SlabCity-USA-Salton-Sea-Bob Davis Podcast 1047

SlabCity USA and The Salton Sea

Above all this part of California is not a resort and SlabCity or the Salton Sea is no exception. Details in SlabCity-USA-Salton-Sea-Bob Davis Podcast 1047.

Slab City Gets A Lot Of Media

Firstly I have seen articles about Slab City USA for years.

Hot Springs

Even more a person appeared in our camp in Arizona recently and insisted we go to Slab City ‘if only for the hot springs‘.

New Experience

Secondly I have never experienced the hot springs.

Short Distance

And since high fuel prices are slowing everyone’s roll we thought heading a short distance over to SlabCity USA was a good plan.

Not A Resort

Most importantly Slab City itself is not a resort.

Of course there are some RV campgrounds.

America’s Last Free Place

But most of the people at Slab City are not your average RV Life Community.

Slabbies

Certainly the so called ‘Slabbies’ are my kind of people.

Don’t Bring The Million Dollar Rig…Or Bring It

On the other hand they might not be your kind of people if you’re rig is an eight hundred thousand dollar coach.

Salton Sea

In addition there is the whole Salton Sea experience.

Mistake Lake

For example The Salton Sea itself was created by mistake.

Mecca For 1960’s Tourists Is Dying

Moreover the sea is dying although it was a mecca for tourists back in the day.

Which is kind of cool.

Details in SlabCity-USA-Salton-Sea-Bob Davis Podcast 1047.

Leave Some Attractions

Meanwhile I did not visit the so called Slab City Monument for some of the other attractions here.

We Always Come Back

In short I have learned over the years to leave some experiences because we always come back.

Novelty

And of course I want my travel experiences to have some novelty to them as time goes on.

Partial To Hot Springs

Further I am kind of partial to the hot springs.

Finally a little primer and what you’ll see and some of the people you will meet if you’re going to visit SlabCity USA.

Travel These Days

To sum up I am taking shorter trips as I travel these days.

Deeper Experiences

On the other hand I am seeing and getting to know places I want to come back to.

Isn’t that what it’s all about?

(Editor’s Note: Every now and then I make a silly mistake. I don’t know why but I said Slab City is “Something like six hundred THOUSAND acres”, which would make it very large indeed, even for a former Marine Base. Slab City USA is in fact something like 632 acres. Still pretty large, right?)

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Campfire-Is-The-Nomad-Hearth-Bob Davis Podcast 1041

Campfire Is The Nomad Hearth

The Campfire is the Nomad Hearth. Therefore we’ll talk about cooking and contemplating the campfire in Campfire-Is-The-Nomad-Hearth-Bob Davis Podcast 1041.

Free Camping Is Good

Firstly I have been camping around Quartzsite Arizona for several weeks now.

Firewood Source

And I’ve been buying my wood from a place called Woodstock Firewood here in town.

Drum Circle

Secondly every year about this time Woodstock Firewood has a drum circle as a celebration of the season.

This Is The Season

Most importantly this part of Arizona has a season.

Sunshine

Even more a lot of Nomads come down here for free camping and sunshine.

Short Season

But I am sorry to say everyone pretty much starts clearing out around the end of February.

However I will be staying as long as I can.

Summers Are Hot Here

Certainly the one hundred plus temperatures here in the summer aren’t inviting for most snow birds.

On the other hand I have become more and more of a desert dweller every day down here.

I don’t know whether it can get hot enough for me given my years spent in the Northern Tundra!

We’ll see.

Contemplating Nomad Hearth

Meanwhile it’s time to enjoy the drumming of the drum circle and contemplate the nomad hearth.

Something About A Campfire

Above all there’s something about the fire that eases the troubled mind of modern times.

The fire is a nomad kitchen and more.

In addition the nomad hearth is a place for stories, songs and celebrations.

As it has been for tens of thousands of years.

Likewise there’s something special and deep about the campfire.

In short the nomad hearth is just that. The center of nomad life in the campground.

Modern Life Needs A Campfire

Even more I would suggest the craziness of Modern Life could use a campfire every now and then.

Back Drop For This Podcast

As a result I think the drum circle is a perfect back drop for Campfire-Is-The-Nomad-Hearth-Bob Davis Podcast 1041.

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Moving On

Eventually and finally I’ll move on from this magical place.

But I Don’t Want To

That is to say I’ll be traveling again this spring and summer.

But I am so glad to have been able to share in the community and get to know people here.

Both in town and out in the campgrounds.

In short I wouldn’t trade this experience over the last several weeks for anything.

Just What I Needed

Stopping down and spending time has turned out to be just what I needed.

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Let’s-Talk-RV’s-Bob Davis Podcast-1040

Let’s Talk RV’s

Let’s Talk RV’s in Bob Davis Podcast 1040. Attended the big RV show at Quartzsite Arizona recently. Firstly the prices are off the charts. Learn more in Let’s-Talk-RV’s-Bob Davis Podcast-1040.

Tent Cities

Secondly the best thing about Quartzsite’s peak period are the tent cities.

Everything Under The Sun

Above all there isn’t much you can’t get for your rig under these tents.

Supplies

Certainly there are the usual hook ups, hoses, mats, plumbing, lights and other RV supplies.

Other Goodies

But there are also a host of other goodies like Buffalo and Cow Hides, army surplus stuff and a lot more.

Amazing RV’s

More importantly there are a lot of amazing new RV’s worth millions of dollars.

Real RV Show

However the real RV show is at the campgrounds and along the Quartzsite streets in mid January every year.

That’s when you see the school buses, restored mid century GMC buses, Over Landers and more.

Just Plain Fun

Even more the weird and creative concoctions people come up with are just plain fun.

These are not in the show, and should be.

Crazy Rallies Too

In the same vein there are plenty of rallies at the various free campgrounds around here. From Air Streams to School Buses and vintage trailers, it’s all here.

Eye Popping Price Tags

But finally it’s the eye popping price tags that most of us nomads simply cannot afford.

Not Just The Big Coaches

Moreover it’s not just the big coaches.

Smaller RV’s Too

To sum up the Sprinters Class C and B prices are headed through the roof as well with no end in sight.

Cheaper Prices Ahead?

Meanwhile one wonders whether there will be a lot of these awesome rigs for sale someday at considerably cheaper prices.

Nomad Boom

Likewise even the experts struggle to understand the scale of the ‘chuck it all’ nomad boom sweeping the country right now.

Hidden Costs

In addition the high prices and opulent interiors hide the very real maintenance costs.

How Many Bathrooms?

And managing the many systems such as double door fridges, TV’s and more than one bathroom in most of the big coaches.

Grateful

In short I found myself grateful for my dusty old Mobile Podcast Command Ambulance.

Simplicity

It’s simplicity, dependability and ability to get in and out of tight places makes me feel pretty good.

And it’s paid for.

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