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Old 01-27-2009, 02:04 PM   #29
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The beach at lone rock is wide and shallow, great swimming beach, but no lifeguards. There will be lots of company here (other campers), but you can spread out your vehicles and get a little extra room. Pretty good toilets, but it can be a hike uphill in the sand to get to them. No water or any facilities at Lone Rock, but there are improved campgrounds at Wahweap, a few miles away. Those have hookups, but are not close to the water. At Lone Rock, you have to watch the water level. We woke up one morning and stepped out into the lake; the water had come up several feet overnight.

As far as driving on the sand, there are areas where you can see others have driven; and these are ok, most of the time. If you see vehicle tracks interrupted by wholes dug in the sand, DON'T GO THERE! It's best if you stay on the road that goes straight down to the water, then follow the shoreline as close as you can get to the water. The sand is wet underneath, and it's more solid down close to the water. However a few feet up the hill, it's like a big sandpit. If you aren't sure, send a spotter up ahead to walk where you intend to drive. It's really obvious when you get to the loose sand. On the positive side, most of the campers will help you dig out, though some of the ambitious 4WD's may ask for some cash. The others will probably help for free, because a couple of days ago they were stuck in the same place you are.

Resist the urge to lay out in the sun the first day. Put on lots of sunscreen and stay in the shade. UV goes right through most canopies, and there is lots of indirect light that you don't notice right away. You can tell how long the other campers have been there. The first day, they're white and laying out on the sand, the second and third days, they look like lobsters and are inside their trailers or all covered up under their canopies, and after that they look like they just moved here from Jamaica.

If you like boondocking with a whole lot of other people, this is a great place. Don't be there on the major holidays, because it's like camping at the zoo or Safeway parking lot. But, during the week and most normal weekends, you'll really enjoy the water and sand.

By the way, in late August and September, they have BIG monsoon storms in the afternoons. Lots of wind, lightning and blowing sand, and not much rain. If you see the sky starting to turn dark, make sure to put your canopy down and put your lawn chairs, etc., where they won't blow away. The temperature usually drops 5-10 degrees during and after these storms, so it's not all bad. In June, expect high-90's to low 100's, with clear skies. In July, it'll may get up to 105-110; but it's not as bad as you think. You'll be in the water almost all the time, and it's cool when you're wet.

You can rent boats and ski-doos at Wahweap, and they've got supplies there. Also, Page, Arizona is only a few miles away.

If you ever go there, you'll be back. Nothing like a nap in the shade with the sound of lapping waves and boat motors in the background. Also, it's a great place to sit around a fire at night; but bring your own wood. This is desert camping and there aren't any trees or shade. Oh yeah, bring a separate tarp (like the big blue ones at Costco) and some poles. You'll really appreciate the extra shade (cause'n there ain't any that you don't bring with ya).
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:06 PM   #30
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There are two more camp grounds near Albuquerque that have pools - at least if I remember....

On the west side is Enchanted Trails - an old Rt 66 trading post that was moved several hundred feet when the freeway went in.. Very vintage friendly - tell Vicki I sent you

On the east side - and I think campy... - is Hidden Valley Campground - its a very old Rt 66 campground. And just down the street from where I live - we are just off 66 too. Double check to make sure they have a pool - but if I remember, I think they do. I know Enchanted has a pool.

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Ah, durn, I'd forgotten that Vicki has a pool at Enchanted! American on the other side of interstate offers more ka-schmazz for owners of Big White-Sided Motorhomes (maybe for IBT members?), but Vicki's is the place for aluminum-blooded Airstreamers!

