The Odyssey from Oxnard to Carlsbad Caverns
Trip Start Feb 12, 2006
26Trip End Mar 15, 2007
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From Oxnard we crossed Southern California, thru the Palm Springs area, with all the windmills as far as you can see. We spent the first night in Blythe, CA. There is nothing interesting about Blythe, it was just on the way. In fact, when I was escorting tours, many moons ago, if we stopped there, in the summer heat, we would tell our clients that "they'd enjoy the pool"!
Next, we had to check out Quartzsite, AZ. For most of the year it's not much more than a wide spot in the road with a population of about 5000. But for the "winter season" (Dec to March) it becomes a Snowbird Capital and explodes to about 100,000 people, mostly in RVs!
Then, it was on to Phoenix and Mesa. We spent two nights there, exploring a bit and had a short visit with a friend of Terry's (an ex-Mauian).
From Mesa we headed south, on Hwy 10, making a stop at a Good Sam Samboree in Casa Grande, where I caught up with Connie, whom I had met at the Redmond Rally last July. Connie sells some really neat window clings that look like etched glass.
She has all sorts of designs, shapes and sizes, and I had ordered some in the Southwest Indian Kokopeli design that is the décor theme in our RV. I applied them to the shower doors and they look terrific.
I also had a great telephone gab-fest with Barbie (of Standby Golf Hawaii), she and Larry moved from Molokai to just NW of Tucson about a year ago.
Next it was on to El Paso, Texas, where we stayed 2 nights and on Monday the 13th, we took a 4 hour tour across the border into Ciudad Juarez, which was quite interesting
We left El Paso Monday afternoon, and took a sort of side trip into New Mexico to Carlsbad. Neither of us had been to the Carlsbad Caverns before, so we decide to make the detour off Hwy I-10.
The next morning we went to the Caverns, which were definitely worth the trip. We only did one of several self-guided walks and it was very impressive. The famous flight of the bats out of the Caverns is only a summer thing, so we didn't see that.
Then that afternoon we continued back into Texas, staying the night near Ft. Stockton on our way to San Antonio.