Early morning in Quartzsite. I think this was the least cloudy it was all day.
I woke up to a wet, cloudy morning here in Quartzsite and according to the weather forecast that's the way it's going to be for the next two or three days. The temperatures fine it's been in the 70s today, but cloudy with a good chance of rain appears to be what's in my future.
It's good to be back in the boondocking capital of America again. Quartzsite's always held a special place in my heart and I believe its one of the reasons that I became a serious boondocker. When I first came here a few decades ago I couldn't believe such a place existed, millions of acres of open land that anyone could boondock on, WOW!! that a place.
There's a lot of public land in Colorado that its legal to boondock on but so much of it is heavily forested and mountainous very little of that public land can actually be camped on in an RV. Quartzsite however is the exact opposite, most of it can be camped on, and instead of the government making it difficult its made easy and even encouraged.
I bought my 2013 Arctic Fox 27 – 5L fifth wheel at an Arctic Fox dealership in Mesa Arizona, which is basically a Phoenix suburb a little east of town. I hitched my truck up to the Arctic Fox after the dealer had spit- shined everything and as a test run I drove West on I-10 the 150 miles to Quartzsite..... Scaddan Wash to be exact, and spent a few days boondocking and checking everything out on my new fifth wheel. That was a happy time living there in Quartzsite with my shiny new Arctic Fox and it gave me a taste of what I wanted my full-time life to be like.
The Fox is not so shiny anymore, she's faded some, as have I, her tires are muddy and so are my shoes, and she's got a few extra holes I drilled by mistake, but she's still what I call home and never more so than when were both boondocked in Quartzsite.
I've spent many nights in the Arctic Fox since that first night and they've all made me happy but none as happy as that first night me and my shiny new Arctic Fox spent boondocking in the desert. I think more than anything else that set the tone for me deciding to become a boondocker and continuing to have that sense of freedom and control over my own life that boondocking never fails to give me every day.
That's my nearest neighbor on the far right. He's probably upset I parked so close.
Even with the skies like this all day the solar panels still managed to charge my batteries.