Books in the Desert

You may know that I read. Lots. Well, at the gathering of 1,000 women I came upon two authors and bought their books. There were more authors and more books, but time ran out.

The first one is by Mary Ellen Telesha and is a strong, heartfelt and useful book on nomadic traveling on the road. Wild Women on the Road. 

I loved the author’s truth telling, bravery, help and encouragement.Wild Women on the Road; a women's guide to nomadic freedom

Then there was Mary Shafer, who took the time to show me how to use the metal detector!! And gave me some knee pads and treated me to dinner one night. I learned much from her book. Her passion for detecting was boundless. This is the book, Metal Detecting for Beginners, that should accompany every newbie.

Stay tuned for more about meeting/seeing 1,000 women in the desert.
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Camping with Others

The WRTR was filled with almost 1,000 women who love traveling in/living in their van/rv/bus/car/truck. I was the only person in a truck.

The gathering was held on BLM land near Bouse, AZ. Many of the women at the gathering asked that no photos were taken, so you don’t get to see the happy, weeping, laughing, startled faces of the van dwellers. The site was stunning (I will be going back there to do some more metal detecting … thanks, Mary!) and filled with huge cacti, brilliant sunrises and breathtaking sunsets.

I learned much at this gathering. First was my new toy: My Hug Light.

hug light

Two women saw me reading and gifted me with this light. It is heaven. I can walk in rough terrain at night, I can read all night, it charges up fast, it is comfortable around the neck, and it is so light weight that I have been known to accidentally wear it all day. I was not fond of the head lamp I was wearing to do the same chores. The head lamp would slide around and make my forehead itch. This Hug Light is perfect. It puts out a huge amount of light and is USB chargeable. Too kind of those women.

But that light was not the only gift … stay tuned.

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End of Cooler

I couldn’t stand the cooler. I did love the food, but hated everything else about owning the cooler. It took too much money, too much time, took up way too much room and way too many worries (where to get block ice, are the chicken breasts still edible, how to buy 1 piece of broccoli in Walmart, the water invaded all containers and butter swimming was not healthy). Hated worrying about it every day.

So … I gave it away to a very nice woman who offered a copy of her just published book, autographed. It seemed like a great trade.

I bought a piece of jewelry on the way to buy groceries one day. Below is a pic of Israel and his dog, Ajax. They were sitting on the ground with a piece of cardboard, selling the jewelry that Israel was making. I will be sending this to a steel working friend. I think.

Tomorrow I am off to the WRTR (Women’s Rubber Tramp Rendezvous) and camping in the desert with 1,000 women who love to camp out in vans, trucks and cars.

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Heat in the Desert

I never imagined being hot in November. It was 87 yesterday. Thank goodness I am in a bit of shade.IMG_5116 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,[16] mostly during January and February.

Quartzsite is the burial place of Hi Jolly (Hadji Ali), an Ottoman citizen of GreekSyrian parentage, who took part in the experimental US Camel Corps as a camel driver.[17]


 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.

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Free Camp Spots

I love the free spots I have found from Cortez, CO to Deming, NM on 2 lane roads, in lodge pole pines, with birds and deer and elk and no other campers.Apache CreekI stayed here 3 weeks, experimenting with the cooler and food supplies. Ne cell service. No radio reception. No news.
I do not like the cooler. I dislike almost everything about it. It takes up too much room. Most of the food would be fine without ice. The meats, no, but veggies are fine. And for meat I can do without, or use spam or tuna. I liked it fine when I was camp hosting, but on the road it is not as useful as I had hoped. I think I may give it up. I might love it in the desert. We will see how it turns out.

I am on my way to a meeting in Bouse, AZ, on January 4. The WRTR. This is a gathering of women who travel in vans or trucks. I am a bit hesitant to go (many people), but since I have lived for the last three years in the truck I have experience that other women might find useful. Since this is only October 29th I get to travel slowly!

The 2 month trek across Arizona will be fun.  Its always a treat to find new secret camping spots. Thanks to freecampsites there are many to choose from. Another help are the MVU maps for all of the National Forests. MVU are the Motor Vehicle use maps, which show the roads where free dispersed camping is allowed. And camping is allowed on almost all BLM land.

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