In 2012, during our first winter in Arizona, we are camping in the Tonto National Forest at Tortilla and meet some lovely Escape owners from Texas. One of them, Duke, makes an impression when he insists we not miss the big RV show in Quartzsite. We change our plans and go….and manage to find and camp with his crew on Dome Rock Road!
Fast forward two years and we have a repeat occurrence!
Last Saturday finds us creeping down Dome Rock Road looking for the shiny red truck with the Texas flag. And it’s there just past the traditional spot for Casitas. Our friends are with their friends and our Casita joins 5 other fiberglass trailers.
This is Dome Rock! We are so glad to be here!!! Missed this place so much last year! ( It might look a tad disappointing to some…..but not to us!)
This is the “gang”! Veteran fiberglass trailer owners and professional rally attenders!
Sunday morning we pack up our trash, stop at Love’s to dispose of it and hurry to find a parking spot near the Big Tent. Methodically we pace the tent, trying not to miss anything. The crowds increase as the morning progresses and we quit early afternoon. How can I explain the joy of finding a 25 cent strainer for the bathroom sink or the two dollar broom/dustpan combo? No big purchases…just stuff we need. But still fun to buy!
Monday we are introduced to the free pancake breakfast and find the 6 dollar showers at the laundry. It’s nice to camp with these experienced Q boon dockers! We ride our bikes on the dirt road and try to pick out a special spot for our return trip in two weeks. We ride, then walk up the old road on Dome Rock.
(We are camped center, far right in the above scene.)
This is all RV’s, trailers and the miscellaneous that come for the big show.
Our party increases when Casita owners, fresh from the rally in Lajitas, Texas, join us on Monday. And someone is having a birthday! Great excuse for a party!
The grocery is a bit lacking in Q….I decide to go to California for supplies! It’s only 22 miles to Blythe and a huge Albertson’s. Finding a real supermarket is one of our camping pleasures. We usually just do without until we find our normal supplies.
That night we eat and laugh, eat and laugh!
The moon is full….the desert is bright at night.
Saying “goodbye” is hard on Wednesday….solace comes from knowing that there’s always another year and a return trip to Q in two weeks…to camp with a 100 or so fiberglass trailers!
We are off to Phoenix and family time!
(Posted from the Mustang Library in Scottsdale, AZ.)