Events in this post took place in July 2006.
We left the Valley of the Sun Mobile Home and RV Park in Marana, AZ early in the morning on Sunday, July 16, 2006. Our destination for the day was the Kofa Mountain RV Park in Quartzsite, AZ. The trip was about 220 miles west and a little north on I-10. This was our first stop over in Quartzsite. We saw a lot of greenery growing on the farms along the 4-hour trip, but we could not identify any of the crops. We always enjoy seeing the farms. The United States used to produce enough food to feed the world. I am not sure that is still true. The Saturday temperature was 112 degrees, so we were not surprised to see all the water sprinklers irrigating the crops.
Kathi tried to make an appointment with a kidney doctor in Apple Valley, CA but the one she chose was out of town. She made an appointment for August 2nd.
It was warm in the daytime and cooler in the evenings, so we did not unhook our Jeep, planning to stay in for our stay in Quartzsite. Now that we had a destination and a time for the doctor visit, Kathi could make arrangements for all the stops between Quartzsite and Apple Valley. Instead of living day-to-day, we had an itinerary. That almost makes it sound like I have a job again.
Many of you may not be familiar with Quartzsite. It is a well-known destination for RV travelers and it lies in La Paz County. It is located about fifteen miles east of the Colorado River and 17 miles east of the California state line on I-10. Quartzsite is one of the locations snowbirds from the north come to in the wintertime. It is warm and dry during the winter months. In January every year they host a huge Sports, Vacation and RV Show.
There are at least 60 RV parks with thousands of RV spaces to rent and thousands of acres of BLM land available for camping. This town of 3,700 population hosts 2,000,000 visitors per year. Their local transit service is known as the “Camel Express” and helps reduce vehicular traffic in town.
Quartzsite claims to be the rock capital of the world. They have a two-month gem show and swap meet every January and February. Exhibitors buy, sell or trade gems, rocks, mineral specimens and fossils.
Kathi and I have always avoided Quartzsite, because of the potential number of travelers in town. We drove through town one year and there were RVs everywhere on both sides of the road. We did not find it so crowded in the desert that summer in 2006.