Campground: Desert Trails Rv Park, Tucson Az. Monthly winter rate for 30amp full hookups: $510.
Campground: Holt’s Shell Rv Park, Gila Bend Az. Passport America rate: $11.99 full hookups, 50amp. Rv park is right behind the Shell Gas station. Free wi-fi. Good 4g Verizon signal. No TV signals.
Campground: Rolle's Lynda Vista RV Park, Yuma AZ. Passport America rate: $13.17 full hookups (report to follow next week)
The End of the “Snowbird” camping season.
The beginning of year 11 as a full time Rv traveler.
|one of the old statues when Desert Trails was a water park|
|at the Photography groups show|
|Some of the Travel Club Members|
|and one last get together with dear friends before heading out.....|
Along with all the friends I’ve made throughout the years here, I’ve also had to squeeze in numerous doctors appointments. Have you noticed that as you age, you seem to acquire a cadre of doctors. I’ve had initial and follow up visits with my General practitioner, my Dermatologist, Urologist, and Glaucoma Specialist. Including have a number of blood tests. The most traumatic occurrence being that I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Causing major changes in diet and exercise. I knew I needed to add much more exercise to my daily routine and with that have started to walk daily. The desert trails outback have been very helpful in that endeavor. I’ve downloaded a good app on my smart phone called “tracker” that keeps track of my daily step count.
|Shelby led the way|
|friends Kathy and Randy walking with me.|
|heading out on the Indian Path|
But with most of this behind me, I have two Glaucoma apt. In the next couple of days and one follow-up dermatology appt. and then, with all things hopefully in place, I’ll be packing up and heading out of here.
My last day in town will be over at the trailer shop where they will re-pack my campers wheel bearings. Something that needs to be done on this camper every other year and since I do not do maintenance like that myself, I need to bring it into a service center before I head out on my summers journey.
|repacking the wheel bearings or replacing them,,, hmmmm|
The excitement is building as each day gets closer, appointments are completed, I begin to pack up outside patio equipment and reorganize and store things like glassware inside the camper before I head out on the road. My walks in the desert help as the time gets shorter and I begin to feel a bit antsy about heading out. The walks help relieve all that excess angst. It’s always hard to leave close friends behind and that brings on feelings of separation and sadness even as the excitement builds with the anticipation of discovering new things along my summers journeys.
A few days later. I’m now down to four days remaining. I’ve completed the Iradotomy laser procedure on both eyes which went very well. It’s a procedure where they laser a hole in each eye to help drain the excess liquid in ones eyes and helps to reduce the pressure on the eye. A major factor in glaucoma.
|all the better to see the wildflowers this spring|
|the poppies are magnificent|
|desert marigolds ?|
|the old 9" deep step, easy to fall off of especially barefoot|
|the new 12" deep step|
|the new 12 " step I made to replace the shallow 9" step|
This past week I’ve also been taking lots of pictures of the wildflowers as they start to pop out all over the desert. The orange poppies are particularly colorful as well as the bright yellow flowers on the bristle bush. And these shot following are of my favorite route into town, Gates Pass.
|my favorite route into town over Gates Psass|
Day One of my Summer Travels.
First stop was to the Professional Trailer Repair in Tucson to have the wheel bearings repacked on the camper. Turned out they saw wear on the bearings and I ended up having them replaced. I was on the road by 11:30 am. (see picture above)
Distance traveled: 159 miles
Gila Bend, AZ
|Holt's Shell Gas Station|
|my first day on the road, staying in Gila Bend, Shell gas station/Rv park|
My first day on the road, so I’ve only traveled 159 miles to Gila Bend. Tomorrow I’ll explore the area before heading into California the following day. Sure felt good to have the camper hooked up and on the road. Even the traffic on I-10 wasn’t bad around noontime as I headed out of Tucson.
I will be doing a loop route over the next month and a half as I need to return to Tucson for a follow up visit with the eye Dr. before continuing my travels. Southern California, heading north into Las Vegas Nevada, then returning through Laughlin, Lake Havasu, Quartzite and then Tucson.
My second day in Gila Bend brought me into town where I had breakfast at the Space Age Lodge and Restaurant. Space theme of course, good breakfast if on the slow side for service, definitely not at warp speed Scotty.
After fueling up, food wise, I headed out to the Painted Rock Petroglyph site on BLM land. Amazing the number of petroglyph’s etched onto the black basalt rocks, darkened over time with what is called desert varnish. Making it quite easy for the ancient Indians to draw all those symbols and figures. It’s a short walk around the hill covered with rocks, so I walked around the site twice. Meeting up with a gal who commented that she’d been to a number of Petroglyph sites out west but had never seen such a concentration of them as here. I agreed. Sites like this are scattered all over the old west indicating that the Native Americans populated almost every part of this country.
|a trail goes all around this hill filled with rock writing.|
|Painted Rock Petroglyph site BLM land|
|at the top of the hill of rocks|
|more recent graffiti|
|who you lookin at?|
I'll write about my next stop in Yuma in the following report. Glad you're with me as we travel around the country once again.
More photos on Picasa as usual