Saturday, January 28, 2017

Big Tent Show in “Q” and Blogger-Fest 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Today was a long day.  Got up at 7:30 and Yuma and I took a walk, ate breakfast and we were out the door.  Our destination, Quartzsite, Arizona, the RV capital of the world this week.  I’m killing two birds with one stone, by going the 60 miles up there to walk through the big tent and fancy RVs and also attending the third annual Bloggerfest.

We arrived around 10 a.m. and it wasn’t too crowded yet.  That was good.  By the time I left two hours later, the place was packed and cars were lined up on W. Kuehn Street leading into the big tent area.

Here’s my first sighting of the big tent as I came into town from the south.


Turned into the first parking place I could find and walked around the many vendor tents north of the big tent and RV show.


Found a shop selling military clothing and the young lady in Army clothes was demonstrating knife sharpening with a sharpener she was selling.  Wanted $25 for the sharpener.  I have a pocketknife that won’t cut butter anymore, so I asked how much to sharpen my knife.  I didn’t want to buy the sharpener but wanted my knife sharpened.  She said she would do it for a donation, so for $2 she sharpened my knife for me.  Good deal.


Yuma met a lot of new friends.  As you can tell, it was a very bright sun shiny day.  A little cool, but nice if you dressed properly.


These little girls didn’t want to have anything to do with Yuma.


This one was yipping like mad and wanted to play with Yuma, but Momma wouldn’t let it out of her pocket.



After wandering around all the vendor tents, I headed over to the Tyson Wells area where the big tent and RV shows are.  You can find it by looking for the balloons.


The tent was already getting full of potential buyers.  I think most are like me, gawkers.  Just looking with no intention of buying. 



This tent is big.



We walked through the tent and a few half million dollar rigs and we were done with the “big shuwww” for another year.  Time to head on over to the Blogger-Fest. 

Yuma and I arrived a little early, around 12:30, and we were the first ones there.


Yuma and I sat around and waited and sure enough bloggers started to arrive.  Even Yuma found friends.


Here’s our host Lorne Green in the red flannel shirt.  He and his wife, Susan were gracious enough to organize this year’s event, and they did a great job.  Their blog is A Place Called “Away”


I’m not going to try to put names with the bloggers.  If you know them then I don’t need to, and if you don’t know them, well, you still won’t know them.





After mingling for awhile, Loren called the group together and we went around the circle giving information about ourselves and our reasons for blogging.







Afterwards, we mingled again and ate snacks till the coldness of the late afternoon drove us home.



I had a great time meeting people I have followed on their blogs and think it is great that once a year, we all travel great distances to meet each other in person here in Quartzsite, Arizona.

I know I was unable to get a photo of everyone there, but I did get a good sampling.  My side of the circle kinda got left out.

After our hour and a half drive back to Mittry Lake, Yuma and I were tired puppies.  Yuma went to bed and I, of course, had to stay up and write this blog.  I’m trying to remember that this is “fun”.

See you later.


  1. Keep on having fun! All the bloggers are looking good. I hope all have safe travels!

  2. "I’m not going to try to put names with the bloggers. If you know them then I don’t need to, and if you don’t know them, well, you still won’t know them."

    "I’m trying to remember that this is “fun”."

    Both these statements gave me a chuckle as I read them this evening. The first because it is so true. The second because more then once when I am putting together our blog I have needed to remind myself about the "fun" factor.

    Keep the wonderful pictures coming.

    1. Great meeting you at Bloggerfest. Was a fun time. Wore Yuma and I out though. We're not used to being around so many people.

  3. Was great to finally meet you and Yuma. Blogging for me is always fun, if I am too tired , I can always wrote it tomorrow.

    1. Thanks George. It was great to meet you and Suzie. Hope we meet again.

  4. It was sure great meeting you yesterday, enjoy your adventures very much

    1. Thank you for following along. We had fun yesterday.

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    1. It was a fun time. Sure it was better than going to the dentist. Maybe next year.

  6. At least you got pictures. I didn't take any. Good to see both of you again. It is funny how many folks recognise Yuma and then realize you must bre Doug.

    1. I'm the one always in the background. Glad we were able to meet again. Dolly asked how you were doing and I told her you looked great! You did a great job on getting our picture at the Blogger-Fest. It looked great on my blog, thank you.

  7. Glad you made it out to Bloggerfest Doug and from the photos I've seen yours are the best.

  8. The blogger fest sounds great! It's always nice to put names to faces. :). Bet you slept good!

  9. Did you pick up one of the half-millioners?