Goosenecks State Park, Utah
May 1 – 5, 2019

This was not Plan A or Plan B, but turned out to be the best plan. We were originally headed for some free boondocking on BLM land but when we got close we could see water in the small wash and decided to pass. We had seen positive reviews of Goosenecks State Park on Campendium but skipped it over for some reason. Maybe because it was $10/night to park on a dirt road with no services and we were going to get that for free at the boondocking spot. Maybe because the views looked better elsewhere. But after seeing the wash we remembered passing the sign for the park a little ways back and decided why not check it out. I’m glad we did. It turned out even better than the boondocking spot. 

Yes, our bumper is only a few feet away from that steep drop. I made Chuck sleep on that side 🙂

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Tour City, aka Lake Powell

Lake Powell Wahweap Campground
April 24 – 30, 2019

We had so looked forward to Lake Powell. We’d heard good things and built it up in our minds. So of course it didn’t live up to our expectations. We imagined something with a National park feel, but what we found was tour central. Boat tours, canyon tours, kayak tours, dam tours, and tour buses disgorging tourists everywhere.

The lake is extremely low making the walk from the campground down to the beach about a mile.

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Tucson, Usery & Sedona

April 2 – 24, 2019

In the interest of getting caught up I’m going to breeze through the next few posts letting the pictures tell most of the story. We’re in Alaska now and I’m wanting to share our adventures here but first more of our travels in the southwest.

Campsite at Gilbert Ray

After five months stationary at Palm Creek, we decided to ease back into the traveling life by heading to one of our favorite parks, Gilbert Ray just outside of Tucson. As we were driving to our site we saw a few other Airstreams, one of which I thought I recognized. Sure enough it was Jen and Mic. We met them at the 2018 New Year’s rally at Picacho Peak. We had a nice time chatting and meeting their new dog. Continue reading “Tucson, Usery & Sedona”

Returning to Pickleball Paradise

October 24, 2018 – April 1, 2019

Yep this one covers a lot of time 🙂 but you’ll soon understand why.

We were worn out after our busy summer (two trips to the Northwest from the Southwest, nine national parks, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, and a jaunt to Kansas). So during October we called to bump up our arrival at Palm Creek to December. Not long after that we called again and bumped it to the beginning of November. So in true Palm Creek fashion (ask anyone who’s stayed there and they’ll confirm this is the norm), this year we planned to stay three months and ended up there for five. Last year we planned to stay one month and stayed three so I guess we’re right on track. 

Lost Dutchman

Before arriving in Casa Grande, we spent a week at Lost Dutchman State Park soaking in the cactus views. Unlike our stay here in October 2017 (, the weather was warm but not hot, so our spacious spot in the no hook-up loop was perfect.

We mostly enjoyed lazy days taking in the views from our lounge chairs, but one afternoon our daughter, who moved to the area last May, came out to visit with her boyfriend and puppy. We grilled up fajitas for a yummy feast.

The changing light on the the Superstition Mountains in the evenings was especially beautiful.  Continue reading “Returning to Pickleball Paradise”