during the next couple of days!
Life here in Quartzsite is pretty laid back for all of us, but our friend Bob Ward has made it an art! That’s really kicked back!
More coffee and doughnuts tomorrow morning and a barbecue meal in the evening. The meat is being cooked by one of the attendees and several of us will help wrap potatoes after coffee. During the day, we’ll check out vendors in town, maybe even go visit the “naked” bookseller! There’s always something to do in Quartzsite!