Daily Archives: March 13, 2013

DAY 12 – Blythe, CA – Quartzsite, AZ, posted March 13

The day did not start out well for me.  My Iphone battery was dying & I needed a verizon store quickly.  Fortunately, Juan at the store in Blythe was able to spend a lot of time with me & help me out.  End result: new Iphone 5 set up & good to go, and all was well. It took me forever to get out of Blythe & this was the first day Dave got to the end of his ride before I caught up with him about 4 hours later.

We met in Quartzsite, AZ, the “gem capital of the world” the Burger King where he was cooling off.  It’s the mid-80’s & we are in the Sonoran Desert.  The little town has at least 25 RV parks to choose from. I picked   Scenic Road RV Park because I liked their website and the owners previously ran a rafting company in Hawaii. It exceeded expectations, especially because owners Shawn and Randie donated the site because the believed in our cause! Very quiet, clean laid back place. I’m sorry to miss tonight’s acoustical jam session.

Quartzsite is an interesting rock hound town, with one monument honoring “Hi Jolly”, a camel driver from the 1850’s.  Apparently the army imported  Haji Alifrom the Ottoman Empire & the camels to see how they would work out in the desert. Didn’t last long.  The horses & burros were afraid of the camels. He stayed & became a very successful entrepreneur.