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Two Meander December Annual Gathering 2018 – Rice Ranch in Quartzsite

Photo: Gathered around the campfire with a guitar

Music around the campfire at the 2017 gathering

It is time to start making plans. The Two Meander Annual Gathering 2018 is approaching. Mark your calendars now.

Why

Depending on how you reckon things, this is either our second annual gathering – or our first.

It is our second if you count the 2017 gathering that was widely known as “Debra’s Gathering at Rice Ranch.” Robert, of course, was there for the 2017 gathering, but Two Meander was not officially a thing until the following month (January 2018).

It is our first gathering if you reckon that the first gathering was just “Debra’s Gathering” that Robert attended, but we think it is more fun to consider it as our second annual gathering 🙂

No matter how you reckon it though, the 2017 gathering was a great time. New friendships were formed, existing friendships were strengthened, nomadic lifestyle tips were exchanged, gear was swapped and gifted, vendors were visited, meals were consumed, and campfires (complete with music) were enjoyed.

As you can see, whether this is our first gathering or second gathering, it is sure to be a fantastic time for everyone. We are confident that you won’t want to miss this event.

When

The Two Meander Annual Gathering 2018 will be held from December 12-16. The event begins at noon on December 12 and ends at noon on December 16.

After the gathering has concluded on December 16, we will be heading to a top secret location for some R&R 🙂

Where

The Two Meander Annual Gathering 2018 will be held at Rice Ranch in Quartzsite, Arizona. Rice Ranch is an RV park and vendor site located in the heart of Quartzsite just across the road from the Big Tent.

We selected Rice Ranch as the venue for our gathering for a few reasons:

  1. Prices are very reasonable for drydocking. (Drydocking is just like boondocking, except you are not out in the boonies.)
  2. Flush toilets and dumpster are provided on site just a short walk from where we will be camped.
  3. Rice Ranch is located in the midst of many vendors and literally within sight of the Big Tent. We usually prefer boondocking as far from civilization as possible, but once in a while it is fun to mix it up and visit town.
  4. While we spend a lot of time camping for free, we also like to support local, family businesses when possible.
  5. Access is easy for everyone, regardless of vehicle or mobility impairments. The entire parking lot at Rice Ranch is level gravel, and it is located immediately off a paved, major road in Quartzsite. Nobody is excluded because the terrain is difficult.
  6. It is legal. Hosting a gathering on public land often requires permits that can be difficult and time-consuming to obtain. Hosting at a private campground allows us to be sure that everything is legal and there will be plenty of room for everyone.

What

The Two Meander Annual Gathering 2018 will mostly be an informal time to meet new people, connect with old friends, and get to know us a bit (if you really want to). We do, however, have a few optional events planned during the gathering as well.

  • A vendor walk-around to see and experience Quartzsite (it really is a carnival-like atmosphere during winter)
  • Behind the Scenes Demonstrations (did you ever wonder what goes into making a Two Meander video?)
    • Planning and Shooting a Video
    • Editing a Video
    • Publishing a Video on YouTube
    • Social Media
  • One craft/skills session. Open to anyone. Bring your own. (one afternoon for a couple of hours, TBD)
    • Robert will participate in a photography/videography session. Bring your own equipment and share ideas, skills and projects.
    • Debra will participate in a crafts session. Most likely Debra will be working with a friend to bead a bracelet, but bring your own craft to work on and enjoy the together time.
  • Nightly meetups around a fire pit

Note that all planned events will be dependent on the weather. A tentative schedule is being developed, and events will be spread out during the gathering. While event dates and times are flexible and  subject to change, we will have a printed schedule available for you upon arrival.

Cost

We have carefully selected a venue that we hope will be affordable for everyone. The costs for drydocking at Rice Ranch are less than at many county, state, or Forest Service campgrounds. In addition, the managers have generously offered a discount for those who are attending the Two Meander gathering!

  • Drydock Camping – $5.92/night (this is a $2 per night Two Meander discount)
  • Site with FULL Hookups – $30/night
  • Day Use Fee (only for those who are not camping on site, see details below) – $2/day

Reservations

Reservations are not needed at Rice Ranch to attend the Two Meander gathering. Please do let us know if you plan to attend though (and which dates) so that we can set up accordingly.

Please DO NOT contact Rice Ranch with questions. This is a very busy season for them, and we have agreed to manage the details of this event. Contact us directly with any questions or concerns, and then just register with the office on your arrival.

