After our fabulous time in San Diego, we have 2 more stops at Thousand Trails parks in the next few days before leaving California for Arizona. First up was the Pio Pico location.
There are two sections to the park, one on each side of the road. We chose the quieter one and picked a spot with a strong cell signal. It's hit and miss out here. It's an old park but clean and quiet. It's still very hot and there aren't many trees where we could pick up a signal. There were 2 swimming pools.
There also isn't much to do. We only had a few days so we took some drives around after Steve finished work. We drove into the small town and then up towards the next Thousand Trails we'd be staying at to check it out.
The fun part though is the Boulder Park seen below from the tower. Random animals and people are carved out of the boulders. We had just as much fun climbing around as some of the kids did.
We climbed around the boulders about a 1/2 hour to discover many of the animal rocks.
There are a couple tunnel rocks to climb under, through and over.
On the way back out we drove very slowly to get a few pictures of what appeared to be a drive thru flea market. Either that or a very scary RV Park.
Who is that peering out of the window?
No one I'd want to visit!
Back on the road and through the colorful hills before we dropped back down into the sand dunes.
Driving alongside the All American Canal on I-8.
Casa Grande, AZ
Pinal County Fairgrounds
I didn't get any pictures but we only stayed overnight so we could split up the 7 hour drive to Payson. We also popped in to see the progress on the new house our friends Curt and Glenda were building in Robson Ranch. It's a beautiful adult-only park, no RVs. Full of all those amenities like a golf course, pools, tennis etc. Curt and Glenda are off the road now and residing here year round. It is a very nice home and community.
Mogollon Rim/Payson, AZ
Old Rim Rd. (boondocking)
Most sites are huge and there is lots of seperation from your neighbor.
The blue dot is where we camped and the exact coordinates are below. Note the division of green to the left. That is the cliff on the treed left. Some sites overlook the cliff within feet. Most of those sites didn't have room for us or the road would not accommodate us. It is very windy at the edge as well. Gorgeous views though as you will see later.
The road driving in to the over 100 sites is nice and wide and fairly smooth.
The Mogollon Rim (pronounced moggy-yunn rim), cuts across the northern half of Arizona for about 200 miles. It forms the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. It's characterized by high cliffs of limestone and sandstone. Western author Zane Grey built a hunting cabin near here and Louis L'Amour's novel The Sackett Brand includes writings of this area.
There was just a bit of smoke from a recent fire left looking over the rim before the days wind cleared it up.
We hiked here a couple of times as it was so pretty. See the giant heart boulder?
Bugling Elk at Night, eerie. (turn up speakers)
While it was difficult to sleep at times with the Elk so loud, it didn't seem to bother Hurley!
Here is a look down at Rt 260 from the Rim above on the trail.
On one part of the trail we came upon this swing. Carved into the seat was #therimswing.
The scenery up here is gorgeous. We hiked alone most of the trail. The cliff is a straight drop off.
More gorgeous sunsets from the Rim.
While hiking back Hurley spotted this cute little guy.
We had some RV friends that were camping at Homolovi State Park and we decided to meet up in Winslow to eat at the Turquoise Room. We enjoyed Standing on the Corner for the umpteenth time and walked around before heading to the La Posada Hotel.
HERE. It's a must see. Plan to spend time at the grounds looking at the architecture, gardens and art after you've stood on the corner and visited Glenn Fry. Plan a meal too as the food is outstanding!
Here we are with Ruth and Dale and Sherry too for our social distanced dinner.
Before saying our goodbyes, we stopped in at the THAT Brewery. We had some appetizers and enjoyed each others company as this would be their last time as Fulltime RVers.
Good Luck in your new home!