Bizzarro World in the Desert

Trip Start May 09, 2009
Trip End May 27, 2010

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River Breeze RV Resort

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Our travels after Lake Havasu took us to Quartzsite AZ where they were having their annual RV and Gem Shows.  We enjoyed RV shows back in Michigan and since we've been trying to decide if we should get a larger trailer, we were looking forward to this.  We discovered that tens of thousands of RVers come to Quartzsite and surrounding towns to attend.  Every inch of desert land seemed to be covered with RVs dry camping.  

The show itself is rather bizarre.  There are hundreds of vendors -- in the main tents and lining the streets.  These weren't all RV-related either -- from palm readings to funnel cakes to magnetic jewelry to tacky clothing to what looked like things out of someone's storage unit.   As for the RV part of the show, we expected new and used RVs to be displayed in one area.  But oddly, there were very few around the main tent.  To see most of them, you had to walk to separate RV dealers nearby, taking our lives in our hands crossing the crowded roads.  For people who dislike crowds, this wasn't the best experience!  But we got a new and definitely improved set of RV pots and pans and I got a Route 66 purse (for only $5.99 - made in China or Korea, I'm sure!), so all was not lost!   A truly memorable experience because we will remember not to ever go back!

Next we backtracked a little north to an RV resort in Parker AZ because we had free camping there - for the price of a sales pitch (with one of the rudest salesman we've ever had the displeasure of meeting and a Gator fan to boot - boo hiss).  Although seeking sun and warmth, we managed to be caught in the record winter storm that caused mudslides in CA (wewere right near CA border).  No mudslides for us, but the trailer shook like it was in a tropical storm and the RV resort lost power and water.  Fortunately, we were leaving the next day and although several roads were closed, the highway we were taking was fine. 

Next stop...Yuma, AZ near the Mexican border.

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Frances on

Hi Both, Can see how much you loved this place - only one photograph!!!!!! Actually it really shows what this place is like! Hope you like Yuma. Tip - chose an older site as they have mature trees - that's from a friend that spent quite a few winters there. Looking forward to your next entry. Frances

Pam on

Thanks, Frances - We are enjoying the weather here in Yuma. Lots of your fellow Canadians are here, but our RV resort has mainly Albertans. Leaving the luxuries here tomorrow for Organ Pipe Cactus Nat'l Monument and dry (no power or H2O hookups) camping. Haven't done that in ages but looking forward to the hiking and nature. Take care...Pam

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