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Borrego Springs, CA

Friday, October 3, 2014

Talk about climate change

Thursday morning’s temperature at Bryce Canyon NP was 25*!  A bit chilly for me.  Since we had stowed all the hoses the night before, we were able to just head out without having to deal with frozen hoses.  We took US 89 through Page, and headed south through Arizona.  We stopped last night, after 228 miles, at Cameron Trading Post RV Park.

What a place that was!  Leveling was impossible.  It was kind of like one of those fun houses where you can’t walk a straight line because of the tilt.  It is the only RV place between Page and Flagstaff.  There was lots of construction in the area, and we almost missed the turn over the lumpy cattle guard into the RV area.  It’s good for an overnight stay, but that’s about all I can say about it.  30 amp electric only, and no bathrooms.  The bathrooms wasn’t an issue for me, but it was for Kurt.  We did drive across the street to the Trading Post for dinner.  It was a very nice restaurant, and is known for their Navajo fry bread.  I’ve never had that before.  My opinion?  It’s good if you like grease running down your hand.

Because of the change to Arizona time, I was awake at six in the morning.  We left shortly before eight.  We had only hooked up to electric, but their pull through sites required unhitching the toad.  You can get a big rig in there, but you can’t stay hooked up with your tow vehicle. 

There was more construction as we headed towards Flagstaff.  Looks like eventually US 89 will be a four lane highway.  It’s a very busy road, and the four lanes are needed in my opinion, but I think it will take several years for it to be built.

As we continued south, we eventually went down in elevation quite a bit, and that meant the temperatures rose as we descended.  By the time we reached Phoenix, it was in the 90’s.  I guess I haven’t mentioned that the AC in front has quit working, have I?   Kurt was in heaven, and I was sweating bullets!

When we pulled into Casa Grande RV Resort, the temp outside was 95, and about the same in the rig.  The first priority for me was to get the electric hooked up so I could turn on the coach AC.  It took until 6:00 tonight to bring it down to an acceptable level for me.  It will take me a bit to adjust to this climate change.

Once everything was basically set up, I drove Kurt about two miles or so to his house.  His pool in his back yard was inviting, but I passed for today.  I’ll be here a couple of weeks or more, and I wanted to get back to the rig to settle in.

I’ve never stayed in an RV resort before, and I do have some first impressions.  I ended up getting a site close to the dog park.  That’s a good thing.  There’s quite a bit of road noise here that I’ll have to adjust to after spending most of my days in the peace and quiet of our National Wildlife Refuges.  The site is pretty spacious for an RV park, and the pool and hot tub are open 24/7.  I was too road weary to take advantage of that today, but I’ll be sure to give it a try.

Right now, I want to take a long shower, do the dishes we’ve accumulated over the last couple of days, and just relax for the weekend.  It’s been about a 2000 mile road trip to get here, and I’m tired of driving.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll take a few pictures.  Emma is already zonked out, and it won’t be long until I will be also.

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

22 comments:

  1. You made it with all the road work. Road word in AZ is none stop and in some places I swear takes about 20 yrs to complete. Hope to meet you somewhere while your here.Rest up BTW by next week the temps should be lower maybe in the 80's this morning it was 55 YES!

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  2. I'm sure you are worn out as you have traveled quite a few miles. I would think the noise will be harder to adjust to than the heat, and look forward to hearing about your experiences there.

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  3. I've learned to tune out the road noise in RV parks/resorts. Seems most people are in their cars and driving in and out of the park all day long.

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  4. Oh my, 95 in October. That would be hard for me. I think I would melt. Wish I was like Teri, I never get used to noise. Hope you can or have ear plugs for the nights. Glad you arrived safely.

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  5. If you had grease running down your hand- that is not good fry bread. That is why we always drive with the generator on to run the coach AC. If those temps get too far ahead of you it just takes forever for that metal box to cool down. Enjoy the resort!

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  6. That's a lot of miles you covered... but SO scenic! Nice that you'll have some time to relax before heading to your next refuge.

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  7. We have had some of the most delicious Navajo fry bread in Tuscon.
    Glad you arrived safely to Casa Grande. Now it is time to just settle back and enjoy the good life.

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  8. Glad you can finally rest..that's a loooong drive. Are you going to get to Ajo this trip? Hickiwan Trails use to be pretty neat to stay at...about 12 miles from Ajo in Why....I really did enjoy that desert and those sunsets...

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  9. Glad to see you have arrived and are tucked in for a while. Enjoyed following along on your road trip.

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  10. What a beautiful 2000 miles you traveled. It will be good to rest for a couple of weeks. I'm guessing you will be heading to Imperial NWR from there. If all goes well. Our plans are to be traveling to So Cal for January with a stop in Yuma in February...hope to see!

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  11. We have stayed in the Casa Grande RV Resort...really nice...BUT HOT there. We had friends who had a place in Flagstaff, and one in Sedona. The difference in temps is amazing. I feel your pain...we traveled over 2000 miles to get to our place where we can relax for three months.

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  12. Glad you made it safely to the RV resort in Casa Grande! Emma should have helped you with the driving! Hope you don't swelter in the heat!

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  13. Nice to hear you made it safely to AZ and the temps are nice and warm. Hope you get a chance to cool off in the pool soon and take it easy for a couple of days at least after all that driving.

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  14. 2000 mile road trip? Good for you, nice practice warm up for the PDD driving club. One day you'll reach that gold level. ;c)

    I'm sure you checked all the circuit breakers for that front a/c, hopefully it will be something minor. With those temps, you will be needing it. Thank goodness you have two units.

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  15. I agree with Catherine. . .fry bread should not be greasy. . .you'll hafta give it another try. . .delicious with honey drizzled on. . .yum!

    Glad you have arrived safely and can recuperate from your journey. . .enjoy!

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  16. glad that you made it safely to AZ. I would rather deal with the heat than cold.

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  17. 95 in October is why we generally don't get to the area until mid November.

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  18. When we have to drive the rig in hot weather, we generally start the generator and run the roof air conditioner to keep cool. The dash A/C just can't keep up, especially when the sun is heading in the windshield. We came home to Tucson early this year ... just at the beginning of October. I have stayed at the Casa Grande RV Resort ... enjoy the pool when the sun is setting!

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  19. Enjoy your stay in Arizona. We won't get there until the first week in December.

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  20. Just reading this post wore me out - I'm so glad you are there and can relax a bit. The pool and hot tub sound wonderful.

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