Friday, January 29, 2010

20 days out in the desert and another quiz...

Sorry about the delay between posts but we have been having lots of fun out in the desert at Quartzsite Arizona. Before we get into the details of our last 20 days we have a little quiz for our readers.

The question is "what do the following items have in common"? First is the vertical edge of the bedroom slide-out on a Montana 5th wheel. That would be the one about 5' off the ground.

A bicycle, to be precise, a mans bicycle with lots of mileage on it, to be more precise, Dick's bicycle.

Add a hat with a large brim so as to shade the face from the sun and out of ones eyes if kept pulled down.

We all know that a bicycle helmet is a must for riding.

We will leave you to contemplate the above and continue with a few pictures of our time with the Montana Owners Club rally.
We had over 50 rigs this year, up from about 32 last year. Our wagonmasters, Robbie and Alice, spent a lot of time setting up a perfect circle so every rig had the same size space. We had two different flyer's bring us aerial pictures of our circle as they were so impressed with what they saw from the air. We did take up a large spot in the desert and in the center was our fire pit for the evening fire every night.

An afternoon shot of some of the rigs. Ours is the first on the bottom left. Most all either flew a flag or had a bird flying from a pole.
No we did not have a power hook-up out here. The shore power cable out the back or our rig ran to our generator and then to our new 1200 watt inverter, (thanks Robbie). We installed 4 AGM gel-cell 12 volt batteries at 101 watts each. So now we can sit and watch television from our batteries.

This was the first early afternoon potluck with lots and lots of good food and great people. A little windy but that's typical out here. Also typical was lots of excellent food, both for the potlucks and for happy hours every evening.

Sitting around eating our potluck meal and guarding the huge pile of firewood. This year we had a large fire in the evenings and a small one in the morning while the guys solved the world problems over morning coffee.

During our stay we were hit by one of the worst storms in Arizona's history complete with a tornado just a few miles down the road. The end of the storm was moving over our circle and after spending most of the day inside most everyone started to come out of their rigs to get some pictures.

In town there was lots and lots of damage.

We decided to take some people out to The Desert Bar and ended up with about 8 truck loads of people. Remember that this is a bar open on weekends only and is operated without any outside power 5 miles out in the desert. A real fun place and we hope to get out there again.
We all shared a portion of one of the sitting areas and we did get a dance or two in thanks to a live band.

One of the last evening fires shared by lots of old and new friends. After 20 days it was time to move on, find a laundry and a good store to stock up on most everything.

No, we didn't forget the little quiz at the start of this blog. All the pictures go together except the bicycle helmet that Dick did not have on when just riding across the circle. He did have his hat on and pulled low over his face while riding his bicycle between the rigs. Remember that the bedroom slide is about 5' off the ground, just above his view under his hat.
And this is what a bump on the head turns into....

All is well now and just a little red left under one eye.

To be continued...


Debbie said...

I was afraid that was what they all had in common. That looks awful Dad! Get better soon! Love ya!

Anonymous said...

impressive shots of all of you Montana owners. And I must tell you that your grandkids are pretty disappointed with you for not wearing your helmet. I hope you have changed your ways. XOXO! :0)

Deanna said...


Jen said...

Ouch!! Feel better soon.

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