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APRIL 3 MONDAY
is now Sat. and watching the final four and on Sunday will relax and read
the paper) We plan on heading out on Monday east on I-10 and getting off
on exit 31 and taking HWY 60 to Wickenburg. You Escapees people know that
area as Congress North. We stayed last year at Congress north so know the
Its spring and time for all
good Full Timers to think about their spring and summer plans. We
have wintered in Quartzsite, and while it was fun while the fun lasted
its time to bo on the road again. This morning we did the final packing
and cleaning. Hooked the trailer up, and held our breath, would the
slides work. would the satellite dish stow, would we be able
to hit the road.
Hooked up and ready to go
And gone. Our home of the last few months in now just another bare patch of desert on the fringes of Q. WE has a big day planned, a whole three hours of travel time, with a stop in Wickenburg at noon to visit the grocery store, go to the bank, and pick up a couple of baubles at the hardware store. One stop shopping in wickenburg. A tank of Diesel fuel was added to the mix and we continued on our way, ending up at Lake Pleasant Regional Park.
APRIL 3 MONDAY AFTERNOON
We had found the park last year when we went to phoenix from The october camp in Congress, but did not stop. The internet informed up that there was primitive camping for five dollars a night, and we were up for that. Arrived at the park at 2:00 pm and then went about looking for a campsite. Registered at the south entrance, and went to the visitors center, where they informed us that the best camping was at the north entrance. After having to back up and turn around once with the road being closed due to high water we got to the North entrance and got settled in.
Our excellent site overlooking a quiet cove.
After setting up it was time
for a hike. This view is but a short distance from our camp.
I always enjoy the contradiction posed by a large body of water surrounded
by miles and miles of saguaro cactus.
And a reminder of spring, the
flower cluster of the ocotillo cactus caught my attention on the hike down
the hill. More to come tomorrow.
APRIL 4 TUESDAY
road again, but only for a short trip up the road to Cottonwood, Az.
Tonight we are setting in Dead Horse State Park with full hookups.
The batteries are very confused, they have not been plugged into
Ac power since last Sept. We have 50amp power and a water hydrant.
We also made our arrival in civilization official hitting a Walmart, Home
Depot and Safeway all in one day. Here we are located in our
new home for the next few days. The forecast is for rain and high
winds tomorrow, we stay here for a few days of exploration while
waiting for the weather to improve in the north and east.
Went for a short drive this
afternoon and ended up in Jerome, The road climbs quite rapidly from
Cottonwood, narrow with lots of switch backs and longggggg drop off.
Would not want to be on this road with any ice or snow. did get a
couple of shots out the window and the street scenes below.
A great site Jerome
Chamber of Commerce Another site all about Jerome,
Founded in 1876, Jerome was once the fourth largest city in the Arizona Territory. The population peaked at 15,000 in the 1920's. The Depression of the 1930's slowed the mining operation and the claim went to Phelps Dodge, who holds the claim today. World War II brought increased demand for copper, but after the war, demand slowed. Dependent on the copper market, Phelps Dodge Mine closed in 1953. The remaining 50 to 100 hardy souls promoted the town as a historic ghost town. In 1967 Jerome was designated a National Historic District by the federal government. Today Jerome is a thriving tourist and artist community with a population of about 450.
Jerome sits above what was the largest copper mine in Arizona and produced an astonishing 3 million pounds of copper per month. Men and women from all over the world made their way to Arizona to find work and maybe a new way of life. Today the mines are silent, and Jerome has become the largest ghost town in America.
With the weather predicted to be bad tomorrow, we will plan on a day in camp, possibly take the truck in for service if we can get in. I would like to go back to Jerome and walk around and look at the shops, but who knows right now. I do know what breakfast will be, bought bagels, cream cheese, and sliced ham this afternoon.
Still in Cottonwood at Dead Horse state park. The weather started out today as predicted and never got any better. We had rain and sleet showers off and on all day. In between showers we were out and about town. This morning we could look into the hills above town and see the dusting of snow in the higher elevations.
We stayed at the state park as we didn't see or read about many other options. And with the bad weather it was nice to have unlimited electric to waste as we saw fit.
