The Odyssey from Oxnard to Carlsbad Caverns

Trip Start Feb 12, 2006
Trip End Mar 15, 2007

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Carlsbad RV Park

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Saturday, March 18, 2006

We finally started our RV Odyssey on a cold rainy Tuesday, with a plan to follow Interstate Hwy 10 most all the way across the southern States of America.

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!! A good portion of them actually 'dry' camp (with no hook-ups except their own generators, etc.) for free, or very little, mostly on government land. It was probably down 80% to 90% off it's peak, as we went through and it was really cold, so we didn't see the attraction.

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. The main reason to go there was to check out prices, and hopefully buy, some of my medications that were supposed to be sooooo much cheaper in Mexico. Well, they weren't as much of a bargain as I had hoped, but I did buy one of the most expensive ones that costs $150 in the U.S. but only $57 in Juarez, so that made it worthwhile.

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.
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