2014-01-22 Group move from Quartzsite,AZ to Ehrenberg,AZ
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About the top picture: A member of the group specializes in Shamanic Astrology, Tarot, and Sabian Symbols. She also makes bracelets and necklaces based on your birthdate and birthplace that contain symbolic meaning. On the morning that I left Ehrenberg, she made me a special bracelet.
Each attendee of the RTR was required to register their vehicle with the BLM Ranger and the maximum stay allowed was 14 days. At the end of the two weeks, Bob invited anyone who would like to stay in the desert with hm to Ehrenberg. It was about 30 miles away and we moved on 1/22. The desert around Ehrenberg is very similar to the desert in Quartzsite area with the exception of the Seguaro Cactus. In Ehrenberg, I only saw one plant from my camping spot, whereas in Quartzsite, there were many. On my exit from the camping location, I took pictures of several plants that had bloomed.
The Quartzsite camping area was about 5 miles away from town. The Ehrenberg camping area is only a couple of miles away from Ehrenberg, but there are not as many services available in the small town. However, Blythe, California is only 8 miles away from the Ehrenberg exit and has many services and shopping. We found that the nearby laundromat had a small selection of groceries, mailboxes, washing and drying for clothes and a shower.
In Ehrenberg, the group was smaller and, as before, campers arrived and departed depending on different schedules. I really enjoyed everyone and appreciate the opportunity to make new friends in the desert. On the day of the Olympics Opening Ceremony (in Sochi, Russia), a camper trailer with a ‘famous’ TIKI BAR arrived. He provided us with a TV that allowed us to have a desert party and celebrate the ceremony. It was OUTSTANDING.
A friend in Ehrenberg knew that I wanted get my teeth cleaned in Mexico and invited me to follow to Yuma. She showed me the casino near the border to Algodones and we enjoyed an afternoon exploring the casino. I returned to Ehrenberg, and my friend left to explore more of the world.
When I first arrived in the desert, I was thirsty all of the time. I drank a lot of water and didn’t notice being thirsty as much afterward. We had 2 nights when there was some rain. It only lasted a few minutes and my folding chair had gotten dry by morning. The sunrises and sunsets were absolutely incredible – my camera did not do justice to many of the pictures as the orange colors became washed out.
The mileage, one-way from Atlanta to Quartzsite was 1,985 miles and Google Maps calculates that it will take 28 hours of driving. I stopped at night because I can’t see as well when it is dark. I spent the first night in Lordsberg,NM and the second night in Weatherford,TX. As I drove closer to Atlanta, the radio announcers cautioned against the incoming large ice storm. I returned home about 10:30 on Monday night and the ice storm came during the night and closed the city for several days.
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Here is a picture of Vanna White in Atlanta after the first storm of ice and the second storm of snow:
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