Every RVer should experience the madness of Quartzsite, Arizona in January. It is usually at its craziest during the Annual Sports, Vacation, and RV Show. This giganticus tent has booths both inside and out. They are filled with RV aftermarket products, cooking demonstrations, and vacation destination hype. You name it and you’ll probably find it there…if you can fight your way through the crowd. However, even that is part of the experience. If you have been in the RVing world for a while, you are almost guaranteed to run into (maybe crowd into) someone you know. They will either be fighting the crowd as you are, or if they want room to breathe, they’ll be running a booth!
A friend here at N. Ranch drove over for his first Quartzsite experience. He wasn’t impressed and probably will never go again. But then, he didn’t “experience” Quartzsite. There is a difference. While the tent is crowded and it takes a lot of energy to visit all the various exhibit areas like Main Arena, Tyson Wells, and Rice Ranch, it is really the RVs circling around campfires and visiting old friends out in the desert that make this the fun event it has been for so many years.
But I’m not going to tell you all about all of it here. I’ll write either a RV Life column or an article about it before it is time to go next year. God Bless until next week.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”