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Well, guess I better get this trip report posted or it will be old news. It almost is already. I left home on January 11 and returned on February 24. In total I spent 44 days on the road traveling the southwest and went 6022 miles. It was a fun trip. Wife stayed home due to other commitments. She had a two foot snow to contend with while I was gone and I'll bet she wished she had gone with me. This report is primarily a photo session and I will do my best to post photos in the order taken. It was about 4 degrees here at home the morning I left and I didn't experience warm temps until I got to the Carlsbad/Guadalupe National Park area. I was certainly glad to feel something besides below freezing temps. Well, here goes. I think I will do this in two segments since there are so many photos.

A snow storm hit the day before I left.
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Stopping in Texas for a charge. Only kidding. I don't think Texas needs these fans to generate more wind.
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Made it to Carlsbad National Park. What a great cave tour. It is self guided. About a three mile hike down and through and then an elevator back up. Neat.
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Saw a herd of desert rams at Carlsbad.
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Carlsbad didn't have a campground so headed to Guadaloupe National Park to camp. Here is the campsite.
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Hiking Devil's Hall Trail at Guadaloupe NP
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Campground from the trail.
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Relaxing at Pratt Ranch about a 3 mile round trip hike at Guadaloupe NP but worth it.
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Leaving Guadaloupe NP. This is a view from the west side of the park.
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Rockhound State Park in New Mexico.
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A view of the campground from a trial in Rockhound SP.
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Moonrise at Rockhound SP in New Mexico.
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Campsite at Chiricahua National Monument in southeast Arizona.
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Three photos from along a trail in Chiricahua National Monument. A very neat place. Would recommend visiting it.
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On to Bisbee, AZ.
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A street in Bisbee.
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More street scenes in Bisbee.
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The next photos are of a vintage RV park in Bisbee by the name of Shady Lane. There is no regular camping there but one can rent one of the vintage campers and feel like they are living in the 50s. Very neat.
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Camper
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More campers
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And still more
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Next I headed to Tombstone. A fun place to visit even if it is a little of a tourist trap. I finally built up the courage to drain the anti freeze from my water lines here and fill with water. I had been using a plastic container for water up to this point.

Main street Tombstone
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Big Nosed Kate's saloon where I had supper one night.
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Inside Big Nosed Kate's saloon.
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Here are a couple of Canadian ladies who bought these costumes in Tombstone and really played the part of saloon girls.
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A sign on the front of a store in Tombstone.
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Visited a ghost town named Fairbanks, AZ. Here is a shot of a grave in the cemetary.
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On to Tucson from here where I stayed at a county park named Gilbert Ray Campground in Tucson Mountain Park. Nice campground.
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From Tucson I headed to Organ Pipe National Park.
Here I am relaxing at the campground at Organ Pipe.
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Hiked the trail to Victoria Mine at Organ Pipe. Here are the ruins at the mine.
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Another photo of me at the ruins.
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Next stop Quartzsite, AZ, an RV event. Had to go once. Don't think I would go again.
Here is a desert shot south of Quartzsite at one of the free camping areas.
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My camper at this desert campsite.
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Sunset at Quartzsite.
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Here are some random shots of Quartzsite during the RV show.
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Here is a unique truck camper that parked near me in the desert. Nice fellow who enjoyed showing his project.
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Yuma, AZ was next on the agenda. I found a free campsite at Mitry Lake just north of Yuma. It is a BLM area. Very nice place to boondock.
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Another shot of Mitry Lake from near my campsite.
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Riverwalk at Yuma.
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There was a civil war reenactment at the historic Quartermaster Depot in Yuma while I was there so I went.

Cannon at the reenactment.
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Cannon firing.
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Battlefield.
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A very pretty participant.
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Headed west from here toward Anza-Borego State Park, but stopped for a couple of days at Hot Springs Long Term Visitor Area.
Here are a couple of photos of the hot springs and oasis pool near the LTVA.
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Finally made it to Anza-Borego (a California state park).
Flowers outside the visitor center.
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Camping at Anza-Borego. Camping is free as is the entry into the park, but the free camping is only in certain areas so you need to check and see which areas.
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Sunset at Anza-Borego.
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Spring flowers at Anza-Borego.
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The main town in the Anza-Borego area is Borego Springs. It is a very nice little town with some nice RV parks if you are in need of hook ups. Here are some shots of Borego Springs.
Street scene.
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Main exchange in Borego Springs.
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A resort in Borego Springs that reminded me of the 1950s.
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Hiking the Calcite Mine Trail in Anza-Borego State Park.
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This was a loop trail and the back end took me through some canyons.
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Anza-Borego is just west of Salton Sea and I could see the sea from the trail.
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When I got back to my camper there was a neat teardrop camper near me so I had to chat with the owner from Canada and take a couple of photos.
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I then headed for the Slabs or Slab City, another famous RV location. I could have stayed there that night and wouldn't have worried about it, but decided to head for an RV park on the east side of Salton Sea instead. I really needed a shower.
Views of the Slabs.
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A unique truck camper.
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Fountain of Youth RV Park on east side of Salton Sea.
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Another view of the RV park.
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Salton Sea.
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From here it is off to Joshua Tree NP. I was amazed at how developed the area was. Lots of residential and commercial areas just northwest of the park.
My campsite at Joshua Tree.
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Visitor center at Joshua Tree.
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Keyes View at Joshua Tree.
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Sunset at Joshua Tree.
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Lost Horse Mine trail at Joshua Tree.
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Old ranch ranger led tour at Joshua Tree.
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Tour at old ranch.
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From Joshua Tree NP I headed back east to Parker, AZ and ended up at La Paz County Park just north of Parker. It was a nice park with a reasonable price ($20 per night with electric and $18 without).
Campsite at La Paz County Campground.
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More photos of La Paz County Campground.
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From Parker I headed north to Lake Havasu City to see the London Bridge, yes, it was moved there several years ago and reconstructed.
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From there I headed to a portion of old Route 66 that goes through Oatman, AZ. This is indeed a tourist trap but fun just the same.
BLM sign about this portion of Route 66.
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Part of the old Route 66 just north of Oatman, AZ.
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Oatman, AZ main street.
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Sign about Oatman.
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Burros wonder the street of Oatman.
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I made it to Hoover Dam that evening.
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I camped at the campground very near Hoover Dam that night.
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Here is a shot of Lake Mead.
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Okay, Part 2 of this trip will follow. The next part will reunite me with some good friends from British Columbia. Mike and Carole Dodds aka 'Atrum Snowbird'. Stay tuned.

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Posted: 03/23/11 07:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for sharing... it is a very nice trip report and the pictures are fantastic.

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Great Pics. Cant wait till i start traveling! This really gets me Motivated! Thx for sharing

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Very nice; thanks for posting! Looking forward to part II.


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WW:

Keep it up. Lookin good and looking forward to more.

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Wow! That was an excellent trip. You even ate my favorite Borrego Springs breakfast spot, The Red Ocotillo. Any place that advertises with a sign that says EAT has to be good.


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Great pics, thanks for sharing.

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Wow, what a nice trip. Looks like you enjoyed leaving the snow at home.


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Great trip and report!
Looks like you got a lot in.
I'd sure like to go to the Carlsbad Caverns again.


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Thanks for the pics, I've been kinda getting an itch to wander the American Southwest, but not in a financial situation where its feasible yet [emoticon].


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