Life on the Open Road (April 2006 - May 2008)

The continuing saga of a single fulltime RVer who travels the western US. This is part one of my journey, from April 2006, when the blog started, to May 2008, when the blog continues at

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I have been a full-time RVer for 18 years, primarily "boondocking," camping free without hookups, in the Western US. I am connected electronically with the world via satellite TV, phone and internet. My batteries are charged solely by solar panels. I welcome your comments and emails.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Man Who Wears Three Socks

Well-known to all the Snowbirds in Quartzsite, Paul Winer is famous as the "Naked Bookseller."

A very personable guy, Paul seems to love posing with everyone. It was in the 50s when we were there, and I was chilly, but he seemed fine.

He's moved to a new location this year, on East Main St., in a real building. The selections were great, and Barbara and I each bought some.

There is a sad side to his story. His daughter, Celia, died in 1995 at the age of eight. She herself was famous for being one of the smallest babies ever to survive, at 1 1/4 pounds. Paul and his wife Joanne have made a large 20-acre garden in her memory.

Many trails wind through the various unusual displays.

This wagon is from the late 1800s, and is thought to be one of the original wagons used to haul goods from the ferry in Ehrenburg to Quartzsite.

The rest of the story of Celia, and Celia's Garden, can be found here.


Anonymous PA Linda said...

Read the interesting story. Celia was a beautiful and unique little girl. As an adult, she might have accomplished great things. I noticed that Paul wore clothes in the photo of the tea party - do you know when and why he became a nudist? Is his wife a nudist too?

6:05 AM  
Anonymous Corrie said...

That does seem pretty cold to be outside without clothes. Maybe you get used to it.

3:43 PM  
Anonymous roamingbarbara said...

OMG, What a great title! I thought you might crop that picture a little tighter. :-) He has to be the most photographed man in Arizona - maybe the world! His is an interesting story - a true individual.

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am looking for the source of the comic page you posted below about the air scouts. I am a dear friend of one of the boys who, in 1956, built that sign for Phoenix. He is now 69 years old. We would love to find a copy of that page for him. Can you help?

5:07 PM  

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