The second gathering on my whirlwind tour of Quartzsite happens to be just down the road from the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous, the drive over with Bertha and Cas was only about ten minutes. I’m going to the Xscapers convergence.
Readers may have noticed in the right-hand column of IO, near the bottom, an icon that says “Xscapers Featured Blogger”. For those not in the know, Xscapers is an extension of the Escapees RV club that is aimed at working-age RVers. Membership in one gives you access to the other, they’re essentially the same thing, but the “Xscapers” name came about as a way to rebrand for a younger crowd. The group was created by Travis and Melanie Carr, the third generation of the Escapees founders, and it was launched in spring of last year.
Besides offering the typical club benefits of magazine, camping discounts at parks, an active community, and access to mail forwarding and residency, the Xscapers website hosts a treasure trove of information on RVing, has a job board for RVers, and works with several bloggers (myself included) to provide content to a younger (and young at heart) crowd.
The first Xscapers convergence was at the Albuquerque balloon festival last October, and since I was working at Amazon I missed out. But not this time!
For the sake of simplicity, this year the convergence was held at the same site as the Escapees gathering. The Escapees had their happy hour on on the 13th and 14th, and the Xscapers’ event was officially the 15th and 16th.
To accommodate the need for it’s members to get work done during the day, seminars didn’t start until later in the afternoon, and the campfire socials started well after dark at 6:30. As with the RTR, I had a lot of fun and got to meet people in person whom I’d only known online before.
Saturday’s seminar on RV refrigeration was especially timely given my current fridge woes. No, the fridge is not fixed yet. I decided to come out to Quartzsite and attend these gatherings first, so I’m still living out of a cooler until I can catch a break between them, but I did get to speak to the man who gave the seminar and get his advice and input on my problem. Late this week or early next week I should be heading into Phoenix and getting the fridge problem solved. In the meantime, living out of a cooler is not as big of a hassle as one might think. I’ve minimized the food I carry that needs refrigeration and the fact that it’s winter means I don’t need to buy ice as often.
Note above where I said the convergence was officially the 15th and 16th. Travis and Melanie needed to leave on the 17th, but several of us weren’t ready to let the party die. We were however ready to leave the ‘parking lot’ location right along I10 and get away from the noise and crowds.
We relocated to the west of Quartzsite in the Dome Rock area, in a cul-de-sac that dead ends in a wash. Plenty of room for multiple rigs, no one else around, neat hiking opportunities, and beautiful views of the mountains.
Last night Cherie and Chris of Technomadia hosted an outdoor movie night with their projector. It was sort of like going to the drive in, but without the vehicles. About twenty of us set up our camp chairs in a semi-circle around their bus and bundled up for the cold to watch The Martian. I’d read the book last summer and the movie was equally engrossing. We all joked about the parallels between surviving on Mars and boondocking, and Cherie wrote an interesting blog post about it.
Tomorrow I intend to to visit the Big Tent in Quartzsite (hopefully the crowds will be down from their weekend high), and for the rest of today? Hiking and relaxing. Just another day in paradise.