On Part 3 of our sojourn with the Escapees Xscapers 2018 Bash convergence, we left the boondocks for the day to head into nearby Quartzsite Arizona. Grace loves to get craft beads at huge discount prices in the huge Gem World store while I refresh our rig – dumping and refilling tanks. We had a blast taking a spin with our neighbor Brad and Carolyn RadPower electric bikes (gotta’ buy two!) In the evening, we enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner with other Xscapers, followed by awesome 1970s type music by the Status Crows duet. Afterwards, we went out for a nighttime photography session, doing foreground cactus light painting with the Milky Way stars in the background. Turns out the only thing in short supply are the hours of the day and night – so much to do, so little time…
As we continue our Quartzsite Xscapers Bash 2018 convergence, we are treated to another hot air balloon setup and takeoff before heading out to the famous Desert Bar (4 mile, 30 minute) slow off road ride that’s worth every minute of the trip! Local bands like the “Most Wanted” made it a particularly enjoyable day.
Arriving at Quartzsite Arizona for the Escapees Xscapers Bash 2018 convergence rally, Travis and Melanie Travis gave a warm introductory welcome to 200+ RVers, along with Xscapers Convergence Director JP Smith, Social Media guru Georgianne Austin, Marketing Strategist David Goldstein
Arriving at the Burbank Elks lodge – can’t beat the hospitality with a free drink and $15/night! Discovered a most unusual “job opportunity” – TOPLESS cleaning service! (are men eligible?) Then over to Blythe Oasis RV Park as the sun set, with morning drone video over the Colorado River before heading into Quartzsite for the Escapees Xscapers Bash 2018 for fun and games. Stay tuned..
From August 12th to August 19th we had the privilege of being in the company of 14 Rotarian’s riding their bikes from Crescent City California all the way to Petaluma. The journey would take us over 300 miles and would take 6 days. The dedicated cadre of Rotarian bike riders, as well as those who followed in the SAG wagons had a common goal,”End Polio Now!” The money raised was matched 2:1 by fellow Rotarians, Bill and Melinda Gates. On Days 5&6 other riders joined us and more than 30 rode into the finish line in Petaluma. We proudly share some of the insights of this ride with you in the following videos. We will also include the highlights video that has been posted on the Petaluma Rotary channel.
P4P Pedal For Polio, Day 1, Crescent City to Trinidad, Bike Ride
On Day 1 we rode from Crescent City to Trinidad – great hosts, staff, riders and everyone had a fantastic day with glorious weather. If you’d like to watch us entertain you, check out our video here (minute 13-20 for a polio perspective)
San Francisco may be the City of Love but when it comes to parking in a very dense megapolis, not so much! In this show we will share two top RV parks near San Francisco. Be sure to come along as we checkout the Marin RV Park in Greenbrae and the San Francisco RV Resort in Pacifica.
San Francisco. 1967. Totally the SUMMER OF LOVE to the max.
We check out the light show at the Conservatory of Flowers, the DeYoung 50 year Summer of Love exhibition, Grace gives a lesson on how to Tie Dye tee shirts, and Michael discusses the Liquid Light Shows originating at the Red Dog in Virginia City Nevada, the mind altering influences of LSD. Here is the link to events taking place in San Francisco to commemorate “Summer of Love”.http://summerof.love/events/
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Coit Tower – a monument filled with suspense. From any perspective it’s a beautiful view of San Francisco and a must for tourists and sightseers. Lillie Hitchcock Coit led a fascinating life in challenging times. And while her parents and husband were wealthy, at a young age she experienced the ravages of a fire that almost took her life. This led Lillie to be a lifelong champion of firefighters, who also bonded with her and let her accompany them on fire calls and attend their parades. After her husband’s long illness and demise, Lillie distant cousin and business advisor tried to take her life, instead leading to the demise of the man trying to defend her. Yet in her later years when she moved to Europe to avoid the impression of a scandal and the Great Depression hit hard, she thoughtfully bequest 1/3 of her estate to beautify the City she loved. But wait, there’s more shenanigans and skulduggery with the City of San Francisco so tune in for “the rest of the story!”
Amayo Hacienda time at Lake Nicaragua – we had a romantic day with delightful hospitality, delicious local food, folkloric dances and music. If you are tourista, be sure to make Nicaragua high up on your list – but we will pass on getting too close to their active volcanos~
Come with us as we enjoy a day in Cartagena, Columbia. Take a tour through the walled city and see street performers dance, visit the Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and many other of Cartagena’s many UNESCO World Heritage sites.