April 30, May 1, May 2, and May 3rd.
The engine light came on in the Jeep. So we took it to Pep-Boys in Flagstaff only to find out we needed to replace the "emission control canister" for a few hundred bucks. They could not repair it immediately so we made an appointment for the next morning.
Found a great location along a forest road to spend a few days for free. Love free. It's referred to as "boondocking" in rv lingo. I'll use that word a lot in future journal entries. Great views and campfires at no extra charge. The spot was less than a mile from the entrance to Walnut Canyon National Monument. It is a location of cliff dwellings on a smaller scale than Mesa Verde Nat'l Park in Colorado. One day we walked down into the canyon and huffed and puffed our way back up to the canyon rim.
Took the Jeep in for the needed repair. We left it at the shop and walked with Billy to a nearby city park. The park was fantastic with several playgrounds for the kids, well-maintained basketball & tennis courts, skateboard park, exercise equipment, picnic areas galore, and a huge dog park with obstacles for the dogs to play on.
Went back for the Jeep and found out that the wrong part was delivered from the Pep=Boys supplier,so no work was or would be done that day. We rescheduled for the next day and repeated the city park waiting area thing. This time it got fixed.
While in Flagstaff, I had a few prescriptions refilled at Walgreens and did our grocery shopping at Walmart.
Our rig also had Dish Satellite problems so we scheduled a stop at an RV Dealership in Flagstaff. We decided to move the rig from the forest to an in-town RV Park called Black Bart's. On the way in we took the rig to the dealership but after hours of fiddling, they could not fix the Dish problem and there is no "satellite specialist" in town. We went to Black Bart's and stayed for two nights. There was a steakhouse restaurant on-site. We blew a wad there with steaks, drinks, and desserts. Black Bart's steakhouse has a very western motif. Each of the wait staff took turns getting up on stage and singing throughout the evening. Occasionally, the whole group would get up and sing together. They were all music students from the local college and were great entertainment. It was a fun evening.
On Sunday May 5th, we packed up and headed north to Lake Powell on the AZ/UT border.