This full timing is really fun, but also very demanding. We have scheduled 3 rallies this first month, each with some responsibilities. We love attending the rallies because we are able to catch up with our friends that we have met over the years RV’ing.
We had a wonderful send off in the old Mervyns parking lot in Fresno. Mom, Jenny, Julie, Jamie, Jason, Olivia, Logan and Ryan all met us, piled in the RV and there were hugs and kisses all around.
We left Fresno and followed our friends, the Halls, to Boron. Why Boron? Many have asked us that question and the answer is Domingo’s. This is a special Mexican restaurant with a very interesting owner, Domingo. To say that Domingo is friendly, accomplished, and interesting is an understatement. As a civilian, he has flown in a B-2 and has a plaque commemorating his Mock 4 ride as well as other air force mementos . All this because the pilots at Edwards AFB eat there and really like Domingo. We really like the food, too.
Then it was on to La Quinta to meet up with the Golden Spike Chapter that had parked in the abandoned Sam’s Club parking lot. The next day we caravanned to the Date Festival Fairgrounds in Indio.
It was a short ride, but somehow in pulling into the fairgrounds we got completely scrambled with another group and by the time we were parked we were so close there was only a little space to have our potlucks, happy hours, and evening fires. Thankfully 2 of our members pulled in their slides so we would have a little more space. Even with all that ‘closeness’ we had a wonderful time.
We did served at the Ice Cream Social, had a very special memorial for our friend, Tom Harrison, who was the Conductor of the Golden Spike Chapter for as long as we have been members. Now Tom (Westerfield) is the new Conductor – how did that happen? He was ‘railroaded’!!!
After a very successful rally we left for the Salton Sea SRA just south of Mecca. We love the peacefulness, the view and the terrific caching in this area.
We took a couple of short trips, one to attend church in Holtville and one to Salvation Mountain & Slab City. You just have to visit this phenomenon once. We stayed a week, ate out often, got a few more caches, and just relaxed.
We left on Jan 24 for Quartzsite, otherwise referred to as “Q”. This is small town about 20 miles from the California border that grows to thousands upon thousands of RV’ers who park on BLM land for free or in the many RV parks located around Quartzsite. There are many rally events throughout the month of January and there is a large tent full of vendors that sell all things ‘RV’. You can buy food, equipment, insurance, space at resorts and Tom even bought a flag pole for our RV. That way we can find our way home if we loose the GPS.
The first rally we attended was an Escapee Boomer rally. It was held about as far into BLM land east of “Q” as you could drive called Boomerville. We bounced down an unimproved dirt road in our RV and found a place to park near our friends, Sue & Ken Pace and Judy & Luke Rinehimer. We had potlucks, happy hours, evening shows on the Pace Theater (a projector shown on the side of Sue & Ken’s rig), and several informational talks throughout the week.
Then we moved north of Q to Plamoso Rd to the Escapee Geocaching BOF (Birds of a Feather) rally. This was a ‘no host’ rally that the unofficial hosts were Sue Pace, Cool Judy Rinehimer and me, Barbara. Each day we had a schedule of classes and cache runs. We had happy hours, and potlucks. It was so windy and cold we finally moved 3 rigs (ours on the right) into a wind break. Even though the weather didn’t cooperate, we had a great time.
I even got my computer hooked up to the HDTV in our rig and did 2 presentations. We maxed out the seating and had several people standing in the back and others sitting on the floor. One evening we had a Z-Circle get acquainted event where 3-4 couples rotate to 7 RV’s each time meeting other fellow cachers. This is always a fun and interesting mixer.
In my next blog I’ll tell all about a new-to-us town that was created in 1933. It was so interesting that we can’t wait to bring our Golden Spike friends there and show them all the sights we have discovered. Until then keep on caching as we are
On the road again, caching places that we’ve never been. Barbara, Tom and Pansy