Headin' South

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Cave Creek Regional Park

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Sunday, January 9, 2011

With a smidgen of reluctance, we decided to leave Camp Verde.  We filled up the propane at a nearby campground and the gas at Shell.  It was the most we have paid per gallon at $3.14.9.  We hit I17 and headed south.  The trip involved only about 75 miles, but we traveled at about 55 to save a bit of fuel.  The last fill-up we got just about nine mpg, which is an improvement.

Cave Creek CG is about eight miles from the city of Cave Creek.  It's in a desert area, abounding with varied cactus, the most obvious of which, is the Saguaro.   These beauties grow up to twenty feet in height.  They are perches for all types of bird and used for burrowing by the local woodpeckers.  It's nice to back in "birdland".  Birds were seen rarely further north... Our site, number 14 is located near necessary facilities, but not near another vehicle.  It's a very open CG with great privacy. What struck me was how DARK it gets out here.  Actually, what really hit me was the awesome beauty of the sunset.  The photos do pretty good justice to the overwhelming beauty.  With the silhouettes of the various flora, the overall impression is truly amazing.  And it lasted... I was able to get photos for nearly half an hour, from the early pastel stage, through the wildly, bright colors and into the waning, gentle colors again.  Once again, I had to restrain my photographic "trigger finger" and delete a number of photos.  The remaining, however, give a good idea of the amazing gift given us to close out the day.  As an aside, we dined on chicken stir fry with the last of the chicken we had barbecued at our last stop.  The Weber Q is a must for a trip like this and as a cooking tool in general.  The night was quiet with no little yappers, trains or sixteen wheelers to interrupt our night.  Driving only short distances with the heavy traffic in this area is a challenge, but I just try to keep "Shorty" between the lines and at a good distance behind the vehicle ahead.  It's actually fun to be bring the house right along with us.  The Subaru, of course, is our mainstay touring vehicle and gives us freedom to explore and hit town for groceries or visit the local sites. Nearly everyone we encounter is friendly, helpful and seemingly happy to see us.  Life IS good, but living it is even better. 
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