When it comes to Gay cult films, "To Wong Fu" and "The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert" are two of my favorites! The thought of driving across America and hitting every po-dunk town along the way with a gaggle of gays just seemed like loads of fun and had been on my bucket list of things to do until this past summer when we purchased a 36 foot Fleetwood Bounder RV. Considering how difficult it is to organize a group of queens to do anything, a fifty day road trip was obviously out of the question so I settled for my partner in crime, my fag hag mother, and our six dogs, all in one RV!
I knew we were in for an adventure, but I’m not sure anything could have prepared us for what was yet to come, everything from RV breakdowns in our brand new 2013 Fleetwood Bounder, to unexpected surprises. Our Adventure started in Houston Texas and we set out west for California and back through the Grand Canyon. My goal was to hit every gay campground and destination along the way and I knew that just writing about it was not going to be enough to communicate the experience, so opted to video blog the adventure.
Before heading west we make a visit to our sister city up north, the "Big D" where we park our RV at Traders Village, a huge Texas size flea market!
We need to make a pit stop in Boerne to fix our broken down Fleetwood Bounder generator. You can't go 54 days with 6 dogs and 3 people in an RV without aircondition! This gave me an excuse to stop in the Hill Country towns of Banderas, Comfort, and Tarpley, the home of the famous Mac and Ernies restaurant as seen on Bizarre Foods!
If you have trouble seeing the Youtube video you can view it on my Vimeo Video.
We're on day 8 of our adventure when we pass through the town of Uvalde. Here we find another Bizarre Foods favorite, called Live Oaks Gordita restaurant on our way to the quirky town of Marfa Texas, known for the mysterious "Marfa Lights"! Boy was this a town right out of the Twilight Zone!
Our next leg takes us through my home town of El Paso Texas on our way to Tomestone Arizona. Now you can't visit El Paso with out eating at Chico's Tacos, another Food Network favorite as seen on Diner's and Dives, which my grandfather started over 50 years ago!
Tombstone by the way, is the site of the famous "Gunfight at OK Corral". This town is stuck in time with it's old wild west streets and buildings and a fun place to visit. Here we find a gay campground called David's Oasis just minutes from Tombstone and another cute gay friendly mining town called Bisbee.
Now were headed for Palm Springs where we have a gay ole time with my astranged gay uncle Ricky who used to be a Drag Queen. Here we go to the prescreening of Liberachi's "Behind the Candelabra" and Micheal Holmes'"The Judy Garland Show". This town is sooo gay, it's like the Puerto Vallarta of the U.S.
This is day 19 on our adventure and we head to San Diego where we reconnect with good friends from Puerto Vallarta and I fall in love with this beautiful city!
Headed for Los Angeles we come across some of the most beautiful coast line as we visit the cities of Oceanside and Malibu. In Malibu we find an RV Park with a spectacular view of the ocean!
On our way to Santa Cruz we stop in the beatiful towns of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterrey California. You have to check out the drama that unfolds in Santa Cruz that almost ends in a divorce I like to call RV Hell!
On day 30 of our trip we visit San Jose, San Francisco and the wine country around Livermore California. Here we do it Mexican style by pulling into the backyard of cousin's house. I swear had our RV been one foot longer we would not have fit in the backyard!