We are back in our place in Tucson after a great trip to Quartzsite for an Eagles International rally and a few days in Yuma. The weather was spectacular! Some years we’ve been cold in Quartzsite, other times just wind blown, but this year we were warm except early in the morning and that’s why we have coffee and doughnuts!
As always, RVs abound in Quartzsite just in time for the Big Tent show. We found “bargains” at the flea market as well as the tent. Many of our Eagle friends from all over the western half of the United States were there and it’s always good to renew old acquaintances. Those women (and men, too, for that matter) are good cooks and my scales show it!
The buses are always fun to see, but this year at least one couple had a new one that gave me good ideas for changes that could be made inside Liberty. Unfortunately, I didn’t get pictures to share.
Parked among our Eagles and Prevosts was a unique “RV”. The owners brought it from Europe at a considerable cost and will ship it back when they are through traveling in the US. They carry water in the trailer and sleep in the truck. And to think, our idea of roughing it is less than 50 amp electrical service!
When we left Quartzsite last Sunday, we drove to Yuma and spent the rest of the week visiting family and friends. LeRoy’s cousin Beverly passed away this past fall and we wanted to catch up with her husband Brian Reeve while we were in the area. Brian had family visiting from Washington, around Seattle so we had lots of enjoyable time together. We took a short jaunt into Mexico at Los Algodones where both of us got new glasses and we all ate some great Mexican food.
LeRoy’s cousin Phyllis was with us several days. We’ll see her and other relatives in Phoenix early in February to watch the video of Beverly’s memorial service.
In all the times we’ve been in Yuma, we’ve never been to Castle Dome silver mines. They have a museum/ghost town as well as a self-guided tour of mine sites. Most of the ghost towns we’ve gone to had died by the mid-1800s but Castle Dome was just starting then. Silver mining began there in 1864 and continued until 1979, so some of the items on display were from the 1960s and 70s, such as granny square and other popular modern crochet pattern afghans of acrylic yarn. One cabin had a display of dresses that spanned the century and concluded with a button front shirtwaist dress like I wore in high school. Along the way we found aprons of various kinds and beautiful glassware. I thought of my friend Karen Ward when we saw the colored glass. She would love it.
The little chapel was interesting. Several “members” had left belongings behind, shawls and rag dolls left in the pews. The organ was no small affair, with both metal and wooden pipes and of course it was operated by pumping the pedals. It would appear that this is still a popular wedding venue, since we also found a program from a December 2013 wedding held there.
During Prohibition, dentists were allowed to prescribe and sell alcohol for “medicinal purposes.” The stack of receipts shows that apparently many residents were “sick” during that time!
The little filling station/diner/living quarters included two vintage travel trailers in its construction. The two-story hotel had modern plumbing in the shared bathroom and is still used by the work campers as guest accommodations. Lots of things warrant a second look and I think both LeRoy and I would be willing to go back to Castle Dome to spend more time.
Brian’s yard is a wealth of citrus fruit. There is a tangerine tree in the back yard and grapefuit, orange, lemon and lime trees in the front.
Yesterday we headed back toward Tucson (by way of Dateland for a date milkshake, of course) and now we’re settled in for the season again. Well, unless we have to take the bus somewhere to have the generator repaired. The last morning in Quartzsite it started making a strange noise and blowing black smoke and turning it off and back on didn’t fix it. With a bus, it’s always something.