Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Vid of rain in Quartzsite
First let me say that this was our first trip to Quartzsite. I must say that seeing it for the first time Quartzsite in January is more of an "experience" than it is a place.
For those of you that have never been there, in January and sometimes longer this little town of about 3,000 turns into a swapmeet/rally/fair and more. It is the Sturgis of RV's. I have heard that numbers reach into the 100,000's. The surrounding area is Desert BLM land and cheap camping, no frills, just park in the desert.
Since this was our first trip we decided to stay in town at Rice Ranch campground with full hookups. Since the weather was iffy we are glad we did.
Karen, a friend from Fargo, ND had flown into California and joined us on this trip. She is also responsible for alot of the pictures and video in the slideshow.
We arrived about 9am in the rain on Thursday Jan 21st. We got checked in and setup and then the downpour started. Everything in the MH started up fine except for the water heater. We called the dealer back in CA and they suggested several things, none worked. So we went squishing off in the rain to find a repair man. Lots around, but we checked at the campground office to get a recommedation. After an hour standing in the rain it finally fired up. Condensation had built up. Once we got it dried out it was fine. We stayed in on Thursday watched a movie and played on the internet.
Friday we woke to a cloudy and breezy day, but dry. Off we went to check out the sites. Swapmeets all over the place. We started at the big tent where all the RV "stuff" you can't live without was located. Spent the day at various swapmeets, lot's of walking, there are food vendors all over the place so we had to check out some smoked turkey legs and we stopped and brought BBQ ribs and pulled pork and tri-tip for dinner. Yum!
Saturday, the weather was sunny and warmer, more walking and swapmeeting. We were invited to dinner at a friend of Karen's who winters in the area. Steak and baked potato, good stuff.
Sunday, time to pack up and head home. Nice day and sunshine on the way home. Snow on the hills in the Palm Springs area from all the storms.
I have to say we really enjoyed the weekend and we will probably be going back next year. Just seeing all the people and RV's from all over the country was cool. I like to people watch so I really enjoyed the weekend.
Hope you enjoy the pictures.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Valley of Fire State Park is located only six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75. Valley of Fire is Nevada's oldest and largest state park, dedicated 1935. The valley derives its name from the red sandstone formations and the stark beauty of the Mojave Desert. Ancient trees and early man are represented throughout the park by areas of petrified wood and 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyph.
The road through the park is only about 23 miles long, but there is lots to look at in those miles. It took us most of the day to see everything. The pictures taken give you and idea of the formations throughout the park.
The first of our two day trips took us to Death Valley. I had really never seen much of the area. Needless to say there is lots more than just desert to see. We traveled from Pahrump to Scotty's Castle. Lots of landscape to see and the pictures will say it alot better than I can explain it. The day stayed mostly cloudly and cool. Enjoy the slideshow. I think the landscape is just awesome in the area we covered.
This is going to be a three part entry for the New Years weekend. This one will review the RV resort and the next two will be a day trip to Death Valley and a day trip to Valley of Fire state park in NV.
Terrible's is located about three miles outside the town of Pahrump,NV.
This park is very well maintained, we had a nice pull thru site with full hookups. There is a lake in the middle of the park and a variety of ducks are there enjoying it. The park has alot of old machinery through out the park to give it a nice touch. The sites have a cement pad extended out in the picnic area. Campfires are allowed if you bring your own firepit and it has legs so it is off the ground. Nice view of the mountains. The Resort has a casino and restaurant and buffet. The food is good and we ate there every night. Several TV stations from Las Vegas can be picked up by the roof antenna. Cell service is good and my netcard worked well. Wifi is available for a fee.