Thunder City

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
Trip End May 04, 2013

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Mountain View RV Park Huachuca City
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Saturday, January 12, 2013

Our drive today from Gilbert Ray was over two hundred miles, again.  It was still warm when we left, but the frosty handwriting was on the wall, so to speak.  We did fine until we approached an area that we THOUGHT we understood... But, the new Copilot led us down the streets of Tombstone.  Now, I have adequate respect for the Gunfight at the OK Corral and all, but Tombstone definitely was NOT on our agenda.  I learned later that there's also a Mountain View RV Park there.  That's where we were headed, but in Huachuca and not in the gunfighting capital of AZ.  What happened, as we de-briefed, is that we got off of I-10 one exit too early.  We did find our goal about sixty miles later.  

The park in Huachuca is a nice, quiet and reasonably priced place.  We had joined Passport America last fall and now get half off at select parks.  We paid only $12.50 for the night, with full hook-up.  Due to the cold weather, I didn't hook up the water, but only added about forty gallons to the tank to get us by for awhile.

We drove into town and went to the dubya place and shopped.  Lynn also had here hair cut at the Hulu Beauty Salon, where she had gone in 2011.  It's right next door to the laundromat we used back then...when I was still in my sixties.

We returned to the park and hung out until we met our friends-in-law later.  Oh, I should mention that they had a major water leak there earlier, but fortunately we had H2O on board.  By the time we returned it was repaired.  So, I put in a few more gallons for the road.  (It's really much more interesting if you were there, believe me.)

We met Rob and Delayne at half past five at their place in Sierra Vista.  They are planning on building on there land outside of town, hopefully in the near future.  We visited awhile and then went  out to dinner.  We went to an Italian restaurant, the name of which escapes me at the moment.  The dinner was fine, but the visiting is always the highlight of any of our time together.  Delayne has a flower shop, (No comments, Joe...) and Rob works as a mechanic for a company who does government contract work on military vehicles.  The both like the area and are quite happy to have left Helena.  Snow does not appeal to either of them.  By the way, Joe is married to Rob and Delayne's daughter, Melanie.

We parted at the restaurant and we drove back to Huachuca City.  Huachuca, in a local indigenous language means "thunder."
It did get cold, but not as cold as we have seen and nowhere near as cold as it has been in Helena.  I did't sleep very well and got up at four thirty AM, as a result.  I'm an early riser, but this was about an hour too early for me, but...

We got a fairly early start, having a trip of over two hundred and fifty miles to travel.  Our goal was Leasburg Lake State park, a few miles out of Las Cruces, New Mexicos.

We drove entirely on I-10, the Trucker's Paradise.  I'd beet at least seventy-five rigs passed us in about two hundred miles.  We had our first windy day, so when one of these babies passes, you know it!  I'd put some high-performance German gas shocks on Shorty last fall, with the entire assistance of my friend, Don, a physical therapist mechanic.  Does that make sense?  Brings thoughts of a "wrenched back" to mind.  Sorry...

We found the park okay, with the able assistance of the phone and Lynn's new Tablet, but with the earnestness of the wind, we decided to move nearer to the Interstate and hopefully better-surrounded by the trees in town.  Here we got half off again at the Carriage House Motel and RV Park.  It's basic, but has all we need, electricity and quiet.  Lots of folks stop here for just a night.  It works.

We're holed up now and doing what we enjoy.  I write.  Lynn surfs/reads on the 'net.  We'll head on down Texas way tomorrow, staying somewhere east of El Paso for a night or two.  It depends on how appealing the area is.  I like driving a couple/three days in a row and then recuperating for the same amount of time.  It's supposed to be cool in the wake of the storm that flew through yesterday.  Cool here is probably in the sixties, but to me it's in the forties.  In Montana, you can tell me.  I honestly, kinda, don't remember.  Like Einstein would say: "It's all relative."

Muchas gracias por visitar, mis amigos…,
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Rob on

Thanks again for the dinner and visit. Sorry the weather isn't a little better.

ferd on

Hey, 0 here this am.! Knew you wanted to know so quit complaining about 40! Lynner forgot to mention how much I am enjoying, still, the chex mix....good with hot coffee! Interesting about the wrong RV park! We are planning a trip to Sedona in the Spring with Paul and Tami....they are going to buy a affordable place down there! Way cool! Keep the water tank full! Hugs

photodon on

31° here last night. Fingers won't type.

Wendy on

Glad you two are off and about and enjoying yourselves! You are not missing a thing here in Helena - COLD! Tell Lynn to read Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver if she hasn't already.

Mike Noble on

Ah, good old I10. I have traveled that route a few times myself. It can get fairly crowded. The interstate system needs a big upgrade...either 3 lanes or 4 per side instead of mostly 2 but still it is a good system....Ike having borrowed it from the Autobahn system in Germany. Hopefully, you are traveling towards warmth. These cool days here make it perfect for reading your travelog although I am of course very jealous....hey, if you need any music....let me know. Mike

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