|Moving day, we pulled out of Railside RV Park this morning about 10 am for our trip to Zane Gray RV Park in Camp Verde AZ. We needed to make a stop at the Camping World to return a heater we purchased that we were not happy with. The lady at the service counter asked if we were having satellite issues when she saw Candy walk in, told her no, so she was happy.
Our drive east on I-40 to Flagstaff was nice with the sun shining and no wind. We took I-17 south which was a very interesting drive. We are coming from 7000 feet elevation down to 2000 feet in about 60 miles so it was mostly downhill on some steep grades. We did get some pretty pictures of the area. The one thing was I got some great gas mileage for the part of the trip and didn’t even have the overdrive on. We got here early afternoon and what a temperature change from Williams. It has been in the 60’s for the high for our stay, here at Camp Verde, which is 5000 feet lower, it is in the mid 80’s. Finally found that hot weather we have been looking for. We got parked and drove down to Camp Verde so Candy could get a haircut and returned to make plans for the next couple of days. Tomorrow we drive to Sedona for a Hummer tour of the area and Thursday Candy will get her Segway tour of Sedona and Friday we will be leaving for parts east.
As the oldest community in the valley, the Town has a unique history, dating back to the early 1860′s. Settlers first began migrating into the Verde Valley because of the mining industry. The first military establishment was a temporary post overlooking the farms at West Clear Creek. In 1865, the next post, Camp Lincoln was established. In 1865 the name was changed to Camp Verde. The post was moved to its present day site in 1871, due to the onset of a malaria outbreak. In 1878, the name was changed to Fort Verde to signify permanence. The fort was occupied from 1871-1891; with the post officially closing in April of 1890. At another time it was changed back to Camp Verde.