Dead Horse State Park and Planning ALaska

We are finally on the move again. After the FMA rally in Yuma we were ready to head out.

We left Yuma about 9:00AM. Charlie our dog decided to get up at 6:00 AM. You know if he is up, we are. I don’t get it sometimes, he sleep in until 7:00 AM and of course on the day we want to sleep a little later he’s up at 5:30 or 6:00 AM. So, anyway we were ready and “hit the road” around 9. Our first plan was to stop in Gila Bend for the night, but we arrived there at 10:30, way to early for a stop so we headed onto Verde Valley TT park. We arrived here about 2:00 PM and got a real nice 50 AMP site H-17. The views here are so beautiful, the park is down in a valley and there is a river running thru it. The cliffs and trees are so wonderful. Red and sand colors and when the sun shines on them it is incredible. We are about a mile off the road so it is quite and just sitting outside watching the clouds move across the cliffs is fantastic.

How awesome is this place!!

Spent the day setting up and getting a Walmart fix. I was so mad that their were people parked at Walmart with their slides out and chairs, one guy even had his grill out. This is a gift that Walmart gives us, for overnight stays. NOT a campground!!
We had a dinner appointment with Greg Gurber of RV Dailey Report at the  Rock Springs Cafe. What a place!!! Greg was already there so we went in to the Cafe, their specialty is pie, berry pies, creme pies, and pecan pies. It was so good. I had a blueberry pie and it was just like my grandma use to make. Lot’s of fresh blueberries and John had a apple pie with ice creme, Greg had chocolate creme pie and we were all savoring the flavors.
Greg is a new RV’er although he has been doing the RV Daily Report for quite a while. He just brought a Winnebago Adventurer and is starting his own adventure. He will be on the road for About 7 months visiting all kinds a people and places. One is the WIT rally in Forrest City IA., he will be giving a seminar on Blogging. If you are going to the rally be sure and say HI. He has some great information on starting a blog and writing a blog.
As we were out walking Charlie for his morning walk, we stopped to talk with another dog owner and she told us about the casino’s senior day. Breakfast buffet for $3.50, wow. We went back to the rig and off to the casino. Now the one thing she warned us about is that the buses get there about 8:45 so we needed to be there before then. We arrived there at 8:30AM and got our club card and the discount. It was good food and then we played a little. We always take $20.00 each and when that is gone we are done, or if we make enough to pay for the breakfast we quit. Well, we played for about and hour and we both won enough for breakfast to be paid and our $20.00 back.
We came back to the rig because John is working on getting our web site Living the RV Dream transferred to another server.
Thursday for us is show day. We gather all the information to talk about and set up the equipment and sit down and do the show. It takes John about an hour to get it ready for prime time listening. Once the show is “up” we washed off the rig. I couldn’t believe how dusty it was. Right before we left Yuma we had it washed and waxed, but then the wind really got blowing and the dust was everywhere especially on the rig. The rest of the day was to relax sit outside and enjoy the beautiful views we have here.
Today we planned to go to Dead Horse State Park here in Cottonwood, first off we stopped at the Chamber of Commerce and got some good maps and information. Dead Horse State Park is a old ranch that was given to the state to use as a park. The sites are large and have water and electric (30AMP) They have several lagoons to fish in and the river runs thru it.

 We took Charlie with us and on the way home we found the city dog park. Charlie had the time of his life, running, and playing with other dogs. By the time we headed home he was all done in. I don’t think he really got moving until we got up the next morning. It is sure fun to see the joy of a dog running full out in the sunshine.

 OK mom, throw the ball!!
I got it, I got it!!!
 Man, this is thirsty work!

We got an e-mail from Dennis and Carole Hill, what a great couple. They do the Loosy Goosy group to Alaska, and they have been there many times. The group is really loose, kind of the way we want to travel.There is a loose itinerary of the route but if you want to see something else, go ahead and catch up later. We decided to go to dinner at a place called La Fonda Mexican Foods. Boy was the food excellent! The night was spent talking about Alaska. Dennis has done many seminars on going to Alaska and we are planning on interviewing him next week for the Podcast on how to prepare for the trip. You all know we will be going in 2015, it seems like a long way off , time moves fast. Some of the best information  is to be sure to get the Milepost Alaska book and the Church’s Alaska Campground guide. Carole is an avid reader and recommended several good fiction books with some truth in them to read. One of them being Alaska by James Mitchner. Good food and good friends. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Again a beautiful day, a little windy but the sun is shinning and the birds are singing. Dennis and Carole invited us for dinner and we went to their new rig. I like it a lot. It is a 37′ Winnabago Journey with 4 slides, the living area is large and spacious, and the bed is in a north,south configuration. Lots of storage and very comfortable. Again we spent the night getting to know each other more and talking about Escapees and all the people we both know. Of course Alaska was the main topic. This is what Living the RV Dream is all about.

Author: John Huggins

John is a retired Navy Electronics Technician Chief. He traded the Navy adventure for a job in manufacturing quality assurance in 1986, and traded the job for the RV adventure in early 2005. Kathy has held jobs in the medical office arena as well as raising two sons. We now have 5 grand children and one great grand child.We have done much volunteer work since hitting the road including working at the Escapees CARE center in Livingston, Texas. We also are registered Red Cross disaster volunteers, and served in a Hurricane Katrina shelter in San Antonio, Texas.Our connection to Sarasota started in 1995 when John was transferred from New Jersey to work for Electro Corporation, later to become a division of Honeywell. He retired in 2004 and we bought our motorhome and hit the road.We are life members of the Escapees RV Club, as well as members of Good Sam Club and Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA). We hold campground memberships in Thousand Trails, RPI, and Passport America. Our home park is Hart Ranch in Rapid City, SD.Lately, we have worked in campgrounds in PA, IL, SD, AZ, and FL.Nowadays, we have become podcasters, broadcasting our show, Living the RV Dream on the internet. We also have this blog we are having fun with. Check out our Books page for our books on RVing and Workamping.

6 thoughts on “Dead Horse State Park and Planning ALaska”

  1. Don’t overlook the RV camps at Elmendorf AFB ($18 A night). Up north is Joint Base Eilson AFB/Fort Richardson. There is also a small AFB run RV park in Seward across the street from the fishing docks.

  2. Howdy….this is Carol & Dennis the Loosey Goosey Coordinators. If your readers would like to read about our Loosey Goosey Group in 2011 they can g to our web and go to the right side and click on 2011 then click on May. It started in May 2011. Your readers will get a good idea what traveling in Aklaska in a RV is like along with the Looey Goosey group. It was a blast for all. That was fun doing your podcast…. See ya

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