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2020 Quartzsite Gathering

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Greg A

The Quartzsite 2020 Gathering is around the corner! (Feb 3rd - 9th 2020) We are looking forward to connecting with new and old friends at this unique event in the AZ desert. As usual, we will need wood for the central campfire, anyone that can bring some wood to contribute it will be greatly appreciated and enjoyed. 

 

We'll also need some volunteers for 2 hour shifts at the registration table during the week, the two judging committees for the Wiener Roast and Dessert competitions, and some volunteers to help with delivering the Quartzite Food Bank Donations. Email info@scampowners.com or we'll also have volunteer sign up sheets at the registration table when you check in.

 

FYI, this will be my last Rodeo as the Wagonmaster for the Quartzsite Gathering. So if anyone has any interest in taking this awesome gathering forward email me at info@scampowners.com or discuss it with me at the gathering.

 

Activities: Check the activity whiteboard at the host trailer for updated times and activities. All activities are subject to last minute changes. Make sure to register at the host trailer and pick up your 2020 Quartzsite Commemorative Button/Pin (quantities limited).

  • BYOB Happy Hour Meet & Greet to kick off the Quartzsite Gathering for early arrivals. Monday night Feb 3rd 4:30pm. We will have an informal BYOB happy hour at the host trailer to get acquainted and start the week. Bring your chairs, favorite beverage and snacks. 
  • Happy Hour Concerts with our Quartzsite Musicians: T-TH @ 4:30pm we will be having Happy Hour at the host trailer with music by our good friends and musicians. Any aspiring musicians can join in to play along. Check the activity board for times and bring your chairs, favorite drinks and snacks over. 
  • Friday Night Wiener Roast and Campfire: Starting at 4:30 pm join us at the central campfire for a really cool event -  the Wiener Roast and campfire. Bring your pack of Hot Dogs, buns, any sides/condiments, drinks and your Wiener Roasting Sticks. We'll provide some tables if you want to share sides/condiments with others, a nice campfire to roast the wieners, and weather permitting a beautiful Quartzsite sunset. We will have a judging committee and will be awarding prizes for the top three most creative Wiener Roasting Sticks. Get in your workshops now and get busy designing and building a winning Roasting stick! There were some pretty incredible contraptions last year.
  • Saturday Morning Dome Rock Swap Meet Quartzsite Gathering 8am-10am See further details below under approved vendors.
  • Dessert in the Desert at the Saturday Night Campfire: Dessert Pot Luck at the central campfire. Starting at 4:30 pm everyone bring a favorite dessert to the tables at the central campfire, along with your chairs, for a taste of dessert while enjoying an awesome Quartzsite sunset. New this year we will have a judging committee and will be awarding prizes for the top three Desserts! Get your recipes in order and get ready for some Dessert competition.
  • Quartzsite February 2020 Events Calendar(link): Throughout the town of Quartzsite, the Shows and Flea Markets run in the winter months during the influx of RV winter visitors and are quite interesting to spend a day or two rummaging around and finding treasures. 
  • Quartzsite Give Back:  At this years gathering we are going to sponsor a Quartzsite Give Back to help support the Quartzsite Food Bank. If you are able, we ask that folks bring a non-perishable food item and/or clothing items in good condition to the host trailer collection box and all week we will be delivering the donations to the Quartzsite Food Bank.

White Board: Check the white board at registration for all activities and approximate times. Change is a constant and we have had a few changes this year.

 

Instructional Sessions: (both sessions will be held by the host trailer, bring your chair, beverage, and questions)

 

Traveling in Baja, Mexico (Led by "Ron in BC") - Saturday Feb 8th @ 9:30am 

The important topics for folks traveling to Baja for the first time are:

1.     Insurance requirements, where to buy and approximate costs.

2.     FMM, the tourist visa, where to get it and approximate costs.

3.     Border crossing routine and what to expect.

4.     Past experiences with local police, which is zero, but some discussion on what some folks have encountered.

5.     Military checkpoints and what to expect.

6.     Driving in Baja, road conditions and other drivers.

7.     Gas stations, some good, some not so good.

8.     Necessity for pesos and availability of ATMs and use of credit cards.

9.     Suitable camping areas and personal safety.

10.  Language, is any Spanish required?

11.  Why Baja?  What's so great about Baja

These topics and likely others will form the basis of a Baja information discussion.  Knowing what to expect, what's required and some do's and don'ts will go a long way towards making a first trip to Baja enjoyable and trouble free.

 

Digital Photography: (Led by Jon Vermilye) Saturday February 8th @ 10:30am

This workshop is designed for those with adjustable cameras (advanced Point & Shoot or DSLRs) that are interesting in gaining more control over your camera than the program or automatic modes provide.

We will discuss the effect of choosing the Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO on the resulting image, and how you can alter these settings to produce images that are not possible on the program/automatic setting. 

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VendorsNo outside vendors will be allowed without prior approval from the hosts. We are on BLM Land and their regulations do not allow vendors to sell goods on BLM Lands, so we have to be very careful on what is allowed.

 

Currently approved vendors:

Dome Rock Swap Meet
at the Quartzsite Gathering
Saturday, Feb 8, 2019
8am - 10am
Hosted by Arizona Eileen

This is your opportunity to recycle those camping items you no longer use! There have been some terrific items in past years!

The location of the Swap Meet will be somewhere down in front near the Registration. Blue tarps will be laid out on the ground ahead of the event.