Camping Check-In

Please check in with the office to register if you will be camping at Rice Ranch during the gathering. Just let them know that you are there for the Two Meander gathering and they will charge you the discounted rate and direct you to where we are set up for the event.

Day Use Check-In

Please do not check in with the office if you are only visiting for the day, but are not spending the night. We will collect the day use fees and turn them over to the managers.

Directions

Rice Ranch is located on the southeast corner of Central Boulevard and E Kuehn Street in Quartzsite. We hope to see you there!

You can watch the entire playlist of videos from the 2017 Rice Ranch Meetup (here).

63 Comments

  1. Mark

    See you there!

  2. Penni Creager

    2 people attending in a van with tent.
    Drydocking.
    Can’t wait to meet you both

    • We are glad that you will be able to make it, Penni! We look forward to meeting you at the gathering this year.

  3. Linda Wright

    Looking forward to the meetup!! Have it on my calendar – and now working out details of when I’m leaving NC. Cheers & Hugs. ~Linda Cripple-Creek (facebook) and aka Giggling Gypsy (youtube)

  4. NoreenN

    Any suggestions on how to attend if one doesn’t own a rig?

    • Noreen, last year we had people staying in just about everything – converted cargo van, minivan, Class C, travel trailer, and even a Toyota Prius. They do have restrooms with flush toilets on site so as long as you have a place to sleep you should be all set. I would definitely recommend curtains or window shades for privacy though 🙂

  5. Joan Hazelgrove

    Hi! I plan to attend. Boondocking in a travel trailer. Trying to fit it in with my travel to California before the RTR.

    • We look forward to seeing you, Joan! My first stay at Rice Ranch was in a trailer as well, though mine was a converted cargo trailer.

  6. We will be there in a van and Tent. Looking forward to meeting you Debra and Robert.

  7. Vicky May

    I will be there boondocking in a van through the 12th to the 16th. Looking forward to meeting you Debra and Robert.

  8. Douglas Clark

    Debra and Robert, I will be there in my newly painted 94 G30 Van that was the ugly van you edited the video for Bob.
    I must say that this is the first time that I will be paying for a place to stay, after almost four years full time on the road. But having the opportunity to meet the two of you is worth every penny.

    So it’s going to be myself (Doug) and my little four legged navigator ( Buddy).
    Are there any special rules for having a Dog with me? Becides trying to keep Debra from falling in love with him. LoL.

    Have a wonderful day.
    Buddy and Doug’s Big adventure.

    • Hi Doug! Congrats on the new paint job! But I would never say your home is/was ugly. Home is where the heart is, right? So glad to hear that you will be joining us at Rice Ranch. It is well worth the $5 or $6 just for the location (temporarily, lol), the flush toilets and trash bin. :)) We are really looking forward to meeting you. And you can count on it ahead of time that I (Debra) will def fall in love with Buddy. :)) Leash laws apply and nearby neighbors would probably appreciate minimal barking, but other than that – I can guarantee you Buddy (and you) will have a great time! There were lots of pups and pets last year as well. Big, big hugZ, Debra and Robert

    • Hi Doug! Glad you will be able to make it to Rice Ranch. We look forward to meeting you in person, though I feel like I already know you from YouTube and editing the video for Bob. LOL

      As you know, we typically boondock whenever possible, both to save money and to avoid the crowds. We make an exception occasionally when it makes sense for us to be in town or we need to camp somewhere without easy access to boondocking. In the case of the gathering it both provides a different experience with Quartzsite before it is too busy and avoids any concerns with BLM or Forest Service permits. We always emphasize that we are not complaining about event permits, but it does make it easier for us to plan at this time.

  9. Kristina Clark

    I believe we will be there for a few days. As of right now we have a kia sedona van that we camp in. Looking forward to meeting all of you.

    • Hi Kristina! We are glad that you will be able to join us. I was in a minivan for a little more than a year and it worked quite well for me. We have a friend who is in a Sedona as well!

    • Kristina L Clark

      Greetings…..We are not able to make it after all. We will hope to meet up with you all at some point in the very near future. We have a family thing to do. The holidays are here!

