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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Quartzsite 2015 Wrap Up

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We’ve had a great time with friends, old and new, at our “Classless Class” gathering in Quartzsite, Arizona!  This was our third year to attend, and it was a bigger group than in past years.  Some 20+ rigs… motor-homes, 5th-wheel trailers and travel trailers, in varying sizes and styles, and over 40 people.  Thanks to Carol Dwyer for the group photo, and to Dave Kersey for his aerial photo of our group.  Also, thanks to all who have generously shared photos. 

Many planned events took place, including the 2nd Annual Margarita & Quesedilla Night, an Italian Dinner, and a hot dog roast.  A variety of impromptu gatherings took place from potlucks and snacks at happy hour to ice cream around the campfire.  A “take it or leave it” event was held one day as we each cleaned out cupboards and gave away things we no longer wanted, and helped ourselves to treasures others donated. 
 

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Some of us took a day trip to the Desert Bar near Parker, AZ.  Our last morning, with our numbers down to about half, was a farewell breakfast.  Good food throughout the week, and even better visits with special friends! 

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In summary, my thoughts…
     We came to the desert and gathered to connect with fellow travelers.  We hugged old friends and made new ones; we laughed, we shared.  We are similar, but also each true to our desired lifestyle.  We celebrate our differences.  It was truly a special time of friendship! 

Be well, everyone!  Dianne & Tom

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity.  We need to give each other space so that we may give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing , and inclusion.” - Max de Pree

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mid-January in Quartzsite

Greetings, all!  We had a great week near Yuma with friends in our little “compound” as well as fun times with others nearby.  Lots of visiting, hanging out and enjoying a few adventures.  This first photo is four of us couples that are part of the “Classless Class” Escapees Club RV group on a day-trip across the border to the town of Los Algodones… good lunch and fun time.  Always good to have our “resident photographer,” Carol, with us to work her magic!  Thanks, Carol!  Another day, most of this group gathered for a lunch, and it was fun to have Jean & Skip, and Denise join in!  Lots of laughter!
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Left photo above, back row L-R… Steve, Tom, Jeff, Roger.   On right, Skip, Denise & Jean          Bottom row, L-R… Carol, Dianne, Tina, Lynn.

Thanks to Denise for the new photo of us at the upper right!  Here’s one of her and Bennie that Al took… too cute, and I had to post it :)  Thanks, Al.
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One day, Toni & Doug stopped by with friends, and Nancy & Dave came for an overnight on their way west!  We enjoyed good times, gorgeous sunsets, wide open spaces and wonderful week… look forward to seeing all of these good folks again before long!
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Now, we have been here in Quartzsite for just over a week… mostly hanging out with “just us.” We have enjoyed warming weather, walking/hiking, sunbathing, and a peaceful, relaxing time.  Tom has been to several gem & mineral shows, and has joined the Quartzsite Gem & Mineral Club.  We even found a Farmers Market here on Wednesdays!!!
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As friends roll in to the area, it’s great to catch up with each other… some we have seen along the way and others that we haven’t seen for quite some time.  After this quiet time, seems we are having more activity in these last few days… and, it’s all good!  Alice & Robbie came for a visit, and we met Lynda & Korky for a lunch visit.  Look forward to meeting up with Karen & Bob in the morning, and on Saturday, Kathleen & Mike will arrive and join us here! 
Friendships are a blessing!

Next week, we will all move locations to join the Classless Class for the annual gathering… our third year with these fun people.  Plus, we have a number of other friends in the area that we look forward to seeing, so the remainder of this month should prove to be enjoyable and busy, busy, busy!

We will be heading to Tucson at the end of the month.  In addition to all the gem & mineral shows there that Tom can hardly wait to get to, we are so looking forward to time with Fallbrook friends, Patty & Budd, that will be there for a few days!  Fun folks to be with to celebrate the February full moon!!!

As always, keeping good thoughts for family and friends dealing with health issues, loss and personal difficulties.  We hold each of you in our hearts!

Fondly, Dianne & Tom

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another:  “What!  You too?  I thought I was the only one.” – C.S. Lewis


Friday, January 2, 2015

Thanks to Carol Ann Dwyer for this beautiful header photo of our peaceful little compound here west of Yuma, Arizona! Good times with good friends... just doesn't get much better!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

It’s a New Year, EH?

