I went to the office this morning and re-upped for another week, so it looks like I'll be spending Christmas at Ben Avery's gun range.
I hadn't planned on staying here that long but since the motorcycle deal is kind of up in the air at the moment I figured it would be better to stay around a little longer in case it got further delayed.
After the holidays Ben Avery's will get a lot more crowded. More people from the colder areas will be heading this way and there will be a lot of new guns that need to be tried out. And since that will apply to all of the desert areas I need to get down to Quartzsite where even though there will be a lot of people there's also plenty of land to spread out on so I can have a little more elbow room.
Ben Avery's is actually not a bad RV Park even when it's crowded because it was designed for shooters and not for RVers. Shooters often have large RVs, big motorhomes, big fifth wheels, and often as not, toy haulers.
Which for shooters makes a lot of sense. Most of these folks live in their RVs and take their gun hobby stuff everywhere they go and their gun hobby stuff will include things like a golf cart to get around in and reloading equipment to make ammunition, all of which is fairly heavy and requires a big RV.
A pretty common site around here in the afternoon is a big class A with the awning out, two or three golf carts parked beside the class A, 4 or 5 guys standing or sitting under the awning, while one guy sits at a big table with an automatic loading press on it making shotgun shells while everybody talks about their scores for the day and the latest change they made to their shotgun stock. And that kind of lifestyle is not as fun if you're packed into a regular RV Park 10 feet from the guy next door.
And that's one of the reasons that I don't mind staying at Ben Avery's even though I'm adverse to staying at normal RV parks, there's plenty of room between the RVs. And Ben Avery's can do that because they make their money off the shooting and not necessarily off of the camping fees so they can spread people out. Unlike a regular RV Park where they make a living packing as many people into as little space as possible and couldn't care less that your awning almost hits the other guys camper.
But even though I like it here, I'm comfortable here, and I'm around my own kind. I still look forward to getting out into the desert again and living on my own. Because even though it's nice and convenient to have all the water and electricity I want I still prefer to be self-sufficient, Park where I want and come and go as I please, I guess that's what represents freedom to me.