3/25/05-Friday, Good Friday, Start every trip with an incident, start with forgetting camera and sunglasses, then the farm truck in front
of us loses a tire, it rolls into oncoming traffic, where it is hit by a truck and accelerated into the side of the RV. Arrive in Louisville, KOA 60F
3/26 -Sat, Driving south to Tuscaloosa, AL the temperature increased to 85, target is Gulfport. Camped Knoxville AL, sites on side of a hill, and storms
3/27 -Sun, Arrive on the coast, find Bay St. Louis, Casino Magic. MLS picks up 200 in first 20 Min
3/28\- Mon, Went for a bike ride around the lot, got lost, had to ride 7 miles to get home. MLS returns to the casino, promptly picks up another 200. JW Still looking for first win.
3/29- Tue, What to do?Its a drive day, so we push on to Vinton, LA. This is just a stop so we push on to Corpus Christi, TX
3/31 OK, this shows promise of some sun, so while MLS explores the pool, I settle in on fixing the
computer. Make $10 printer work is the task. I forgot Windows 98 disk and now cant find
one after calling 5 places. So knowing better, I buy Windows XP, it loads but needs more memory, go to Laptop Shop, the computer will not allow enough memory to run, so the solution isa new computer.And new software, and hours of downloading from the Internet to get it all working
4/6 Wed, We chased around town and went to the
USS Lexington, The Blue Ghost
4/7-9 Now to get across this state, first to Junction where we found a cute little Park loaded with Bird watchers, then to Fort Stockton where the truck stop provided the nights entertainment, then through El Paso to Deming NM. Plowing into the wind for two days is hard on the gas mileage, a neighbor bragged about getting 12 mpg, heading east, we were half that.Tucson is just 3 hours away!
4/10-Sun, Extra day, so laundry and shopping make the agenda, fix water leaks, still windy.
Talked to people who wintered in Quartzite and Yuma, both said it was a bad winter, no place to hide. Rain and cold.
4/11 Mon Hit the road to Benson AZ, Weather is great, so what the heck we'll stay a week. Are in striking distance of Sierra Vista and Tombstone.
4/12 Tue MLS hangs at the pool, JW finds things to fix.
4/13 Wed Butterfield RV Resort. A nice place but Benson is a little small, road the bike on 5-10 & 15 mile trips, MLS walking on the treadmill.
.........more of the same, there is not a cloud in the sky,
soaking up the heat to thaw the bones.
4/18 Time to move on, so we will head west, 45 miles down the road to Tucson, or maybe Yuma,
4/19 -4/21 Tucson, Just bumming around the Voyager, built a crane to take top of the Jeep,
puzzles, pool, reading and drive arounds.
4/22 With the mission accomplished and now able to remove and
replace the top, the AZ sun is too hot so it is off to the store to buy a Bikini
top to protect the front seat.
Then it's off to Gunsight Pass high in the Santa Rita Mountains,
It has spectacular views and some problems.
Off to the Garden Canyon and the old Kentucky
Camp. I walk a little of the Arizona Trail, I find it similar to the Appalachian
Trail, it's about 12 inches wide. The camp makes a great place to stop over for
hikers. I ride down into the canyon to find some gold.
Looks like the Gold is
already spoken for.
Then a paved road to the top of Mount Lemmon entices MLS to
go along, it gets a little chilly at the top in spite of the 90 degree valley
temp, we have lunch at the top.
There was construction on alot of the road, evidently rocks
keep falling on the road.
5/9-Mon. This day we spend in St. Joseph's Hospital, since MLS
fell off her bike and bruised her shoulder and ribs, very painful and no remedy.
5/11 Wed. So it is time to rest up and soak up some sun.
5/16 Mon Today I plan to ascend Rincon
,tallest mountain in Tucson. I can see it just 20 miles direct flight from the
RV. Pack up water and snacks for an early start to the trail head. The
trail gets steeper with each mile, the legs give in 700ft from the top,
leaving enough reserve to get back down. Only critters I saw were deer, squirrel,
lizard, and red and black banded snake.
The legs are
relieved to see the yellow chariot waiting at trails head.
hike round trip, partly on the Arizona Trial, a little ambitious Making
progress, the trail is so easy to find?
700ft to go. A
view form the top of my climb, now to get down.
5/17 Tue- Gee I'm a little stiff in the joints, extra
aches and pains, so we hit the spa after cleaning the Jeep.
5/20 Mary's Birthday, so I plan a movie and a big Steak at
the Claim Jumper. Temp = 106 at 6pm. More neighbors, Barb & Dave,
5/24-28 Sat- An action packed week, ML is off to the doctor
with persistent shoulder pain, went to Pedata RV, looked hard at some new RV's,
ate at Chuey's, ML went to the spa place, got a new camera from Circuit
City after two painful episodes with sales "associates", and it
"rained", so now the AC is off and the fresh air is plentiful, So we are
leaving today for Yuma, where the real heat is..
5/28-30 OK, arrived in Yuma after surviving vicious attacks
by tumble weed, they lay along the edge of the road and then jump out in front
of the RV, stopped at Bonita Mesa, but no one home, no one alive, headed to 32nd
and 5E to find Villa Alameda, closer to town so easy to get to new mall, only 30
left in the park, looked around but all the parks are abandoned, ML hooked up
with old school mate buddy, Charles Wells, and we had a lovely evening with them.
They head back east Wed. Signed
up for a week to give us time to mess around here, ML off to the pool.
