I seem to have an alarm built in my head now. No matter what time I go to bed, I’m awake and ready to get moving around 7 or shortly after. Today, Monday, Feb. 12th was no exception. I was up at 7:15, dressed, blinds open and out the door for my walk. I headed right out of the park gates and turned west. It was windy but 59F so great walking temperature.
The traffic wasn’t terrible on N. Frontage Road but busy enough that I stayed far enough off the highway. Their pedals were to the metal.
|The clouds are scrambling around the top of the mountain range|
I turned into Sundance RV Resort, a sister park to Fortuna, owned by Cal*Am Resorts. It was another option for us to use for our 3 FREE nights. We’d heard that it would be too small and too crammed, that we might not have fit in easily.
Walking around the park, I was still impressed by the care taken in these resorts. A nice sports complex at the front with the same choices we have, but on a smaller scale. I was surprised to see outdoor Curling lanes too, my sister, Cathy, would like those!
People were friendly, I met lots in my jaunt around past the dog park and the back side. A mixture of rv’s and older park models. I noticed 3 Ontario plates in one area and that always makes me smile.
|Nice dog park but I didn't see any dogs playing on the apparatus in there|
|Such a pretty tree|
|Baby Ocotillo for Deb D.|
It was showing some green buds coming
I walked back home after getting a mile and a half logged and Bill was up at his laptop. I made my tea, which he had prepped and we shared our last grapefruit. Bill had his shower, I washed and cleaned up dishes. There was nothing else to put away other than the hose so I brought the slides in, turned the invertor on and we were on the road by 9:30. Bill stopped at the office to report that the hydro/electric post for our site was very loose. Something they should check out.
|One more shot of this fan palm|
|Almost ready to hook up|
So, we drove on a section of I-8E that we haven’t travelled before. It was lovely, nice views, nice mountain ranges all around us. Soon enough we began losing the clear blue skies of Yuma, trading them without choice to the scattered clouds. Our morning coffee was making its route through our systems so we stopped at the first Rest Area at 10:15.
I think it is worth making a comment here for a couple of special ‘someones’. Ahead of us, a 1-ton truck and Cougar fifth wheel (smaller than ours) pulled out. After we both got up to speed (speed limit is 75/rv’s tend to travel 10 mph less), driving a Dodge. Just sayin’.
|Pretty views through Dome Valley|
|Drove through the Dateland area|
|Saw more trains today than we've seen in for a long time|
I guess that is what happens when you don't have long travel days
|Bill was impressed by the Gigantic fields of solar|
The panels were curved, different than we've seen before
As we find ourselves nearing I-10E, we are noticing the Saguaro, Teddy Bear and Staghorn Cholla again. We are obviously in the Land of the Giant Saguaro. It is interesting how they disappear for stretches of highway and then reappear. We have not seen such an awesome display of the Saguaro before. Every age, height, condition and stature you can imagine. Every family member is in attendance.
|It was hard to get pictures while moving but here is a small collection|
of Saguaro (sa-war-o)
At one point, maybe a mile in length, the Ocotillo were plentiful and green, then they were gone too. The Cholla seem to huddle near the base of the mountain ridges as if for safety in numbers and many Saguaro have white tips on their upstretched arms, showing new growth.
The Santa Rosa Mountains are off in the south, a way over there but they can’t be the same Santa Rosa Mtns. we parked by in Borrego Springs, CA. Two states, same mountain names? Weird. On our left were the Maricopa Mountains, at least these names are according to our Atlas. This is not my knowledge at all. We are under full cloud cover now with 23 miles before the junction of I-8 and I-10 and a dozen drops of rain have teased our dirty windshield.
|Warning signs for the blowing dust|
|Funny how the conditions are just right in this area|
for it to become a hazard
They sure know the area! That was crazy! With another warning for dust blowing, we were watchful but it dissipated before we got to it.
|Seconds later, it was clear|
At the junction we took the exit towards I-10E and pulled into a Pride gas station. Diesel was $2.89/gal compared to Love’s $3.05/gal so it was a no brainer. Pulling in the truck lanes, for the best fit, it always makes me wonder where the driver is with that truck parked in front of us. Just when I start to fret about whether he’ll move by the time we’re ready, he pulls out. Every time! Too funny.
|Can someone tell us what these cages are for?|
this is the second one in a row
The first one, the gate was open so someone obviously escaped!
It was 12:30 and we were ready for a bite to eat. Maybe we’ll grab a Whopper at the Burger King here rather than opening up the Suite. Yes, I know, you folks with a motor home don’t have to think about that. A burger and fries sounds good and now is better than waiting until we get there in another hour and a half.
We were on the road again at 1:00. The winds are really playing havoc with the garbage in the parking lots and with us folk trying to walk across the lots! The mountains are just silhouettes off in the distance, the blowing dust is flowing across them like lava. How appropriate that Neil Young began singing Four Strong Winds just at that time.
|The sky turned pretty again|
|Walking over to Ken and Nancy's, this rig is too big for the site, ya think?|
|Our snob avoids Molly|
|Before dinner, Molly makes friends with her guests|
|Great dinner with friends|
|I tried to capture a picture of the red western sky during dinner|
but too much was in my way
|So this is an earlier sunset picture instead|
It is gorgeous!!