We spent a wonderful week in Arizona. Our friends Georgie, Sara’s boyfriend, Diego, and Greg, or as we affectionally call him Old Man Birch (OMB) were able to join us. They came out in their truck & camper. It’s always fun to share the road and adventure with friends. We stayed in three different spots: Yuma, Catalina State Park, and Picacho Peak State Park.
Like most places in Arizona, Yuma is hotter than Hades in the summer, but habitable in the winter. The snowbirds love it there. The population swells by 100,000 during the winter. The retirees flock in, mostly in RVs, and take up residence in the many RV Parks. The only time we ever shop at Walmart is when we spend the night in their lot. It only seems right to spend a little money since they allowed us to stay overnight for free. The Walmart where we stayed in Yuma had a greeter who was a snowbird from Minnesota and the guy who helped me in the RV/camping department was from Michigan. He always winters in Yuma. Both of these guys were easily in their mid 70s and happy to not be in the snow.
Catalina State Park gives you a lot of elbow room. The space between sites was almost like boondocking in a popular area, but with electricity and water! There’s a time for boondocking and a time for being hooked up. The dead of winter, cold weather, and anything above 90 degrees warrants a hook up. Two years ago we were here and it was stupid cold and we were dumb, staying at a site without electricity. Lesson learned. This state park and Picacho Peak both include hot showers with the price. No hoarding quarters to feed into a slot for a timed shower. It’s kind of strange having unlimited water usage in the desert, but I guiltily enjoyed it. Amelia, she enjoys showering in the Airstream. One more tidbit about Catalina, people from Salida, Colorado love it. Both of our trips here we’ve ran into people from that small town.
Picacho Peak State Park is right off the I-10. It’s between nowhere and nothing. It’s a nice campground, but really just a one or two night max stop. If you are fit, limber, agile, and not afraid of heights it’s definitely worth the stop, if for nothing else, to hike to the peak. That’ll be the next post!
Our last evening at Picacho we experienced a heavy downpour. Rain in the desert is a beautiful thing!