|6:30am and moving down the highway toward Phoenix. Normally I don't start out this early, but I wanted to go all the way to Phoenix, and arrive in time to set up before dark, which I did.
The campground that I'm currently at is a very large Passport America campground and I've paid for three nights to give me time to check out the area to find somewhere else to camp for a while. This is a nice enough campground, but it is almost entirely mobile homes and the sites are VERY close together. Not my idea of camping, and it would cost nearly $600 per month at the monthly rate.
Well, I've found the place that I'll be moving to this Wednesday. I was referred to it by the camphosts at Rosy Lane campground, as this is where they spend their winters and they recommended it highly. Now I see why! Large sites, beautifully landscaped in the middle of a saguaro desert and close to Usery Mountain. There are miles and miles of hiking trails that are accessed from the campground. It is beautifully maintained and costs $20 per night which includes electric and water. There is a dump station at the entrance to the park. There is a 14 day maximum stay, but if they aren't full they will extend that. Worse case scenario you can move to a dry camping area on site for $10 per night, take a number and wait for another site to open. I'm told that you rarely have to wait more than a day or two, and then you can stay for another 14 days, and on and on this way for the entire winter if you want.
I'm going to apply for a camphosting job there when I arrive there on Wednesday. I've already met the Ranger in charge and she said to come by and do an application. They have a full compliment right now, but things can change, and there's always next year.
The drive from Moab was sweet. Have I mentioned that I love driving the Dutch Star? Traffic was pretty busy in the Phoenix area, but I don't feel much stress even in those kind of conditions.
A lady at the campground recommended a place to buy locally grown oranges that she said were very sweet. I found the place and they are indeed the sweetest oranges that I've ever tasted. I bought a big bag of them.
I think that I'm really going to like the Phoenix area, especially since I've found Usery Mountain Park. The current temperature is 73 degrees and I have the windows open on the rig and I'm wearing shorts and a T-shirt. Life is good!!