We spent two days relaxing in Amado at the De Anza RV Resort. Immediately after arriving and setting up the RV, we went swimming in the indoor pool. I don’t understand the attraction of all the indoor pools. The sun is glorious and I love to sit next to the pool, but indoors it just doesn’t have the same appeal. I suppose in the summer, an indoor pool in the desert is doubly refreshing, and it keeps the water on the cooler side.
They had a “Happy Hour, Free Margarita” social event at 4pm, so you know where we went after that! We met some very nice people there, and there was a group of about 15 from the same RV club. I’m pretty sure we were the youngest people there, hehe! One couple showed us their drivers’ licenses. They were from Oregon but lived in their RV, so the address on their license was “Continuous Traveler”, which I thought was pretty cool.
My friend Jennifer, who lives in Tuscon, drove down to visit for the evening. I haven’t seen her in about 13 years, so it was a fantastic evening of catching up. She left early the next day, New Year’s Eve, to celebrate in Phoenix with her boyfriend.
We didn’t do much on NYE. Sat around, relaxed, did some laundry, played ping pong, played shuffleboard, and just about nothing else.
The next day we packed up and drove north on I-10. WE stopped in Casa Grande for gas and continued along Hwy 238 to the Sonoran Desert. The plan was to free camp somewhere, anywhere, in the desert. As we drove through the desert, the right side of the road was all fenced off with signs prohibiting motorized vehicles. The right side of the road had open roads/spots in the fence, but there were train tracks that you couldn’t drive over. We finally stopped at one of the spots on the right and there was a sign indicating the entire north section of the Sonoran Desert was closed due to damage from ATV’s and other motorized vehicles.
We didn’t give up hope, though! We kept driving and just a few miles before the western boundary of the desert, we found a road we could traverse with the RV. We drove in, found a spot we were able to navigate turning around in, and set up camp!
We made a fire ring and sat around it to watch the sun set. Jake made a delicious hamburger/macaroni dinner and a kick-ass fire. The three of us relaxed around the fire for a few hours before turning in.
The wind picked up sometime around 1 or 2am, and it was nuts. I don’t think it was as bad as it was as our first night in Tecopa Hot Springs, but it was close. We left our camping chairs outside and we thought one of them blew away, but somehow it ended up under one of the others, and they were all bunched in a pile from the wind. I didn’t get any sleep, but I did “wake up” and make coffee and watch the sun rise. (I’m getting to see a lot of sunsets and sunrises on this trip!)
We drove through Gila Bend and north on Hwy 85 to Buckeye. We had to backtrack a couple of miles on I-10 to get to a store so we could plan food for the next couple of days. We were quickly back on the road (we’re getting this shopping thing down to a science!) and heading for Quartzsite. There is absolutely nothing between Buckeye and Quartzsite, except for a couple of typical beautiful Arizonian rest stops and 90 miles.
Jake originally planned to stay in Quartzsite for a couple of days. Quartzsite has the largest gem/rock/stone tradeshow in the world in January and February. Apparently, an estimated 750,000 to 1,000,000 people visit Quartzsite in a year! We stopped at the Chamber of Commerce for info, since this is the only place we didn’t have a plan of attack for visiting beforehand, and drove around a bit. We were a little disappointed. The town is pretty much one giant RV park and flea market. Not exactly the kind of place we felt like spending two days in, so we left. Well, after stopping in to a place called Gem World so Bruce could see some cool rocks and stuff.
We drove just a few miles down the road west to Ehrenberg, which had an RV park listed in the AAA guide. The first few we passed were kind of dodgy, but when we drove up to the River Breeze RV park, we were happy to see that it looked great! The office was closed but the owner met us at the entrance and showed us where we could park. It’s on the Colorado River, and there is a nice breeze coming up the length of the park from the river…so it’s aptly named. Hehe!
We swam in the outdoor pool (yay!) which was the perfect temperature, and the afternoon temp was around 80F, and went back and forth between the pool and hot tub a couple of times. Bruce and I wandered down to the end of the park to check out the river, horseshoes, and I showed Bruce how to play tetherball. I finally got to play with someone shorter than me!
Jake made onion-crusted baked chicken for dinner (Yum!) and we ate outside. I’m really going to miss this warmth when I get back to Ontario!
Today we decided that we’ll stay here in Ehrenburg for another day. We have about five more nights of camping plus another couple of days in Vegas, which means we have lots of time to make it back to Vegas because we’re pretty close. We’re thinking of staying around Lake Havasu for a day or two, and in Mohave for a night, before going back to Vegas.
(Bruce and Jake just finished playing a board game and have gone for a swim. I’m actually trying to help a client remotely on a SLOW internet connection right now, so I figured I’d get this blog post in while I’m doing that. Windows Live Writer is fantastic for this sort of thing! Unfortunately I’ll have to wait to upload this post because I’m tethering my phone and the connection keeps timing out when uploading pics. Sigh.)