Monday, March 16, 2009
PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA
We left Borrego Springs, CA., on Monday,
01-12-09, and headed
Windgenerators were dotting the highway all along our journey
up I-10 to Palm Desert, CA.-Go Green!
Before heading to Q=Quartsite, where we knew we were going to be boondocking or dry camping (not hooked up to water or electricity), we needed groceries and clean clothes. So, we stopped at a laundromat and on to the local Wal-Mart and Sam's to stock-up.
Finally, we made it to Q on 01-12 or 13-09.
Here is a shot from Google Earth. At one point, there were 140 units parked at
Our location is just on the south side of I-10-represented by the purple box that is drawn on the map.
See the red pointer? That's our New Horizon 5th wheel. We parked up toward the front of the pack with fellow Boomers that we had met up with at Lake Mittry in December.
The hosts and co-hosts for Boomerville 2009 were John and Julie Black and Ken and Sue Pace. Also assisting were Bryan and Susan Lavender. (Susan loved to give Ken a hard time. They had a good time joking with each other every time we got together.)
Here is our good friends from Alberta, Canada:
Brian and Nancy "Hat Lady" Wilde (And Baby)
Nancy always had a big hat with a big flower on it. What a character she was. Lots of fun!
And from Long Beach, CA:
Bruce and Kathy Johnston along w/pets (4 dogs & 2 cats) Note: The pets get the bed above the cab!
Kathy was our chief cook and organizer for our troop. She is a great cook.
Both Bruce and Kathy gave us a lot of good
information on full time RVing and places to see. They have a lot of knowledge to share and they were willing to share some of that with us. Thanks guys.
Some of the other couples that we didn't get photos of but had a great time with are: Doug and JoAnn and of course their dog, Fillmore, Sam and Carolyn Kidd, Dave and Darleen Neer, Tom and Nancy Doyle, who hosted the Lake Mittry Boomerang and Olen and Marilee.
Almost every night we had a community dinner around the campfire at the end of our row of RV'ers. We were all like family. For instance, if someone was making a run into town, they would ask if anyone needed anything and they would pick it up. It was a lot of fun. And a lot of good eating!
We had a blast with everyone here and are looking forward to Q 2010.
We attended the Escapees Ralley on Wednesday 01-14-09, and met up with Carolyn and Sam Kidd.
There was plenty of daily activities planned and a daily happy hour. We just had to check the schedule of activities to see what we wanted to participate in each day.
We mostly just hung out around camp with our gang of new boomer friends and ate and talked and soaked up some sun. Oh, Did I mention we ate?
One evening a DJ played music and we all danced out under the stars until well after midnight.
01-8-09: BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL in BLYTHE, CA
We went with Sam and Carolyn Kidd to the 22nd Annual Blythe Bluegrass Festival for the day. We got to hear several really good bands like: Cedar Hill, Arizona's Burnett Family, Sawmill Road and the Martin Family. But, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage was the main attraction. She was really good and she is a Missouri girl. She stayed around and signed autographs. We got to take a photo of her and her bus.
After the festival, we returned to Boomerville @ Q.
Our gang had planned a fish dinner night. Carolyn and I stopped and picked up pies for our contribution. It was a great meal with crablegs, salmon, squid, abalone and I'm not sure what other fish was brought. But it was well attended. I lost count of how many people were there.
After the meal, a fire was built and then it was singing around the campfire. Bruce and Kathy's friends, John and Erica, came out from another campground. They ate and visited with us. They were a neat young couple. He was a pilot and she was a professional singer.
We went to the big vendor tents today with Sam and Carolyn. We spent the whole day looking through the tents. Wow! Lots of stuff to see. Just about anything and everything you could want is here or they can get it for you.
Inaugural Day-President is sworn in. Tom and Nancy Doyle had a brunch to celebrate the swearing in ceramony of President Obama. They had a television setup outside their rig and everyone brought food, drinks and their chairs. It was a well attended brunch. Very historic.
That evening, our small community of friends got together for our evening meal with everyone contributing something. It was wonderful, as always.
Doug and Ken volunteered to take the Boomers trash to the landfill this morning.
Ken and I went to Tyson Wells vendor tents to shop and we also went to the big tents, again. Ken bought some LED lights for our 5th wheel. The LED lights will save a lot on our battery draw.
I bought a hat to keep the sun off my nose and the back of my neck. I was starting to feel like a crispy critter. That's not a good thing! I also bought a tye-dyed sweatshirt. It's pretty colorful. You'll see me coming-ha.
We also stopped by a car lot that had "oldies but goodies" cars. This was my pic. Of course its pink!