I ended up boondocking in Quartzsite, I hadn't planned on driving this far today but I couldn't find any place that looked interesting to stop for the night so I just kept going until I got to Quartzsite. Now that I'm here I'm planning on doing some videos of how to get to the various boondocking areas around here, not that it takes very many directions on how to find boondocking spots in Quartzsite because basically they're everywhere, but sometimes it might be unclear as to whether it's a free 14 day boondocking area or some of the long term paid boondocking areas. I've never stayed in any of the long-term areas before I've always stayed in the free 14 day areas so I am more familiar with them. And I figure that there are some RVers that have never been to Quartzsite before so maybe I can give you some basic knowledge that would be helpful.
I took a walk this morning over to the old cemetery that's about half a mile from where I'm boondocked and took a few pictures. I shouldn't visit old cemeteries because they always make me sad but it's fascinating to me to see how people buried their friends and family long ago and often far far away from where they called home. This is especially true out West because a lot of the people that were here came from somewhere else. So that meant that a lot of the time people had few or no family members living here and the ones that were here may not have stayed very long, and moved on to the next mining town or the next farm so there would be no one left to take care of their relatives graves. So one of the things that's very noticeable is the difference in the way the graves are cared for, some graves have been there for over 100 years and they're still taken care of while others are nothing more than a depression in the dirt with no visible marker, I think those are the ones that make me the most sad.
I'm leaving here tomorrow morning and I'm thinking about going to Laughlin Nevada, I haven't been there for eight or 10 years and it used to be a great place for RVers. I've heard that they tightened up the rules on camping in the parking lots but back in the day it was normal to live in the parking lot, the casinos didn't have a problem with it but I think the town did and passed some restrictive laws. I guess I'll find out when I get there. Of course I won't get there tomorrow I'll be stopping along the way and looking for boondocking spots, there is a lot of desert between here and there so there must be some interesting spots to camp.
I moved out of the escapees RV park this morning and now I'm boondocking out in the desert, in fact I'm in the location that I showed in the last video I did. It's a real nice place, close to town and its more level than most RV parks, I didn't have to use any leveling blocks at all. And there's still four or five people boondocking here.
But before I left this morning I had my trailer weighed at the escapees SmartWeigh scales, in fact getting that done was one of the reasons I came to the escapees park. Unlike the truck scales at truck stops SmartWay weighs each wheel on your truck and your trailer. And this not only tells you what things weigh but it tells you where the weight is. The guys that weigh you also take the time to explain to you what it all means and what you can do about it if things aren't right. I was very happy to find out that I wasn't overweight, when I left home I had thrown a lot of stuff in the trailer not knowing if I was going to need it or not so I knew I was heavy but I didn't know if I was overweight or not. Fortunately I'm not overweight and I still have a lot of things that I can get rid of and I feel better knowing that all my tires aren't going to explode any minute.