Before we headed to the event, we captured a nice sunset reflecting off of our rig.
We moved from our spot at the LTVA in Quartzsite over to one of the 14 day BLM areas on the north side of town. This area is huge, so we set up near the perimeter of the event, by the road. Normally, we’d be a little closer, but due to some battery issues, we wanted to make sure we didn’t irritate other campers with extended generator usage.
Starting at 8:00 p.m. on December 31, we joined the other revelers in the brand new event pavilion for some dancing, eating, and drinking. Well, we didn’t drink anything other than water, but others did. 🙂
As we got closer and closer to the countdown, the crowd thinned a little bit, and official photos of the crowd were taken. We were in the back, near the stage, so we got a bunch of hands in the air. 🙂
Unfortunately, once the photo was over, we were standing in front of a speaker as the music came back. Ouch. We moved back to prevent further hearing damage, and got positioned for the ceremonial sewer hose drop.
The sewer hose drop
Yes, you read that right. 🙂 Instead of a ball in Times Square, the Xscapers drop the ceremonial sewer hose. It’s plainly visible in the last two photos above (clear with lights inside on the top right).
A bonfire was setup outside the event pavilion, and at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, someone’s Christmas tree and the old Xscapers event sign were started on fire.
How fast did it burn up? Let’s just say that a dry Christmas tree is very flammable and doesn’t last long. Once the tree and sign were obliterated, we moved around a little bit and captured more of the fire and the new Xscapers sign.
Before we left for the night, we got a little video of the bonfire.
All in all, we had a good night and we enjoyed the celebration. Our next Xscapers event is the annual bash in Lake Havasu City, starting in 10 days.