One of the most exciting things about Quartzsite in January is the opportunity to meet other RVers who share the same passion about the adventurous lifestyle. Before and after battling a nasty bug which kept us down for a few days, we got to meet an enormous amount of people. I was probably more social during the month of January than the entirety of 2017–a big accomplishment for this shy introvert.
Quartzsite is the winter mecca for gatherings of different RV groups and clubs. There’s the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (the RTR, dubbed “The Real Burning Man,” in an article here by the New York Times), which keeps growing year after year. It mainly consists of nomads who travel in vans or smaller RVs, but is in no way limited to any type of vehicle. We visited for a day and experienced the myriad versions of freedom in this lifestyle–from tents to class As.
There are also the Escapees/Xscapers events. The Escapees is a popular RV membership devoted to education among all RVers and consists of more mature travelers. The Xscapers is a subdivision of the organization consisting of adults still working while traveling–a somewhat younger crowd. They have a huge Gathering in January, which has also grown over the last few years. Mike and I recently joined their ranks.
Multiple other special interest groups meet during the same time frame. There are blogger and vlogger events, focused meet-ups of all kinds (art, baby boomers, seniors, RV brands, etc.), and get togethers from RVillage, YouTube families, and other personalities. It’s a veritable Who’s-Who of RVers who share their lives and experiences via social media. It’s also a great time for good friends to congregate and touch base in person. It’s a time of meeting new friends, reuniting with old ones, and growing our community.
Mike and I had the opportunity to meet some fine folks in the San Antonio area before we got to Quartzsite.
We had a delightful dinner with the Chickery’s while in Florida before departing for our trek to Quartzsite.
We literally met these guys on the road–we merged together while traveling in opposite directions in New Mexico. Meeting up with them was one of our goals for our Arizona trip.
We had the privilege of meeting some of the people that have inspired us over the years to live this crazy dream of ours.
Nathan, Marissa, and Hensley from Less Junk, More Journey
Robert from Traveling Robert
Eric and Jax from The Nomadic Fanatic
We also met many new friends whose journey we are excited to follow and hope to meet up with again.
Kenny and Sabrina from Moving Forward Adventures
Dave and Shirley from Down the Road We Go
Devan from Xsyntrik Nomad
Jason and Candace from Camping with the Kelleys
Dave and Katie from RN RV Chronicles
Matt and Maria from Nomadic Native
Audrey and Shane Callahan from Audrey Callahan Music
Cory and Kathy from Spirit Gypsy
Carolyn from Carolyn’s RV Life (she was mentioned in the New York Times article above)
Naus and Jedda from RV Wheeling
Ms. Freida from RVFreeDA – who celebrated her 70th birthday on a solo RV trek to Alaska
Albie, Jerome, Paul, and Rick (the Static Nomadic)–all in Quartzite for Chico’s memorial service.
It was such an honor to meet so many of these nomads who live the lifestyle in their own unique ways. I’ve noticed something important when fellow travelers get together–race, religion, politics, sexual orientation, and all of the other divisiveness society seems so focused on, falls away. We all share the love of the open road and the ability to come and go as we please. We bond over campfires, share a meal, gather to honor one who has passed on, look out for each other, share our experiences, and anticipate meeting again in our travels.
Yes, this lifestyle agrees with me, and all of the faces above (and the many more we have yet to meet) enrich the experience.
We are truly blessed, indeed.
Safe travels until we meet again.
Mike’s video recap of Quartzsite meet-ups on YouTube: HERE.
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