Quartzsite RV Show – 012

 Lake Havasu City Wrap-up -012

Good morning, Quartzsite, Arizona. We’re back! We just arrived back from Lake Havasu City where we spent about 10 days with the Xcapers at their Annual Bash. We’ll give you a review of that as well as the balloon festival, the Buses on the Bridge event, and two places that we boondocked in and around Lake Havasu City. We’ll also talk about two new vegan options we found, and the Western Arizona Humane Society that we toured because you know we’re turning into more of a vegan podcast and we want to promote that lifestyle. We’re going to also be talking about the Who Knew section. We’ll give you a taste of something new, so thanks for joining us. This is episode 012.

Welcome to our Boondocking Life podcast. I’m Louisa, and together with my husband, Michael, and our dog, Sugar, we’re traveling full-time in a camper van on a mission to visit all of the farm sanctuary’s humane societies and animal rescue centers in the country so that we can support them in the great work they are doing. We’re two Vegans on a Mission, helping to educate others about how easy it is to eat a whole food, plant-based diet. Each week we’ll report on where we’ve been, what we found to eat and what we did to promote the Vegan lifestyle. Won’t you join in and help us save the animals?

So we just got back from Lake Havasu City, Arizona where we spent 10 days in and around the area, but mostly at the rodeo grounds with the Xcapers, which is a group incorporated under the Escapees, which we spoke about a couple episodes ago. The Xcapers is a group that likes to party and they also work full-time from their camper vans, their  fifth wheels and their Class A and class B/ Class C motor homes. So it was quite a big group, but we’re going to talk about that in just a little bit. First, we arrived to Lake Havasu City and stayed at the BLM ground called Standard Wash, which was interesting because there are no signs when you drive in on Highway 95 going north.

So we got closer to Lake Havasu City. We knew it was there, but we didn’t know exactly which road to turn on because there are, like I said, no signs. We turned into a gravel area and it turned out to be what looks like an abandoned gravel pit. I didn’t know if we were on BLM land or if we were on Arizona State Trust land, which on state trust land you need a permit for and in order to get the permit you have to go onto their website, download it, pay for it. It’s $15 a person or $20 for a couple, but you have to have this permit. If someone knocks on your door in the afternoon or evening where the police will come by and ask for it and if you don’t have it you must get one right away or they ask you to leave.

So I didn’t know which place we were at either on BLM or state trust land, which was a little unnerving. So I got on the computer and I looked up the different areas and the best I could tell we were on BLM so we didn’t worry about it. And no problem, we never got a knock on the door. That was a nice evening. The next day we stayed at Lake Havasu State Park, which is wonderful! It’s $35 a night and it’s a $5 extra fee for reserving it online, but it’s a really nice place to stay and we really enjoyed that. We had a spot which had no obstruction to see the lake and so you get to watch people go by on their boats and you could see the sunset over the lake. Absolutely beautiful! You could look at that on our Instagram @heaveninaclassb if you’d like to see pictures of that sunset.

We really enjoy going to Lake Havasu State Park because even if you don’t spend the night there, they do have a dump station and you can dump your tanks for $15 without having to stay in their park. That’s pretty handy because quite frankly that’s about the only place you can dump your tanks except for the other state park, Catttail State Park. And also there’s a place on the island, but they’re both $15 to dump, so either one is fine. We haven’t used any of them except for the one on the lake.

There were lots of things to do while at the Annual Bash at the rodeo grounds. There was a 9:00 dog walk every day that Robert put on and they would take dogs out to the trails. They put on a kids camp every morning at 9:00 and then there were also activities maybe around 11 o’clock or so. They had yoga, they had a meditation and this was all put on by volunteers and the Xscapers event coordinators, Melanie and Travis Carr, which was absolutely fabulous! There were lots of things to do, lots of time to mingle with other people and lots of activities and games. In the evening there was a mac and cheese throw down..there was a Margarita throw down…there was a guacamole fest…there was a fiesta night, a neon night, and it was party, party, party and people had a blast, so it was fun for everyone to meet!

Now, remember the Escapers are people who work from their rigs either part-time or full-time and they travel full-time in their RVs and so they don’t always get to meet people. This is a great way for everybody to come together and have a little bit of a community feel and it’s called a Convergence. We really enjoyed our first time there and we met our new friend, Tim, and our new friends, Lon and Deb, who were our neighbors in the solar section. One day it did rain, so everybody kind of used their generator because there was no sun to recharge our solar panels or our batteries. So we enjoyed our time there. We look forward to doing it again soon. I reviewed the Annual Bash in detail last episode, so we’re going to continue in just a minute with our Buses on the Bridge event and the new vegan options we found in Lake Havasu City. So stay tuned.

Okay. The Buses on the Bridge Event was actually a lot of VW buses that were on London Bridge and several of the members of Annual Bash and the Xcapers went down to the bridge to see these. We drove by, we saw a whole bunch of them and it really brought back memories of the 70s when people were bumming around at the beaches in the VW buses. Lake Havasu City is a happening place and I really recommend that you check it out in the future.

Michael’s going to give us some overview of the Red Elephant Express Restaurant that we dropped in on and also the Living Well Health Food Store; two new places we found to find vegan options in Lake Havasu City. So here’s Michael.

So the Red Elephant Express is a Thai restaurant in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and we found it on the HappyCow app. They offer a couple of vegan options. I had the curried white rice and vegetable dish and the other dish we had was the Thai noodles. Unfortunately, we found them both kind of bland and really over oily. It was vegan options but not a place that we would go back and see again. But it is, if you’re looking for a vegan option place, that is one choice.

