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2019 Travels Begin

2019 Travels Begin Our temporary home in Quartzsite, AZ
We don't like to make many reservations, as it forces us to stick to a schedule. We prefer the freedom to go and stay as long as want, changing plans as needed. A reservation prevents this. However, we know there are certain places and times of the year when a reservation is required. We just weigh our options and "might" make a reservation if it's a busy holiday and there's not many alternatives. Although reservations for staying in Apache Junction are desireable, we don't usually make them. There's hundreds of RV Parks in Mesa and Apache Junction, there's county and state parks nearby, and even dry camping in the desert a little out of town.
 
Earlier in the year, we did try to make a reservation at Brookhaven RV Park for the month of December. There was some confusion, as they were between managers. But I was told we could have site #22 from November 28th to January 1st. I felt something wasn't right, as they never asked for a credit card. Regardless, we arrives on the 28th as planned. And I was correct, they didn't have a reservation for us. Site #22 was now taken by the new manager. But they ofice ladies felt real bad (the same thing happened to them last week). They managed to find us a place for the month.
 
When January 1st came up, we had planned to move on. But we had to stick around for a couple more weeks for our annual doctors check-up. We talked about just going out to the desert near Paralta Trail and boondocking. But the weather was getting cold and having electric would be nice. We got lucky and found a site at the Budget RV Park for two weeks.
 
On January 15th, we made our annual pilgrimige to join our Escapee RV Club "Boomer" friends in the desert near Quartzsite, AZ. This year, they club moved to a new location. I had mixed feelings about this move. The Boomers had been going to the same spot for over 20 years. We'd been joining them almost every winter for the past 18 years. However, it turned out to be a better location (we were at 33.769978, -114.169179).
 
This year, there were MANY new members and this was their first time attending this annual event. But we still met up with many old friends. It was a couple weeks of fun in the desert, with potlucks, a chili cook-off (Connie won 3rd place), wine tasting, classes and discussions, 4WD trips, morning walks, dog parade, dancing under the stars, movies on the side of a RV, and much more!
 
Currently, our Boomer event is over and almost everyone has left. We're still here for another week. We usually stay until we're out of water and the holding tanks are full. Our record is 23 days without dumping. We've been here for 15 days. We're not sure where we're ging from here. But I think we're leaning towards exploring the southern part of New Mexico. We'll have about 2 months before we need to be in Reno, NV.
 
While sitting here in the desert, we made a little more plans on our summer travels. We've identified many places we want to go to, which dictated the route. We have a good idea of our timeline, as we wanted firm reservations for the July 4th holiday weekend. We know we'll be at the Theordore Roosevelt National Park (South) on July 2nd. Between April 26th and July 2nd is all flexible. We did decide to add Lake Louise/Banff in Canada on the planned route.

 

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An Aerial Video Tour of "Boomerville" 2016

An Aerial Video Tour of "Boomerville" 2016

"Boomers" are a sub-group of the Escapees RV Club. Each year, the Boomers get together in late January for their annual "Boomerang". They claim a corner of the desert near Quartzsite, AZ for two weeks for this annual rally. RV's of all types dry-camp (boondock) in Boomerville and enjoy numerous activities, seminars, movies, social events, and much more for two weeks.

This video was taken using a 3D Robotics Solo sUAS and highlights some of the over 150 RV's that attended Boomerville in January, 2016.

Escapees RV Club - http://www.escapees.com
3D Robotics - http://www.3dr.com
AeroShots - http://www.AeroShots.us

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Aerial View of Ancient Intaglios

Aerial View of Ancient Intaglios

After two weeks boondocking in the desert outside of Quartzsite, AZ, we're about ready to raise the jacks and move to Yuma, AZ. But we'll still be here for a couple more days. We recently picked up a coupon for a free 3-night stay in a RV Park in Yuma. While there, we'll head across the border into Las Algadones, Mexico for a dentistry checkup and cleaning. Then it's back to the desert again near Borego Springs, CA.

While here in Quartzsite, we made a couple day trips to view some ancient "Intaglios" near Bythe, CA and Quartzsite, AZ. These are huge "geoglyphs" formed in the desert floor by scraping away the top dark rock, leaving the lighter colored dirt to show through. Fences were put up around them in 1974, but people had already drove around them, leaving tire tracks.

Here's a short video I made with an aerial view of these Intaglios:

 

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Aerial Map of Boomerville in Quartzsite, AZ

Aerial Map of Boomerville in Quartzsite, AZ

Flying my 3DR Solo sUAS allows me to create aerial "maps". These are similiar to a Google Satellite view, except this map is current and can be zoomed in for greater detail. On January 21st, 2016, I flew a mapping "mission" over Boomerville in Quartzsite, AZ. This is the nickname for the rally location of the Escapees RV Club "Boomers". The result is a current aerial map of our camping area.

This web link will take you to this aerial map. You'll need to answer "yes" to install Microsoft's HD View plug-in, which never got out of development. However, it works just fine. The HD View plug-in allows "giga-pixel" graphics to be displayed on the web. You can zoom in for greater detail and move the map around the screen. Controls can be found in the top-right corner of the map.

Click HERE to see the aerial map of "Boomerville" as of January 21st, 2016

 

 

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Friends and Family In Quartzsite, AZ

Friends and Family In Quartzsite, AZ

Almost every year, we stay in Quartzsite AZ with friends from the "Boomers" group, a part of the Escapees RV Club. This year, Larry's brother Kenny and Mary with their granddaughter Lily came to camp with us for a few days. In addition, friends Joanie and Steve stopped by for the night and friends Alan and Silvana camped with us for over a week.

Aerial video taken on January 23rd, 2016 with a 3D Robotics Solo and GoPro Hero 4 Black. Music by "The Piano Guys".

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