Each year fellow vagabonds gather in the desert outside of Quartzsite at the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTR). All types of rigs including cars, tents, vans, teardrops, travel trailers, truck campers, classes A B C, and even a homemade gypsy wagon were there.
Most days they had classes on various topics related to RVing or frugal living. In the evenings, there were campfires for those wanting to socialize. And, one day each week a group cookout was held with everyone bringing a portion of the meal.
The night with chili was especially good, with versions of beef or chicken or vegan, and mild or spicy. Some provided toppings like shredded cheese and sour cream. Crackers, chips and cornbread were also available. Each brought their preferred beverage and a chair.
During free times, campers roamed around to visit and to see how others had customized their rigs. One day was designated for ‘Open House’ viewing. Some people went to town for shopping or other business. One night, a few of us went to Silly Al’s for pizza which was fun.
The RTR encampment was about 5 miles out of town and 2 miles from the highway. So, it was fairly private and quiet with desert plants and mountain backdrop. Most rigs were well spaced apart, with some camping together. Many had dogs that roamed free; irritating some campers, but delighting the critters. It was a nice get-together; however, far too many folks for my liking. So, I moved on after a few days.
Camp: Scaddan Wash BLM – boondock
Scene: Mountain, desert, group gathering