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Old 04-08-2009, 08:22 PM   #127
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Dead Horse 3 4CU Rally + Lake Pleasant, AZ

Wow! We are really late in posting these pics ... but better later than never, huh? ... We have had a whirlwind of activity starting with the Airstream Four Corners Unit Dead Horse 3 Rally over President’s Day weekend in February....with a theme of "Luau Party"...complete with a Spam recipe contest! (Yes!) It seems like a really long time ago now, but it was a great time! Our thanks to Jan and Richard, the hosts.

Then the rally was followed by four nights at Lake Pleasant just NW of Phoenix with our friend Sandy from Utah, who had also attended the Rally...a very nice campground with surrealistic views of the lake surrounded by desert... we'll definitely be back there...

This update includes the (1) Dead Horse 3 Rally in Cottonwood, AZ at Dead Horse Ranch State Park ... (2) followed by a second leg of that trip at Lake Pleasant (part of the Maricopa County Region Recreation system)...

And our whirlwind didn't end there...we were pleased to host a couple of sets of AS guests at our place in Tucson for a couple of weeks off and on...it was like an extension of our adventures in the AZ northland! You can get the whole story at our travel log.

The travel log link below takes you to our 2009 trips list page. From there you can go to our latest trips and also trips made in 2007 & 2008 ...

Hope you enjoy! We’ve included a few pics below to tease you to go see more at our travel log... we hope you visit...

Pic #1: One side of the group Loop at Dead Horse 3...
Pic #2: An evening around the campfire...
Pic #3: A group pic from Dead Horse (pic courtesy of Richard & Jan)...
Pic #4: Entries in the Spam cook-off...
Pic #5: Pancake Breakfast with Chef Cliff...
Pic #6: View from our door at Lake Pleasant...
Pic #7: Our campsite at Lake Pleasant with Sandy's rig in the background...
Pic #8: Sunset of the Lake from our campsite...
Pic #9: The Lake with a saguaro cactus in the foreground...
Pic #10: Greg & Terry at Sandy's campsite at Lake Pleasant...
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:40 PM   #128
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Picacho Peak State Park, AZ - March 2009

After our marathon trip to Dead Horse 3 / Lake Pleasant ... and ensuing couple of weeks of AS guests in Tucson, we needed a weekend of R&R. So we took off for an extended weekend at one of our favorite low-key haunts, Picacho Peak State Park between Tucson & Phoenix just off I-10. We've been there many many times, but each time offers something new it seems. This time we were happy to see that the visitor's center is almost ready for public use. And something else was new this trip ... the park was filled to capacity nearly every night through the weekend...something we've never seen before.

We had a nice, relaxing, low-profile time despite how busy the park was and got the much-needed rest and relaxation that we went for...

Enjoy our pics below and please come see us at our travel log...the link is below...you'll see the March 2009 trip to Picacho listed...

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Pic #1: AZBambi with Picacho Peak in the background...
Pic #2: The Arizona Desert near Picacho...
Pic #3: Hedge Hog Cactus in bloom...
Pic #4: Annie & Sadie's dinner is being served up!
Pic #5: Our campsite framed by Picacho Peak in the background...
Pic #6: Greg and the Girls in camp...
Pic #7: The view from the front window...
Pic #8: Up close & personal with a saguaro...
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Old 04-11-2009, 07:48 PM   #129
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Roper Lake State Park, Safford, AZ - 26-31 Mar 09

Hey All...

We just posted a travel log update for a long weekend to Picacho Peak State Park ... But this time we are more on top of it this time... so this update is for our last trip ... an extended weekend 26 – 31 March... to Roper Lake State Park, about 120 miles east of Tucson, near Safford, AZ. Roper is a regular haunt of ours, and serves nicely as a familiar zone that we can get to quickly for a fast R&R fix.

As fate would have it, we also were able to camp a little more with our friend Sandy from Utah, who has been in the Tucson area for a while and was headed in the same direction as we were as she made her way to New Mexico and on to Colorado before heading home to Utah.

Below are a few pictures from the trip ... But be sure to visit our travel log (link below) for the whole story and more pictures ... You can also visit earlier trips to Roper for more pictures of the area...just go to the 2007 and 2008 trips list pages where you’ll find links to earlier trips.

We hope you enjoy the log ... and Happy Trails!

Pic #1: Greg and Sadie at our campsite in the Cottonwood Loop...
Pic #2: "Golden Zebra" décor bed...
Pic #3: Sandy and Tasha & Cody in the Bambi...
Pic #4: The lake from the lower end of Cottonwood Loop near the lake...
Pic #5: Sandy with Tasha and Cody...
Pic #6: Annie sneaking up on the Ducks (she thinks)...
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:09 PM   #130
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Fool Hollow lake State Park/AZ - SNOW, April 16, 2009

Hey all...

You will hear more about this later in our travel logonce we return from this trip, but wanted to share pics of our campsite at Fool Hollow Lake State Park (16 Apr)...and the light snow we had this evening...it's not snowing at the moment, but it's 33 degrees at 9 PM...wondering is we are getting more snow tonight...it's supposed to warm up this weekend, but who really knows?

I know, I know...this snow is nothing really, but remember we are from Tucson and the white stuff is not seen that often...and we've never been snowed on during a trip... It's kind of exciting...

