2016 Back to the Pacific Northwest travel blog

Phoenix, AZ - Desert Shadows RV Resort - site 500

Phoenix, AZ - Desert Shadows RV Resort - site 500, another view

Phoenix, AZ - Desert Shadows RV Resort - site 500, and another

Fort Huachuca to Phoenix, AZ - our route - 209 miles

Fort Huachuca to Phoenix, AZ 1 - headed back north from Fort...

Fort Huachuca to Phoenix, AZ 2 - the Border Patrol inspection station...

Fort Huachuca to Phoenix, AZ 3 - going West on I-10 just...

Fort Huachuca to Phoenix, AZ 4 - one of the overpasses in...

Fort Huachuca to Phoenix, AZ 5 - the Tucson skyline

Fort Huachuca to Phoenix, AZ 6 - some more roadside decorations

Fort Huachuca to Phoenix, AZ 7 - saw a few of these...

Fort Huachuca to Phoenix, AZ 8 - they use a lot of...

Fort Huachuca to Phoenix, AZ 9 - Picacho Peak between Tucson and...


Our trip from Fort Huachuca to Phoenix covered 209 miles after a two-mile detour on base because, unknown to us, the main gate was closed on week-ends! The drive itself was uneventful and took about 3½ hours, most of it on I-10 and I-17.

We are staying at the Desert Shadows RV Resort which is just off I-17 on the north side of Phoenix near the I-17/101 interchange. We have a full hookup pull-through with 50 amps, great Verizon and a clear shot to the satellite. That is all that can really be said about it. They have two rows for transients in a park which has about 500 park models and semi-permanent RVs. The sites are a little narrow and they have placed concrete patios so close to the RV path, it is difficult to get in the site straight without running over the pad or into the utilities on the other side. At 286 weekly + 47 in taxes, it's a bit expensive for what it is but there isn't anything we have found that fits what we need as well.

We did no touring while here but had a wonderful visit with my brother and his wife who are consummate hosts. My brother, Lonnie, took me out to three different shooting venues over the weeks time. Once we went to the Scottsdale Gun Club which has a good indoor range and I got to shoot my 9mm Glock for the first time and my Colt 1911 45 for the first time in about 35 years. I definitely got the Glock broke in and got reacquainted with my 1911. A couple of days later, all four of us went out into a place in the desert and set up targets, canopy, tables, coolers, etc. and had a good time shooting all our guns most of the afternoon. I took my camera on this trip but forgot to take pictures I was having such a good time! Then, this morning, he took me to the Phoenix Rod & Gun Club where we also had a great time for a couple of hours. While not sure of the exact number, I'm sure we shot about a 1,000 rounds all together.

Add to that all the great food his wife, Mickey, prepared for us and it was a really great week and we were sad to leave this afternoon.

Tomorrow we head for Lake Havasu for two nights.

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