February 20, 2018
This draft was written last year when we were in our truck camper, and never published. This year January 7, 2019, we are in our Keystone Sprinter 5th wheel. At the bottom of this blog, see what a difference a year makes!
Ok, I’ve written about this before, but the subject is so cool that I have to go back to it in more detail. I am not a rock collector in the sense of, type or scientific interest. I am a collector of shapes and color!
How it was Created
You’ve got to imagine the Grand Canyon that is a mile deep and 18 miles across and a whopping 277 miles long! Now imagine the Grand Canyon is filled level to the top. Colorado River runs through the middle and starts washing everything downstream to the Parker, Arizona area. This took 1.8 Billion years to create, “The Grand Canyon.” All of that sand and rocks are here underfoot (Parker, AZ, and Earp, CA)! All of this, not to mention the volcanic action that took place before and during this period. Besides all the pretty rocks, this area is full of minerals, copper, zinc, manganese, silver, and gold which is still mined today!
How It Grows On You
The desert has a way of growing on you, according to a
n old high school classmate, Pete. He is absolutely right! It may be very dry and dusty at times, but the desert can and is full of life! We see many creatures as we take our three-mile desert walk every day. The perfect time for our hikes is around 8:00am. This is because the sun is just perfectly highlighting the volcanic mountains! It is hard to look up to the rock outcroppings when you’re in a group of fellow hikers, on a set pace. What I mean by that is you need to watch your footing to stay on the path and not stumble on a loose rock! Don’t get me wrong, we immensely enjoy our group hikes! On Sunday mornings, the group doesn’t hike, and we walked by ourselves. I will take more photos, and do a little video of the trail and especially of the colorful rocks that lay alongside our “Burros” created paths!
“I’ll Be Back” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ~ Quote
The desert really is a place that draws you back. The silence, its serene beauty in shades of brown, golden, reds and black. It is very possible that this charm will pull us back into this area in the future.
It is now Monday morning as I write this part of the blog. We will be loading the truck camper on the truck tomorrow and leaving River Land Resort on Wednesday morning. I will surely miss this WiFi dependability from here. The blogs might not be coming as often as we move into more remote parts of Joshua Tree National Park with no WiFi. McDonald’s in Indio and Palmspring will be our internet source for the near future.
Weather ~ East vers West
Without getting into a p₋₋₋₋₋₋ match about the weather! Let me make my personal observations. As a general rule Key West would win in a temperature argument. A hurricane can and does neutralize this argument a lot. Arizona, on the other hand, is dry and constant. The normal is for frigid nights after the sun goes down. Yes, it drops into the lower 40’s frequently. This is easily overcome with full hookups and a small electric heater. (Wal Mart $20 heater). Or one can you use the propane furnace to warm up the interior in the morning. We use the Wal Mart heater! The days average in the mid-’70s, but this past winter, its been averaging 10 degrees warmer. As I write this part of the blog on Feb 20, 2018, it dropped to 34 degrees last night. Not the average and probably only one of the coldest days this winter. It was extremely windy yesterday, in the mid-’50s. Six hundred miles to the north in Flagstaff it snowed a few inches.
January 07, 2019 ~ The Difference!
So, as the pickup word for this year, what has changed since last year? Being in larger living quarters, the 5th wheel does help immensely if you are going to stay in one or two spots for an extended stay. In seven days we will be moving from Tucson to Earp, California to our place on the Colorado River!
The Weather than and now!
The change from last year to this year was dramatic, in my opinion. This snowbird season is on average 10 degrees cooler than last. Lower 70’s in the daytime, but (the kicker) in the high 30’s at night. Locals tell me this year is more of the normal, at least here in Tucson. We are around 2,600 feet of elevation. Parker and Earp are at 346 feet above sea level and slightly warmer. We’ll see how the temperatures compare next week when we arrive at River Land Resort!
The temps just make evenings outside a little harder to be comfortable. You know the layered look!
Sorry, We Came Southwest, NOT!
Ok, I can hear my ears ringing. Florida friends, New England friends, and family just thinking and saying Ah, ah their cold and not basking in the sun! Not so! We have had an excellent season so far. We’ve explored many new areas in Tucson, biked miles and miles of super lovely paved bike trails. We’ve met many new friends and certainly had good times with our old friends. Our adventures coming up on the Colorado River will be exciting, and the weather will improve as we head towards spring.
That is what we did and saw!