Love's Travel Centre, Williams, AZ
We were awake at 6 on Saturday, Mar. 14th. Maybe the ‘anxiety’ or ‘excitement’ of moving aided in the early rising. We weren’t looking forward to leaving the warm weather behind but we were just ready to move. Bill and I showered and then I went out for a nice walk. It is a pretty park and a pretty neighbourhood with new business malls across the street. The buildings all adobe coloured, pretty.
I tried to catch the quails again but even though that is obviously a favourite hangout for them, they are still too far away for a clear photo. I could hear them telling stories though. 😊 Goodbye little guys! Back at home, I had my tea and we each had a bowl of Cheerios. The day was glorious, 55F/13C and the sky is blue with big white fluffies. A perfect driving day. The rain is done for a few days.
|Good morning and goodbye to the Gambels|
|The sun rises|
|It is very hard but I am limiting the pictures|
There were just way too many beautiful views
|I feel a bit offended - huh!|
|And then the air and the sky changed dramatically|
but no precipitation dampened the drive
|I kept busy too|
|White stuff we don't want to see|
Now, you know our destination. We’ve seen it a couple of times already but Keith hasn’t, nor have Ken and Kim. We should never say ‘you HAVE to do’ something. I’m telling Bill all the time. They don’t have to! But this, if you are anywhere close, you HAVE to see it to believe it. So, we are driving north about 50 miles looking for the Fire Road in the Kaibab Ntl Forest. Bill and I found this free campsite in 2017 on our way home.
however, the weather was creating some concerns. It has snowed here over the
last couple of days and it has rained here over the last couple of days. The
dirt/sand roads into the sites don’t do well in those conditions.
Once you turn
onto this road, there is no turning around without going into these
semi-designated spots. We stopped, Ken stopped and Keith stopped. We’re on a
single lane and after walking to scout things out ahead, Bill tried backing
to say, it wasn’t going to work and my fear would be getting stuck and needing
to be towed out. Cha-ching! After much more deliberation amongst the guys, Keith
turned around easily and pulled off to the side. Ken unhooked their car and
dolly, Kim drove the car pulling the dolly out and off to the side. Ken backed
up their Journey motor home out to the road, turned it around, backed in to
hook up the dolly and the car again.
to back up the Suite as well. No easy feat but painstakingly he managed to do
it, slowly back the ¼ of a mile. Doesn’t sound far, but it was not easy. He is
awesome and we didn’t get stuck! Once that was done, we pulled into a camp spot
off the fire road near the highway. We pulled in behind Keith and parked. Then
we all piled into Ken and Kim’s motor home and with the car in tow, drove the 9
miles to the Grand Canyon parking lot.
|It was a nice 2 lane highway for 50 miles with the|
occasional passing lanes
|There won't be any overnight camping here this trip!|
|The boys did great backing up|
|Bill and Keith help Ken get turned around on the busy AZ-64|
|Bill rides shotgun|
|Kim rides - um - backseat?|
|It was very misty which gave us a completely different view from past visits|
|Bear with me for a few pictures|
Around 5:30 we hopped on the little bus back to the parking lot and Ken drove us to the fire road where our vehicles waited. We couldn’t stay there for the night. Bill and Keith followed Ken back the 50 miles to Williams to a Love’s Travel Station where we hoped to park for the night. It was packed and Bill and I had a few fretful moments of what now?
|Kim and I pose for a picture|
|Keith and Ken on the edge|
|A nice picture of Bill|
|Kim is awed|
|Bill, Keith and Ken|
Kim and I are present in our shadows
|We saw 3 double rainbows on the drive back to Williams|
Thanks for stopping by!