Saturday, January 16, 2010

Phoenix and Old Town Scottsdale, AZ

We arrived at the Paradise RV Resort in Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, Jan 14...and believe me, this is a RESORT! It's a mix of park models and RVs and there are probably more than 500 sites. Very nice! We met Ed's old friend Tom and his wife Carol there....they have 2 kids in the Phoenix area so they stay at Paradise for about 6 months. We stayed until today (Saturday) and had 2 dinners with Tom and Carol...had a fantastic time! They are great people and we will definitely have to get together with them when we all get back to Connecticut. I digress... Friday Ed and I drove into Old Town Scottsdale for a day trip. It's about 40 miles from Paradise, but it's all highway driving. The Phoenix area is must've been that we've seen NO stores except Walmart, Safeway and Ace Hardware for the past month (Benson is tiny and has nothing in town!)...whatever the case, Phoenix is packed with stores of all kinds and the shopping areas go on for miles! A shopper's paradise! Old Town Scottsdale consists mostly of art galleries and western type shopping...very quaint! We had a very enjoyable time walking around for a couple of hours...then back to the Paradise park before Friday rush hour.

Today we are traveling about 130 miles to Quartzsite, which will be our home for the next 2 months. We're very excited to see what all the talk is about...flea markets, gem shows, RV shows, packed with over a million snowbird RVs, mainly from Canada and the western states. Most people boondock on the Bureau of Land Management land surrounding Quartzsite, but we decided to stay at an RV park because 2 months is a long time to dry camp. We will probably take the RV out to the BLM for a few days, just to experience it, though.
About 50 more miles to Quartzsite, so I'm sure I'll have plenty more to blog about soon!

Love to all!

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