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We'll be taking off next Thursday afternoon on our trip. I'll finish polishing the Airstream today, and have some new LEd's coming today as well that I'm interested in trying out while we dry camp.
We decided to cut off Tucumcari in order to have time to check out Carlsbad Caverns. We'll get a late start Thursday so our first planned stop is at Clines Corners for the night which is where we'll first encounter rt. 66. From their to Carlsbad to check out the park and Roswell. Then we plan a day around
Albuquerquewhere we plan on staying a night at Enchanted Trails. After this we're playing it by ear as we cross from Albuquerque to Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona where we're staying at a state park. We hope to take in the Petrified Forest and Meteor Crater along the way. Any further suggestions as to what not to miss along this route would be appreciated. Any ideas such as the best trading post, any unique historical sites ect.? Is there enough in Gallup to make it worth planning around, or is it more of a drive through?
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Old 05-28-2009, 09:58 AM   #33
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Gallup has a lot of trading posts, but it's also kind of touristy and looks seedy. Richardson's is a big trading post on the old 66 with some nice stuff. Ortegas is the rubber tomahawk type of trading post to be avoided. Gallup seems frozen in the 1950's in some ways. Railroad noise bad all along I-40. On a quick trip, I don't think there's that much worth spending a loot of time in Gallup except to pick up on the atmosphere of the town and old 66. If you're really into Navajo and other tribe's art, like we are, Gallup is part of the tour, but it doesn't look like you have all that much time.

In Sanders, Ariz., west of Gallup, is a real trading post on the south side of I-40. I've spaced out the name, but it's something like Bruce B-something (I keep thinking Bertram, but that's not it). His family has been running trading posts for generations. It's the typical post with food in the front, over on the right, go toward the back and there's usually his wife, Virgina, in the little office, and there's rug room which also has jewelry. There's a gate to the rug room, and just ask if it's ok to go in (always is). Very nice and knowledgeable people.

At Gallup, you're not far from Window Rock, the capital of the Navajo Nation. Interesting museum and the legislative chambers are there. West from Window Rock is Ganado and Hubble Trading Post —it's a federal historic park now, but kept as it was more than a century ago. There's also a house tour of Hubble's residence behind the trading post and you'll see some spectacular Navajo rugs there; the trading post has some good old ones too. In Window Rock there's another older trading post beginning with a "B" (memory issue again, I keep thinking Bernstein, so it must be something vaguely like that) on the south side of the road. We've been to these places so many times, I just go to them and don't look at the names anymore. So there's a trip from Gallup, north and then west to Window Rock, then to Ganado, then south to I-40 at Chambers, and backtrack a few miles to Sanders to see that trading post.

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...Albuquerquewhere we plan on staying a night at Enchanted Trails. After this we're playing it by ear as we cross from Albuquerque to Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona where we're staying at a state park. We hope to take in the Petrified Forest and Meteor Crater along the way. Any further suggestions as to what not to miss along this route would be appreciated. Any ideas such as the best trading post, any unique historical sites ect.? Is there enough in Gallup to make it worth planning around, or is it more of a drive through?
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Humm. A couple of lesser knowns:

Gallup is worth a trip if you are into Native American jewelry. There are various shops and galleries right on the old main street (West Highway 66) where folks sell this stuff. This is where the shopkeepers from Santa Fe and New York go to purchase the stuff that they resell for a much higher price.

A half-day's drive West of there is Winslow. We stay at Homolovi Ruins State Park just outside of town on the east side. Neat ruins, small museum, decent campground. In town, don't miss the La Posada Hotel at the train station. This is the last of the Harvey Houses. It was designed by Mary Jane Colter (same person who did so much stuff at the GC South Rim).


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Richardson's Trading Post

Airstreamer's, Airstream Employees, and my Mother frequented Richardson's in the 50's, and 60's.

One of the better trading posts in the Southwest.
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If you want to take a short loop, head south at Grant's and stop at El Malpais National Monument (misspelled fer sher) - which is what's left of a volcano. You'll see the whole area has several lava flows, and you can follow some lava tubes and climb to the old cone.

Further West, same road, is El Morro NM. This is a sandstone headland that is famous for the grafitti carved there by explorers both ancient and just old - Spanish conqusitadores, pre-civil war names, etc.

Then you can either continue on to Zuni Pueblo, or follow the road up to Gallup and back to I-40.

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As for trading posts, you can't beat the historical Hubble Trading Post just across the AZ line and north of I-40 at Ganado. It is a National Historical Site and will give you a very good picture of life and facilities back when these were working posts.