Oops..forgot photos...see next post...
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Pics of Sow at Fool Hollow

Here are the few pics I forgot to post...the first is our campsite before the snow...
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Old 04-17-2009, 01:26 PM   #133
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Thanks, Julianne...we look forward to camping with you again soon, too! There are some great place in AZ to go...and we're always trying to find new haunts...
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Fool Hollow Lake State Park... Show Low, AZ

Hah! In my post above the title says pics of "Sow"...that should have been "Snow"...I just have had "Swine Flu" on the mind... Oh well...

We have updated our travel log to include the Fool Hollow trip we made 15-23 Apr 09... We had temps ranging from 26 degrees to 80 degrees ...complete with ice in the water hose and snow flurries...followed by shorts weather. Here are some images...the whole nine yards and lots more pics can be see at our travel log (see link below)... Enjoy! And Happy trails...

Below:
Pic #1: Our campsite...space #15 in Read Head Loop...
Pic #2: Our campsite from up the hill...
Pic #3: Greg & the Girls on the Lake Trail...
Pic #4: Fool Hollow Lake from the lower end of Red Head Loop...
Pic #5: Looking up the hill from our campsite late in the afternoon...
Pic #6: Margarita time...
Pic #7: Snow dusting the Airstream...
Pic #8: Dinner off the grill...
Pic #9: Bambi reflections...
Pic #10: The End...
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Fool Hollow State Park

Hey TB and Greg,

Bonnie and I think that Fool Hollow is the best all around "real" RV campground in the state of Arizona. We will probably be up there this Fall. Summer is just too crowded for our taste.

Perhaps we will see you out and about. Hope so.

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Hey TB and Greg,

Bonnie and I think that Fool Hollow is the best all around "real" RV campground in the state of Arizona. We will probably be up there this Fall. Summer is just too crowded for our taste.

Perhaps we will see you out and about. Hope so.

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We agree 100%...it's the best park in the state...not only does it have the best amenities, but it's beautiful and there's something for everyone ... fishing, boating, great walking trails ... and close to Show Low and other attractions in the general area. We're with you ... summers are crowded ... that's why we hit it in the spring and fall ... when it's less busy... Hope we see you there!
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Exclamation Server Problems

Unfortunately, the server housing our website has had some issues this week. Suffice it to say that it's been annoying. But we expect everything to be resolved by the end of this week...so they tell us.

Initially we had no email for 24+ hours and our website was off line until yesterday. The website will at least load now, but it is not current ... our last two trip logs (Roper Lake and Fool Hollow) are not accessible. Hopefully this will be remedied soon once a full restoration has been accomplished.

So if you've tried recently to access our website and have not been able to, or have not been able to find logs for these two trips, that's why.

We'll put a note here as soon as the problem is solved. Thanks for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience or frustrations.
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Our website has been restored and is now fully functional, as is email service...

However, emails sent to us earlier this week may not have been received yet. So if you have emailed us and have had no response, please resend the email.

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West Texas and SW New Mexico: 26 May - 6 Jun 09

We’ve just finished the travel log update (finally) for our 12-day trip to West Texas and SW New Mexico... We left on 26 May, the day after Memorial Day, and returned to Tucson on 6 June.

We wanted to explore a little mountain area in the middle of the horn of West Texas that sits below New Mexico, the Davis Mountains. The area has a Texas state park and the nearby town of Fort Davis is the highest town in Texas! Although the Davis Mountains are surrounded by flatlands that are pretty warm this time of the year, the mountain weather forecast seemed inviting. It worked out great ... cooler weather complete with daily rains similar to the Tucson monsoons (until we went to NM, anyway) and new places to explore, to boot.

The New Mexico leg of the trip was more of a scouting mission than anything. We knew there were several NM state parks along the Rio Grande north from Las Cruces on I-25, but we’d never been to any of them. This will be handy when we go to northern New Mexico in September to attend 4CU Heron Lake Rally ... And we are hoping to go to the ABQ Balloon Fiesta Rally in October. Both these events will require a stop-over along the way. After this trip we know of at least 3 potential camp grounds that are a good day’s drive from Tucson ... and right on the route to points north. The weather will be cooler in NM then, too.

Below are a few pictures from the trip ... But be sure to visit our travel log (link below) for the whole story and/or more pictures. This link takes you to the trips list page for 2009. Just click on the last entry for the Texas/NM trip. You can also visit earlier trips going back to 2007.

We hope you enjoy the log ... Happy Trails!

Pic #1: Our campsite in Davis Mountains State Park, TX, after a rain...
Pic #2: Looking down into the park from a view point...campground below in the ravine. Indian Lodge on the far hillside (on the park grounds) ...
Pic #3: Sunset from the Indian Lodge ...
Pic #4: The lobby of Hotel Paisano in Marfa, TX, where "Giant" was filmed with Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and Rock Hudson...
Pic #5: Our Camsptie at Balmorhea State Park, TX, about 40 miles NE of Davis Mountains State Park...claim to fame: San Solomon Springs...
Pic #6: The pool at Balmorhea State Park fed by San Solomon Spirings ... it's h-h-h-huge...and refreshing!
Pic #7: Our campsite at Leasburg Dam State Park, NM 15 miles north of Las Cruces, NM, on the Rio Grande...
Pic #8: Our campsite at Caballo Lake State Park, NM, about 20 miles south of Truth or Consequences, NM, off I-25...
Pic #9: Caballo Lake looking east from the campground at sunset...
Pic #10: Leaving Caballo Lake State Park...homebound...
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