Krusen with the Kruses travel blog

We saw lots of trains & lots of containers

Looks like they really need this well!

We saw beautiful yucca cacti in NM & AZ

And desert mountains

There's been some rain here

Ghost town of Shakespeare, NM

 

Mountains are so varied

Pecan or pistachio orchard

Getting into higher mountains - 10,000' peaks

Nice overpass decorations

Slag piles from a mine

Texas Canyon is a unique area

 

View of downtown Tucson as we whiz thru

Catalina & Rincon Mountains outside Tucson

Picacho Peak - you can see it for miles & miles

On I-8 headed to Gila Bend & saguaro cacti cover the hills

 

Home in Gila Bend for a couple of nights

Sunrise over the desert

Smog over the Phoenix/Glendale/Buckeye area

The Gila River - only river we've seen in AZ that has...

Entrance to the park where Kathy & Erick are staying

Their "pet" dove nesting in the palm tree at their site

We didn't see the restaurant entrance & entered thru the brewery

With Erick & Kathy


Yesterday we got on the road before 9:00 because we had planned a 300+ mile day. The freeway & weather were good & we got to Gila Bend about 3:30. The drive was lots of desert, cacti, & mountains but we enjoyed the drive. We crossed the Continental Divide in Arizona - only 4,585' here & in the middle of the desert. So different from Colorado!

There's a very interesting area on I-10 called Texas Canyon. It seems more like a pass & guess it's both a pass & a canyon. They have rest areas at the top of the pass so we stopped there for our lunch snack. Rocks & rocks & more rocks - it's a pile of huge rocks. It was interesting to sit there & look at all the different rock formations.

We drove thru Tucson without any traffic to speak of - probably because it was Sunday. Noticed that they're setting up the big tents for the Tucson Gem & Mineral show that takes over that city later this month & into February. We missed it by about 10 days.

We're staying in a KOA in Gila Bend. It's a little pricey but we've done Passport America & Escapees for the past 5 nites so could afford to splurge a little. Ha! It's a very nice park & it's not next to a freeway or train track so it's pretty quiet.

This morning we did our laundry before heading over to Buckeye to see our Canadian friends Erick & Kathy Furst. They're spending the winter at Leaf Verde RV Resort - where we spent a month in 2012 prior to attending the Good Sam Rally. They have a new 5th wheel since we saw them 2 years ago - a beautiful, front-living Grand Design Solitude. We had a good visit. It was a beautiful day so we sat outside & their friends/neighbors Ron & Donna joined us for awhile. Late afternoon Erick & Kathy took us to Saddle Mountain Brewery for dinner (they know what we like!). Erick & Kathy & David agreed the beer was excellent & we all enjoyed the food. It's the #1 rated restaurant in Buckeye & we would agree that it's a great place to eat & have beers. It was a short visit but at least we got to see them & get caught up. Not sure when or where but will surely see them on the road again.

Tomorrow we head northwest to California. More later...

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