  10. Kat

    I plan on coming to the Rice Ranch gathering, if I can make it out there in time (from NYstate). Thank you Debra it was seeing you doing this that made me finally believe I might be able to do this alone with my little elderly dog. Have been very ill for many years and had given up dreaming it was going to be possible to travel/camp. I spent 4 months out in AZ area last winter and while it was difficult at times I loved it. You are someone I really want to meet in person to thank. Kat

    • This is wonderful news Kat! Robert and I will be so happy to meet you! Robert has family in New York and we are hearing about your weather today. I hope you are safe. Yes, there are many challenges on the road, but please listen to your heart. It knows what is best for you. And once you know, whatever that may be, never give up on your dreams. You’ve got this! KOKO! Happy and safe travels, d

    • Kat, we are glad that you will be able to join us at Rice Ranch! I also look forward to swapping some Upstate NY stories 🙂 I still call Upstate home after living there much of my adult life.

  11. Brenda Iverson

    Hi
    I am hoping to make it to your gathering. I am in a van but occasionally like to use my generator. Is there rules on gens? Being in the desert is new to me. I am coming down from the PNW. Looking forward to meeting you two. Brenda

    • Hi Brenda! We are glad that you will be able to join us at Rice Ranch. We just put out a new video today and addressed the generator question. We know that is a necessity for many people. In a nutshell, we are just asking people who need to run generators to park a little further from the main group to avoid bothering those who don’t run them with noise and/or smell. It’s not a problem though and we look forward to seeing you. Safe travels!

      The new video is on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/toOGNxm9EO8

  12. Robbie & Katiemac

    Hello, Debra and Robert,

    We are coming across Texas Dec 9 to arrive at Rice Ranch on the 13th. If there are others travelling this route at that time and may be interested in traveling together, we would love to know it. Also, recommendations for places to spend nights greatly appreciated! Our rig is a van.

    • Hi Robbie & Katiemac! We look forward to seeing you here at Rice Ranch and are glad that you will be able to make it. I will be sure Debra sees this as she knows a lot more about what is available between Texas and here than I do, but we probably can recommend a few spots. Probably the best bet is to email us at twomeander@gmail.com with your planned route. We will let you know any spots along the way that we can recommend.

  13. Hi – My first RTR. Thank you for the invitation to join you. Coming from OK solo. Feeling a little uneasy about just where to ‘land’ to try and to get my bearings. You’ve offered a gracious resolution 😁 I’ll be arriving on the 13th of Dec. Hope there’ll be room for me. See you then.

    Peggy

    • Hi Peggy! So glad that you will be able to join us here at Rice Ranch. RTR will provide you with many resources and contacts, and you will surely meet some good people here at Rice Ranch as well.

      Quartzsite is a bit tricky in winter as they do strictly enforce 14-day camping regulations and you will want to save that for RTR. We will be able to point you to some good options between Rice Ranch and RTR though as many of us deal with this situation each winter. There will definitely be room for you. No worries. That is one reason why we hold our gathering at Rice Ranch. It is pretty packed in January, but plenty of room in December still.

  14. Jayme Jamieson

    Hey Robert and Debra,
    Have been watching and learning with you guys for about a year and a half now on Youtube!
    I so want to come to your gathering but unfortunately I won’t be starting my journey with the nomadic lifestyle until the day after Christmas this year. From Texas I’ll be headed to the 2019 RTR the day after Christmas.
    ( I haven’t even bought a rig yet) But one way or another I’ll be headed out, even if it’s in my little 2009 Chev. Aveo.🚗 Hopefully I’ll meet up with you’ll at the RTR!!!
    Hope to see and meet you there!!!😎

    • Hi Jayme! Sorry you will not be able to make it for Rice Ranch, but we completely understand. We look forward to meeting you at RTR. I was in a Toyota Camry for a good while, and now camp intermittently in a Toyota Echo. It is not as easy as a minivan, van, or RV, but is definitely possible. You will find people at RTR in everything from tiny cars to buses and Class A motorhomes. It is a great opportunity to learn some tricks from people who are also in small vehicles. Safe travels!

  15. Karen Lee

    Hi Debra and Robert! I plan to attend the Rice Ranch meet-up. Looking foreword to fun & conversation. I’ll be in my recently built high top Ford van. See you there 👍🏼

    • Karen Lee, we are looking forward to meeting you! And we will probably have van envy since you have a high top! LOL We had a great time last year and are certain that it will be a lot of fun this year as well.

      We just published a new video today with more details about our gathering at Rice Ranch. It is on YouTube at https://youtu.be/toOGNxm9EO8

  16. Lily Silver

    Hi, we will be there! How exciting, our first group nomad event. Dan Stuttgen and Lily Silver. We have a 30 ft RV. Not sure yet if we will boondock dry camp or need hookups. One of us has a cpap so need electric for that, or batteries. Can’t wait to meet you, Debra and Robert.

