Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Wow, what a fun trip we had travling in Arizona, both Jean and I sure enjoy traveling in our RV visiting family and friends who live there.

After we left El Dorado Hot Springs (Part I), our next stop was at my cousin Louie's place where he lives in Peoria, Arizona. Our plan was to spend a couple of days and visit the area while at Louies. On Thursday, Jean and I headed for Cabela's Outfitters to do a little shopping and just check out all the stuff at the store.

 Cabela' Homepage

I should also mention that there is a Cracker Barrel restaurant next to Cabela's. Jean loves to have breakfast at Cracker Barrel and since Cabela's is right next door, well then everybody wins!

After a few hours of shopping we left Cabela's and went to see a movie till my cousin Louie came home from work. That evening we had dinner at BJ's restaurant in Glendale, Arizona.

On Friday morning we said our good byes to Louie and we were off to Wickenburg, Arizona to see some friends that live there. Ken and Susanne had invited us to come to Wickenburg to stay at their place and attend the Annual Gold Rush event at Wickenburg. By 11 a.m. we had the RV parked in their dirt driveway.

Just when I was finishing up, Ken and Susanne showed up. They were at the event area and walked back to greet us. Ken asked if I wanted to go down to the event and check out some of the vendors and then get lunch at the Hog Trough. He didn't have to ask me twice and off we went. The ladies would find us later by the miracle of cell phone.

Wickenburg Gold Rush Days is a big event for the town and community.  The event celebrates the town’s origins as a ranching & gold mining center in the days before there was a Phoenix, Arizona. 

Now if you are ever near the vicinity of Wickenburg, you should make an effort to stop and visit the Hog Trough BBQ Smoke house! You will not be disappointed.

On Saturday it was parade day at Wickenburg! So we were off to a spot to view the parade. It was a down-home community parade and we enjoyed it!

The parade was a nice break in our travels, and the parade dispalyed how comunities still take pride with it's people and hertiage.

Sunday was Arizona Renaissance Fair Day! We were heading to the fair, located near the city of Apache Junction, Arizona.

Jean and I have been coming to the Renaissance fair for 9 years and always have a great time. Ken and Susanne have joined us for the last 3 years and they also looked forward to the fair.

We loved going to Renaissance and Pirate Faire's! Jean and I have also performed at the Big Bear Valley Pirate and Renaissance Faire in June and August. I'll be Blogging about those events soon.

One of the special offers at the faire is the Pleasure Feast. It is a sit down 5 course meal with entertainment. Jean and I have been attending this feast since it has started and several friends and family members have joined us over the years. The Pleasure Feast special includes your entrance fee, food and entertainment. You also get an commerative goblet to take home with you. It's a fun way to enjoy the fair.

Driving from Wickenburg to Apache Junction makes the drive long both ways. Once we arrived back to Ken and Susanne's that evening it didn't take long for Jean and I to hit the sack.

Monday morning was a treat, Ken had coffee ready for us as we gradually got out of bed. Ken even cooked breakfast to help start our next day of travel. By 10:30 am Arizona time we were saying good bye to Ken and Susanne and Wickenburg.

From Wickenburg we would take Highway 74 to the I-10 and then take a fuel stop at Quartzsite, Arizona. Gas is still cheaper in Arizona than it is in California. When we travel in our RV, we try and get our fuel at either a Pilot or Flying J. When we began our trip last Wedensday, we registered for the RV Loyalty card. If you sign up you can get additional reductions on fuel, dumping and propane. Not bad if you are traveling in an RV.

With our  Tioga Ranger filled with fuel, our goal was to camp at Cottonwood Springs Campground, located in Joshua Tree National Park.

We stopped at Blythe, California to pick up a few supplies, including a bundle of fire wood. It was my intention to complete our trip with a good ol' fashion campfire.

By 2:30 p.m. we were parking the RV at our campsite and preparing for the night. Our night at Cottonwood Springs was very relaxing, especially sitting next to the campfire. We were both glad that we ended our trip at one of our favorite campgrounds.
Tuesday was our travel back to home day - BUMMER! By 3 pm that day, we were back home reflecting back on the long week of travel. Yes, we are ready to take off again...real soon! 

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