Commenters have mentioned how brave I am, being a solo female traveler, etc., and it may seem that way, but believe me I'm not. Most times I'm probably more nervous than the rest of you, but I decided a long time ago that if I let that stop me, I'd literally do nothing. So, I don't think about it, act as if I know what I'm doing, and just keep going, and I'm really glad I can do that. Most times I'm okay, it's just new things that I'm doing that make me a little nervous. I do all the research I can, and then I hope for the best. Like going to Quartzsite.
I didn't know how in the world I'd find a place to stay in Quartzsite, it's so big and there are so many areas. People who have been here know how simple it is, but for those of you who haven't been here, it couldn't be easier.
All along the 95 there are signs like this one below.
Each area has signage, and there were tons of areas I passed before I got here. Most were BLM lands where you can camp free for 14 days. Then you have to leave, and move at least 25 miles away, and after 14 days, you can go back, or move to another spot. That's so the desert can "heal" and won't show the wear and tear of campers. That sounded kind of interesting, and I may try out some of the BLM camping areas, but I wanted to check out the Long Term Visitor Area (LTVA) to see if I wanted to get a season permit that costs $180. It's good from September 15 through April 15, and you can stay in one spot the entire time, or move from LTVA to LTVA, leave for a while and come back, etc. So, I passed up the other places and kept going.
It was very nice desert scenery all along the road, even some Saguaro Cactus, which I didn't expect to see up here.
Once you get here, right before the town of Quartzsite, there are four sections in the La Posa LTVA, two on each side of 95, and all right before the town. You can stop at any of them (they each have a little brown building right off the road, very visible) and the volunteers will answer any of your questions. If you buy the permit, it's good at any of the LTVAs in Arizona and California, which are all near the border of the two states. The volunteers were really helpful. Of the four areas in La Posa, only one has a dump station and water spigots for fresh water. That's the first one on the right. So all the LTVA people go there to dump and get water. You need your permit to get past the volunteer building to the dump station. I stopped at the one on the left side of 95 and bought my pass, then went across the street to dump my grey and black tanks and fill up with fresh water.
I asked the volunteers which would be the best area for me, since I wanted to visit the January Quartzsite RV event and I don't have a car. They suggested the second area on the left, which borders the town right where the tents are set up. They said it will be a nice walk, but not too much. One of my neighbors here said it's a short walk to the show from here. I can see the place they sent up the tents from The Palms. So if I stay in this area, I'll be nice and close and I'll be able to easily walk over.
Here is the RV site I chose - actually you just drive around until you find a spot you like, and park. I don't get TV here, but I'm not sure if I'll get it anywhere. I do see some antennas up, though, so tomorrow Katie and I are taking a walk toward the antennas to see if they're picking up the signal. If so, we're moving!
Facing west toward the setting sun, per solar instructions.
I expect that as the year comes to an end, and into January, this area will fill up. I should probably find a spot that ensures an open area on at least one side. Maybe tomorrow I'll do that. Then if I DO stay here the whole time, I'll be set. You can leave your place for five days, but then you have to come back or you may lose your spot. I might check out some other places, but leave a chair and table here. Then if I find a better place, I can come back and get them. If I want to leave for a few days just for a change of scenery, I can go to the BLM areas and stay for free for the five days, then come back.
Here are the sunset shots I took tonight:
Anonymous said in a comment, "You must have way more money than most of us. You have really spent the bucks!" Well, I don't know, Anonymous, how much money do the rest of you have? I probably have more than some of you, and less than a lot of you, and a lot less than I did have. How much money do you have?
From Me and Katie here in Quartzsite, have a nice Friday evening, everyone! :)