Ya Just Gotta Wonder.
trying BUT... Now when you look closer...
Do ya think they could spell
the name Quartzsite correctly. And BTW even if spelled correctly that Domain
Name does not work.
We remember last year we
stopped by (they were just opening, brand new) and asked what their monthly
rate was as we were at that time thinking about coming off the BLM and
they didn't know what that ment. Just quoted us the daily rate times 30
days. I said you're kidding and he looked back with a blank stare. Like
my thread lead... Sometimes Ya Just Gotta Wonder.
The vender across from the
Post Office and next to the Produce Stand. Wonder who they had paint their
main store sign.
Think it's time to ask for
their money back.
Now for a little observation
and gripe... The General Store in Q has for years been the place to go
to. But things change. From our viewpoint they are going down hill very
fast. We know it is for sale and the lack of stock is obvious. With
a store this small every inch should be packed with items for sale. Could
be some are going to Parker more and more for groceries. Or we also notice
the Roadrunner Big Market has improved their offerings (no blank shelves)
might be drawing it's customers. We like the General Store but the Roadrunner
seems trying to be competitive. Now for the gripe... whenever we go to
the General Store for meat etc. we get a welcome like... Where have you
guys been, we've missed you. Saying to us, you're not supporting
us. The checkout clerk even called us the bopsey twins... and how they
like giving us grief... My reply was I can get grief anywhere...
Not sue if she got the point. Seems to me thay should be gald we stopped
by, instead of asking where have you guys been, we have missed you.
Now I don't even want to stop unless we have to.
thoughts again back at our BLM campsite.
The weather is going to warm
up to the mid 70s by the weekend.
WOW this place called Quartzsite
is Gunna Rock. Did I say rock...
But for right now it's
the BCS football game.
It's January and the season
for Quartzsite to be the mecca for fun in the sun for so many.
A couple more sites around
Now you don't think these
are rip offs do you . We didn't stop by so don't know but if it has a name
brand on it and is well below normal price be aware.
And yes there is food everywhere...
A big seller after people get tired of walking the vender areas.
They get hungry for carnival
food. Q is one big state fair for food venders. A money maker for sure.
Now if they would just get
over the fact that this is not a state or county fair and lower their prices
for the winter market
they are serving.
Now there is a Gyros stand
in Prospectors Panorma show grounds that I will be getting lunch at one
of these days. Hang the price.
a recurring thread... back at the ranch at our BLM campsite.
Saturday was a gem of a day
in Q... The venders were happy as people were out and about and the weather
was just perfect.
We knew we had to fire up
the hot tub. As it was heating we started a fire. Later after dark (for
a reason) we hopped into our 106° hot tub for another OMG how great
is this... again.
This vendor is a money
maker for sure... Why... they sell the flags.
Where ever you look around
Q the vendors have flags like these to showcase their site.
Me thinks the best idea
is to just supply the venders with the things they need
instead of trying to sell
to the general public.
It's all here in Q...
Amethyst Crystals from Briazil AND
Junk from your favorite garage
No need to rush it's not
going anywhere soon. See the semi in the back, they bring this stuff
in by the truckload.
Us fulltime RVers say when
we buy something we then have to throw something else out so to make room
A close up in case you saw
something you liked
Looking around Q as the
season heats up... now if the weather would also.
(Forecast sez a warming
trend for the weekend and next week)
Hardies Beads & Jewelry
is open year round and the palce to go for quality items.
You may have driven by this
many times... but did you ever look UP.
This used to be a restaurant
a couple of seasons ago but Hardies took it over and made it their new
They moved from the building
next door to this bigger one.
Now it is the season to see
all kinds of people movers. If you like people watching Quartzsite
is the palce to be.
We saw this one on West
Look at all the sutff piled
on top. Just think what it took to build the supports and top rack to hold
all this. A labor of love comes to mind. Bet they would love to have a
diesel pusher but they don't, but they are still moving on with what they
If you look at the top it
looks like a canoe is center top and who knows what else.
The sign on the side sez
Fat Kids Kitchen. But Ya know what I would guess... they are Happy
They did bring along their
conoe after all. Living just how they want. Free Spirits... We should
be more like them, me thinks. Wonder what msyesmeans?
Moving on... the winter season
is beginning... The venders are setting up big time...
Need to get out this weekend
and do some serious walking with my camera.
BTW... we had a great
hot tub soak last night. The water temp was at 56° at the
start of the heating proccess (not bad as we have been at freezing temps
the last few nights) since we had it all bundled up due to the cold weather.
