I was able to fit another “trip” into my very first Smashbook (first, Key West; second, New York City). We spent January – March, 2013 in Peoria, Arizona at Pleasant Harbor RV Park on Lake Pleasant. We have definitely figured out that cold weather just isn’t for us anymore so we headed south!
We left early Christmas morning. It was cold and clear when we left, but by the time we got to Satus Pass it was snowing hard and the “chains required” sign was up. However, we were the only people on the road so Jim didn’t bother stopping to chain up (we did have chains for both the truck and the trailer, just in case). He figured since we were in 4 wheel drive, and there was nobody around, why bother to stop when we were doing so good. And the worst part of that day was after we’d crossed the Columbia River into Oregon. The road to Portland was so rutted up that one car spun out in front of us when they tried to change lanes through these huge ruts of wet snow. It was way more treacherous than Satus Pass.
We stopped the first night before heading over the Sisqiyous. It was cold and pouring rain. But when we left the next morning, the mountain passes were bare with red sand. Our truck & trailer were a mess! We stopped in San Juan Bautista for a few days to visit with Kevin & Laura before continuing on to Arizona on New Year’s Eve. It was so nice to have warmer weather than what we’d been experiencing at home. We did a bit of sightseeing while we were there: Cannery Row (Jim’s favorite movie of all time), pizza in San Jose (according to Laura the U.S.’s best version of Italian pizza), and the tattoo shop where Kevin works.
We had a great spot at the RV park. We were on the first row on the right after driving past the office, and the 2nd spot. It was a perfect spot for people watching! We also had a nice shade tree that really helped shade the trailer later in February/March when it really started to warm up. Not too long after we arrived, Jim decided he needed a new beach cruiser so off we went to Phoenix to find his new bike! I had brought my 25 year old bike and after riding his bike, decided mine needed some updating: new handle bars, new seat and a bell! We did some fun stuff while we were down there – went to a Mariner’s Spring Training game (they won), went to a place out in the desert with a bunch of astronomers and looked at constellations and got some great pics of the moon (the astronomer put my camera phone up to his HUGE telescope and snapped the pictures), saw a HUGE houseboat (actually it was more of a party boat than a houseboat) pulled out of the lake by a semi truck which was dwarfed by the boat, Jim saw a wild donkey on the highway when he was out bike riding – he stopped and the donkey came right up to him, and finally I always take my Seattle Seahawks mascot with me for good luck!
Our neighbors at the park were Bill and Becky! We had some good laughs with them! Jim’s brother/sister-in-law (Bob & Sharon) also came down a couple of times in their motorhome. We drove out to the lake several times to watch the Comet PANSTARR and were lucky enough to see it without any special equipment. It was pretty cool!
I love the cactus in Arizona and could take pictures of them all day long. There were never any two alike!
I was told we were several weeks late for the blooming desert flowers, however, I thought there were still some pretty ones out there and on the trees in the park (yellows, purples, pinks and oranges)!
It was a sad day when we left to head back to Washington. The park was already about half empty. Both on our way from California to Arizona and Arizona to California, we stopped in Indio, California for the night. The RV park had nice concrete, pull through spots – we didn’t even have to unhook the truck and trailer since it was so nice and level.
After three trips, my Smashbook was full. It was a fun way to make a scrapbook!