After years of planning, we made it!
QUARTZSITE!! We woke up excited to see what our surroundings looked like. It was so dark the night before, we had no idea what awaited us. There were campers scattered everywhere and the ground was rocky (unlike what you’d imagine when you think of the desert). It was beautiful and we just couldn’t believe we had finally made it. It was very surreal! Steve and I stood outside impatiently waiting for 9am which is when the office opened so we could buy our pass and find the perfect spot to park the RV. When the office finally opened we went inside and found out that we could of gone inside and found a spot and just came back the next day to buy the pass. Good to know for next year I suppose. You have to pay for the pass in cash (which we didn’t have on us) which was $180, good from mid September to mid April.
They allowed us to go pick out our spot and give them the money later on during the day once we got settled. Off we went to find our spot! We knew we wanted to be parked next to a cactus so about 2 miles in we found where we would park the RV. Steve went right into action getting everything level and the truck disconnected. I started making the camper look like home as we put the slide out and we got the dogs settled before we went into town to grab the money for the pass. We were starving so after hitting the ATM, we picked up some lunch and headed back to LaPosa South to get our official pass. Getting back to the camper was so rewarding because we could finally put the stickers on the truck and camper to be official Quartzsite pass holders.
After 2 weeks of traveling, you’d be surprised just how dirty a camper can get when you are constantly on the move so I started cleaning everything! It was so nice to be settling in. Steve was in awe all afternoon. He kept going in and out of the camper talking about what we were surrounded by. Mountains, cactus, scattered campers and 4 wheelers everywhere. I finished cleaning and putting everything into place and at this point the sun started to go down so we took the opportunity to take pictures! We just had to get a picture of each of us hugging the cactus we parked next to. Our first sunset in Quartzsite was out of this world. This was a sunset you only see in magazines. Never had we seen one so beautiful. When it got dark, we were told of how big the sky looks and it was so true. The stars were so bright it seemed like you could just reach out and touch them and the Milky Way was HUGE!
After an overwhelming day of excitement, we did receive some very sad news as we were settling in for the night. Steve’s gram had passed away. It was very unexpected considering the doctors had given her 3 weeks to 3 months to live the day before she passed. We were ready to turn around and fly home but Steve’s aunt and cousin told us to stay. It was a night of sadness but Steve and I were just glad she wasn’t suffering anymore. We went to bed early to be ready for the next day which would be getting much needed things done that we didn’t do on the road.