I never imagined being hot in November. It was 87 yesterday. Thank goodness I am in a bit of shade. I am finding mice, flies, tiny ants and lizards. Spent an hour trying to locate the library in town.
The LTVA is a great place for long term hanging out. They have bathrooms, water across the street, and it is affordable. Walking in the early mornings or early afternoon is ideal. The scenery is very desert, with washes every where. I am parked on the edge of a wash and am a tad nervous. I have arranged everything so that I can move in a few minutes. I am hoping that the flood washes away the cooler.
Quartzsite has a population of 3,694. Except in the winter.
Quartzsite is a popular recreational vehicle camping area for winter visitors with tourism being the major contributor to Quartzsite’s economy. Nine major gem and mineral shows, and 15 general swap meet shows are very popular tourist attractions, attracting about 1.5 million people annually, mostly during January and February.
Quartzsite is the burial place of Hi Jolly (Hadji Ali), an Ottoman citizen of Greek–Syrian parentage, who took part in the experimental US Camel Corps as a camel driver.
Not being crazy about crowds I wonder why I am doing this. I do have a desire to learn more about Hadji Ali and the camels. I do want to investigate the desert. I do want to hunt for gems and gold.
Going to get my long term camping permit today. Want to stay and learn.
Well I have read every post, thanks it has been fun.
Hi Mas: I’ve seen a lot of Quartzite on You Tube! Some of the people you will meet would appear to share your values and desire to learn. The weather ought to cool down considerably. It seems this could be an ideal ‘stop’ on your journey. Thanks for keeping us up to date.
The 1.5 million tourists give me pause but then they won’t be in the desert with you either. We got about 2 feet of snow on the mountains this week and had SEVEN bears running all over the neighborhood. Winter is almost here. Love ya.
Very cool! Wishing you lots of luck finding gems and gold! It looks nice & quiet in your pict. where do the rest of the campers stay. Hahaha on cooler!
Hi Mas: you will have enough to keep you busy! I’m looking forward to your summary and conclusions once Quartzsite becomes a footnote in your story. Enjoy, Fred