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15 days/14 nights on the road. Just over 2500 miles total.

Day 1) 60 miles
Tracy and I left Norco at 3pm on Saturday 12-20. We spent the night in Apple Valley at a Christmas Party with friends.

Day 2) 192 miles
Sunday 12-21. We headed to Las Vegas to spend 2 days with my oldest daughter celebrating her 22nd birthday. We had rooms at the Palms Hotel. We woke up Monday morning to find our drivers side window smashed in and our Garmin Nuvi and Canon A530 camera missing. The security force at the Palms made it quite clear that they were not responsible in any way. They actually treated us like criminals instead of victims. I called the Las Vegas Police Department and they refused to come out and investigate. Their excuse was that they are undermanned and must prioritize their time and effort, and my loss did not meet their criteria. Funny that they seem to have enough manpower to write tens of thousands of moving violations every year??????

Day 4) 201 miles
We left Las Vegas Tuesday morning 12-23. We drove across the Hoover Dam (actually sat in line for over an hour to get to the Hoover Dam) They are building a new bridge over the Colorado River at the Hoover Dam and in a couple of years we will not be able to drive over the dam. We spent the night in Ash Fork AZ, the flagstone capital of the world. We spent the night just off Hwy 89 about 2 miles south of I-40. We had to use 4wd to extract ourselves from a icy predicament on the way to our camping spot. In the morning I tried to take a picture of our camp spot, only to find my digital Rebel was not communicating with the CF card.

Day 5) 231 miles
On Wednesday 12-24 we toured the South Rim of Grand Canyon. Thank God we found a new CF card in the little market in Tusayan.

Rim Trail with lots of snow.
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The roads up to the entrance to the Grand Canyon were free of snow and ice. The roads inside the National Park were covered in snow and ice. We used 4wd the whole time we were inside the park. Our original plan was to drive inside the park all the way to the East exit, but the road conditions dictated really slow travel. We exited back through Tusayan, Valle and Williams and took I-40 East.

Valle, Az
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Tunnel near Williams, AZ
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We camped just outside Winslow, AZ in McHood Park on the Clear Creek Reservoir. The campground has 29 campsites and they are free. We were the only ones in the campground.

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It snowed for a few minutes and rained for a few hours.

Day 6) 265 miles
Thursday 12-25. Our first stop was a corner in Winslow, AZ (I am a big Eagles fan)
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Our original plans had us visiting the Petrified Forest National Park.
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National Parks close for Christmas?

We just kept heading East on I-40. We stopped for lunch at the Continental Divide. Once again we had to use 4wd to get back on the highway.

We visited Red Rock State Park, NM and had to use 4wd.

We spent the night in the parking lot of the Route 66 Casino 18 miles West of Albuquerque.

Day 7) 50 miles
On Friday 12-26 we resupplied in Albuquerque and visited 4 Museums.
The Atomic Museum. The Rattlesnake Museum. The Balloon Museum. The Unser Museum. There was a light snow falling all day.

We spent the night at the Enchanted Trails RV Park and Trading Post on Route 66.

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Day 8) 275 miles
Saturday 12-27. We did laundry and left Enchanted Trails at noon. Temps were 19° with wind chill it was 5°. We were in a big hurry to escape the low temperatures. We headed South for Socorro, NM and then over to Roswell, NM. We camped at Bottomless Lake State Park.

Day 9) 97 miles
Sunday 12-28. We visited the International UFO Museum in Roswell before heading South to Carlsbad Caverns. We stopped for lunch at Chili's in Carlsbad and watched Philadelphia stomp on the Dallas Cowboys. We spent the night at White's City RV Park. There was trash laying all around the park.

Day 10) 215 miles
Monday 12-29. We were at the Carlsbad Caverns at 8am and headed down the natural entrance. We toured the Big Room.
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At 11am we were on the road again. We drove through the Guadalupe Mountain National Park on our way to El Paso.

We stopped for lunch along the highway and this little guy joined in.
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We drove through Las Cruces on the way to Aguirre Springs Campground. It had a view of White Sands National Monument on one side and rocky pinnacles on the other.

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Day 11) 341 miles
Tuesday 12-30. Tracy wanted to see Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. From there we headed west up through the Gila National Forest to Silver City and over to Lordsburg and I-10. We spent the night across the street from Kartchner Caverns on Hwy 90.

Day 12) 90 miles
Wednesday 12-31. Tracy's best friends daughter was in UMC in Tucson. We stopped by for a visit. After an hour or so we got back on I-10 northwest to Picacho Peak State Park for the night.

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Day 13) 52 miles

This little guy was posing on top of a Saguaro near camp.
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We left around 10am. Tracy's dad got off work at 3pm and we killed off some time watching college football in a sports bar in Maricopa.

We had dinner with Tracy's dad and spent the night at Tracy's dad's place in Maricopa.

Day 14) 170 miles
Friday 1-2. We spent the morning with Tracy's dad. We said our good-byes around 3pm and got back on the road.

We camped at the Dome Rock Mtn BLM area near Quartzsite, AZ.
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Day 15) 208 miles
Saturday 1-3. We were on the road at 9am and with the hour we picked up crossing the time border were were home in Norco before the kickoff of the early NFL playoff game. We originally had plans to meet up with a bunch of geocaching friends in Palm Springs on Saturday night, but we decided the road trip had lasted long enough and it sure was nice to get home.

We had never had our rig in sub freezing temperatures before. Both tanks and much of the plumbing is outside. The insulation is poor throughout the camper. We were never cold. We used an electric heater the few nights we had hookups and the gas heater worked like a charm all trip. Our battery never gave us a single problem. The tanks were frozen for 2 days but didn't show any long term problems. The plumbing to the bathroom didn't work on 4 mornings but came back to life each afternoon. Overall the camper performed very well.

I had never spent the holidays away from home. Now that both kids are older the two weeks around the holidays may become an annual trip for Tracy and I. We had a blast.

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Posted: 01/05/09 12:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

...nice! It's in Trip Reports now [emoticon]

...hey, looks like a girl drivin' by in a flat-bed Ford? Did she slow down? [emoticon]

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Nice report!

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Well done trip report. Nice photos.


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Posted: 01/05/09 01:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Too funny, we were at the South Rim also and almost stopped for a picture with Fred. Glad to see you actually did it! Wonderful pictures and report. I appreciate your post!!





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Great pictures.


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That tunnel looked pretty tight, not much clearance on the passenger side. Nice report, good pics. Thanks.


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FishPOET,very nice trip report along with great pictures.[emoticon] My wife and I had been to the S.Rim during late Dec. a couple of times and had a great time.


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Nice pictures, does anyone know what kind of TT that was?It looked to be stainless steel or very polished aluminum.


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fishPOET,
Thanks for the ride. Your trip was a lot colder than our, more or less same trip, same time of year, same days out that we did a couple years ago. This is a great time of year to TC in AZ/NM.
I make it a point to steer far away from Las Vegas. Your experience is just one reason.
regards, as always, jefe


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