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May 18, 2019 - Dead Horse Ranch/Rain RV Resort (4/30 - 5/11/19)

We arrived in Cottonwood to stay 12 days at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Our stay would be divided between 2 sites, 6 days each. When we got to the gate to check in, we found out that our first site was not suitable for our RV. It was a very short site for small trailers or tents. They were able to find us a site for that night and different ones for a couple more days, but not for the weekend. What a mess. Anyway we stayed one night. At the office we got a list of other campgrounds in the area. The next 5 nights we stayed at a new place,...

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Jan 31, 2019 - Last Day At Cottonwood

Day 23. Thursday 31st January A quieter day today. We have decided to change our plans a bit & move on a few days earlier than planned. Before we left I joined an American RV club called Boondockers Welcome. It is basically a club for people who tend to wild camp rather than stay at camp sites. Some of the members also act as hosts & let people stay at their homes free or for a small fee. We have taken advantage of this to travel to areas away from where the Thousand Trails sites are located. We have booked with four different hosts to stay...

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Jan 30, 2019 - Montezuma’s Castle & Well

Day 22. Wednesday 30th January As I said the new fire worked a treat & the sun was shining this morning. We poodled around in the morning & I took the opportunity to empty the grey & black waste tanks. Just meant connecting up the springy plastic pipe to the outlet on the RV & dropping the end into the sewer hole nearby. Then opening the valve to drain the black tank first before closing that valve & opening the grey water tank valve to flush it out. The trailer unit next door to us has their drain pipe connected permanently but they are...

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Jan 29, 2019 - Washing Day

Day 21. Tuesday 29th January Well that’s a change, it was cloudy first thing, no sun yet. That’s probably why it didn’t seem so cold last night. Fortunately the sun did come out later in the day & things warmed up nicely. We took another walk around the site & hiked our way up to the sales & administrative office at the top of the hill. There are a number of trails running through the site with warnings about rattle snakes. Not seen one yet! There was a small shop in the building at the top & we had a chat there with the sales guy who...

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Jan 26, 2019 - Verde Valley Campsite

Day 18. Saturday 26th January Flipping cold night, down to freezing, but a lovely sunny morning & the day warmed up nicely. This is another big camp with five different areas for camping. We are in the B camp on the lower level next to the smaller of the two centres. The big Centre is about 3/4 of a mile back up the road. I think our local centre was probably the main centre when we came here 11 yrs ago. The swimming pool, heated, & the spa are here as are the two Pickleball courts. Despite the camp being pretty full there are very few...

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Jan 25, 2019 - Off To Cottonwood, Arizona

Day 17. Friday 25th January Up just after 5am, packed up & on the road by 6am. Decided to get a couple of hours driving in before stopping for breakfast as it was going to be nearly 300 miles to the next site at Cottonwood in Arizona. The morning was lovely as the sun came up over the mountains as we headed South East out of Vegas. The craggy mountain tops were black at first, turning brown as the sun came up. Once we were past Boulder City & Boulder Dam we were into flat desert plains with very few towns along the way. Long straight roads...

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Oct 31, 2018 - Desert, Dudes and Decisions

October 31, 2018 Desert, Dudes and Decisions After only two nights in Ehrenberg, Radar, Susan and I decided it was just too hot there. Even though we invited Eugene to join us, he figured without us there he could stay cool by running around naked. Before he could demonstrate the feasibility of that method, we left for Prescott. Copper Basin Road into Prescott National Forest turned out to be dusty, narrow, bumpy, and curvy. It took us over an hour to go about eight miles, but we finally found a campsite that would hold all three of our...

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Born to Wanda

Sep 16, 2018 - Cottonwood, AZ

Sun, 16 Sep: Another road day, albeit short-ish... With another time change we were up early this morning. We got ourselves ready for the day, fed, the coach ready for the road, and rolled wheels at 0820. We were only a few hundred meters from the on-ramp to I 40 so in short order we were on cruise control rolling westward toward Flagstaff. The truck traffic was fairly heavy for a Sunday morning. But they all flowed around us without a hitch and all was well. Near Crater National Monument we switched drivers and Bob continued west on I 40...

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2018 Travels

Aug 31, 2018 - Out Of Africa

Lions, Tigers and Bears....but no Elephants or Hippos...apparently they left Africa too early. It's a good thing that Judy got in free because it was her birthday month because we both thought it was way overpriced. I paid $29 and that was even too much for the two of us. Oh well, live and learn. - We're winding down our time here and soon we'll be leaving for our beloved California. By this time next week we hopefully will be back in Paradise. See ya soon. - Happy Trails, Bob, Judy and Our3dogs p.s. Short entry.. watching John McCain's...

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Aug 29, 2018 - Billion Dollar Copper Camp

Nearby is the little town of Jerome, Arizona which sits on a hillside that has or should I say had 2 bodies of ore rich in copper, gold and silver. The first claim was made in 1876 and by 1890 the town had a population of 250 miners. Ten years later it was 2500 and by 1930 it grew to 4900. Sadly in the 2010 census the population was only 444 but back years ago it was a ghost town. - some interesting facts about the mines, 22 mining companies in all but the United Verde Mine was the worlds largest at the time and in the 77 years of the life...

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Aug 24, 2018 - Playing Tourist

We had a great trip from Gallup and arrived at Verde Valley RV Resort near Cottonwood, Arizona just after lunchtime. We got parked in our 50 Amp site but the site isn't the best and we ended up relocating the RV in the site and ended up with a almost level patio on the door side. - Judy could not remember Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well when we were here 10 years ago so we made that trip again and now have a record in the Journal on the visit since I didn't start the journal until 2009. - The early inhabitants here were the Sinagua...

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Aug 15, 2018 - Our stay in Cottonwood Arizona

Well it's been a nice stay here at the Thousand Trails Verde Valley campground in Cottonwood AZ. We've spent most of our time just relaxing and doing some of the tourist things. What has really been surprising is the amount of rain we have been getting here. We've had rain here almost every night and one night it rained for hours. From what I understand this is not normal. But with all that rain everything here is still green even with daily temps in the low 100s. But even with all that rain the air here is still dry with humidity typically...

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