Go West, young man, go West…

Mardi Gras is over and it’s time to hit the road – heading west.

Go West, young man, go West and grow up with the country.
Washington is not a place to live in. The rents are high, the food is bad, the dust is disgusting and the morals are deplorable. 

— Horace Greeley [1865]

We were going to the FMCA “Rally in the Valley” in Chandler, AZ and we had 1550 miles to go in 5 days. Doable? Yes!

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Remarkably – Monumental!

The Goulding’s RV park was recommended and when we heard the name we thought we were going to a town in Utah named Goulding. As it turned out Goulding’s Camp Park is a 1-stop ‘destination’ spot just north of the Arizona-Utah border, adjacent to the Navajo Tribal Park.   The Camp Park includes a lodge, RV park, museum, restaurant, gift store, theatre, grocery store, laundromat, gas station, church, air landing strip, tours and hiking trails.

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Goulding’s Camp Park

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Our First National Park Experience

IMG_1021We were parked 5 days at this Grand Canyon RV Park – the perfect location to explore the entire South Rim from.   From Hermits Rest to the west and Desert View to the east  – and everything in between – a total of ~30 miles / ~50 km’s.  Some places, like the Visitor’s Centre and Mather Point were visited multiple times. The South Rim definitely caters to the tourists with lodging, hotels, shops, free shuttles, train station and lots of great information.  This beautiful and very well done National Park did not disappoint!

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An Arizona snow day

It’s Friday, February 27th and time to leave Tucson. We had been here 4 days and had way too much fun but it was time to head to Las Cruces, New Mexico for the night and then to Alamogordo, New Mexico.

But wait, let’s check the weather first. Oh my gosh – you’re not going to be believe it? What? There’s 3 inches of snow forecasted today in Las Cruces!

Yahoo – it’s a snow day! We’re staying home one more day – in Tucson.

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Cactus, pine trees and skiing!

The drive up Mt Lemmon came highly recommended by Gary & Janice – RV’ers from Ontario that we met in Quartzsite – and we’re so glad we were able to do it – on this brilliant blue sky day for a road trip!

The Sky Island Scenic Byway is the only paved road that winds up the southern flank of the Santa Catalina Mountains to 9,157’  Mt. Lemmon and is travelled by over 1 million visitors each year.  It is considered one of the most scenic drives in southeast Arizona.

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Saguaros – “Stately Sentinels”

On average, there are 48 precipitation days/year in Tucson and February 24th was one of those days. We had 4 – 5 hours available to explore as the coach was in the shop getting the full-wall slide checked out. Decked out with umbrellas we were off – but we should have brought jackets! The temps have dropped in Tucson!

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Everyday life on the Arizona road

We stayed in the dusty desert town of Quartzsite for 2 nights discovering that this is probably one of the cheapest places to stay long-term – less than $10/night – and different people we met were staying for a few months. We even met some fellow Ontario RV’ers – from Cookstown, ON – who were also full-timing and we shared our stories over a glass of wine… Checking out license plates easily opens up a conversation and I’m proud of our Ontario “ITLLBEOK” plates – which really open up a conversation. I love watching people standing in front of our coach trying to interpret the plates – and when they get it – there’s a smile and a giggle!

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More of Vegas and Lake Havasu City & now Quartzsite, AZ

You can’t come to Vegas and not visit the Hoover Dam, marvel at the newly constructed bridge and walk the Strip – and we did all that – including visiting with family that we specifically came here for. We’ve now left Vegas and are in Quartzsite, AZ after some weekend excitement in Lake Havasu City, AZ. We’re then heading to Yuma and a little cross border shopping in Mexico.

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