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Re: 2012 RVForum QZ Rally - Arrivals and rally activities
« Reply #90 on: January 27, 2012, 09:41:46 PM »
Jim,

Remember the first Ridge ride. Up on the ridge and it looked like the road ended. No place to turn around. The road was there - it just dropped down so sharply you could see it in the car.

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Re: 2012 RVForum QZ Rally - Arrivals and rally activities
« Reply #91 on: January 27, 2012, 09:59:09 PM »
I had a blast on the run & am very happy with the way our VW drove. ;D
Thanks to all for the kind words. Here are pics took along the run.
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« Reply #92 on: January 27, 2012, 10:06:29 PM »
Betty:

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but I see a lone sole sitting by the fire enjoying the heat of  the wood at 8 pm tonight.

Charlie and I walked down tonight about 9 to see if anyone was sitting by the fire.  No one there....poor lonely fire, great slow glowing embers perfect to sit by.  The stars were brilliant, no wind.  We said good night to the embers and walked back home.

Tim is grateful Terry and Frank were able to get things going on his Motosat/Hughes datastorm.  Although we have the aircards, we wanted to be able to use the dish while in Alaska where the aircards may or may not work.

Next time we are bumming a ride on a 4 wheel trip....I think we missed a bunch of fun.

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« Reply #93 on: January 27, 2012, 10:09:17 PM »

Charlie and I walked down tonight about 9 to see if anyone was sitting by the fire.  No one there....poor lonely fire, great slow glowing embers perfect to sit by.
I was the lone soul sitting by the fire and I gave up around 8:45 since I had been there all alone for an hour and a half. The moon looked awesome.

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« Reply #94 on: January 27, 2012, 10:18:56 PM »
I was the newbie with the GMC Envoy and I need to say thanks to Frank and Jerry for their excellent words of wisdom, tips and patience as I probably would not have made it without their advice. After our first road building experience it all went well. Thanks also to Terry and Betty for leading the group. This was our first off road experience and we had a good time.
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« Reply #95 on: January 27, 2012, 10:35:30 PM »
I was the lone soul sitting by the fire and I gave up around 8:45 since I had been there all alone for an hour and a half. The moon looked awesome.

I suspect some of life's most special moments  are found when all by yourself.  Thanks for keeping Don' s wood under watchful eye.
Betty and Terry
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« Reply #96 on: January 27, 2012, 11:13:19 PM »
Terry and Frank  helped Tim  fix his  Hughes Net.  Lou fixed Tom's generator and I don't know who all fixed things for everyone else!  Come to an RVForum rally to  get to know who has expertise!

Lou also fixed my batteries situation. When Lou fixes stuff, the fixee learns a lot from the fixer. Best to bring a pencil and paper to take notes. And tho Lou is working on his own stuff, he most always puts that aside until all the requests are filled.

Thanks, Lou . . .  :)
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Re: 2012 RVForum QZ Rally - Arrivals and rally activities
« Reply #97 on: January 27, 2012, 11:17:31 PM »
I was the lone soul sitting by the fire and I gave up around 8:45 since I had been there all alone for an hour and a half. The moon looked awesome.

Yep, Tom, that's one of things I like the most about the Qz experience. Nothing quite like chatting with friends, or ones self, around a campfire under an AZ desert sky . . .
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« Reply #98 on: January 28, 2012, 06:56:38 AM »
Caught this QZ sunset this evening (Thursday) after happy hour . . .  :)


Settings:
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Mode: Aperture Priority
On tripod, using 2sec self timer

Sure brings back memories of some great sunsets.   Thanks Bob.  By the way, I submitted 12 images into the City of Richardson Annual Photo Contest and won 8 ribbons.  Really made my day.

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« Reply #99 on: January 28, 2012, 10:01:08 AM »
Ed,
Thanks for the b day wish. I had a great day. Jeff was kind enough to announce and make a b day toast at dinner wed nite. There was live entertainment, and I got teased a couple of times. Good Times.

You'll be happy to know we talked about you and your flat tire. You were missed. And Terry named the hill, Jim's dropped transmission hill, or something like that. What Fun.

Hi to Donna
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Re: 2012 RVForum QZ Rally - Arrivals and rally activities
« Reply #100 on: January 28, 2012, 10:31:13 AM »
Took the jeep just on the west side of Quartzite, where some old mine is, great view of all the RV`s in Quartzite.

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« Reply #101 on: January 28, 2012, 02:12:33 PM »
Vmax

Some year you should join the RVForum Rally.... Join us on our rides & get that Jeep dirty & pin-stripped.

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« Reply #102 on: January 28, 2012, 02:41:36 PM »
dirty & pin-stripped.

That was my plan. . .  who has the nearest wifi available, I
m just upwind from Jeff Cousins?
Adiós. . .

