My first trip this year is going to be a working one. Thanks to my stepson for taking his lovely wife on a trip to Sedona AZ I got the urge to check out if there were any craft shows this spring and hit the jackpot.
So I am going to Sedona for the first time and taking my crochet booth WireandWool.
Above is one of my newest coverups.
Over the years I have done different types of shows and always tried to go where I have never been, sometimes they pay for my trip, and sometimes not but I always get to see new things and meet new people.
So I will be posting on the way to Bell Rock Plaza in the Village of Oak Creek and setting up with Oak Creek Arts and Crafts show on April 15 and 16th.
And today I am making my 70th trip around the sun.
Just a short trip to test out my new Jackery 500 power station and Alpicool fridge. Which I recommend highly. I kept the jackery plugged into a 12v plug that is only powered when the engine is running and then the fridge (which I set to eco/save) to the jackery. Running overnight the Jackery never went below 85%, the night was cool, so the next trip will tell if it works harder.
Night one free at Whitewater Draw in McNeal AZ. I have lived in places with a lot of birds my whole life but this blew me away and most of them had already left.
No need for an alarm, the noise builds as the sun comes up and then they are off for breakfast.
Day and Night 2.
In 1999 I had a cerebral aneurysm while doing a show in Phoenix AZ and upon waking up my late husband Ron and I made a pledge that we would never put off seeing something along the way again. So we went to Tombstone on the way to our next show, I was kind of out of it on medication so it went on a bucket list to do again. Before he passed away he told me to finish the bucket list. I already ticked off Quartzite so Tombstone was next.
There are two lots for overnight parking behind the courthouse, cars, and vans in the second lot for $5 the first lot is car day use and RVs in the lot at the bottom of the street for $10.
This shot was taken early in the morning before the crowds.
Day 3 Bisbee and Cochise Stronghold.
What a neat town and I can’t wait to return. The museum and other venues I wanted to see were not open till the weekend so I have to go back.
This is what greeted me outside the museum.
The sign along I-10 for the Cochise Stronghold has always stirred the imagination.
First and foremost do not follow Google maps follow the road sign.
I had intended to stay the night at the stronghold, but a recent fire due to camper negligence reduced the camping area and I got there late so it goes back on the list and I get back on the Interstate heading home to get my jab..
Next trip next month to find my fathers grave in Mississippi.
On the way to Blanca, Co. back roads, of course, I came across the memorial to the Texas Cattle Drives on RT. 71 plenty of room to pull off and rest.
I stopped off in Limon at the KOA to do laundry and dump and fill and then on down to LaJunta KOA which is right next to a Walmart Supercenter to stock up on groceries. I know what to expect at KOA when I need to get things done.
The drive from Lajunta to Walsenburg on Rt.10 is scenic, mostly ranch land.
Lathrop State Park on Hwy160 just outside Walsenburg is a great place to stop. E/W hookups and great views.
The mountain pass on Rt.160 is a gradual rise and descent and Matilda, I finally decided on a name for my bounder, had no problems at all.
The Blanca RV Park wound up being my home for a month and I enjoyed every day in this charming little town. My view out my front window was Mt.Blanca.
Be sure to put Blanca RV Park on your list if in the area. Full hookups are $30 a night also weekly and monthly rates available. Great WIFI and helpful managers. The owner is hands-on and is working on an expansion of 50/30 amp sites. Convenience store, propane and gas on site. Noisy during the day from Rt160 and a railroad track in the back but quiet at night.
From Bandera, I had to stop in Robert Lee (where my late husband and I bought a small ranch in the middle of nowhere) to take care of some business.
If you are ever passing through from Abilene to San Angelo take a drive down route 158 from US HWY 277 to US HWY 87 and enjoy the view.
Then on to Post and the Post View RV Park which is an older park but still has good full hookups. Post is the Garza county seat and was established by CW Post the cereal guy in 1907. Neat Museum and Old Mill Trade Days https://www.oldmilltradedays.com/on the second weekend of the month from March – December. I have done this market with merchandise and with food and it is always a good market with lots of variety.
One night in Amarillo and then out of Texas.
I love the plains so I always go straight up from Amarillo on US Hwy 87 to 287 to 385. Just make sure everything is secured it’s rough going through OK.
And I like to stay outside Lamar at Sportsmans RV Park and Horse Motel http://www.rvandhorses.com, another older park with reasonable rates and good hookups.
Leaving Lamar heading to Denver I had to stop twice because of wind, remember to slow down or pull over on the plains the winds are vicious.
Denver is busy and in the summer it is hard to find a space without far in advance reservations, I was lucky enough to secure 2 nights at Prospect RV Park http://www.prospectrv.com . Right off I-70 and fairly close where my sister lives.
She took me on a road tour of Lookout Mountain and Central City and on to lunch in Nederland.
My sister takes photography seriously and is very good at it.