SELLERS
Items must be camping-related...basically anything having to do with RVing
This can also include books, CDs, electronics, etc. -- stuff you'd use when traveling. No clothing items, please.

— Sellers may arrive at 7:45 am to set out their items; however, no sales before 8 am, please.
— Purchase a box of small envelopes at the Dollar Store (I'll also have some on hand). 
— On the front of the envelope, write: 1) Your name, 2) the item name, 3) the price, 4) your cell phone number
— Affix the envelope to the item you wish to sell and leave your item(s) on one of the tables at the Swap Meet.
— Be willing to accept either cash or check.
— There will be a table for FREE STUFF. No envelopes necessary.
— If you have a table or ground cover we can use for a few hours to display items, please bring it along.
— No need to stick around if you don't want to since someone will be there keeping an eye on things.

— At 10 am, Sellers should plan to claim their payment(s) and/or remaining item(s).

BUYERS
— Buyers will remove the envelope from the item they wish to purchase, place their payment inside, and then deposit it into the PAYMENTS box.

— Acceptable payments are cash or check. (I MAY be able to make change, but no guarantees.)
— Buyers may write their name and cell number on the envelope before depositing it into the box if they have questions for the Seller.

MISCELLANEOUS
No outside vendors are permitted without pre-approval from Greg A., the rally host.

A-Z Casita Owners Guide available at special prices. Your choice of Printed book, or PDF on USB or CD.
Decals: Jack Frame Under Here, Battery Charge 16 and 25 Fresh Water Tank Gauges

Swap Meet questions or suggestions, please email Eileen at lovemycasita17@gmail.com

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From the Hosts:

Post any questions you have on this thread or to just say “Hello, we’ll be there”! We look forward to meeting many new friends and visiting with many old friends at one of the best gatherings of Molded Fiberglass Travel Trailers (All brands are welcome) in the country.

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CampNagle

Who is out in long term  now?, Thinking about a couple 14 day trips this season .

Also thanks Greg for running the gathering but I thought that was a 10 year gig ?

Just back from a deer camp trip, 20's and wind everyday, never again!

Time for some desert camping.

 

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vermilye
23 minutes ago, CampNagle said:

Who is out in long term  now?, Thinking about a couple 14 day trips this season .

Also thanks Greg for running the gathering but I thought that was a 10 year gig ?

Just back from a deer camp trip, 20's and wind everyday, never again!

Time for some desert camping.

 

I'm on my way, but will be stopping at Big Bend for a bit.  I expect to hit the LTVAs in early December.

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elainecharteris

silly question from one who has never been "What goes on at the gathering???"

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csjim

Elaine, much time is spent visiting with friends old and new.  Meet your neighbors, then go walking all around and meet other people.  (People with dogs have the most friends!)  Don't hesitate to walk up to a group and introduce yourself.  Musicians have impromptu jam sessions.  Folks go hiking alone or with others, short hikes or long ones.  There are some interesting mines in the hills and in the flat desert to the west of our main camping area.  Go to the interesting museum in Quartzsite and to the Hi Jolly monument.  Go with friends to Silly Al's in Quartzsite for pizza and to Dorothy & Toto's for ice cream and kettle corn.  There are usually one or two bonfires each evening.  Show up and make new friends.  Ask around if you need something fixed on your Casita.  There's usually someone around who can help you.  Take pictures of the usually beautiful sunrises and sunsets.  Be sure to carry a flashlight if you won't make it back to your Casita until after dark.

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mountaingoat

I always like seeing the sunset pictures from Quartzite. We are not retired, so won't be able to come for many years, but it's nice to get a sense of the area from other people's pictures.

The desert landscape down there seems very appealing at this time of year...

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Robbb

Looking forward to seeing you all there and playing some music. This will be our first time!

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Rad
3 hours ago, Robbb said:

Looking forward to seeing you all there and playing some music. This will be our first time!

Welcome Robbb

 

What do ya play?  What instruments ya bringing?  I’m just bringing a couple guitars. 

 

Conrad 

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Robbb

Thanks Conrad. We’ll bring guitars. Looking forward to it!

Rob

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He Walks With Geezers

I’m looking forward to hearing some great music at the campfires!

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Rad
11 hours ago, He Walks With Geezers said:

I’m looking forward to hearing some great music at the campfires!

I said I was bringing guitars, never said I was any good at playing :blushing:

 

You live in Tustin, spent my share of time there growing up, my grandparents lived there. 

 

Conrad

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He Walks With Geezers

I’m sure your guitar playing is WAY better than my singing!
Yes, Tustin is a nice little city

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rdteeler

Where do you get a permit for Quartzite ? Never been I would like to try to make it this year. Definitely a rookie at the boondocking thing but learn quick 🏜

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Rad
1 hour ago, rdteeler said:

Where do you get a permit for Quartzite ? Never been I would like to try to make it this year. Definitely a rookie at the boondocking thing but learn quick 🏜

 

Just send large sums of cash in small unmarked bills to my address and you are in:thumbup:

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe not.

 

It is BLM land.  I have not done Quartzsite but have done BLM land before.  It is very informal.  Whatever you may need to do can be done after you arrive and the desert does not fill up. 

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rdteeler
8 minutes ago, Rad said:

 

Just send large sums of cash in small unmarked bills to my address and you are in:thumbup:

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe not.

 

It is BLM land.  I have not done Quartzsite but have done BLM land before.  It is very informal.  Whatever you may need to do can be done after you arrive and the desert does not fill up. 

Thank you for the info . That’s what I like is informal and laid back.

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