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Re: 2012 RVForum QZ Rally - Arrivals and rally activities
« Reply #103 on: January 28, 2012, 06:08:44 PM »
Hi, to all of you at the rally, Thanks for a great day. Your hospitality to a stranger was exceptional, and made for a great time.
Bill

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« Reply #104 on: January 28, 2012, 07:12:13 PM »
2012 RVForum Rally Group Photo

Here's the low res version of the group shot. Thanks to Tom Seiler and Ray for their input as to setup, lens stuff, and such. I really appreciated that -- and I believe the shot shows the results.

If anyone still at the rally is interested in copying to a flash drive I have the high res (4.8meg jpg and 12 meg raw) versions available for you.

Unfortunately, a number of folks had to leave before the pot luck - so though I believe the final tally of rigs attending will wind up at about 47 this year, only about 30 were still around this afternoon.

OTOH, Bob Maxwell pulled in before the pot luck -- so that made our day complete.  :)

I also have a great image of the Forum Staff at the rally and pot luck today -- that I will upload later this evening.
« Last Edit: January 28, 2012, 07:16:37 PM by Bob Buchanan »
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« Reply #105 on: January 28, 2012, 08:38:54 PM »
Thanks to Bob for taking the group picture. What a great shot, what a great bunch of people. Maybe next year, we should do the picture in the middle of the week before folks need to depart?
 
Potluck was fantastic, so much good food. And once people took home their dirty dishes, many returned for a campfire social.
 
Thanks to everyone who attended.
Thanks to everyone for all the great food at Happy Hour and the Potluck.
Thanks to those who led events and those who participated.
Thanks for the firewood and the fire makers.
Thanks to those who picked up trash.
Thanks to the newbies for joining our crazy group.
Thanks to Daisy and Fred for starting this Quartzsite Rally so many years ago.
And a big thanks to those who smiled, no matter what.
 
Life Is Good.
Wendy, Mike and Gordon, headed north tomorrow (ok, so it's only 15 miles)
 
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Re: 2012 RVForum QZ Rally - Arrivals and rally activities
« Reply #106 on: January 28, 2012, 08:57:21 PM »
I've been asked to post the recipe for Shirley's Black Bean Soup that she brought to the potluck today.  This recipe is posted in memory of our good friend, Holly Babcock of Minnetonka, Minnesota who actually thought up the recipe herself and was kind enough to pass it on to us.  So here goes:

Simmer in Pot:

1 can chicken broth
1 (15 oz?) can diced tomatoes
1 pkg dry McCormick White Chicken Chili seasoning
2 cans black beans (one drained)
1 - 1 1/2 cups frozen whole corn
2 large or 3 small - medium cooked and diced chicken breasts

Serve hot, optionally top with grated sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream, and/or tortilla chips.
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« Reply #107 on: January 28, 2012, 09:15:18 PM »
I've been asked to post the recipe for Shirley's Black Bean Soup that she brought to the potluck today.

Rolf and Shirley,

Excellent Black Bean Soup! Somehow, I had the feeling that Shirley made this soup. I'm saving the recipe.

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« Reply #108 on: January 28, 2012, 09:18:07 PM »
Hi, to all of you at the rally, Thanks for a great day. Your hospitality to a stranger was exceptional, and made for a great time.
Bill,
We were happy  to have you join a couple of the  4 wheel drive trips and even happier to see you join the RVForum.  Hope  you plan to return to Q next year.  We do  have a great time with many laughs and  adventures!
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« Reply #109 on: January 28, 2012, 10:24:24 PM »
I second Wendy's thanks to everyone who made it such a successful rally.  Another great year at Quartzsite!

Tom J - As you look through the Ridge trail ride photos you can't miss that little yellow bug.  Proof that a VW bug can go four-wheeling!!  Jerry and I were with the tailgunners, the Weimerts.  We were sitting at the bottom of "Jim's transmission hill" watching what was happening at the top of the trail and listening to Betty "spot" for Mike over the CB.  At one point it looked to us as though the bug was going to tip over backwards and there was an audible sucking in of breath by both Barb and me.  I had sweaty palms just watching and knew Wendy probably had her eyes closed watching from above.  Anyway you can bet that Mike provided the most excitement for the day.  Can a VW bug go on 4WD trails?  You betcha!!

Safe travels to everyone and see you down the road.

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« Reply #110 on: January 29, 2012, 12:02:51 AM »
RVForum Quartzsite Rally -- Forum Staff in Attendance

Nice to see this many of the forum staff here in Quartzsite.

Betty Brewer
Wendy Lawrence
Marsha Lassen
Bob Maxwell
Lou Schneider
Jeff Cousins
Don Miller

They "did" get a bit rowdy though when I tried to set up the photo.

First, I had trouble getting their attention -- then they started making faces at me.

