A few years ago when we were just beginning to think about fulltiming, LeRoy found a place in Arizona called Quartzsite. Back then, I found it mildly interesting but far, far away. Now that we live in a Silver Eagle conversion, it has become an annual destination. The Eagles converge on Quartzsite every January and this year was no exception. While the annual business meeting is no longer held in Quartzsite, we rallied there anyway.
Our rally in Q coincides with the opening of the “Big Tent”, 69,000 sq. ft. of carpeted display space in one enormous tent.
You can find LED lights for your RV, towing systems, water filters, kitchen gadgets, you name it. As you can see, you go to the big tent, get in line with thousands of your “close” friends and waddle through. Often you stop to see something you didn’t really care about, but when the crowd stops, you stop! Dog strollers or small dogs on leashes create obstacles along the way. This year I don’t think we made a single purchase at the big tent, but it was fun anyway.
One thing the Eagle ladies do well is cook. Saturday night this year, we had a potluck meal that was no exception. And all of us like to eat, so it was a good time for everyone.
Over the last couple of years, we’ve decided that one major difference between campers and fulltimers is fire. While we live in our bus, most of the Eagle conversions are used for rallies and trips. These friends often provide a campfire in the evening. This year the weather was nice for sitting around a campfire, enjoying the Arizona night sky. That’s our own pyromaniac, Art Wales, handling the fire duties.
We even got to watch lighted kites take off for parts unknown, but they were too tiny for a picture.
It’s always exciting when the Eagles gather but it’s rather sad when, one by one, they begin to leave again. Sunday was departure day for most of us. LeRoy and I only went as far as Yuma, where we are parked on his cousin’s new property. They bought a nice big lot with a mobile home in the middle, space for our bus on one side and a big building with their fifth-wheel parked in front of it on the other side. Today they are getting gravel for their driveway. One of the trees in the front yard provided breakfast. Those are some of the sweetest grapefuit I’ve ever tasted. They also have oranges, lemons and tangelos that will be bearing fruit for years to come.