But now we were longing for a good soak so we got the on demand gas water
heater out and got it going. I took awhile, but it came up to 106°.
in about an hour. (Today after refilling the bottle we find out it only
took 1/2 gallon of propane.) Getting in to very hot tub can be discomforting,
even a little scarry, (Am I going to be a lobster... screaming as they
cook me) but once in with bullbles blowing, looking at the night
sky... we expounded on what a great idea this was. Not just a whim
idea but the best idea we have had in some time. This hot tub is making
our winter season here in Q. Oh and bathing suits are optional. Cotton
fibers from bathing suits tend to clog the filters you understand. Ya that's
my story and I'm sticking to it... No pictures for just that
reason... Aren't you glad... I even try not to look at the bathroom
mirror when I step in the shower... But in our hot tub floating,
it all seams so right.
We discovered we were
colder than we thought this morning when we woke up here in Q.
It was 32° outside and
48° inside and we were only getting cold air blowing from our gas furnace.
First thoughts were WTF
do we do now. Terry go up and checked the propane. We had gas to
the stove and the gas hot water would come on, so that was not it.
He went out to check it all out, took the cover off and it looked ok so
he pounded on it a bit. That can't hurt can it. IT was about
time to call the local RV mobile service. As he was getting more frustrated,
I was still hiding under the covers keeping warm. At last I got up and
looked a the Atwood control panel and noticed a M button on it.
Looking at the user manual Terry had found it stated it was a mode
control button. When I pressed it a couple of times it changed from blower
only to auto heat. Now with it set to AU (auto) the furnace went from only
cold blowing air to heat fortified blowing air. Eureka...
The yelling and blame game,
subsided as the temperature rose. Someone must have bumped the little M
on the way to bed last night. I do remember turning down the temp setting
for the night. BUT that's it. We have yet to decided which one hit this
button. It's still under discussion. To think the geek in me never looked
up what this button was for. Why would I. This unit never looked high tech
enough to worry about. It was always just turn it on and hit the
up and down temp buttons. The window doesn't even light up. You have to
turn on the hall light to see the temp. window readout. It doesn't even
run the A/C, that's with another unit heat pump control unit above it.
So as you can now see it turned out to be a FRED gottcha... Can
you imagine if we had called a mobile RV rapier and he came out and just
had to press the Mode button to make it fire up. Talk about yelling.
So in the end we lucked out big time.
We decided to go for a Ladder
Truck Pizza tonight.
They are in Rice Ranch (SE
corner of Kuehn & Hwy 95) here in Quartzsite and offer a 16" pizza
for $13 with a $2 off coupon.
With tax it came to $14.85.
All toppings included.
So we loaded up with pepperoni, sausage, onions, black olives, mushrooms,
and tomatoes with thin crust. They also offer sweet pepper, jalapeno, and
Now for our review...
We did like it very much... with a few caveats... we should not have ordered
the whole garden on it. It was a thick as it looks. It had too much stuff
on it and not enough cheese. I think they were trying to empress us with
all the toppings. But less sometimes is better as we found out. Next time,
and there will be a next time, we will go for the regular crust and less
toppings, without the sausage, and ask for extra cheese.. You can
too, by calling ahead at 702 727 9267 or just stop by. They deliver after
Update: A reader
sent an update to us about that old Stuckey's building on the west side
of town that we posted about yesterday. It's reported, say told us,
a local real estate agent is rehabbing the building to make a new upscale
restaurant. As they said to us... Go figure.
Jan. 1 2011
Finishing off the Champagne
watching the Rose Bowl and posting about more happenings we found in Q.
Cheap Champagne one of the
things done right for the masses. The about $5 stuff. We are about
to have New Years night dinner. Some good looking New York Strip
steaks, baked potato, and salad with Bernstein's
Restaurant Recipe Italian dressing.
The label sez "Where others
Skimp... We Splurge!". Friends (Jim and Nancy) in Q turned us onto this
one. You can get it at Walmart (but not at the Parker store) and the big
chain food stores. This stuff is soooo good. We got it at Albertsons
in Blythe for the record.
I originally wanted prime
rib but Terry refused to cook it. He didn't want to screw it up. He said
if you want that we go out for it. I think good NY Strips will do just
We hope this is a good
omen for the New Year.
Sure I posted this picture
on Dec. 31 but it seemed even better now. This was quite the sight.
The rain and wind hit us
mid week and after a bright sun came out and gave us this perfect rainbow.
If you have been to Q you
have seen this broken building on the west side next to McDonalds.
Many are saying Quartzsite
is going down hill, but someone must differ with that. We have been
following the remodeling of the old Stuckey's building on the west side
of town. Broken windows and holes in the roof. Now someone has gone in
there and is rehabbing it. It had been falling apart for years.
That's Gem World in the background.
We wonder what they are planning for it. As you can see it now has a new
Whoever is doing this must
have great vision or never got over the heat of summer.
Crazy does come to mind.
In any case we wish them well. Just another aspect of the changing business
climate here in Q.
I did a big post on Dec.
31. If you missed it just hit BACK below.
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