Tuesday, January 8, 2019
This is the ninth Rubber Tramp Rendezvous. The number of people attending doubles every year so this year 10,000 people are expected, Yikes! We were a little worried but the BLM moved us to a new site that is much larger than the previous sites and farther away from the rest of the Quartzsite boondockers. Today is the first day that people are allowed in and tomorrow the RTR seminars start. This is a good way for anyone new to the lifestyle to learn about van and RV dwelling and to meet other like-minded people. So far everything is going great!
We’ll be here for about two weeks and hanging out with friends for a few days after the RTR so I probably won’t be posting very much for a while. RTR 33.64909, -114.14563
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Boondocking out on the desert is what Quartzsite is all about for thousands of people who are escaping the cold and snow of the northern US and Canada but there are also a bunch of RV parks on either side of the interstate. We’ve gone to Crawford’s several times in the past to dump our waste water because it’s a bit cheaper than other local places and there’s never a wait in line. The park doesn’t have a dump station so just pull into an empty site for dumping and water fill.
We decided to stay overnight to top our batteries off because we’ll be boondocking for days and our solar panels do not quite do the job when we’re depending on the winter sun. The park has some permanent residences around the edges but most of the spaces are for snowbirds. Short stays are given the sites closest to the highway. We were charged a discounted rate - maybe because we were only staying one night or maybe because our RV is small.
The park is bare bones with gravel sites, restrooms, showers, and a laundry room. It’s very convenient to all of the businesses along Main Street. The gravel makes rolling around in the park very difficult but the sidewalks and curb cuts on Main Street are in good condition. Park 33.66664, -114.21185
Thursday, January 3, 2019
The BLM land south of Ehrenberg, Arizona, is popular with boondockers. Most people follow the east frontage road at Exit 1 on I-10. This leads to a large flat plateau with room for hundreds of RVs however it’s barren and bleak. A much nicer and more scenic area can be found by driving down Ox Bow Rd after turning west at the exit. Ox Bow travels parallel to the Colorado River and provides access to many pull outs and small clearings.
The clearings right on the river can be very busy but we shared a spot with friends on a small back channel away from the main road where it was peaceful and quiet even over the Christmas holidays. The ground is hardpacked dirt, easy to roll around, but may be muddy if it rains. Ox Bow Rd is gravel, wide and well maintained.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Tohono Chul Gardens, surrounded by suburban development, preserves 49 acres of plants native to the Sonoran or Chihuahuan Deserts. The gardens support thirty-eight species of birds and provide a stopover for 57 migrant species. Trails wind through themed gardens and loop around groups of saguaros and other native cacti. A small museum displays the work of local artists. The greenhouse has a good selection of native plants for sale.
A very small portion of the trail near the garden entrance is paved and accessible. The rest of the trails, except of the South Loop Trail which has a washed out section and a steep hill, are hard packed sand with small stones and are mostly accessible although wheelchair users may need assistance. The Saguaro Discovery Trail can be accessed by the fairly level, southern most section of the South Loop Trail. The Desert View Trail has hills and loose sand so backtracking and assistance may be necessary. The museum and greenhouse are accessible.