Alamo Lake State Park
Steak, twice baked potatoes and some Asparagus.
Here's what we woke up to. The best site in the campground! E44, $15, no utilities. They have different sites offering different choices and prices. This is the closest site to the water. The lake is quite full but even if it were totally full, you'd still have to put your kayak in at the marina.
This site is very deep and has a couple of nice trees near the fire ring.
Here we are from a distance which shows how much privacy we had. This site is at the end of a turnaround.
We talked and laughed and had a great time. Most of our Fulltime RV group has gone off the road or bought properties and become Half Timers. Even Steve & Dianne have some big changes ahead as they downsize. They are usually here every year but now it may be every couple of years. So glad we stopped by.
One thing we really looked forward to was getting Hurley in the kayak for what may be his last time on the water. He loves it. The weather was perfect with no wind.
He snoozed in the sunshine.
Somewhere under the water is the old ghost town of Alamo Crossing. Built in the 1800s and flooded over in 1968. The coordinates for the town are: 34.2605757 -113.5827076 Apparently the road to the town is still there and disappears into the water. I'm not sure if it's even clear enough to see down under 80 feet, but I guess you could scuba dive down there. The town is supposed to be in very good shape.
Plenty of Pelicans on the lake. Cracks me up to see them in the dessert instead of the beach.
This bush just glowed compared to the other drab green plants.
All lined up.
Our rig from the water. What a great place and one that we will return to.
Happy Trails Resort
Our two weeks here was very busy taking care of Steve's stepmom. The time flew by but we did get out for one short hike to an interesting place. It's right next to the Phoenix International Raceway. As you drive down S. Avondale Blvd, you run right into it. I was surprised how big this racetrack was. Look for some parking near the Tres Rios Trail. Follow the trail around and up Monument Hill.It's a short but steep hike up with great views of the racetrack and the valley below. The elevation is 1155.
A memorial for a loved one along the way.
steep spot with loose rock.
The Salt River with the Gila River nearby.
The top! What is this marker you ask? Turns out the Salt River was the original border between Arizona and Mexico. At the time of the Gadsen Purchase, it marked the northern boundary of Mexico. When it became part of the Arizona Territory the government used it as a starting place for surveys. This marker was set in 1851. The border has since moved quite a ways south. This survey marker designates the zero-point tied to almost every legal property description.
The Valley can be clearly seen from the top of Monument Hill. To the north is Avondale, to the south is Estrella Mountain and to the east and west is a line that seems to go on forever. That is Baseline Road. The road got its name for the Baseline and meridian survey that helps mark the center spot. If you travel 115th Avenue straight north you would end up at the North Pole. So they say.
Our time flies by and we need to be back in Placerville. This lovely sunset was a perfect ending.
Casa Grande, Arizona
We wanted to visit with Curt and Glenda on our way back so we spent a couple of nights back at the Pinal Fairgrounds. W/50/dump, $25, It was super windy again so good to have a safe spot to wait for the winds to pass. Our entire time in Arizona was very cold, windy and rainy while we were here. I never wore shorts and we never were able to take our favorite, daily bike ride.
It was a short visit, but we enjoyed our time as always. Curt made Smashed Burgers and Glenda had other goodies and a dessert of Apple Pastries with homemade ice cream. Delicious.
We played a new card game called Skyjo. It was fun and I actually won a couple of times.
|See him peeking over?
It was a late day, so we just pulled over in Quartzsite for the night. We were up early and on our way.
Tina, Mike, Me, John, Teri and Steve. They just got a new trailer and were here to try it out.
One last overnighter and we push on to Placerville. This is the 2nd 7 hour drive and we are pooped.
It was a pretty drive none the less.
The blossoms followed us along Hwy 99.
A few more hours and just a little rain and we were back in Placerville.