The next place, which we tried in Lake Havasu, was Living Well Health Food Store. They actually had a variety of different smoothies. Louisa had a green smoothie, which had kale, spinach, coconut milk, and a variety of other vegetables blended up, which she really enjoyed. And then I had a blueberry smoothie. It also had coconut milk, it had bananas, it had apples in there and they did a really good job. We thought they were rather expensive. We would recommend that you stop by there and get yourself a vegan healthy smoothie.

And as an added bonus, did you know that you can still eat chocolate on a vegan plan or a vegan diet or a whole food plant-based diet? I like chocolate and I love this new one I found called Endangered Species Chocolate. It supports the rainforest, which according to their pamphlet here that the chocolate comes wrapped in. It says the “rainforest produces many products used in everyday life, including paper, wood fibers, latex’s, medicines, various fruits, chocolates and coffee. Top predators in the Rainforest include: tigers, leopards, jaguars, alligators, anacondas, and pythons. The Amazon Rainforest alone provides more than 20% of the world’s oxygen supply. The average rainforest temperatures range from 60 to 95 degrees. And the biggest threats to the rainforests are habitat degradation, water and air pollution, invasive species diseases, climate change, natural events, and chemical pesticides.”

What we’re trying to do here by eating this chocolate is to positively impact the earth species, habitat and humanity. That’s what Endangered Species Chocolates mission is. They annually give back 10% of net profits to conservation partners that help save our wildlife. This again is part of our mission to help save animals. And if you’d like more information about their chocolate, go to chocolatebar.com/mission and enjoy this “forest mint plus dark chocolate” and you can only have 170 calories in a third of the bar. And that’s a lot of chocolate. So keep eating, yummies! And when we return, we’re going to talk about our visit to the Humane Society in Lake Havasu.

We’ve started looking into visiting more of the humane societies, the farm sanctuaries and the animal rescue centers that we can find in the areas that we’re traveling through as well as attending more Cubes of Truth with the Anonymous for the Voiceless. And just having basically some conversations out and about, about being a vegan. But first, we’re going talk about the animal humane society that we found in Lake Havasu City. Now, first, we went to the wrong place because it had a big banner on it that said, “Humane Society.” And as we drove up to it, it says, “Future home of the humane society.” So whoops, we had to go back to square one, look at our map and figure out that it was across town, off the main road, on a little corner, kind of crammed into the industrial area and it does need an upgrade, and so I’m so happy that they’re going to be moving.

We had a very nice visit to the Western Arizona Humane Society in Lake Havasu City. Now, there’s also one in Kingman and I think in another place nearby, but this is the one we visited while we were at the rodeo grounds, so it was very nice. We had a nice tour. There are approximately 35 cats that are up for adoption and we also visited the dogs. There were about 30 dogs that are up for adoption. This place is a no-kill facility, but they do choose to euthanize the animals that come in that are deemed “not possible to be rehabilitated” if they have been a known to attack humans, and they can’t rehabilitate them, then they do have to euthanize them, which is very sad. But they do a really great job of getting the word out about the dogs and cats they do have available.

As we were there getting the tour, we saw a poor family come in that had to give up their Guinea Pigs because they were allergic to the Guinea Pigs. Again, make sure when you go to get a new pet that you go to one of the humane societies or a rescue center and they can help you determine if it’s a good fit for you. Where if you go to pet stores, they just want to make a sale and they’re not going to always be looking at making the best match for you and the new family member that you take home. But we found that if you wanted to get one of the dogs if it was older than seven years, the fee to adopt it was only $25. Otherwise, the adoption fees are anywhere from 50 to $70 we were told. And then they go on the weekends to PetSmart and they bring some of the dogs and cats there so that they can expose them to the public so that people can see how cute they are and how wonderful they would be to adopt.

We thought it was a really great place to go and find a new pet. So be sure and check out your local humane society and if you can’t bring home a pet, maybe you could visit and then help support them. This one is a total 501(c)(3) organization, meaning it is all run on charitable donations. They get no help from the city or from any outside government agency. So please donate and please help spread the word that there are animals up for adoption and you can follow them at their Facebook page. Again, Western Arizona Humane Society and a shout out to them and the great work that they’re doing.

Finally, we headed out from the rodeo grounds and stayed one more night at Standard Wash, which is BLM land where we were able to see the beautiful sunset and have lots of space around us as we were boondocking with no hookups once again. Then we went over to Anytime Fitness for our showers and a little bit of pumping iron and then we, of course, were able to give another van tour because people in the parking lot said, “Hey, what a cool rig you have,” and then we headed down to Quartzsite where we are right now.

And we’ve already taken a little bit of a trip through the big tent and we’re going to hook up with some friends tomorrow so that we can find some more interesting things to see here in Quartzsite and we’ll report on that next week. Also, we’re heading back to Tucson for some warranty work and also back to San Antonio so we can go to another wonderful vegan restaurant. In the meantime, if you’d like to see any show notes or the transcript of this podcast, you can find that at our website, www.plantbasedrvliving.com, which we’re going to change that title in a little while as well. You can also follow along on Instagram and see some of the great pictures that we take to show you what it looks like where we are and that’s @heaveninaclassb. So thank you again for joining us on the podcast and we hope you join us again next week. Thanks a lot.

 

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We are a retired teacher, Louisa, and a retired physician assistant, Michael, married for 39 years, who want to help busy travelers begin and maintain a healthy life-style while on the road.

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