This was our third and by far best visit to Patagonia Lake SP. All of the sites have now been upgraded to water and electric (30 & 50 amp), and with the two lane dump station $25 a night for electricity or $17 without seemed quite reasonable. Between the snowbirds and spring break the park was nearly full on Tuesday and completely full by Thursday.
Tuesday night about 8 the site next to us came to life and not in a good way. Three carloads of twenty somethings came roaring in. Their headlights lit us up like high noon at our campfire and they decided to leave them on while they set up their tents. Twenty minutes later, thoroughly blind and more than a tad cranky we gave up. I knocked down the fire and we retreated into the trailer. They kept the party and a very large fire going until about 0300. Here is a shot of their site the next morning:
The Ranger (police), showed up early the next morning, saw their site and stopped to ask me if there had been a problem. I explained what had taken place and suggested he speak with the gentleman in the fiver on the other side as he was madder than I. After doing just that the Ranger rousted them out of their tents and vehicles. He later told me he took pity on them due to their rather severe hangovers and gave them until 10 to get out and not return. They cleaned up the site and were gone by 9 but gave the term walking wounded (as in self inflicted), new meaning.
Wednesday morning I drove 15 miles to the border at Nogales where I had an 1100 appointment with my Mexican dentist. It took him 30 minutes to painlessly do two fillings and I was charged $80. Walked back across through customs with no wait and 20 minutes later I was back in camp $286 ahead of the quote I got from my dentist in Tucson.
The next bit of entertainment came when a nice new Class A tried to back into the site across from us. It was tight and try as he might the trees just were just not cooperating. No problem, just climb up on the roof and start trimming, (see the next pic), and then sawing followed by yet another unsuccessful attempt at jousting with the trees. The Rangers came by and took pity on him and soon we had a major tree trimming party in full swing. In the end he got in OK with no apparent damage and had provided quite a show for the better part of 45 minutes.
As I mentioned the park was full and never have I seen such a well behaved group of kids and dogs. They were everywhere and flat wore me out just watching them expend all that energy. Other than the one set of bozo's this was hands down the nicest crowd we had ever encountered. Can't wait to go back and if you are down this way and need great dental work at bargain prices make it a twofer.