Our week in Quartzite went by fast and we sure met a lot of new friends. Our last full day there was filled with activity. We got up, had coffee and then headed north to the Bluewater Casino near Parker Arizona to eat a late breakfast at the buffet at the casino. When we signed up for players cards we each received free breakfast buffet vouchers so we decided to use it.them this day. The buffet was great especially for the price!!!
Normally we would not drive 30 miles for breakfast but we used this breakfast trip as an opportunity to visit a quirky bar we had heard about out in the middle of nowhere – The Desert Bar. We plugged in the coordinates of 34.20151°N 114.14899°W into our garmin GPS to find it. Apparently I fat fingered one of the numbers as I was in California before I knew it so I had Sharon verify our bearings on her smartphone GPS. Yep, I was indeed heading the wrong way, so we made the adjustments and eventually left the blacktop onto a pretty rough dirt road (some high clearance is definitely helpful on this road) After about 5 miles into the desert we at last found the infamous bar…
The Desert Bar is run entirely on solar power and has a unique history. Their main page outlines its interesting past. As the bar was built in phases each phase added another interesting twist to the whole atmosphere. About 15-20 people from our group were there with probably about another 1000 people right at the 12:00 noon opening. This popular bar is only open on Saturdays and Sundays and is truly a Road Treat!.
We only had a short time to experience the bar as we had more on our itinerary. It would have been nice to stay and listen to the live music but we wanted to get back in time to visit to the first ever bloggerfest held right beside where we were camped off of Plumosa Road in Quartzsite. After about an hour we arrived at the already pretty crowded bloggerfest. Over 50 people showed up for the bloggerfest with a lot (and I mean a lot) of bloggers that I have followed over the years of RV’ing and even some I followed before we bought our first (and only) RV.
It was a treat to be able to meet so many fine writers and photographers. The biggest treat for me was to finally meet Kevin and Ruth another couple we have come close to meeting so many times. Visiting Judy one more time as well as finally meeting Al and Kelly was a treat as well. We chatted a bit with Barbara but didn’t get to meet Katie… I want to shout out a very big Thank You to Jeri and Sandi, who organized this event. They were also part of our Class-less group so we really enjoyed hanging out with them. Interestingly we had many many other great bloggers in our sizable camping group we mingled with even before bloggerfest!
Unfortunately the crowd was so large and the time was limited that we were unable to meet many of the bloggers there including some we follow closely. However due to bloggerfest's initial success I am sure there will be many others in the future… Since we will likely be on the east coast next year we are hoping maybe there will be two next year – a Bloggerfest West and a Bloggerfest East!
This day wrapped up what turned out to be our most lengthy boondocking experience to date. Both Sharon and I are so glad we decided to check out the Q. as we had such a wonderful time with some amazing like minded people. The last evening at Happy Hour it was fun to share one last campfire with our friends back at the Class Less group and we look forward to seeing all these great folks on down the road....