LIfe is Good

LIfe is Good

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sedona, AZ Pine Flat Campground


My idea of the most beautiful place I've been this winter has to be Sedona, Arizona.....with it's Red Rock Mountains surrounding the valley where it is nestled.  I drove from Wickenburg to Sedona about 14 days ago, to join a group of Casitas at a mini rally.  10 Casita campers with my old friends, and new friends to meet, were gathered for fun and more fun.  :)  I arrived several days ahead of the rest to make sure a site was open, and found there were many on the walk-in loop. I found a lovely site next to Oak Creek, with flowering bushes that smelled so good.

The drive from Wickenburg took me east to Hwy 74, to Hwy17, where I went north to Camp Verde.  From there Hwy 260 west to Cottonwood, then 89A north to Sedona.  Our campground was 12 miles north of Sedona, up Oak Creek Canyon.   It's a Forest Service CG, where Oak Creek runs along beside it.  The nights were cold the first few, down to 28 and 30...this is where I flip on the furnace...& days were into the 60's and 70's....very nice, and it warmed into the upper 70's before leaving. 

I drove into Sedona a couple of days to get groceries and look in the shops and galleries.  With the Red Rocks mountains above the town, there wasn't a spot that didn't have a breath-taking view.   Sage Diane and I had lunch at Taos Cantina, and wandered in the shops.   fun

We had happy hour every day at 4pm..and a pot luck Saturday night....evenings we sat around the campfire.  Mark, with his ukeleli,  played and sang ...and I enjoyed it all.   We went on a drive on Schiebly Rd, a rough and tumble rocky forest service road....the views of Sedona and surrounding valleys was stupendous.   I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
We went to Oak Creek Brewery one evening, and also the Sedona Airport restaurant another evening.  What good friends I have made in the Casita camper world.  :)

Jeff, Diane (Sage) and I stayed an extra night, before leaving for Camp Verde area, where Konrad & Lynn live.   We moved to a Forest Service Campground, where I am now.   They left in the past couple of days, as I will tomorrow.....and that's the next blog post.   lol

Enjoy the pictures.....I love taking them....my memories of this winter as a snowbird.....and I'll be back next year!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Wickenburg, Arizona and onto a new place

My trek east from Parker led me to Wickenburg, AZ, a spot recommended to me....probably wouldn't have gone there, but glad I did.Wickenburg is a small western themed town, and those that know me, know I love cowboy everything.
:)

We camped east of town a mile at Constellation campground.  No services, except trash, $5 a day, and a beautiful view of town from a hilltop above the valley.

It was warm there, upper 80's and 90's, so was nice to sit outside everyday....moving to a shade tree in the afternoons.  Paddy kept seeing lizards, and wanted to go investigate, but so many stickers and sand burrs, I kept him on the campsite.   Both there and in Parker I pulled out stickers and brushed him to keep his fine hair clean.
Before we left there, and while it was warm, using the warm water from the big tote that had been sitting in the sun, he got a bath in the dish pan.    Air and sun dried, with another brushing, and he was a happy camper.   :)

I forgot to mention the wild burros in Parker.  They wandered into camp twice while there,  walked right up to me, and of course had to feed them apples and bread.  They are used to being fed. They wander everywhere in the area.  The day I drove to Lake Havasu, on the way back, around a corner,  and 4 were on the road!  Speed limits and signs saying watch for them helped.....  pics of them below.

Oh and in Parker,  it just so happened, I arrived in time for the boat races on the Colorado River, right beside the campground ....remind myself never to camp there during this event!  Loud, very loud racing boats running up and down the river for 2 days, from daylight to after dark.  Enough about Parker I forgot to write about.

Back to my visit in Wickenburg.....I browsed through some downtown shops, visited the visitor's center, and found a great western store, where I looked around the store, even the tack and pet dept downstairs.   My only purchase was a Cowboy hat.  Half price and in my price range....sure looks good on me...ha.  Goes great with my cowboy boots I have along, and with a tiered skirt I found in a thrift shop in Borrego Springs.  

I bought groceries and filled water bottles at Safeway, and did my laundry at The Wash Tub.  Propane bottle needed filled, so found Horspitality RV Park east of town for that,  and that's where I used there dump station yesterday when leaving.

A treat there was a Tastee Freeze for food and ice cream.  I haven't seen one of these stores in a long time, so visited it twice.  Caramel malt..oh my good.  :)

The sunsets were beautiful from my spot above the town!!!  Orange, red, yellow, and purple.   I started a painting, they inspired me so.  

So yesterday we moved on further east ....good thing we traveled yesterday, because the high winds today would have stopped us from driving.   I headed towards Sedona area...omg...jaw dropping red rock mountains here,  I could hardly keep my eyes on the road!  Even going through Cottonwood, AZ,  the hills and mountains rose up around the valleys.  Such beautiful splendour .....

I'm meeting a group of Casita folks for a weekend rally next weekend.  I arrived early yesterday, so can have time to see Sedona and the area here.   It looks so much like Colorado here, with pine trees hitting the sky above me,  feels like home ...oh my, I could settle down here.   Lol

The wind is blowing hard today, making it colder ....47 this morning!  Back to winter clothes and the insulation on the windows inside,  we were toasty warm, even with no furnace on.  A hot cup of hot chocolate last night, and hot coffee this morning ...we are inside the camper relaxing.  Paddy is laying in the sun coming in the window.

It's a grand day to be alive, and to be able to wander in this country, free to do as I wish, and go wherever my soul leads me.

LIFE IS GOOD












Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Eastward Bound

California was fun to visit this winter, and me and Paddy had a good time in the Southern California desert, from Indio, Yuma, AZ, to Borrego Springs, and points east.  I didn't go to the coast this winter...it just didn't work out,; so have that venture on the plans for next time.  I hope to be able to come back for more next year!    Love wandering around where I decided to go! :)
Plans to go to Joshua Tree National Park were nixed, when I drove into the east entrance last week, to find all park campgrounds were full, plus my cell phone didn't have service......I don't camp without a phone signal, unless am with family.   NEVER.  My code of safety!
So that day I had to head back the 10 miles to Hwy 10, and keep going.

When I was in Quartzsite in February this year, I had plans to visit the Parker and Lake Havasu areas, but went to Yuma instead.  That's where I am now, camped in a nice park along the Colorado River.It's beautiful by the river.....still with sand and filled with tamarisk trees, but I have a nice shady spot....got lucky.  Pic below of the best camp spot I've had all winter.

Paddy and I visited London Bridge last week.....my what a feat to have moved it to Lake Havasu City from London!  We walked around under it along the river shore, enjoying seeing the boats and sea birds.   And it was free!   I drove across it and back to finish my visit there.
Pics below....
It's been nice this week to be able to sit outside in the shade all day, out of the 95° temps, before the cool front came in yesterday. Very nice. :0)
There's other campers here, and have become acquainted with some.  Seems like everywhere I've been, people like me are enjoying life on the road, too. Some I'll never see again, but that's okay, too.

Soon me and Paddy will be headed more to the east and north to get away from the desert heat.  It's getting too hot here for me. Lol
So on to the road we'll go again, to find the next stop in this adventure....who knows what I'll find....there's always gorgous vistas and nature-filled lands here.
Life is Good