Part 2: Places
I’ve previously highlighted the people. Now is time to do the same with places. Much of the experience beyond the people you meet are the places you visit. I’ve mentioned in a previous post my fondness for what I call the “slices of Americana” where I discussed the iconic motor hotel the Coronado in Yuma, AZ. Well, I’ve been to many more of these slices and thoroughly enjoyed my time. Of course much of that are the people you meet there but the places themselves have special meaning to me.
My first real campground experience was at the KOA in Tucson, AZ near the airport. Big, expensive, busy and loaded with families and their children it was a blast. Well maintained, they had a great pool and hot tub, clean restrooms and showers and a wonderful laundromat that was very overpriced. I utilized all of it.
Shadow Ridge in Ajo, AZ was a small, no frills RV park inhabited primarily with “snow birds” who spend their winters in the Arizona warmth. Great vibes and very relaxing.
Gunsite Wash, a dispersed camping area owned by the BLM, just south of Ajo in Why, AZ. This truly was an experience that I will do again. No utulities, services or amenities of any kind. Just check out these pictures.
Organ Pipe National Monument. George and Suzie took me with them to visit this Sonoran desert park. We took the Ajo loop exploring the beautiful desert scenery & plant life.
Back to Ajo for their annual shindig in the town square. Typical Americana, very small, with tents set up for local groups and some government entities, a few food vendors all serving Mexican food. I had a fry bread taco for lunch that was fantastic. The weekly farmers market was also going on that day.
I went back to Tucson and scheduled a service appointment with the dealer to take care of some minor issues with the new RV. I decided to stay at a park about 15 miles west of the city call Desert Trails. I met great people and ended up staying there for nine days. The sites were very close to each other but the layout and scenery was exquisite. This was a place where the people made it special. I’ve already mentioned in the previous post about what wonderful people my neighbors Roy and Laurel were. Thanks again to them for all they did for me.
My most recent stop is at Fox’s Resort in Parker, AZ on the Colorado river with a restuarant and floating bar on site. Close quarters, but the view of the river is fantastic.