2009 Alaska travel blog

Desert Shadows RV Resort - Site 495

Some of the peaks surrounding Flagstaff

The same peaks as we get closer to Flagstaff

Coming down from Flagstaff towards Camp Verde - we have already descended...

Some of the Seguro cacti on the countryside as we are approaching...

Typical Phoenix zeroscaping

Blooming Prickly Pear

Purple Prickly Pear

Phoenix skyline

Small bungalo on the side of a mountain

The Arizona Biltmore Resort, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

The entrance to the Arizona Biltmore

Lonnie and Mickey

Doris and Lonnie's wife, Mickey

Lonnie and Myself

My brother Lonnie with his son, Nitro

Lonnie and Mickey's back yard

Lots of vegetation

The other end of the pool

Their veranda

Superstition Mountain

Canyon Lake on the way down to Tortilla Flats

Another view of Canyon Lake

Some of the Seguro cacti on the countryside as we are going...

Superstition Saloon in Tortilla Flats - Great Hamburgers!

Huh-Oh, Can't Go!

Goldhead Ghost Town

The Mammoth Saloon in Goldhead

The Prickly Pears are everywhere

Our trip over on the 16th was a great display of the diversity of terrain within Arizona. We started in the plains of east Arizona, came west through the mountains at Flagstaff where there was still snow on the ground in the shadows and continued south through the valleys of Camp Verde and on to Phoenix Valley. The trip through the mountains included a 13 mile and 6 mile 6% grades but the mothership handled them well and they proved uneventful. Hopefully future mountain encounters will prove to be no worse.

We are staying at Desert Shadows RV Resort in north Phoenix about 12 miles from my brother's house and it is a very nice park made up mostly of seasonal or permanent residents but still has a number of long pull-through sites available for travelers. It has just about every amenity possible though we will not be using any of them. Being in a large city we have great cell service and broadband internet. The satellite was also quick to set up - life is good!

As soon as we had camp set up we went over to my brother, Lonnie's house and it was great to see him and his wife Mickey again. It had been almost 10 years since we had seen each other. They have a wonderful home they have remodeled into their own little paradise. They have done a great job. They completely gutted the insides and transformed it into an extremely livable place with large, airy rooms. The outside space has also seen a tremendous amount of work and I have included a few pics. We have spent the time with them just visiting, touring a few of the sights and doing way too much eating! If you are ever in Phoenix, you MUST go to Flemings on the northwest side of Phoenix for one of the best steaks and experiences you will ever enjoy.

Today, Sunday, Lonnie and Mickey took us to Tortilla Flats which is an old western town along the Apache Trail in the mountains east of Phoenix. The trip contained some wonderful scenary starting with Superstition Mountain , lunch at the Superstition Saloon in Tortilla Flats and ending with a visit to Goldhead Ghost Town, an old mining town. By the way, if you are ever in Tortilla Flats, you must try the Killer Size chili burger - it's most excellent!! It was a great visit with Lonnie and Mickey, ending way to soon. Hopefully we will be able to visit in a couple of years on our next trip out west.

Tomorrow we head for Blythe, CA for a one-night stand before going on to the Mojave Desert National Preserve for two nights.

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