Gladlee of Guernsey
America Spring 2023 (Page 1)
21st February - 4th April - American RV trip
Phoenix - Arizona, California and New Mexico
21st Feb - Always RV, Arizona, US
Arrived at Always RV in Mesa, just outside of Phoenix, to collect the motorhome and check everything out before departing on our journey. A little bit of weather around on our arrival.
22nd Feb - Lost Dutchman State Park
After a morning shopping trip to the nearest Walmart to stock up on essentials we head out to Lost Dutchman SP near Apache Junction. Just a few miles up the road.
23rd/24th Feb - Catalina State Park, nr Tucson Our second trip here. Very lucky to get in as unknown to us the park had been
closed due to flooding and was officially still closed. they did let us in
though. Our first attempt at a walk was thwarted by a river across the trail so
we had to find an alternative. Took a picnic lunch with us.
23rd/24th Feb - Catalina State Park, nr Tucson
Our second trip here. Very lucky to get in as unknown to us the park had been closed due to flooding and was officially still closed. they did let us in though. Our first attempt at a walk was thwarted by a river across the trail so we had to find an alternative. Took a picnic lunch with us.
25th Feb - Sunflower Camp, Tubac
A new place for us that Julie found online. Very basic but suited us perfectly. A relatively easy walk into Tubac town where we managed to find a nice bar.
26th/27th Feb - Patagonia State Park
One of our favourite places but very busy at this time of year with all the Snowbirds. Plenty of walking done and always food for the wildlife.
28th Feb - Sunflower Camp, Tubac
Back to Sunflower on our way through to our next stop.
1st - 3rd March - Organ Pipe National Monument
One of our all time favourites. Good walks here and Ron did his longest walk yet after surgery to the Victoria Mine - and old silver mine with a round trip of about 8km but over very undulating terrain.
4th/5th March - Painted Rock Petroglyph CG
Interesting site with lots of Petroglyphs done by native Americans probably before it was America.
6th March - Mittry Lake BLM (California)
Been to a different bit of the lake before but this was a new area. Managed a fairly long walk along to Imperial Dam. Interesting how low the river was.
7th March - Red Hill Marina
We stopped here before a few years ago but got a bit of a shock this time. The place was virtually defunct with signs saying no trespassing, closed etc. We did however find a sign that said campers only beyond this point so we took that as the real one. We were alone here. The Salton Sea had retreated so much there was virtually no sight of it. However, we decided it was probably a hunter's campground now and in fact the bathrooms worked with hot water for a shower. The following morning a Ranger came by and said no problem at all for us stopping there.
8th/9th March - Salt Creek CG, Salton Sea
Moved on up the Salton Sea a bit to one of our old favourites and did manage to find the water.
10th/11th March - Headquarters, Salton Sea
Up to the Headquarters where we have the luxury of full hookup. The sea had receded so much that the 'marina' is now defunct with only a trickle of water at the entrance.
12th/13th March - Saddle Mountain BLM (Arizona)
Just to the west of Phoenix this is our favourite "off grid" location where we just wild camp. Always good walking and things to see.
14th/15th March - Wells Fargo RV, Tombstone
Our third visit to the historic town of Tombstone of Wyatt Earp fame. The actual OK Corral in the background where Earp outgunned the bad guys. We did manage a couple of meals out for a change.
16th-18th - March - Pancho Villa State Park
We have now crossed into New Mexico and are literally on the Mexican border. A new place for us in the small town of Columbus. The local library provided us with internet and free coffee as well as a warm place to sit as it was a bitterly cold day.
19th March - Percha Dam State Park
Another new location for us and no idea what to expect. Turned out to be a lovely stop with a nice walk by the Rio Grande up to the dam.
20th/21st March - Elephant Butte State Park
And yet another new place for us. Turned out we had the best site in the whole campground looking out over the lake. Called the Quail Run campground we didn't have to wonder why for long. Quail everywhere and even a Roadrunner walking through the site.
22nd/23rd March - Lyman State Park
Here years ago with Linda and Seamus. A touch cold this time and even a touch of snow. Not sure if we would get in without a reservation but the place was close to empty.
24th/25th March - OK RV, Holbrook
A private campground so that we can get some laundry done and have the luxury of internet, power and water. We took a day out to visit the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest which are both basically the same park.
26th - 29th March - Windy Hill CG, Roosevelt Lake
We have decided to lose some altitude and the result is fairly obvious. At last we have some really nice weather having dropped for 6,000ft to 2,000 ft. Our shock was that the lake which is normally very low making boat ramps inaccessible, was in fact so high that it made all but one of the ramps inaccessible. So nice here though we spent 4 days here.
30th March - 1st April - Schoolhouse CG, Roosevelt Lake
Felt we had to move on so travelled 10 miles down the road to the next campground.
2nd/3rd April - Lost Dutchman
Back to where we started.
4th April - Always RV, Mesa
And after a laundry stop on the way we are back to our storage "home".
A great trip with some new sites even if the weather did try to challenge us.