Quartzsite – Group Fun

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July, 2006 – As I said in my talk to the class, almost everyone answered the same when asked “What’s been your favorite thing about fulltiming so far?” What I heard most of all was “The People!”

Tab & Deanna - quartzsite

Tab became the main organizer for the group and I had such fun finally meeting him and his wife, Deanna.

Malia & Firedudes

Tony (Firedude) worried about me traveling solo, so he gave me this “firedude” for winking-smiley-pngcompany. I promptly put a big “5150” number on his helmet. “FD code for “nut case.”

Ron, Don, Me

I’d often enjoyed Ron Bunge’s website “HitchItch” and Don Bradner’s expertise on DataStorm Users Forum, so it was a special treat to finally get to meet them. The beautiful turquoise necklace I am wearing was a gift made by Ron’s partner, Terry, who took this pic. I just loved being surrounded by all these great guys!

Malia & cactus at quartzsite

I can honestly say it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I wouldn’t have missed for the world.

quartzsite sunset

By the time the sun set on my stay in the desert, I more than ever appreciated the motto of the class: “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather sliding in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and proclaiming, ‘Wow, what a ride!'” Amen!

This truth was even more meaningful and poignant when after the rally we learned that one of the early members of the class, Kathy Wells (Silver-Twinkie) had died before she could fulfill this dream of hers. We were all shocked and saddened when Mickey Ivey passed away unexpectedly before the year was up. Godspeed, our friends – we’ll see you down the road!

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