We spent almost two months touring Arizona. I think that's the longest amount of time that we've ever been in one state...and we still haven't seen it all! Our original plan was to take in parts of Southern California too, but there was too much to see in Arizona.
Oh, of course we did spend some time at Imperial Dam and Pilot Knob which are both technically in California, but right on the border.
Lets have a look at where we were for the two months...
We covered 1,350 miles (2,160 kms) in Arizona.
Arizona is the winter RV destination of North America. That means that there are a LOT of RV's around, and we were a little concerned that we would not be able to find enough out of the way places where Sherman could be on his own. As I've said before, Sherman likes his space! We think we did a pretty good job of finding ways to park the way we like to, and mix that up with some socializing with people we visited with during our travels.
Arizona provided us with a lot of amazing sunsets.
And a few nice sunrises as well!
We enjoyed finding out of the way campsites where there were hardly any people despite the number of RVs in the state. It turns out that you can still find lots of open space to camp for free!
Tonto National Forest.
Tonto National Forest.
And we had some great views right from the motorhome window. Not bad, for $6 a night!
And we found some great hiking spots too!
King of the castle!
Sedona scenery amazed us!
My favorite part? Sedona scenery. Too bad it has to be so touristy and busy. I think we'd like to go back there in the December time of year when they say it is the least busy. Can't imagine what a zoo it must be there in the summer. I also enjoyed the area around Prescott and Payson and we would have liked to have spent more time in those areas.
Biggest letdown for me? The Quartzsite RV show. And Quartzsite and the area around it in general didn't do anything for me. I need more greenery and trees. And less RV's, but we knew going into it that it would be busy there. Anyhow, been there now and don't need to go back.
Ruth would have liked to spend more time in Tucson area. And her favorite area was the whole Roosevelt Lake, and Apache Lake area in Tonto National Forest.
Saw quite a bit of wildlife along the way...but not that elusive mountain lion yet!
Red tailed hawk. (Edit: This is a Harris's Hawk. I stand corrected!)
So, while we're going to have to come back some day to see the areas that we didn't see, and perhaps spend more time in the areas we liked...there are a few more states we'd like to see more of as well. And of course other countries too. The world is a big place, and we want to see as much of it as possible!
So for now, we say goodbye to Arizona. Thanks for traveling along with us!