And there was definitely no sun when we woke up yesterday morning!
In fact, it was pouring rain, windy, and the temperature was about 46F (8C).
We waited for a break in the rain, and got Sherman fired up to hit the road.
What is that? Sunshine in the distance??
It's pretty much all downhill from Payson to Mesa. We drop from 5,000 ft to 1,240 ft during the 76 mile (122 km) drive.
In fact, we only had to drive about 15 minutes to get out of the rain! From there, it was a pleasant scenic drive on a four lane highway.
Some wet patches, but no more rain.
A few mountain passes to get down to the Phoenix area.
It was getting close to lunch time when we spotted the Fort McDowell Casino. Right by the highway, so it was easy to stop and pull into their big parking lot.
I checked their website, and sure enough they have a Players Club where you can sign up and get instant free slot machine money. $10 for Ruth, and $15 for me because the extra $5 was because February was my birthday month.
We had lunch, and then went into the casino to pick up our free money. Long story short, we turned that $25 worth of free play money into $35.80 cold hard cash without ever touching a dime of our own money.
That's almost $140 in two days. We won't make an effort to specifically go to a casino, but if we happen to be driving by one you can bet we'll be stopping in to pick up some more free money!
Then, we headed into the busy Phoenix metropolitan area.
Yesterday's drive, 76 miles (122 kms).
Many of our regular readers know that we're fans of couchsurfing when we travel. That's where you make contact with a host who has space in their home for you to visit for a night or more. We've used the couchsurfing website more than 40 times over the years, and we've also hosted travelers in our own home.
Well, now that concept has come to the RV'ing world in the form of Boondockers Welcome - Be My Guest RV Parking and we are currently using our membership for the first time ever.
We had made contact with a host here in Mesa, where their profile indicated that they had driveway space sufficient for a 30' RV, and they even had a 30A electrical hookup and water available.
We pulled into a nice residential area of Mesa at about 2:30pm, and found the address we were looking for. Before we could even get out of the motorhome, Jeff and Star came outside to greet us and direct us into the driveway. We got parked up, and had a chat and got acquainted for a few minutes.
Sherman, parked up in Jeff and Star's driveway.
Jeff said that we could get set up, and then they had to run out for a few minutes, but invited us to join them. They were going to their local neighborhood bar to give something to a friend, and probably have a drink or two while there. We haven't even been in their house yet, and they're inviting us out for a drink. Our kind of people.
Did we want to join them? Yep, sure did!
We were trying to figure out the last time we sat in a bar and had a drink. I think it was in Namibia over a year ago!
So we had a couple of drinks and got to know each other. Jeff is a retired software engineer, and Star was in nursing. They own a 2007 30 ft class C that they bought brand new, and they use it to escape the Arizona heat in July and August to travel up to Oregon area.
I forgot the camera, so you'll have to visualize what four people look like sitting at a bar with drinks. Can you see it?? Picture my big glass of beer with a nice white foam top on it!
We got back to the motorhome and relaxed for a bit, then Star knocked on the door and said that they had more than enough food for four people and that we should come in for dinner. Ruth will make dinner for everyone tonight!
After dinner, we played a few rounds of LRC, the dice game.
This morning, they've offered to take us to the big Mesa flea market, so that should be fun!
So far, a great first experience with Boondockers Welcome - Be My Guest RV Parking!
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