    • Hi Lily! We look forward to meeting you and Dan. We had a great time last year and are sure that it will be a lot of fun this year as well. There are plenty of spots available here with hookups if you need the power.

      We just posted a new video today with some details. It is on YouTube at https://youtu.be/toOGNxm9EO8

  17. Are generators allowed at Rice Ranch while dry docking?

    • Hi Leia, we understand that many people need to run a generator for power. We just posted an updated video today with details, including addressing the generator question. That video is on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/toOGNxm9EO8

      Basically we are just asking folks who need to run generators to park a little further from the main group to avoid bothering those who do not need generators with noise/smell. It is not a problem though and we look forward to seeing you here!

  18. Tere Drake Proctor

    Greetings Debra and Robert! My lovely wife and I, and our critters, will be there with bells on! We started our new nomad life/journey from WA State in September. We had planned to be in Nashville for the holidays, but found we needed to slow down. We’re heading out of Pahrump after Thanksgiving. Kind Regards and Blessings! Tere

    • Congratulations on your new adventure! We look forward to seeing you here at Rice Ranch. Pahrump is a popular stopover spot for many people migrating between back and forth from the desert. We actually just left there a few days ago! Safe travels 🙂

  19. Maya

    I plan to attend in my Prius and tent

    • Hi Maya! We look forward to seeing you. We had two people attend last year who were in a Prius, though they both had their cars set up to sleep inside. I am camped out in my Toyota Echo this week as I do whenever Debra and I are in separate places.

  20. Lisa Adams

    Hi Everyone!! 🙂 My Husband Spencer Adams will be in Quartzsite for the meetup. He is willing to do work for people during that time. If you need something looked at or fixed you can go to his website: SpencemobileAuto.com where he has a form that you can fill out and he will get back to you.

    • Thanks for posting this, Lisa! We will be publishing a video this week (probably on Friday) to let everyone know too. Still can’t believe we forgot to mention that in the update video!

      We whole-heartedly recommend Spencer to anyone who needs vehicle repairs or maintenance!

  21. Noreen

    Looks like you’re going to have a nice turnout, sorry I will miss it.

    • We are sorry you will not be able to make it this year, Noreen! Hopefully next year. Otherwise we are still hoping to host a few more events in different locations in the future as well 🙂

  22. Chawn Kenavan

    I will be joining you from December 12 to 16 in my amall Van if space available. Thank you.

  23. Annie

    Hi Robert and Debra,
    We’re looking forward to meeting you both and all the folks attending. This sounds like a fantastic get together. We’re new to this lifestyle and loving it so far…lots to learn yet.
    We will attend the full event and dry camp.
    Thank you for putting this event together!
    See you soon!
    Annie and Joe

    • Hi Annie and Joe! We look forward to seeing you at Rice Ranch. We had a great time last year and are certain that this year will be fun as well. It’s a low-key gathering for people to visit and get to know one another, explore Quartzsite before it is too busy, and generally just have a nice time.

  24. rin wall

    Debra and Robert,

    I’m planning on being there. It will be my first time out.
    I’ve got a pickup truck camper. Look forward to meeting all the gypsies.
    Peace and love,
    rin tacoma

  25. Cindy

    Hi. My friend has been talking about you guys. Can’t wait to meet you. Will be there drydocking all days.

  26. Hey guys,

    I plan on stopping by. I am wrapping up the last of my todo list tomorrow. (Hopefully) I am traveling in from Texas so I should make it there for day one.

    • Hi Elaine, we are glad to hear you will be able to join us at Rice Ranch! We look forward to seeing you. Safe travels!

  27. Wendy B

    We are in Parker right now, and just heard about this meetup! We will definitely be there tomorrow!! We are total newbies…first real trip in our new class C…and have a lot to learn! See you Wednesday!!!

  28. CJ

    Hope to be coming in on Dec. 13th if I can drive for 8 hours otherwise it won’t be until the 14th

  29. Silvianne

    Hi! I got a late start from California, so will be there tomorrow instead of today as planned. Looking forward to meeting everyone…save me a place :-).

  30. Deborah Hopkinson

    Had such a wonderful time. Can’t believe this is the last day! 🙁 It was lovely to meet you both. Thank you for this event.

    • Thank you, Deborah. It was wonderful to finally meet you as well! So glad you were able to make it to this meetup.

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