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Charlie, just to tempt you, there are good sections of 66 from the middle of Arizona to Cal. You can pick it up near Seligman and take it west eventually getting to Oatman, a really strange place. Bob's picture in the upper right hand corner above is in Seligman showing the Snow Cap. It's owned by Juan Delgadillo who I understand is really nuts. Across the street to the west is the barber shop and gift shop run by Angel Delgadillo, Juan's brother. Angel is a genuinely nice guy who helped preserve the Rt. 66 atmosphere in that area and some people call the mayor of Route 66. We enjoyed meeting him several years ago. Some of the road east of Oatman seems to be very much the original route. There's a Rt. 66 museum in Kingman. Once in Cal., the Rt. 66 goes through the Mojave area, south of the Mojave National Preserve, including the Bagdad Cafe. No WMD's there. We camped at the Preserve in Nov., '07, at a nice campground with great views. Might be warmer there in June.

Of course, if you're going to Sedona, you won't see any of this. So, change your plans. Everybody goes to Sedona.

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Just a note about Oatman. We went there last winter after visiting California.

We took our 30 footer into Oatman, and originally planned on carrying on further NW thru town on 66, but several shop owners sold us that there were some really tight hairpin turns and it would be more than likely we would get stuck half way around.

If that happens, and you block traffic, folks get justifiably ticked off at you!

I debated whether or not to try it but in the end thought better of it and did a bit of back tracking to continue on our route.

Oatman was fun with all the "wild" (tame really) donkeys wandering the main street.

Supposedly they are descendents of the original gold miners donkeys who were abandoned. Many of the local shops sell carrots so us tourists can amuse ourselves by feeding them!

We stopped one night at a very tidy little downtown RV park in Kingman. It was a short walk to the Route 66 Museum in Kingman.

In Seligman, Juan Delgadillo is no longer with us, but his brother Angel is still there with his barber shop.

On a previous trip thru Seligman several years ago, I was able to get both of them to sign a coffee table book about Route 66 that my wife had given me for my birthday the day before we travelled thru Seligman!

Angel was due to be interviewed by someone from the Smithsonian the dau after we met him - all to do with his having initiated the Route 66 preservation initiative in Arizona I believe.

I'm sure you'll have a great trip - I wish I could do it with my motorcycle - maybe I will one day!

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Old 05-28-2009, 12:06 PM   #39
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Petrified Forest is an interesting stop, though most areas are probably going to be fairly warm this time of year. At the entrance, there is a rock shop that sells petrified wood by the pound (a bargain if you are just looking for a souvenir), and they also have some pricey, polished (tourist-type) rocks. They used to allow free overnight parking in their side parking lot, but we never checked it out. There isn't any campgrounds in Petrified Forest National Park, but it's a beautiful drive.

If you want to escape the heat, you may want to stay in Flagstaff for a day or two. There's some old Route 66 shops, etc. in town. Check out the Bonita Campground (part of Sunset Crater National Park) on the north side that heads towards Page & Lake Powell; it's barely outside of the city limits near the peak of the BIG HILL, leaving the mountain. One of the KOAs is on this road, near the MacDonalds. There are a couple of museums, etc. in town and lots of other things to do. (And, it's cool there.)

Also, there's great food and entertainment at Black Barts, where NAU music majors are singing/dancing waiters in a rustic, western-style (BBQ and other comfort food) restaurant!
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Don't miss the lengendary Wigwam Motel.

At one time they were across the U.S.

Today you will find this one and one in San Bernardino, CA
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These are the type of suggestions I was hoping for. Some authentic trading post and great tips for historical sites. We've taken notes on all of these suggestions and will be looking for them as we travel. I guess 11 days is a short trip but that's life when you work. I'm hoping that it's not too hot yet to boon dock and still be cool enough to sleep at night. I've camped without power this late in the year in Southern Utah with no problems from the heat, we might see 100 during the day but at night it's still in the 60's there. I've never camping along this route however, so we're getting a site with power in Carlsbad since it's so far south. The state park we're camping in near Sedona is at a higher altitude and is currently showing 61 degrees so hopefully a week won't change that very much.
I was able to get in most of the day polishing, now just one more coat of liquid glass and I'm good for the season. We should be at Clines Corners at about this time next week.

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