Our drive from Leadville to Denver was just over 3 hours and we spent about one-third of that time with our 4-way flashers on… slow moving vehicle going up…
Leadville, CO to Cherry Creek State Park, Aurora, CO
As with most people you connect with, you try and stay in touch and certainly hope that your paths cross again. And such was the case when we sent Carrie and Barry an e-mail saying… headed your way on our travels through Utah and into Colorado.
Without hesitation, come on over… You can park in our driveway and we have 50 amp hook-up and water.
So, we did – after watching the weather!
Only 9 days in beautiful Utah “UTAH-ful” and we have learned one thing. We definitely have to come back. For at least one month – maybe longer. This short stay just whetted our interest for more…
A is for “Arches”
B is for “Balancing”
C is for “Cairns”
The U.S. National Park Service is 100 hundred years old! And, in celebration of this centennial, entry to National Parks across the country was free this entire week of April 18th to the 24th. We didn’t realize this when we entered the park and we were disappointed not to be able to use our new $10 senior’s pass! Considering the $25 entry fee was waived it wasn’t crowded and we spent 1 1/2 days in this amazing Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.
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.
Goulding’s Camp Park
We 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!
We were 49 days (7 weeks) in Mexico – 1 week short of our 2 month goal. But, the #1 benefit of this lifestyle is you can pack up at anytime, particularly when there just doesn’t seem to be anything new to do. One can only do so much relaxing…
Want to go the beach?
Want to go for breakfast at Rosy’s?
NO – I’m tired of Mexican breakfasts…
Come on Gracie – let’s go for a walk
She wouldn’t even move from her spot on the floor. Even Gracie was ready to go!
We woke up on day 48 (Tuesday, April 5th) and said “it’s time…” And, we left the next morning!
The impetus for leaving Wednesday morning was really because of availability at an RV park at the Grand Canyon – which was next up on our destination list. We called to reserve and the only available days were Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April 8th, 9th and 10th). After that they were booked solid for a couple of weeks which was too late for us.
Well, after 21 months, +23,000 miles in 3 countries, 4 provinces, 18 states – we’re done RV’ing. We’ve seen enough. Just one of the primary reasons for this entire adventure was to find the perfect place to retire and we did it!
With +350 days of sunshine, located on the crystal clear blue water, friendly people, cost of living to our advantage, close proximity to the USA and major cities and airports in Phoenix and Tucson, we’ve set our sights on a beautiful beach condo here in Rocky Point, Mexico.
There is no lack of ‘mean machines’ in this area. Whether they are in flight or ‘dustin’ through the desert it’s a cacophony of sound – usually loud, very loud and dusty, very dusty. And it was never more obvious than this past holiday long-weekend known as Semana Santa (Holy Week).
Except for us, the group has since departed. Some were here 3 days, others 1 week and the last couple of RV’s left after 10 days. It’s kinda lonely…
But the memories, especially the foodie memories are still with us. Eating is such a social memorable event. And, such was the case with this caravan. Not every meal was shared with the group but certainly a few unforgettable ones.