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Sep 17, 2009 - day 1 gila bend, az. camp

hot hot hot is all we can say for our same ol' same ol' trip on interstate 8 east, just flat desert... temps were in the hi 90s. stopped at dateland for our usual dateshake. gas in san diego was 3.09 in yuma it was 2.65. DAY ONE CAMP SUNSET IN GILA BEND AZ

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MID-USA & ROUTE 66

Dec 10, 2008 - Painted Rock

Our destination for tonight's stay is Painted Rock, a primitive campground. The road to it is through level fields of cotton, sorghum and alfalfa. The harvesters in the cotton fields were picking and binding the cotton into bales. Sure is an improvement on those bleeding fingers of pickers in days gone by. Painted Rock is an area of ancient lava flows and deep alluvial silt and sand left by the nearby Gila River. It has a rich history being the crossroads of human travel as pioneers traversed the desert. Painted Rock refers to the many...

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Sep 8, 2008 - On the way to Gila Bend, AZ

I was quite surprised with the terrain in western Texas with the Davis Mountains. Further on we got into some real Flash Flood type rain that brought a whole sack full of wind along with it. I picked up some diesel at a town south of El Paso for $3.869/gal. Cheapest on the whole trip. Going to stop in Yuma on the way in. Stopped for dinner at a nice Arizona rest stop. We spent the night in a Rest Stop west of Gila Bend, AZ. I didn't want to drive that far but there wasn't any rest stops that I could spend the night in. They were to slanted...

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Jul 3, 2008 - Gila Bend, Arizona, on our way home!

Hello all, it's been awhile since I last updated my journal, we have been parked in El Cajon, which is just east of San Diego. The time has gone by fast, but now were are on our way home. Tonight, we are parked in a small RV park in Gila Bend, Arizona. Right in the middle of the desert, it is very hot outside and it is 9 pm. About 100 degrees out there now! Normally this is the area that the snowbirds like in the winter, but they are would melt this time of the year. Sand, cactus, and rabbits. That about it. El Cajon was fun, we visited a...

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Jun 15, 2008 - day 64 gila bend az camp

our day 64 was the worst we had for all our trip - on the way to organ pipe taking rts 80n i-10w i-19s 86w 85n/s i-8e - we drove in the heat of the day which was 115deg w/less then 6% hum, which made the 115 workable yet extremely hot (this was as desert as deserts can be, indian country also) - everything in our camper was hot to touch even the ice box & chest which kept things warm at best... when we got to camp we took a hose and doused ourselves often until the sunset. at bed time, soaked ourselves and went to bed wet. (the camp site at...

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Apr 23, 2008 - Return to Gila Bend

After spending 2 great weeks in Henderson, NV with our children and grandchildren, we have returned to Gila Bend for two nights. Then we will be formally starting on our journey to Nova Scotia. Our first week in Henderson we spent some time with Dennis, Annette and Hailey. They were down from Olympia, WA to visit Randell, Denise and Craig. It was so good to see Dennis after his recovery from gallbladder surgery. He looked really well and energetic. We are so glad that he is feeling so much better. This past weekend, we spent with Randell,...

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Apr 12, 2008 - Leaving Tucson

We were beginning to wonder if Tucson was going to let us go. It was a boisterous wind this morning and cool in the shade. Doug went up to the office to use the ATM. It shorted him. He was told to call the 800 number on the machine. He went back to the car for his phone, but realized he had left it at home. His keys were nowhere to be found. Finally he found them on the driveway along the route to the office. Back in the office they told him that the manager was coming by. She looked at the receipt and discovered that it did short him, but...

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Living Our Dream

Mar 31, 2008 - Gila Bend, AZ

We have been here for the winter. It is getting to be time to move on. We are both getting itchy feet and are ready to start our next trip. As long as gas is not cost prohibitive we are planning to travel to the New England states and on in to Nova Scotia. We went to Organ Pipe National Monument on March 27, with my brother, Larry and his girlfriend Hilda. The center picture above is of them in front of an Organ Pipe Cactus. We will be departing Gila Bend on April 7 and are going to Las Vegas, NV to see son, Randell and family. Frank, also,...

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Mar 6, 2008 - Gila Bend, AZ

Well, after being in Tucson for 25 days, we decided to leave. We ended up at Hilla Bend, AZ. We just stopped thru here on our way to California. The camping was only 7.00 a night and the laundry was free! We stayed for 2 nights and then headed out. When we were there we drove over to Ajo, AZ and saw a mining hole we also went and ate at the Space Age Restraunt. It is a Holiday Inn hotel and dinner that has been open sincew the 1960's and is done in a space age fashion. Really neat but over-priced!

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Feb 8, 2008 - Gila Bend

Day 59 Friday - We left Tombstone & headed West. Stopped off to walk round the Boothill Cemetery on the outskirts of Tombstone. The cowboys killed in the OK corral gunfight are buried there. The drive across Arizona was mainly through desert with lots of the tall cactus plants that one sees on the cowboy movies. There are still mountain ranges all around. We bypassed Tucson & continued along Interstate 10 & then 8 to Gila Bend which is just a small place in the middle of desert country. Most of the deserts we have driven through in Texas,...

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Feb 1, 2008 - Gila Bend and Beyond

We are currently about 30 miles south of Gila Bend, a small town of sparse accommodations and high gas prices. Spent most of the morning dumping, getting water, gas, and propane in preparation for our foray into the "outback". Stopped at Gila Bend to top-off on gasoline before turning south. Our campsite is in the desert, near another Gummit proving ground. I think they have jet fighter dogfights around here, but haven't seen any planes yet. It being Friday, they may not be practicing until Monday again. Interestingly, when we were driving...

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Jan 19, 2008 - Gila Bend

Left Benson this morning, after a 20 degree night. We believed the forecast, which was for just below freezing, so didn't bother to shut down the water. The hose was solid from end to end, and the tap was frozen open. Glad Jan has a hair dryer, since it served to thaw out the tap, and allow it to close. The hose was another matter. I left it in the sun, and about an hour later was able to connect it, and force a bit of water to flow through. It opened up, and blew out little slugs of ice. We travelled to Gila Bend, via the 1960's. Just up...

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