Date: April 24, 2017
Tonight’s Location: Wikieup, AZ
Campground: Hidden Oasis
Mileage: End - 11582
Start - 11391
Total Miles for the day: 191
Weather: partly cloudy
Temperature: start 77º
Wildlife count: Cottontail Rabbit
Year List: 296; Life List: 562
Birds: Gila Woodpecker
We were in no hurry to leave this morning, as we wanted to miss Phoenix early traffic, so we drove out to the McD’s for breakfast, then hooked up and left at 8:45. The truck GPS did not recognize that there was a new express beltway around Phoenix, and would have taken us on gravel roads, but with prior planning, and the Google Maps, we got to the beltway, which had almost no traffic. The campground owner in Gila Bend had told us that there was not much that far west, so not much traffic, and he was right. I’d imagine that in a few years, however, when that all builds up, there will be LOTS of traffic on that 6-lane road.
We were very surprised that the way up through Wickenburg to Wikieup was through mountains – first filled with Saguaro cacti, and then Joshua Trees, which took us a little while to recognize. Joshua Trees, which are in the Yucca family, only grow in the Mohave Desert, between 2000-6000’ elevation. What a treat to travel through a forest of them.
Set up at the RV park, we walked to the office/restaurant/gift shop for lunch. We shared a sub – Brenda (young owner of the park and restaurant) baked the bread, and then prepared the filling – it was delicious. She also served homemade potato salad, which was out of this world – what a hidden gem! It was our rest day – so we did rest – set up the chairs out under the trees and let the wind blow over us. Had to go out to refuel the truck, then watched from our chairs, and caught sight of a new bird, the Gila Woodpecker, an Arizona specialty. Before dinner, we went back to Brenda and bought banana/pecan bread for breakfast, and a piece of blackberry/raspberry pie for each for dessert, along with ice cream. Dinner was just a grilled ham/cheese sandwich, and then our pie – it was delicious! We won’t last long tonight.