Sunset in the Coconino National Forest, looking northeast toward Sedona, AZ, 4/17/15

Sunday, January 12, 2014

On the Road Again!

On my last extended road trip, almost 2 years ago, I explored the Gulf Coast, TX to FL.  And now, again, my travels are taking me to Florida.  During these past months, I've sure missed traveling, exploring the back roads, and just being in nature.  I'm glad to be "back in the saddle again"!

I left cold, wet, windy Washington State on January 4th and made it to the warm, clear skies of Southern California in 2 days.  A friend was kind enough to host me for a couple of nights so I could rest up, wash the green moss of the Pacific Northwest off my car and visit with friends & family.

My Prius waiting to hit the road, mostly moss free, while visiting with my friend
and host in Southern California. (1/6/14)


My first extended stay is with a group of fellow travelers in the desert of southwest Arizona, but on my way there I got to visit one of my brothers who is wintering near Palm Springs.  He and his wife also travel throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall on their Harley.

Visiting with my brother Ray near Palm Springs (1/9/14).


Right now I'm with a gathering of other travelers, those who either live full or part-time on wheels.  Most are in vans, but we also have RV'ers (A's, C's, B's, 5th wheels, trailers and truck campers).  And that's in addition to those of us who live out of our cars, bikes and/or tents.  We are on a small portion of the expansive BLM land that surrounds Quartzsite, AZ.  Everyone is self-contained as there are no amenities at all here ... carry-in, carry-out.  This is the 4th year for the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTR) and it just keeps growing.  There's no official count, but I'm sure we are in the hundreds.

Sunset, my first night in the Arizona Desert (1/9/14)

Sunset reflected off the my car roof with the lights of Quartzsite
 in the distance (1/9/14).

Sunrise this morning (1/12/14) with a few of the vans at the RTR.

I also attended the first and second RTR, but was unable to attend last year due to family responsibilities.

After this RTR ends on the 21st, I will continue meandering toward the Florida Keys ... so, stay tuned ... I'm back to blogging again!

Can't forget ... Go Seahawks!


10 comments:

  1. Welcome back to the road! We made it to the tail end of the 3rd RTR but none of the other ones including the one this year. Tell the oldtimers hello from us. We'll be in Florida for the next few months. We'd love to meet you if our paths cross - I'll keep an eye on your blog!

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    1. I'm sorry to not have met you guys in person last year. I hope it works for us to meet up in Florida.

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  2. So glad to hear you are on the road! I will be following you for some vicarious road time...

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    1. I'm missing you Katie. So wish you were here at the RTR. Be well my friend.

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  3. Looks like you're having a good trip so far, and I love your pictures!- If you decide to come thru Tucson, we'll show you around ! We are in the middle of building a murphy bed for our guest room- we'll have the mattress available for you to sleep on, but probably the bed frame wont be done by then. If you can tolerate a mattress on the floor, we've got a place for you to stay! Go Seahawks !!!

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  4. I'll stay in touch Teresa. I probably won't sleep there, but will certainly like to see you and John.

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  5. hey now sue, have a safe trip. it was nice to see ya at this year rtr, gary an ishe will be two follower of your blog!!!

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    1. Good to have you along Gary! Give Ishe some scratches behind the ear for me :)

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  6. It always feels great to be on the road again, doesn't it? Be safe, happy travels and we will see you soon. Looking forward to seeing you!

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    1. Looking forward to seeing you both too!

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