5/31-6/2-Thur We visited the Yuma Prison and stopped by the
Cold Stone for a $5 Sunday. Charlie and Jackie stopped over, had a little
problem with the gnats. I took a ride to the high county, rode the Laguna
Mountain Ridge trail, on the ridges one can't get out of the Jeep and if you
miss the trail, you tumble!.
made it to the top, explored a little, is that Mule Ears?, and the water is
plentiful in the Yuma desert, this water flow comes right out of a Mountain
prison, 35 years, and 35 escapes, lots of pardons. This hombre was given a full
pardon, ML made me do it. 6 prisoners to a 12 x 9 cell, gee wasn't that the size
of my office, and that's my employee #, temperature got to 130F, I had air-conditioning,
that was the difference.
6/3-Fri Went to CA and visited the Sand Hills, just looked, a
little like Jockey Ridge at Nags Head, but a million times bigger. The dunes
make excellent watch out positions for the BP, They are hard to spot but they
are on every vantage point. I would guess that I-8 is less than a mile from the
Mexican boarder, 2000 ft.
6/5-Sun Weeks up, so we are off, every where we went people always
talked about Quartzite, so we are off to see what's it about, turns out to be hideous,
so its off to Lake Havasu, London Bridge and all.
6-6-7 Mon-Tue Moved to Cattail
Cove SP, went for a Jeep ride up Standard Wash, met up with McGiever Rock, yep
we are stuck, stranded, hanging on the skid plates, no one for miles. Rocks and
jacking , rocks and jacking, 1 hr and its free, Xtine would've never gotten
6-8 Wed, Went for swim, movie and dinner
6-9 Thru, Rode the Dixie Belle around the island,
groceries and home. Found the London Bridge.
6-10 Fri, Rented boat 4hrs. and traveled the lake from Parker Dam to Lake
Havasu City, and the party!. Stopped at BLM site for lunch. Embarked on boat with Jeep
6-11 Sat, Lots of activity in the park, went to dinner at Red Robin.
6-12 Sun, Crowd starting to thin out, getting antsy, so we plan for tomorrows
departure. Went to movie
6-13 Mon, Moved up to Bullhead City, just as we cross into injun country,
the lead wagon is set afire, 3 to be exact, exploding tires and gas tanks, but
soon the Calvary arrives and makes peace.
6-14-16, Pool days and of course a trip to Laughlin, NV. JW actually won, even if
only a pittance, and MLS didn't, maybe the worm has turned. Friday, we head for
Sequoia NP. It took well over an hour to put air in the tires and get gas.
A drive through the Mojave Desert, amazing vistas, snow on the mountain tops, basins,
we saw a cloud so big it blocked the sun for about 10 minutes, trains weave
through tunnels in the rolling hills, acres of windmills, how ugly is this, and
they worry about a few ATV trails on the mountain side. On the west edge of the
desert, a wall of pollution can be seen so clearly. Welcome to
Bakersfield, land of Fruits and Nuts!, the sign reads, they got that right, gee 79 degrees.
A record low for 6/17 in Bakersfield., normal 92
Sat 6-18, Potwisha, Sequoia NP, MLS awakens to such a clatter out side,
flashlights a waving, Bear!, Bear!, she opens the window to hear what is being
said, just as bear passes by the window, I could have reached out and
touched it, she claims. JW never heard a thing.
Sun 6-19, traveled Rt 198, 12 mile climb to 6700ft, through Sequoia
NP. Museum , big trees and big old
General Sherman were the highlights of
the day. Got firewood to keep the bears away.
Mon 6-20-22, Back to Bakersfield to enjoy the moderate temperatures, and the
Mon 6-27 We strike out for Death Valley by climbing the torturous path of the
Kane River to Isabella Lake. The days end put us at Panamint, a gateway to the
Tue. 6-28, The Road to Furnace is a direct route, from the near sea level to
5000ft, straight ahead. A side trip to Badwater, brings 120F @282 ft below sea
level and miles of salt.
Wed 6-29-1 Drove to Scotty's Castle, then climbed to the high desert and to
Pahrump. Two more pool and casino days, then on to Circus Circus, and the Strip. ML stays out all night,
Sat 2 And we have to rise to get to airport to meet Misty and Jon. Camp 2
days in Zion, Misty and Jon hiked to Angels Landing! 1587 ft while ML and JW
climbed 102ft to weeping rock.
Mon Jul 4& 5, Arrive in Bryce Cannon, do the rodeo and hike the Queens
Wed Jul 6, drive scenic Rt 12 to Capitol Reef , Misty and Jon hike to Hickman
Bridge trail, a hidden arch and a great view. ML and JW sit in the creek. Then
on to Hanksville.
Thur Jul 7, Up early and off to the Goblin State Park then to Moab and
Fri Jul 8, Up early again and off to the Colorado white water, followed up with
a Jeep trail to Gemini Bridges.
Sat 9th, long ride to Provo UT, just 200 yds. from Utah Lake.
Sun 10th, its off to Bridal Falls and the airport to return Misty and Jon to
Mon 11 -Wed 13, Across Wyoming thru Cheyenne and a rest at Rocky Mtn. NP,
Thrus. 14 on to Oakley KS.
Fri -15th Well we stopped at Tom Raper RV to look around, then stayed at
Dayton and on Home on Saturday.
For sure and by far this is the worst place we have been. Hot, humid and it
Stinks. give me a home where he buffalo roam!