Thursday, January 26, 2012

Quartzsite

It's that time of year when hundreds of thousands (or so I'm told) of RVs drive into the desert in Quartzsite, Arizona. There's a big RV show here in January as well as rock and gem shows, but most importantly, Quartzsite is a gathering place this time of year.

Barbara, Ron and I hiked up Q mountain to get a look around.


Here's a picture taken in the direction of the Lazy Dazes that were gathered in La Posa West.


Here's a closeup of the Lazy Dazes from up here.


There were pinatas...


... and sunsets...


... and campfires.


And lots of shopping at The Big Tent. Sorry, no picture of that here, but you can see it on other blogs, like Barbara's here. I didn't do much shopping myself. Surprise, surprise, eh? NOT.

Brion drove out for a few days and we went to The Desert Bar. This is such a cool place out in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. Seriously. They have hamburgers and such and liquor and live music and a dance floor. What more can you ask for?


Camping with the WINs, we had an ice cream social. Here's Joanne and Viv in their pirate garb, promoting the WIN dance rally that will take place next month.


Andrea and Jim came by from the Lazy Daze gathering. I've been following Jimbo's Journeys for a while now and I was especially happy to finally meet Jim.


And here's me in one of my favorite places - I especially like going up here at night when there's a clear sky and no moon. The desert sky is the BEST!!


Monday, January 2, 2012

Slabs

I've been debating whether to blog about the Slabs or not. I was only there a couple days with the WINs, so I didn't see a lot of the place. Also, there are a number of blogs out there that have documented the Slabs quite well.

One from Barbara's blog:  Slabs

A few from Diana's: Trash Art  Salvation Mountain  A little more

I did take a picture of Salvation Mountain which is probably the most famous part of the Slabs.


The creator of Salvation Mountain, Leonard Knight, is no longer in residence. He was taken to a hospital around the time of my visit and from there to a nursing home and not expected to return. I haven't any more detail than that. I'm sorry I didn't get to meet him.

I did meet the pastor of the local church. He spoke to a group of us WINs one day in the church.


We took up a collection and bought some groceries to be distributed by the church to some of the local residents. The full-time residents are in fairly dire straits.


You can click on any picture to get a bigger, more detailed version.


I was there the night of the full moon eclipse. I took this picture from the roof of my rig: