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We found this spot on Campendium, and after reading the reviews, I wasn't sure if we were going to find a spot or fit into the spots we did find. We could only go so far, so after passing the 5th cattle guard, we pulled over and rode the bikes in to scope out a spot. Low and behold, there were 2 areas that MAY work, and a few spots to turn around if they didn't.
It was difficult to put the rig into position, but even though a bit frustrated, Mark did an awesome job. Once it was in position, it was also work to level the rig, as we were 8" off. We put one side up on blocks, and the other side we dug a little hole so the tires would go down. Came out to 1/4" off, so we called it good and hit auto-level.
The views at this place are spectacular! We walked the area and found recent evidence of cows, Mountain Sheep, and some dog or cat-like medium type animal. We were at the top of the hill overlooking the rest of the campers, so we set up the cameras to face the mountains, in hopes that we'll see some kind of wild animal activity.
The local cows moved in on day 2, keeping their distance yet welcoming us with their presence. :-)
Stay Details: Indian Bread Rocks BLM; Bowie AZ. (32.240677, -109.506086)
We didn't think we'd see many more Saguaros than we've seen already, but wow! This location was littered with them! We had a nice educational drive through the park, and enjoyed seeing the many plant species that were abundant in the area.
Moving south to Tucson, we wanted to stay just outside of the Saguaro NP so we had easy access to some waypoints.
On the drive in, we chose to drive by the Pinal Air Park and it was pretty cool to see the airplane bone yard! We did not stop with the rig, but you can see the numerous planes from the distance.
The road from the west getting to Gilbert Ray was a challenge, but kept going and ended up having a nice drive. The campground itself is small, and I was really glad I booked a 40' site!
We were on the outside of the loop so we were able to set up some cameras to look for critters. On the way in, we got a really good shot of a Coyote grabbing a snack of road-kill right in front of us!
Stay Details: Gilbert Ray Campground; Tucson AZ.
* Note: I reserved this campgound on November 17th and it was the last large site available, so if you want to visit here, book early!
First time we've seen a coyote this close! While he was taking advantage of some road-kill dinner, Mark took advantage of filming this rare event!
Made a little friend today. Mark calls him our Roadie.
Took a little walk by the Colorado River. He followed us the entire time, coming just feet from us when we were sitting by the water. Really cool!
Did you know that the original London Bridge was sold to Lake Havasu City after 600 years of constant repairs due to improper construction? Some even say the bridge is haunted!
Well the now stronger bridge was dismantled, shipped to AZ & rebuilt. The history here is really cool! Lake Havasu even built the ‘English Village’ by the bridge, welcoming visitors England Style.
We were Blessed to enjoy this first time experience with our friends, and I highly recommend stopping here if you’re in the area.
Stay Details: Lake Havasu RV Park; Lake Havasu AZ
What an interesting side trip this was.. Not sure I'd recommend it unless you were going to educate your kids on how our actions affect lifestyles, but it was certainly interesting.
The 𝐒a𝐥𝐭𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐞𝐚 area. Did you know this sea was created by human error in engineering? It became booming paradise in the 1950's, but began drying up. The sea was sustained mostly by run-off from the area farms which contained fertilizers. Now, the beaches are blocked off and the the toxic area is mostly abandoned.
𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐏𝐚𝐥𝐦 farms to thrive in the area, but they too are drying up. They are on the northern end by Mecca. It was definitely cool to see how they were neatly planted.
𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐌𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 was definitely interesting to visit. Leonard Knight created this by adding gallons upon gallons of paint to items donated on this riverbank in his efforts to spread the word of Jesus. People have added to it over the years and locals see it as a majestic place to be with God. There were even a huge number of squatters living across the road from this mountain.
𝐒𝐨𝐧𝐲 𝐁𝐨𝐧𝐨 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐒𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 was created when the area was thriving. It's a place that birds have come to rest during migration, and there are over 120 species of birds found here. It was a pretty walk, but distrurbing as they too live in a now-toxic environment.
Driving around town today, we found these guys dancing while they advertised for T-Mobile.. How cool!
The joy of camping off-peak season. This is where we’ll be through Christmas. A very cute horse farm in southern CA, complete with pool a very large playground. We wish we could bring all our kids & grand-kidlets here. They’d have a blast!
It’s super quiet at night and no park lights so the skies are spectacular!!!
During our stay, we had a wind storm and collected thousands of tumbleweeds overnight... How do you take care of tumbleweeds? With a bulldozer!
Lastly, our camping buddies for the week; 3 beautiful horses that watched for us to gree them every morning. :-)
Stay Details: Sundance Meadows. Aguanga, CA.
* We really enjoyed the stay here. We loved walking to see the horses every day and you are able to go on horse trail rides too. They also had some beautiful ducks in their horseshoe-shaped pond. I imagine that summer here with the kids is awesome! It is quite a ways off the beaten path and there's few walking trails and no bike trails.
Pica stayed the day at a boarding kennel, previous horse kennel, and she’s in her own heated stall tonight! What’s there to do on a day with no dog? A LOT!
Started in Oceanside, rode along highway 1 to Laguna Beach then Newport Beach. I would highly recommend BOTH of those places for a visit!
On a boat for some whale watching at 2pm; didn’t see any whales yet as their migration south begins in a few weeks. However, we did see some dolphins that Blessed us with a close-up view!
Ended with a walk through the Naples Island Holiday Lights.
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Hugs to all!