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Friday, March 19, 2010

We're on our way to Valley Verde, Az

We are headed across I-1o west and then North on I-17 through lots of desert where the Saguaro Cactus are plentiful and the scenery changes from desert to rolling hills to mountains... It was a very enjoyable drive.
We traveled from Benson through Tucson and Phoenix ...

and through the desert we go again... by all the Saguaro Cactus

We even saw hot air balloons...
and look some flowers YEAH!!!

and then over the hills

Finally we take the road HWY 260 towards Valley Verde which is an area just outside of Cottonwood, Arizona about 70 miles north of Phoenix. There is a Thousand Trails campground there called Valley Verde (of course).
It is suppose to be the cream of the Thousand Trails parks!

Upon arrival to Valley Verde we are welcomed by a really nice security guard who checked us in... Then he informs us that they only have about 15 sites that are 50 amp with only 2 left that are empty and that we probably would not fit into them... OH GREAT!!! Now we can use 30 amp but it is so much nicer to use 50 and be able to run our heat, the microwave, coffee pot and washer all at the same time. We head out to check on the 2 left, down the hill towards the camping area and we see that we are indeed in a valley. We are surrounded by cliffs and mountains with beautiful views all around the campground. The first one is way to short and not level so onto the other site and after careful inspection we decide we can fit into it but will not be real level. The nice thing is these TT parks are usually way out in the middle of nowhere but this one is only 5 miles from town & Wally World!

This area is so beautiful and has so many things to go see & do. There are several National Monuments, the historic city of Jerome, Sedona, The Grand Canyon and much more.... So I'll be posting on as much of it we can see while here.
And what we miss we'll just catch another time.

Until Later... Have FUN, Travel Safe & Enjoy Everyday!


Ellie and Jim said...

How long are you going to be at that TT park? If you'd like to get together, leave me a comment with your e-mail address and/or phone # on justravelin. Since I moderate comments, I won't publish the info, but we can contact you and set up a day trip. We're near I-17 and 101 in Phoenix until mid-April.

Happytrails said...

Oh Donna, what a beautiful area! I just know you will really enjoy exploring in Valley Verde.
Glad you were able to find a good spot that you fit in. The campground looks like a really nice one.

Have fun and enjoy exploring!! :)

Gerri (http://freedom2roll.blogspot.com)

Minnesota Road Runners said...

Hi Donna,
We are still at Catalina State Park in North Tucson. We're headed to Surprise (Phoenix area) but having a hard time finding a RV spot that is not $50 a nite. Then we are headed up toCamp Verde and Sedona. We love Arizona.
Maybe we'll get there b4 you leave.
I'll follow your progress.
Sharon McKenzie, MN ROAD RUNNERS

The Muse said...

have you seen any armadillos yet???

all these questions are from my grandson....

we are reading this evening!
Happy trails!!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Looks like a nice park! Our park had only three 50 amp sites when we bought it. We have added 10 since then and made them all really long (60' at least). We had a 40' coach and towed my little car and a pull-thru for one night was always hard to find.
The view is spectacular!

Margie M. said...

Hi Donna! My Mom and Dad lived in Cottonwood for several years before having to move to WA to be near us. It is a beautiful location and you are there at a perfect time of year. Be sure to see Jerome while you are there. (go by car....never take the MH over that mtn. road)

Per your question on my blog:
We'll be in Canaveral for 2 nights, but can't remember which park we had selected. We haven't been to the cape since the early 80's.

Have a great time in AZ.

Ruthie said...

Nice to get your note. Weather here has been wonderful - in the 60's today - but snow forcast for tomorrow. Then it's supposed to warm up again.

This time of year, we do have nice weather interspersed with spurts of snow, that melts right away. Keep in touch and I'll keep you posted on forcasts etc.

We live in Southern Aurora - suberb of Denver - towards Castle Rock. Are you coming up this way at all??? It would be so great to be able to get together somehow! We've been getting our RV ready for summer. Our first outing is April16.

Thanks for the prayers. Hugs to you.


Ruthie said...

Trying to Email you Re your trip to CO. Email me at:

Justine said...

Oh wow, the scenery on your drive was amazing! How long are you staying there? Do you like your camping spot?

Ooh, I can't wait to see what adventures you get up to here!

Justine :o )

Hootin' Anni said...

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful...there is nothing that can compare the landscape and wonderfulness of the Sonoran Desert!!

Thanks Donna for the get well wishes too...you made my day.

Rick said...

You are in a terrific area for sightseeing, Donna. We stayed in Sedona last year and loved it. Jerome is one of the neatest side trips around.

Baba said...

Hi Donna, what great views of the mountains and landscape as you traveled to this park...I enjoy enlarging your pictures for a better view...amazing shots!!

The hot air balloons look close to the wires.. I have seen some hot air balloons once as they floated across Atlanta .... my daughter's back yard.It was a wonderful sight and sound..

Have a great visit here.. hugs,

Debbie Goode said...

Oh, how I have missed those mountain views this past winter. Have a great time and please.....lots of photos!

bj said...

Hi, Donna girl, how you doing?
It looks and sounds like you are having the time of your life. Wonderful that you can travel the way you do.
I sure like the looks of that nice campground.
Take care, be careful and have fun...
xo bj

SmilingSally said...

Oh, I've always dreamed of seeing the Grand Canyon.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Donna, what a view! It looks heavenly. I'm glad you were able to get your 50 amps. When you were showing pix on the road, I was thinking - I'm glad I don't have to drive that big, beautiful home of y'all's in that traffic! I bet you were glad to get it parked for a little while. Have a wonderful time! laurie


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