After a couple of cold, windy days we woke this first day of 2015 to bright, blue skies and sunshine here just west of Yuma, AZ!  Yippee!  Though cool at 35 degrees for a low overnight, we aren’t complaining… heard the high in Pinedale, WY yesterday was –17… ouch!  Hearty folks there… I think we like the summer temps there better  :) 

We are gathered here off American Girl Mine Road with Carol & Steve, and Tina and Jeff.  So glad that Denise is nearby, as are Jean & Skip and Kelly and Al :)

Some language tidbits… we are pleased to be accepted as “honorary Canadians” by some of our RV friends, but almost recently lost that status when I used their expression “eh” in our last post by incorrectly writing, “ay.”  So sorry… that mistake will NOT happen again, trust me.  I’ve got it now… EH!

It’s fun to learn different words and expressions… and, these tend to vary from province to province, as with different states and regions of our country.  Some favorites…

TOUQUE (pronounced tooook) – a knit cap… our daughter is crazy about knit caps, and I love to wear a touque at a campfire!  I also understand that among friends, it’s sometimes called a “block warmer” :)

SHACK-WACKY – known to us as “Cabin Fever.”

A PITCH IN – a fitting phrase for a meal,  like a potluck, where we all pitch in with whatever we have to make a group meal with a bunch of neighboring RVers.

While in Borrego Springs, since our Christmas Eve post, we enjoyed a special dinner with Becky & Dave… a pitch in with good food and better company !

Went on an outing to climb Ghost Mountain and visit the remains of the home where the Marshall South family lived a primitive life experiment from 1930-1947… thought provoking.  In the photo below… Dave, Becky, Bob, Tom, Karen, Harry and Shoko. A good day!
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Bob and Tom fit in a trip to “the Pumpkin Patch” one day, an interesting area of sandstone concretions.
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One day, Nina and Cherie & Chris hosted a gathering of neighboring boondockers… fun to get a tour of the Technomadia bus conversion, visit with friends, and meet some folks we had known of but not met until that afternoon.  Some brave souls stayed to watch a film shown on a screen on the side of the bus… a bit cold and windy, so some of us bailed out :(  A good time… thank you to our hosts! 
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After knowing of Kelly & Al and following their blog for quite some time, it was great to finally meet them!  The next day, Al took Tom to see the SNAKE rockwork we had heard about… he enjoyed his time with Al, and later that day we visited with Kelly & Al, and took Nell with us to meet their dog, Pheebe… the girls got along great, and we SO enjoyed getting acquainted with these nice folks! 

Kelly and Al showed us their rig, a Triple E made in Canada, and then toured ours… many similarities and also Amish made… wondering if there might be some connection between Triple E and Newmar? 

I “lifted” a couple of photos from the Bayfield Bunch blog… so nice of you to share, Al… feel free to copy any of ours you like.  I particularly like the photo I took below of Al & Kelly!  And, we appreciate having a recent photo of ourselves…thanks :)
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We had a wonderful few weeks in Borrego Springs, and good times with friends, old and new!!!  On our final night there, we enjoyed a great dinner at Carmelita’s with Diane & Dave… yummy food and fun company!  We say “sorry” to those we didn’t see before leaving the area and heading east… just ran out of time, but look forward to seeing you again down the road :)

So, now it’s 2015 and we reflect on our blessings!  We look forward to living simply and mindfully, out in the middle of nowhere and off-grid as much as possible, and enjoying amazing adventures in this new year!

A rough idea of our plans as we look forward to mostly hanging out in the desert southwest… moving to Quartzsite next week and plan to be in the La Posa South area for a couple of weeks.  Will move to the Plamosa Road area around the 20th of January and join the “Classless Class” gathering through the remainder of the month.

The first two weeks of February will find us in Tucson so Tom can take in as many gem & mineral shows as he can get to!  Then, probably on to Benson for a few weeks to work on some rig projects.  After that, not sure :)  At some point we will begin moving north and return to Warren Bridge Campground by mid-May… looking forward to another summer there as hosts!

So, to each of you we send best wishes for this new year!  Looking forward to seeing those we will cross paths with, and will miss those we won’t be seeing for awhile… but think of you fondly! 

Be well, everyone!  Hugs, Dianne & Tom
It is okay to be an outsider, a recent arrival, new on the scene – and not just okay, but something to be thankful for… because being an insider can so easily mean collapsing  the horizons, can so easily mean accepting the presumptions of your province.  - Tan Le