Where else will you see tons of rocks for sale, quads driving down the road, bejewelled and bedazzled t-shirts, dogs in strollers, a yacht club, and a naked bookseller? Quartzsite offers it all, although you may feel like you left Earth. We really enjoyed our time in Quartzsite, both on the BLM land surrounding the town, and at the Airstream rally in town.
Quartzsite comes alive for a few short weeks in January. The rock, mineral, gem, crystal, and fossil show may run longer. Many jewellery makers and rock collectors come for this. I’ve never seen anything like this. I’m glad I no longer have a house or else quite a few coffee table pieces may have made it home. Lack of space saved us lots of money!
Rocks for all your needs! To understand the scale of the amethyst in the first picture, look at the orange positioned at the top of it. It was housed in its own steel crate, ready to be shipped to a sultan’s palace.
The RV show lasts only about 1 week and overlaps with the rock & gem show. I was excited to go to The Big Tent to see the latest and greatest in RV supplies and gadgets. Instead, we saw more veggie dicers and slicers than anyone needs. The best part of the show was all the little pups being pushed around in strollers or pulled behind in wagons. None of them were invalids like Daisy, though. It’s a good way to protect them from getting trampled, but what a hassle pushing these strollers over stones!
Yes, there is a yacht club on the desert, and they sell memberships! Legend has it that people in the past used their Quartzsite Yacht Club membership to get into swanky yacht clubs. Long time, no sea!
Paul Winer (aka Sweet Pie)
One of my bucket list items got checked off when we entered Reader’s Oasis Books and met its proprietor: the famous Sweet Pie. Sweet Pie has quite a colorful history. He used to be (well, he still is) an adult entertainer and traveled the world playing boogie woogie piano — naked, or almost! He’s been charged many times for indecent exposure, but he won every case, because he technically wasn’t naked. He wears a pouch, of sorts. What a character! I know he poses with his patrons for pictures, but I was too shy. Instead we just got reading material. His store is very well organized, and he can help you find anything. He’s so professional even though he is only wearing a pouch!
Also, you can even buy your own pouch so that you can look like a bookseller too! Thank you, Sweet Pie, you made my day.
We attended the Airstream rally with the el Camino unit. We met so many fun people and got tours of their rigs and advice on trailer size for our future trailer. We met a full-timing couple in a 2006 34-foot Airstream. That’s 11 feet longer than ours! It was so beautiful. They renovated it and redecorated it to make it suitable for full-timing. It was so fresh and homey in there. I could have moved in! Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me when I took a tour. To see their before & after pictures, please visit their blog: Bush’s RV Travel Journal
We also met a couple who travels about 6 months of the year, mostly off-grid in a 1956 16-foot Bubble. I think they’ve owned their Bubble for about 17 years. Before that, they were tent campers. One rainy camping trip in Canada sent them on a quest for a trailer. It’s a story many of us can relate to. Yes, the truck is a 1956, too. The Bubble’s interior? You guessed it! All in 1956 reproduction fabrics and colors. SWEET! And, they use this trailer.
Daisy and Poppy enjoyed all the people and canines they met. On our way back to Yuma, Poppy settled down in the motorhome. Could it be she is getting used to it, or was she just exhausted?
We are back in Yuma for a few days to shower, do laundry, and recharge our batteries (literally and figuratively). It turns out that we do not have enough solar panels to keep our batteries up.
Next stop? Slab City!