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OK I’m not embarrassed admit it, tourist traps can be fun.

They’re even better if they have:

  • Cheap cold beer
  • Live loud music
  • Eco-Groovy solar-power

We found all that and more during a NuRVers 4×4 excursion from Quartzsite to the Desert Bar in Parker, Arizona.

The bumpy, twisty, 6-mile long highway-to-hell “road” was quite the ordeal but once we arrived and were greeted by a rockin’ blues band, I knew it was worth the journey.

This little hideaway is only open on weekends during snowbird season (October through April) and you’d better bring cash for that ice cold beer and cocktails.

This ex-mining camp is so charming, like Wall Drug it accurately reflects the entrepreneurial spirit in America.

  • In 1975, a crazy guy buys land in the middle of the desert
  • He envisions a “bar in the desert” even though there’s no power and water must be trucked in
  • In 1985 he opens for business in a structure the size of an outhouse
  • As word got out, he expanded to dig a well, install solar and finally expand to the amazing bi-level bar that you see today.

You can read the entire story on the Desert Bar’s hokey website. For now, take my word for it, our goofy grins say it all: this little place is worth the bumpy drive to get there!


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Can there be such a thing as too much fun?

Here in dry, dusty Borrego Springs we’re testing that theory with NuRVers.

Since our New Year’s Eve convergence the fun’s been winning out and our work is taking a back seat to fun things like the Trailer Trash Hash.

All that work getting put off makes me nervous, so tomorrow we’re headed to the Slabs for a few days to hide out with the fugitives and get some projects done.

Stay tuned for crazy tales from the desert, coming soon . . .


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Happy Nü Year One and All!

After a couple months visiting family and friends with far too much time on busy highways and in big cities, we finally arrived at one of our favorite southwest RV destinations on New Year’s eve. The peace and quiet of Anza Borrego would have to wait, at least a day or so…

Happy Nü Year 2014 Anza Borrego CA

It’s been three years since NüRVers first gathered in Quartzsite to ring in the new year, but it was like we’d seen some of these faces just yesterday. Other new folks became immediate friends.

Happy Nü Year 2014 Anza Borrego CA

One good thing about gathering with a bunch of like-minded technology enabled nomads is that someone is bound to have some insight or a spare piece of hardware should you find yourself having technical difficulties—which tends to happen fairly often on the road less traveled. And this group is filled with programmers, network engineers, developers and artists, oh my!

Happy Nü Year Camp Anza Borrego 2014

Rene and I our kicking the business up a notch, and have determined that 2014 is going to be a very productive year. So my first task after the revelry settled down a bit was to get us online. This can tend to bring surprises after remaining stationary for some time, and this New Year’s day was no different. I wirelessly accessed our MotoSat controller that morning to calibrate the dish since we last used it weeks prior, hundreds of miles to the North. No problem.

Minutes later, I went to raise the dish again and search for our satellite but no wireless network was to be found. Well with this group, there were nearly a dozen new networks, but not ours! I figured it may just be a channel ID conflict,  but I couldn’t access the Linksys WRT300N admin panel if I couldn’t get on the network so I wired in to the router. In doing so, I noticed the Wireless indicator was not lit. Great.

To make a long story short, resetting factor defaults and fudging about resulted in no wireless connectivity. I got us online with the dish, set Rene up with a cable, and went to ask the Man.

2014 Nü Year' Eve Party was A Formal Affair

Sam is one of our top go-to guys when it comes to tech questions. After explaining my troubleshooting steps, he had an official diagnosis:

The desert ate your router.

It doesn’t help questioning why it worked one minute and not the next. It doesn’t help that Verizon cellular service is serious lacking in this part of the Southern CA desert. And it doesn’t help worrying about waiting for General Delivery while trying to be productive.

What did help was that Sam also had a spare CradlePoint MBR95 wireless router he wasn’t using. In fact, he had been thinking of selling it! So I took it for a test drive.

To make a longer story even shorter! It works like a charm. The CradlePoint is a wireless 4G/3G router that let’s you connect a USB broadband modem, which we do not use since we have our Verizon MiFi for redundancy. But you can also connect any cable/DSL modem, or in our case the HughesNet terminal. Same gave us a deal, we paid him via PayPal on the spot, and we’re already working away on big plans.

Lessons Learned This Time:

Be prepared for the unexpected. If you rely on the interwebs to support your nomadic lifestyle, have redundant methods of connectivity and carry along any cables you might need in the event of a wireless emergency.

Ours is not to question why. Living this lifestyle, if something can go wrong, it eventually will. If something goes wonky that once worked just fine, don’t waste too many brain cycles trying to figure out why.

Know who to ask. By all means, know what to do in terms of general troubleshooting for any equipment you operate. But if ever in doubt, know where to turn for free advice. The NüRVers Facebook page and RV geek discussion forums are a good place to start!

Don’t panic. Whatever happens, take a moment to breathe and evaluate the situation. There is always a solution and the best is often the simplest.

Connect with good friends. Develop a core group of fellow traveling friends online and don’t spend too much time in between hooking up with them next time!

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Having been born in the wee hours of All Saint’s Day, I had increasingly hedonistic hallowed birthday bashes for the first 40 years of my life. Since hitting the road, Halloween in our RV has been rather calm. This year was different.

NuRVers Free RV Boondocking Behind Bally's Las VegasFor starters, we had a blast boondocking behind Bally’s for a week of fun on the Las Vegas strip with favorite NüRVer friends. The best part of that was the price—FREE! Why dry camp in a parking lot for a week?

Why, for the Zombie Walk of course…

 NuRVers Die for Zombie Walk Las Vegas 2013

After a few more days of finding bargains on the strip, then came Halloween on Fremont Street. Pictures, as they say, speak louder than words…

The highlight of Halloween this year, had to be the people-watching. And there’s no better place than Vegas, with its fair share of freaks—from the scantily clad to the downright creepy…

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Last week was a breath of fresh air. After three months of working non-stop at the ranch, we got a chance to enjoy the Alpine Loop’s scenery.

One of the benefits of working at the ranch is use of their rental jeeps.


Thanks to an impromptu visit by NuRVers Epic Wesley and Zen Nomads, we remembered why we love coming to this part of the country in the first place.

After a spectacular jeeping day on the Loop, we retreated to Sam’s fun and funky home on wheels for a round of Cards Against Humanity, a hilarious game Wesley introduced to us. This game is so lewd, crude and fun, it’s perfect during a rowdy night with friends!

The Nu crew is headed to Burning Man and was traveling across America’s Loneliest Highway when we convinced them to make a detour to see us Vickers Ranch.

Little did they know we were secretly recruiting them to help us flip burgers at the Friday Guest Appreciation dinner!

And even better, Wesley’s appearance gave the ranch a real piano player to accompany the weekly “Amazing Grace” pre-dinner fun. Here is is, playing on a piano that’s over 100 years old:

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Our time together was far too short, but that’s probably a good thing since multiple nights of festivities and workamping don’t go together. That’s OK though, because we’ll catch up with this crazy bunch for a night of zombie walking, partying and celebrating Jim’s birthday in Las Vegas on Halloween.

Until then, we’ve got one more week left of our workamping gig, then our life is ours again. For us, that means getting back to our own version of “reality.” Yay!

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