Saturday, January 19, 2013

Day Three

We ended the other night with a gathering of about fourteen people for snacks and drinks, set up between our rig and Ingrid and Al’s. 

It was an evening of fellowship and sharing of thoughts and ideas about the RV life and life in general.

We met a delightful couple named Steve and Mona Liza who just started full-timing in March 2012, so they are ahead of us by a couple of months.  She also rights as blog, as does Ingrid so we all exchanged cards.

Today we went in caravan style to a place called The Desert Bar, which was located quite a distance away and on the longest, hilliest, dustiest, rockiest road I’ve been on.  This area is very popular with ATV’s and I was wondering if we shouldn’t be in one.

After a long twisty drive we finally caught sight of it, way back in the hills, literally in the middle of nowhere.  It has a saloon, food and music and is only open on the weekend from noon to six.  The reason for this is that it runs totally on solar power.

check out all those solar panels!

The parking lot filled up quickly with not only our group but many other people seeking the unique atmosphere of Nellie’s Saloon. 

The food was cooked outside and was incredibly tasty. 

I gave my name to be called as “Boom Boom” and it was worth it to watch the guy put together my order, look at the slip and then his face split into an ear to ear grin as he shouted out “Boom Boom!!”.

After enjoying our lunch we walked around to take in the sights and seize the photo ops that abounded. 

I love old rusty junk and this place had no shortage of it.  The majority of the photos will be posted into an album called The Desert Bar on my Facebook page.

the bathrooms dug into the side of the hill
I absolutely loved this place and it will definitely be one of the highlights of this trip.  Kay and Tom joined us in our car for this trek and afterwards we stopped at Wal-Mart and Safeway for a few supplies.

On the way back to Boomerville we actually found the Bureau of Land Management agents at their campsite and could finally get our permits to stay here.  It’s pretty relaxed but we’ve been warned they do patrol from time to time.  Hard to keep herd on several thousand RV’s, so I wasn’t too worried about it.

We’re avoiding the big RV show until Monday or Tuesday due to the crowds.  It should be a little bit quieter after the weekend is over. 

I have a list of things to photo for the Boomer scavenger hunt and I see that “Paul” is on the list, so we need to get into the Reader’s Oasis Bookstore before Wednesday when the hunt ends.

loved this beard!
I had no idea I would love boon docking this much and am losing my fear of it.  We did sign up with a group of others to have our tanks pumped out as we get a better price if several sign up at one time.

We still need to learn how to play Pegs and Jokers as well as something Kay calls Combat Bocce Ball.  Hmmm….that sounds interesting.

Long Live the Queen of the Desert Oasis


  1. I don't know if a Queen has ever been called Boom Boom before... but there's a first for everything , right?

  2. Is it legal to have this much fun??? lol. I thought the idea of all the solar panels was so fascinating. I'd love to see more of it. Your photos are great. Keep 'em coming. I'm enjoying this trip. YOu have a great day, hugs, Edna B.