Ramblings of a Techno-Viking

Third (winter) Rubber Tramps Rendezvous

Another year, another Rubber Tramps gathering. This year it was on the east side of Quartzsite in Scadden-Wash rather than the west side at Dome Rock. Activities were pretty much the same as the two previous years, discussions, group meals, campfires, and helping each other with various projects. The group was more spread out than previously, and a couple of groups of large RVs not associated with us who like to park fender to fender shoved themselves in among us.

The talks were mostly repeats of previous years, and I'm getting less from them with more than a year of fulltiming under my belt. However, it is nice to socialize with like-minded people. Cyndi managed to get over the cattle guard. (Her blog has a list of other RTR blog postings.)

Quartzsite and the big tent show was pretty much like previous years, with the fewer vendors griping about lower sales and higher costs, so I expect it there to be even fewer vendors next year unless something unexpected changes. Tucson seems to have taken away many of the gem/rock vendors, their show is now bigger than the Quartzsite ones.

Posted Thursday 07 February 2013 21:49 UTC
Last edited Saturday 09 February 2013 18:15 UTC

Black Mountain Road BLM

About mid-way between Blythe and Brawley on CA 78, about the same distance to Yuma, is a dirt road heading to Black Mountain. The closest stores are about 20 miles away in Palo Verde or Glamis, neither of which is a large community. After the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous, I wanted some time by myself and this was a great location for it. This is hilly desert with a variety of plants (including the hated Cholla), and there are only a few places on the road where parking is reasonable. I set up on a ridge, and had good TV signals. My 3g internet (Millenicom/Verizon) was good most of the time but sometimes I got no signal, maybe the closest cell tower was having problems. No T-mobile signal. No one else was camped in view, although there were some larger flat areas further down the road that had obviously been used for camping. The dirt roads, antennas on the hill, and highway traffic in the distance were the only signs of man readily visible. Traffic was a bit higher than I expected, besides the 4-wheelers and hikers (a group of which decided to park right next to me rather than find somewhere else), there were a bunch of trucks maybe going up to service the antennas. BLM wilderness starts on one side of the road near where I camped. Challange -- spot my motorhome in each of the pictures.

Posted Saturday 09 February 2013 18:15 UTC
Last edited Friday 15 February 2013 21:13 UTC