But finally they settled down . . .  :)

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« Reply #111 on: January 29, 2012, 12:29:08 AM »
Bob - To paraphrase quite liberally one of Betty's comments:  Trying to get this group organized is like "trying to herd cats."  ::)

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« Reply #112 on: January 29, 2012, 01:59:17 AM »
Hi all,

Thanks for organizing another great rally, There are to many individuals to name them all by name for making this such a great event but here are a few: Bob, Mike, Wendy, Betty, Terry, Frank and ...............
Unfortunately we had to leave early this morning because our doctors appointments on Monday. We also are sorry we missed the potluck dinner and are disappointed Betty that our prepared potluck food contributions was not appreciated :) At least today I could have used those two grape fruits to quiet down my noisy stumack. This would have been  the only food I would have had for the whole day.
We left at 7.30 this morning and arrived home at 7.30 tonight local time. When we came to Bakersfield it was to early to set up camp. So we decided to keep on rolling. We had heavy front winds and the mpg dropped down to 5.9. After Barstow we kept gaining mpg performance and time. In the mean time we remembered that we still had to dump. At the intersection of route 46 and I5 at The KOA Lost Hills we dumped. The KOA is closed and a run down campground. There were only 2 Fith wheels and a guy showed up and collected $ 10.
On the 152 we filled up with fuel. Mimi had her first meal of the day while I cleaned the windows and filled up the fuel tank. It was a a bargain price of $ 3.99 or $ 4.05 cash. What the hell did I do with all the cash I had stacked away? 93 gallons for $ 374.00
At home we quickly unloaded the valuables and I got my first drink of the day besides a glass of ice water while Mimi had dinner at the truck stop.
Well to morrow is unloading and cleaning so for now good night.

Silver Leaf recorded:
Leaving at 7.30 AM arriving 7.30 PM San Jose.
Distance 616.4 miles
MPH. 52.00
Hours driving 11.50
MPG 6.8
Fuel usage 91.1 Gallon

Seniors Chris and Mimi

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« Reply #113 on: January 29, 2012, 06:26:43 AM »
Sorry I had to skip out before the pot luck. My friend who had the accident is now awake and recovery, tho long, looks promising. Still no determination if she had a stroke before tumbling from her horse.
Thanks to Randy, Don and George for helping me hook up and thanks to everybody for another great Quartzsite rally, I love you all!!
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« Reply #114 on: January 29, 2012, 10:22:12 AM »
Good Morning, I wished that I had gotten up earlier to wish George V.  a very Happy Birthday.  I have a  big piece of carrot cake and a candle I had planned to give him this morning but who knew he would pull out at 8:30 am.  I tried  catching him on the CB but I guess he did not have it on.  So now what to do with that piece of carrot  cake?

 Happy Birthday and we are so glad you came out to Q again this year.


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« Reply #115 on: January 29, 2012, 11:31:50 AM »
Group Picture and Forum Staff Picture Higher Res Download.

Have placed a ZIP file on my website containing the higher res shots of the group and the forum staff. There is also a copy of the lower res group shot I have already posted to the forum. HERE is the URL to download. The zip file is about 10 meg in size.
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« Reply #116 on: January 29, 2012, 01:51:09 PM »
I have posted my photos from the 2012 Quartzsite rally. I used my 8mm super wide angle fisheye lens on all of these photos except the last two sunset shots. I did not use this lens because it was the best lens for the situation. I used it because it is new to me and not easy to use so I was basically practicing using the lens knowing at least 40 other people were documenting the rally with "normal" lenses. My fisheye introduces distortion that will make things look totally out of proportion. The very first shot demonstrates this distortion. I am standing about 4 feet away from this motorhome and the shot includes the entire motorhome, but it warps it a lot. If I have misidentified anything in the captions please let me know. After you click on the link you can click on the Slideshow link in the upper left and then push F11 to go full screen. There is a speed control at the bottom of the screen if the images are going by too fast. As always if you want any of these photos for any reason just hit the download button.

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« Reply #117 on: January 29, 2012, 02:11:33 PM »
Tom, great photos....lots of fun.  I especially liked the "love bug" shot.  Almost makes her look real.

There are a handful of us left here in QZ.   

We had a great time this year, even with my being late to everything..<slapping forehead>  On Tuesday morning we head to Buckskin Mountain State Park along the Colorado River.

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« Reply #118 on: January 29, 2012, 02:24:48 PM »
Tom..excellent photos.  The fish eye lenses gives a cool perspective.  Chris Pennings..600 miles in one day..just for a drink..there are bars along the way <g>...
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« Reply #119 on: January 29, 2012, 03:35:23 PM »
Final Attendee List . . .

HERE is the final list of attendees this year.

If 47 this year, let's shoot for "over 50" next year.  ;)
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