I am all packed up, the car is full of gas and my compass is set for due west. First stop, Quartzsite, AZ. For those of you that don’t know Quartzsite has been a favorite place for rock hounds since the 1960’s. The show in Quartzsite opens at the beginning of January and runs all the way thru February. The town of Quartzsite expands from a population of 3,397 (this is what the census of 2006 said) to a town of 10’s of 1,000’s. There are only a handful of hotels in Quartzsite, so a lot of visitors bring their RV’s. There are acres of tents to shop from, with tons of goods for sale. This is the first stop for a lot of the international vendors, I have already heard from several of our vendors that arrived just before the New Year, so that they could have their area set up and ready to go for the opening of the show on January 4th. I absolutely love going out and meeting with all of our miners. I love hearing all about the mining experiences from the previous season. I usually get lucky and if someone is actively mining nearby, I get to take a side trip to visit where they are gathering rough, while it is happening, I even get to participate and that is my favorite thing to do; mining is “hard” work.
Once I finish all of my root’n and snoop’n in Quartzsite, I repack the car, fill it with gas and point my compass due east and head into Tucson. People ask me every year, “Don’t you get sick of going to Tucson?” and every year I give them the same answer, “No way, I look forward to Tucson all year long – Tucson is my favorite ‘holiday’.” My excitement and anticipation is building and I can’t wait to see what bountiful treasures I will find this year. I get so many design ideas and inspirations that I cannot wait to put into motion, so that I can bring them to you.
I will share my adventure with you in February both here in the blog and during the show Valentines weekend. I will take plenty of pictures, both rolling and still.
Safe travels to all. J
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