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

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Next Quartzsite Rendezvous

The Next Quartzsite Rendezvous is January 8th through 22nd.   This will be the 3rd Annual Winter Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTR) in Quartzsite, Arizona.
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We call ourselves "rubber tramps" because we travel on tire rubber (vs. "leather tramps" shoe leather).  These get togethers are for those who travel and/or live in their vehicles -- RVs, Vans, Cars, Trucks -- or for those that want to.

Our first year we had 40, this past January there were about 80, maybe we'll double again in 2013.  I'm sure glad there's lots of big desert land available for dispersed camping in Quartzsite.  Overwhelmingly, folks have been kind, respectful, fun-loving, and interesting.  I sure do enjoy being with like-minded travelers.

Bob Wells is the organizer.  His web page on the RTR is at  He also recently published an ebook How to Live In a Car, Van or RV and started a blog.

Many attendees from last year's RTR did their own blog posts about the gathering, they are at the end of this page

I hope to attend the 2013 RTR with hubby John in an RV and one of my brothers and his wife on their Harley.  To say the least, I'm looking forward to it!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Lassen and Crater Lake

After being with family at my my Aunt Opal's funeral in Southern California, I headed home via Lassen Volcanic National Park and Crater Lake National Park.  I was glad to finally be able to visit these parks.

Boiling Springs Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park,  9/8/12

A boiling mud pot at sunrise, Sulfur Works, Lassen Volcanic National Park, 9/9/12

Lassen Peak from Devastated Area, Lassen Volcanic National Park, 9/9/12
After going to Lassen, I surprised my grandson with a quick visit with him in Klamath Falls.  The next morning I headed to Crater Lake National Park

So blue!  So clear!  So deep!  It a huge depression in the earth caused by
Mt. Mazama collapsing in on itself after erupting all of the molten lava beneath.
Snow and rain are the only water sources for Crater Lake, 1,943' deep. 9/10/12

These hardened chimneys "formed when hot ash cooled after the big eruption."
Pinnacles Trail, Crater Lake National Park, 9/10/12

Last of the wildflowers on the Castle Crest Trail, Crater Lake NP, 9/10/12

Phantom Ship, a small island.  Crater Lake NP, 9/10/12

Plaikni Falls fed by springs. Crater Lake NP. 9/11/12

Sunset at Cloudcap Overlook (highest point on the rim of the lake)
Crater Lake National Park, 9/10/12

Crater Lake Lodge, Crater Lake NP, 9/10/12

Wizard Island, Crater Lake National Park, 9/10/12

Sculpture cut into a large boulder, Lady of the Woods Trail, Crater Lake NP, 9/11/12

I really enjoyed the hiking and camping at Crater Lake ... tho' it did get below freezing on my first night there at the Lost Creek Campground ... loved it!

Happy Trails Everyone!