The Wood was Red and the Sea was Angry, California’s North Coast
California's Wild and Scenic Lost Coast

The Wood was Red and the Sea was Angry, California’s North Coast

With the Central Valley and Wine Country in our rearview mirrors, we made our way towards the coast. We made the conscious decision to skip the California coast from the Mexico border to San Francisco. Like a lot of our decisions, it came down to money. Coastal camping in the more populated areas of California was just not in the budget. We would finally reach the coast (or close to it) for the first time at Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Nice (But Pricey) Camping Spot in Humboldt Redwoods State Park After several nights of free camping at Harvest Hosts, we were shocked back into reality by the California State Parks System. We stayed in the Burlington Campground, the largest in the park. Basic dry camping site: $35. Reservation fee: $8. "Extra" vehicle fee (more on that later): $8. Showers: $.25 per minute. Why the "extra" vehicle fee you may ask. Well, in California if you don't actually tow…

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Death Valley, Unexpected.
Not what I expected from Death Valley

Death Valley, Unexpected.

Back home in Colorado, there's a town called Greeley. Whether deserved or not Greeley is known as sort of a dump. The constant smell of cattle feces from the neighboring feedlot doesn't help. A while ago, Greeley came up with the somewhat odd marketing slogan "Greeley Unexpected". It implies: "We know you think we're a dump, but hey give us a chance, we've got award-winning tap water!". Much like Greeley, Death Valley has a dubious reputation. I remember watching TV as a kid and seeing the standard Death Valley tropes. Wile E Coyote crawls on the ground dying of thirst. Guy hallucinates about the imaginary oasis on the horizon. But hey, if Greeley deserves a second look, why not Death Valley? After leaving Joshua Tree, we made our way to the hottest place on earth, the lowest place in North America, and somewhere I never expected to visit, Death Valley National Park. Following a brief overnight stop in…

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Tucson, Lots of Saguaros and Some Other Stuff
A many-armed saguaro cactus

Tucson, Lots of Saguaros and Some Other Stuff

This week our travels took us to Tucson Arizona, I was not sure what to expect other than a lot of cacti. It did not disappoint on that count. The drive was an easy couple hours of interstate from our last home in Willcox. We had decided to stay in the Casino Del Sol parking lot. I was a little nervous that RV parking would be prohibited or frowned upon, but I was proven wrong. Overnight RV Parking Area of Casino Del Sol We arrived to find hundreds of RVs covering the entirety of the back parking area. This made me happy because nothing beats free camping. Jackie wanted to spend a fair amount of time in Tucson which was an easy sell for me, considering it was costing me nothing and I'm a huge cheapskate. Of course, our stay wasn't free with the cost of sightseeing, but that was money that would have been spent anyway, and…

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Wild West Arizona – Willcox and Chiricahua National Monument
Walking through the rocks of Chiricahua National Monument

Wild West Arizona – Willcox and Chiricahua National Monument

New Mexico was a blast but like all good things, the New Mexico portion of our trip had to come to an end. As we bid adieu to New Mexico we said hello to Arizona. Our first stop was the small town of Willcox, a sleepy cowtown, bordering on ghost town. It seems like Willcox has seen better days. Still, I found it quite charming in a "Hey Dude" sort of way. Downtown Willcox, desert wholesome After four nights of being disconnected from hookups, we were in need of a good battery charge, water fill-up, showers, and dumping services. We decided to stay at the Cattlerest RV Park which featured it's very own western style saloon. After arriving, I approached the dimly lit bar to inquire about site availability. Upon entering, I realized I couldn't see anything due to the previously mentioned dim lighting and the fact that I only had my prescription sunglasses. Considering the fact that…

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