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Monument Valley as viewed from Rt 163

Monument Valley

Monument Valley

Monument Valley

Monument Valley

Monument Valley

View from Rt 89 heading toward Flagstaff

Current campground near Phoenix

My campsite

Where I'll be located starting Wednesday

Campground in Usery Park

View from campground in Usery Park

Campsite at Usery campground

Campsite at Usery campground

Campsite at Usery campground

View from Usery campground

View from Usery campground

View from Usery campground


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!!



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