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Saturday, January 08, 2011

Since my last blog we have finally gotten to Arizona. Seems strange that it took us 7 weeks to reach this desert land. But that’s what happens when you are having so much fun!

We left Desert Hot springs the day after New Years day, Jan 2, Sunday, and followed I-10 to Blythe. We had planned on stopping there for the night along the Colorado River. But you never know what a private RV park is like until you get to it and see it. This one was awful……full of “trailer trash”. So we left and ended up at Quartzite, AZ. It was our first time in this little town that becomes huge at this time every year. People come from everywhere to see the Rock and Gem show, the RV show, and other shows. It is one huge garage/yard sale that they hold in big tents in the desert. Fortunately for us, we were there about one week before the first show began so we got a space for the night. But there was a constant stream of RVs coming in and taking their reserved spaces. Not only were the RV parks filled, the desert had RVs sitting all over. People come with everything they need and dry camp next to a cactus. You can buy just about anything in Quartzite at this time of the year, and then the town pretty much shuts down for the rest of the year when it gets hot. We did not feel the attraction to the place or the reason (?) people gathered there. So we pulled out the next day for Mesa.

I had made a reservation for the Mesa Regal RV Resort before leaving home. We have good friends that I used to teach with that now live there during the winters in a park model. We enjoyed getting to see them again and getting to learn about life in such a resort. This is not camping! It is like a city within a city. There are over 2000 sites to live on or to bring your RV to. And there are more activities than I could ever remember or list here. Suffice it to say, this is a very busy place with activities for every life style. People come from all over to spend the winters here. We spent 3 nights here and enjoyed catching –up with our friends.

We left Mesa Thursday, 1/6/11, and headed to Tucson and then a little south to Desert Trails RV Park. We had no reservation, but got one of three available sites. We changed to another site that we liked better the next morning. This RV park is situated about 10 miles SW of Tucson and is right in the middle of the desert. We are very near Saguaro Nat. Park. and the Arizona-Sonora Living Desert Museum . We have many trails that lead right from our park out through the desert. Today we walked out on several of the trails. There are lots of different types of cactus and animals all about us. In fact, when I got up this morning there was the leg and remains of some animal that was left on the ground right out in front of our trailer. Probably left over from the night’s activity of one of the javalina and coyotes that come through the camp after people have gone to bed. The air here is clean and I can see mountains all around us. Kit Peak Nat Observatory is just west of us and I can see some of the structures through my telephoto lens. Yesterday’s sunset was spectacular. I’ll try and get a picture of it on my photo gallery.

We like it here very much and there are many things to do both at the park and in the surrounding area. The temp has ranged from 65-72 degrees. So we have extended our plans to stay here for 3 weeks. I’ll try to fill you in on other places and things that we have done while we are down here. More later. -jc

Posted by jcsc 17:26

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