Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Q days 1 & 2
We arrived in Quartzite on Tuesday the 18th after making our final WalMart & grocery store stop. There are no reasonably priced grocery stores in Q. There are two main streets in Q. Highway 95 and Kuehn Road. Both streets are absolutely jammed with vendors of everything you could imagine. We parked at the Tyson Wells area. They had a lot big enough for an RV plus the ground was solid enough for Carols scooter. Spent an hour or so just looking around at stuff of all sorts. Rocks, gems & minerals are especially big. In the picture with Carol & the rocks, the large crystal looking rock had a price tag of $800!!. My father would have really liked this place. He used to bring home rocks from his trips and cut & polish them.
We bought some "amazing, dry anything, wipe up any spill, etc., etc" rags for $4.50. I'm half surprised;they actually do work pretty well.
Later in the day we went to the La Posa West LTVA (Long Term Visitor Area) and bought a 14 day permit for $40. The permit is mandatory but is accepted at all local BLM sites so we'll get our $40's worth. Roger, who organized this GTG, picked the campsite. It was OK if you had a car like he did, but very inconvenient if, like most everyone, you didn't. It was a long way on dusty pot-hole filled dirt roads from where the events take place. Carols scooter will never work from here and it's probably a two mile walk. There were better choices readily available. Oh well, live & learn. Should we come here again, we'll know where to go.
We met up with the owners of seven other Lazy Daze. In a few days, there should be about ten rigs here. On Wednesday, we all went out to lunch at the Grubstake Social Club. They are known for their fried fish dinner. It was both huge and wonderful. We are thoroughly enjoying the company of such a nice group of people.
The weather is just perfect. Clear & sunny with about 70* during the day & 50 at night. Each evening we had a fire. Tonight the moon is full. Just gorgeous.