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Mar 5, 2020 - Verde Valley Feb 29 - Mar 5

The Verde Valley includes about 714sq.mi. located in the geographic center of Arizona, about 100mi. north of Phoenix. The Verde River runs thru the valley from northwest to southeast augmented by several creeks. Incorporated communities in the valley include Cottonwood, Clarksdale, Camp Verde, Jerome, and Sedona. There are three National Monuments Tuzigoot, Montezuma Castle, and Montezuma Well. Another area attraction is the Verde Canyon Railroad featuring a 4hr. roundtrip ride from Clarksdale to a ghost ranch at Perkinsville. We followed...

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Mar 1, 2020 - Corona - Covid=19 Virus kicks into high gear in USA

Just a memo to remind us in the future of the onset of a big scare in the USA. The news is now going strong about the virus in China and Italy. Travel from Europe is being restricted. We have a friend doing business in Hawaii. His wife is in Albuquerque hoping he can return home before domestic air travel restrictions may kick in. We have plans to join the Escapee LoWs group again, this time in Cottonwood, AZ in the Verde Valley area. Also we still have reservations at three Arizona state parks afterwards at Picacho Peak, Patagonia,...

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Feb 24, 2020 - Cottonwood/Sedona, AZ

Arrived Cottonwood, set up camp and settled in for the night. The next day was clean up day for the motor homes, cars and laundry. We are in Verde Valley 1000 trails RV park. A huge park sprawled out in three levels. It has two clubhouses, a lovely newly installed pool, hot tub spa and bathhouse. Lots of animals around the park as the Verde river runs alongside the park. Every morning are signs of Havelina prints on the ground. A couple nights before we arrived a mountain lion caught a full grown Havelina not far from our campsite. People...

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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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Southwest USA - 2019

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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