Crazy Slab City

I have been in Slab City, California for several days now. I was here last year at this time. There is a lot of us camping together. This place is an abandoned military base that has left over slabs of concrete everywhere. People just moved out here and live in shacks, RVs, vans, cars, tents or just under trees. There are lots of homeless people living out here or as a friend of mine says ‘homeless homeless’ since some consider people like us living in vans as ‘homeless’. Some have made elaborate camps and established businesses out here. Friday night we went to a disco somebody set up on their patch of dirt, which was lots of fun. I went to East Jesus which is an area of Slab City with outdoor artwork. I noticed they added a lot of new crazy artwork. There are some scary looking people out here and some you can tell have done a lot of drugs during their lifetime and some with mental illnesses. One of my campmates (we are all parked in a circle together) brought back this young guy that lives in his Mercedes near the hot springs (also known as hippy broth). He was saying all this crazy stuff at the campfire including saying that if he was hungry enough he would hunt down humans and eat them and leave the animals alone because humans are bad. It was pretty creepy. We immediately offered him some food to eat. There is what everybody here is calling a ‘meth camp’ not far from my van. This place is crazy out here but were in a group so we are good🌵IMG_2583IMG_2587IMG_2588IMG_2589IMG_2591IMG_2593IMG_2594IMG_2602IMG_2604

The Rubber Tramp Rendezvous Has Ended

I had a great time at the RTR. There was so much going on I couldn’t participate in everything plus I had to work in the daytime, which was not fun. There was lots of great seminars. I went to art camp and made a voodoo doll and I went to a drum circle and danced to the drums. I went to a ton of delicious potluck dinners. They had a burning van ceremony. They burned a cardboard van that everybody drew on and signed. Just like last year I still think it’s weird they wanted to burn a fake van, not sure exactly what that symbolizes. I just came back from a bonfire that some people invited me to and was talking to a truck driver that just pulled in with his truck and trailer that he lives full-time in. If I could drive many hours in a day I wouldn’t mind being a truck driver. They can pick jobs going to places they want to go to. I am leaving tomorrow to go somewhere in California, not sure where yet. Possibly Joshua Tree National Park again or to some hot springs in California that some friends invited me to or straight to Slab City in California. I love that I have all these great places I can go to and can just decide when I wake up which one I want to go to 🌺

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Rubber Tramp Rendezvous

I am having so much fun at the RTR in Quartzsite, Arizona. The amount of people here has at least tripled since last year when I was here. The majority of  people here live full-time in their vehicles like me. It’s like a big reunion running into all the people I met on the road over the past year and from the RTR last year. We have one camp we frequent often that always has acoustic jam sessions with really talented musicians. A couple of other campsites have dance parties. One person had a big dance party in front of his school bus he lives on with all kinds of cool flashing lights. Last night someone set up a karaoke machine in front of his RV which was so much fun. As usual I danced a lot since I’ve been here. I also handed out a lot of candy to people like I did last year. Someone here referred to me as ‘the girl with moves and lollipops’. Another person set up a movie theater at her campsite for everyone to watch movies and concerts on the side of her white cargo van. There is no trash pick up here in the desert so someone drove around in his pick up truck asking everybody for their garbage to take to town, which I thought was pretty cool. Last year they only had one free pile. This year they had three free piles where you throw stuff on a tarp that you don’t want and other people come by and take what they want. I couldn’t ask for a better life. I get to travel all year, go to cool events and hang out with cool people!❤️

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Expired Tag, Skoolie Palooza and Lighting Lanterns

Somehow I let my tag expire on my van so taking a chance driving around with an expired tag. I renewed online and I’m waiting for the sticker in the mail. For the weekend I was at Skoolie Palooza which is an event in the desert on BLM land where people that live in renovated schoolbuses had a gathering. Lots of families homeschooling their kids were there that lived in their school buses. They were an awesome group of people. One guy gave out lanterns for us to light. It was pretty to watch the lanterns float up to the sky. I really enjoyed hanging around the campfire with everyone and seeing the inside of their school buses. I may have to get a short school bus one day 🚌

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New Years Eve Desert Style

I was camping in the desert in a part of Arizona that became overrun with ATVers the closer it got to the New Year’s eve weekend. They were really loud and made the desert super dusty so our group headed back to the local casino to ring in the new year at the nightclub there. We stayed at the casino a couple of nights but on New Year’s eve morning I decided to join some other friends about an hour away in a different desert for their New Year’s eve party. I decided I would much rather ring in the new year in the desert than in a nightclub. I love that I can just start my van and drive my home wherever I want. We had a nice New Years eve listening to music around the campfire and watching the city fireworks in the distance 🎇