We are about half way through the 4th annual winter RTR and I think I can say with all honesty this is the best one yet!! We moved it to a new location and it’s my favorite! We have:
- plenty of room,
- a nice view of the town,
- great cell/data signal,
- little freeway noise,
- we’re far enough away from the road to not have any noise or dust,
- lots of trees and bushes in the abundant washes,
- and it is very pretty!
But what’s even better is the weather has been PERFECT! When you look through the pictures, notice that there is never a cloud in the sky and very seldom is anyone wearing a coat. Daytime highs have been in the mid-70s and lows on the high 40s=amazing! This is the first year we haven’t had a windstorm or any cold nights. It’s just ideal weather!
In many of the pictures you’ll see the same TV antenna. My friends James and Kyndal did a blog post on it so many others of us are now using it. Most people are able to get all the broadcast stations with it here if they elevated it on a mast. Highly recommended. You can buy it on Amazon.com: Antennas Direct ClearStream4 HDTV Antenna
And what a wonderful group of people it has been. Everyone is nice, interesting and helpful! Many, new friendships and bonds are being formed that will last us the rest of our lives! I’ve stopped counting attendance, but I think it is as large a group as we’ve ever had with about 40-60 people coming out for the seminars and meals.
We have every kind of rig here:
- one person living off his bicycle;
- at least 3 people living or traveling in their cars;
- numerous mini-vans, mainly Astro /Safaris but also Toyotas, Chryslers and Windstars;
- dozens of cargo and passenger vans;
- many conversion vans, mainly high-tops;
- 3 box vans;
- 2 very-high-top wheel-chair vans;
- cars, trucks and SUVs with tents;
- Class Bs: mainly RoadTreks;
- Class Cs;
- Class As;
- 5th Wheels ;
- 4 slide-in campers on pickups;
- and travel trailers of every size from Scamps and Casittas all the way up to 24 footers.
As you can tell, just about every type of rig is here and it’s great to take a peek inside them and get new ideas of what works for different people and why. Learning the advantages and disadvantages of many types of rigs is one of the most useful things about these gatherings. The free exchange of ideas is incredibly helpful, and fun!! Every rig is more creative and ingenius that the one before it and you can’t help but come away determined to adopt some of the great ideas you’ve discovered here.
This year I set up a new potty tent. It’s actually a tipi style tent that I’m hoping will stand up to the desert wind. Tipis worked for the Plains Indians and they have some of the worst winds anywhere so I’m hopeful it will just allow the wind to glance off it. So far I am very happy with it but we haven’t had any real winds to test it out with. But I would never complain about that, I’ll be glad to own it for years without being clobbered with a big wind storm!! I can only hope! I bought it off of Amazon.co for $99. Find it here: Guide Gear 10×10′ Teepee Tent
In my next post I’ll tell you all about our gatherings and seminars!