Off To the Big Tent Event

Trip Start Dec 18, 2008
Trip End Jan 2009

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Before the sun was up this morning, we were off to Quartzsite to take in the Big Tent as it is lovingly called in all RV circles. We had been told how great this affair was for Rvers so an RVer must go see what all the hoop-la is about.

As we turned onto Hwy 95 it didn't take us long to get in a long line of traffic. And it was only a quarter to eight in the morning. We found a parking space right off  behind Too Crazy Old Ladies (a place where two women cousins make signs and badges). We then walked over to our favorite eating place (Bad Boys) to have breakfast. They have a tarp like carport with a heater for tables and then outside seating too. Since it was still pretty cool, we chose the tent with the heater. Alas, the tables were occupied. Long tables with one or two people. A couple invited us to sit with them. We took one end of the table as they had the other end. We got to talking and guess what? Yup! They were from Grants Pass, OR, our hometown for the last 10 years. We got a big laugh out of that. It seems we were running into people all over the place from our neck of the woods.

After they left, another group came in and took their seats. One lady sat down first so for the fun of it Dale asked her if she was from Oregon. Shock over came both of them because she was from Oregon and she didn't know how he knew and he didn't expect her to say YES!

After breakfast, we wandered over to the Big Tent to see what everyone had been talking about. We were not impressed. Infact, we won't be telling anyone to attend this affair. We will be telling them to go to the Arizona Market in Yuma. Better stuff with better prices. We did purchase some LED light bulbs to the tune of $55 but they use less amperage and if we are going to do this boon docking thing this will help us with the solar energy.

We also found a couple of businesses in the business of hiring work campers for campgrounds. We got some applications for next year. Getting paid while camping sounds soooo good to me.
After the Big Tent, we went over to some other tents on West Main that we didn't go through previously. Oh, wait. We had to wait in line with all the other nuts trying to get into Quartzsite. It took forever to get where we were going and we regretted our stupid desire to go see yet again more yard sales. We had lunch at Carl's Jr. and that was another wait in line with me trying to get us a table. After lunch we took a side street that paralleled the road we needed to get on to get home and missed all the congestion at one of the main intersections of town.

Terry and Kathy had moved out on the road to our home so we stopped to see them and their digs. My allergies were acting up so much and Kathy had an allergy pill that has helped a lot. Then on home to quiet and relaxation. Dale ran off to Happy Hour with the other two couples by us. I stayed home and played on the computer. It doesn't talk!

We met with Bob, who is big into solar and teaching us how to use solar. We will probably go solar this year. If you have been reading Dale's website ( you saw this picture. It isn't a very flattering photo of us. We look like hicks from the sticks! I will share it with you anyway, with, sigh, a red face.

So that was our next to last day in Arizona. Tomorrow we hope to just stay put, take in a bike ride or hike and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. It will be very sad to leave this wonderful weather and fun to return to cold and every day life doing that awful four letter word - work.
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