After a great two weeks in the Anza-Borrego State Desert Park, it was time to head to the east. On Tuesday we drove about 120 miles to the Yuma area where we spent two nights parked out in the desert on government land.
These two nights in the desert allowed us a little time to check out the area. First thing on Wednesday morning we drove about 80 miles to the north to make a brief visit to the town of Quartzsite. Normally a small town of about 3,000 people, Quartsite grows to become one of the largest cities in the state during January as thousands of RVs head there, most intending to park out on the government land that surrounds the town. We drove past the town in October on our way to Tucson and saw only a few RVs parked in the desert. Now the place is filled with thousands of rigs of all sizes and shapes.
The big tent in the middle of the picture above is the home of a huge RV accessory show held for a week in the middle of January. The tent show doesn’t open until this coming week-end, so we couldn’t get in to check it out. But the surrounding area is filled with small vendor tents with a large crowd of people wandering through it. We don’t really like large crowds, so we just drove around a bit before headed south to look around Yuma.
The Yuma area is a large agricultural center known for it’s many lettuce fields. We spent a few hours just driving through the many farm fields that surround the city.
Back at the motorhome we enjoyed a visit with Paul and Nina of the blog Wheeling It. We had introduced ourselves to them when we first visited Anza-Borrego and have kept in touch ever since. In fact, we found this parking area from reading their blog. After locating their site about a half mile from us, we spent some time talking solar panels and jeeps with them and their neighbors, Alex and Ellen. We then returned to the motorhome and enjoyed a beautiful desert sunset.
On Thursday we continued our journey for another 260 miles to Tucson, where we will be parked at Lazydays RV Park for about a month.
We stayed in this park in October during a Discovery Motorhome Rally and found we enjoyed the area. So for the next few weeks we’ll be checking out some of the sites of southern Arizona. More on that later . . .