Went to the Chevrolet dealer Larry Green here in Cottonwood for an oil change. The dealership was very nice, a new three million dollar building that they moved into in October, but very little customer traffic. Got a quote of $75.00 for the service check up and probably should have called the GMC dealer down the road for a second quote, not that they didn't do a good job, but the entire time we were there had to listen to hard core christian rock on their speaker system. The oustside patio speaker was very loud, with constant songs about the lord and salvation, and we after to listening to this for an hour, did go and complain to management. After a smile, each employee would just say that the Muzak was directed by the owner. Must be a great place to work if you don't fit the owners perfect mold. We were surprised that a place of business would play something like this, and would want to take any chances offending customers. Word of mouth is a great marketing tool and as we spoke to people around town in visitor centers, etc. we received the same response that they did not have a positive opinion of this dealership. A letter will be sent to GM.
Wanted to go to Montazumas Castle
National Monument but got lost trying to get there. We did find the
fish hatchery and had a good time feeding the trout in the show pool.
When we got back to Cottonwood I went to the Bank and Ron went to Safeway,
then back to camp where we got to watch several more rain showers roll
Tomorrow we are going on a road
trip to Sedona and points north.
And another fabulous Arizona
sunset picture from our campground in Cottonwood, they never quit.
APRIL 6 THURSDAY
Today was our Sedona, Red Rocks day. The Red Rocks area is very beautiful, sublimely so, the great shame is they had to plop Sedona down right in the middle of it. Sedona to my way of thinking is a carnival come to town and never left. Lots and lots of ticky tacky tourist trappy shops, with some very high end art galleries thrown in for good measure. We drove the length of Oak Creek, and then climbed the hill to the ridge top for a quick viewing of the overlook. Last night it had snowed, with bits of the snow still remaining. The area at the rest stop was full of tourists, and where ever there is a concentration of tourists there springs up a Native American flea/silver market. This was no exception, the vendors were setting up as we got there, complete with propane radiant heaters.
The view below is from the upper lookout at the Sedona Airport. They wanted a buck per person to view at the stop. We didn't see anyone inserting a dollar into the machine. It didn't give a receipt so what the heck. The forest service requires the purchase of a permit if you are going to park on any of the Forest Service lands in the area. The local governmental bodies see the views as a cash cow to be milked. The tourists supplying an ever flowing supply.
We had planned a picnic lunch at some overlook with the grand views as our decor, but we got to Oak Creek and turned around in the Wendy's parking lot and Ron decided he was having a fast food withdrall, instead of my gourmet lunch. (Insert by Ron... this was the first time in a long time Terry had made a travel lunch, let be known I harassed him into doing it.) After lunch we walked main street looking in the various shops and had an ice cream cone for desert. The ice cream cost more then lunch at Wendy's. Our final stop in Sedona was the community arts center, where the staff was busy setting a new show. By mid afternoon we were on our way back to Cottonwood. On the way back to Cottonwood we decided to drive the road back up to Jerome and then went up higher up HW 89A to the top of the ridge at 7040 alt. up to the pass summit.
Driving the road above Jerome
is a true mountain highway experience. The road is narrow and has
many switch backs, and there are many long drop offs. The road reminded
us of the highway between Oury and Silverton Colorado. Ron loves
these mtn roads but they make me nervous when I am looking over the edge
and seeing blue skies and nothing more. We saw a lot of motorcyclists
on the road and in Jerome. They really like the experience of the
Above Jerome on HW 89A
looking out over Cottonwood and way in the background the red clifs of
Friday we are thinking of hitting the road again. We are looking at the area around Winslow and from then on to Canyon De Chelley. After that it will depend on the weather. Would like to hit Navajo Dam, but the weather looks like it might be to cold.
We have landed at Winslow, AZ
a short drive up I-17 to Flagstaff and east on I-40.
have gone just north of Winslow and stayed at the Homolovi
Ruins State Park at a cost of
It is soooo nice here, we are thinking about statying for the weekend. As this from USAToday online weather.
It just hit me why we like it here.... Water... Lake... Canyon. Things we missed for many months in Quartzsite and here it all comes together in the high plains at about 5000 ft. No wind and perfect.
I did not like Sedona. Another
tourist trap and way too much money being spent on fancy homes by the rich.
Nobody needs to live like that when people are starving. I have to
admit I am a socialist at heart, and think some of the wealth should be
shared where it will do some good. I know some do share, but much
more is needed.
Oh and later Bill Maur is on HBO as it is Friday and we will give hime another change. This season has been lame and just more of the same old tried lines from him and his repeat guests. The only good part is the 'New Rules' at the end of the show
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