8/11/14 - Holbrook, AZ|
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The folks at the Hidden Valley RV Park (where we spent the past two nights) were very kind to us. We recently signed on with an organization that sounded somewhat like "Passport America" - that, with membership, provides RV Parks across the country that will take 50% off the "asking price" for overnight stays. For various reasons, we dropped membership with Passport America and contented ourselves with memberships in "Escapees" and "Good Sam."
This new company, Great Escapes, promised much of what Passport America offered, with a few perks here and there. Only problem is that not all of the RV parks Great Escapes have listed on their website, have ever heard of Great Escapes! So when we presented ourselves to the Hidden Valley RV Park, the manager told us we were the second couple trying to use membership in Great Escapes --- only NO ONE at Hidden Valley RV Park had ever been contacted by Great Escapes, and therefore, not being part of that group, could not offer us the discount Great Escapes indicated was ours.
Happily for us, we are also members of "Escapees" (we recently visited the "home base" of Escapees in Texas) and the Escapees 15% discount was available. In fact, the assistant manager even gave us more than a 15% discount. We were grateful for her assistance and understanding. (BTW, we have cancelled the Great Escapees membership, and hope we receive our refund, as advertised by them.)
We enjoyed our time at the Hidden Valley RV Park. It's really "hidden" from the freeway, and hugs a hill with plenty of RV sites! The place is really nice but unfortunately something happened to their "water well" for the upper section (where we were) so we were without water for the time we were there. Thankfully, we had enough water in our tank, so it was not an inconvenience.
We pulled out of "Hidden Valley" on the 11th and headed for Arizona! Other than Albuquerque traffic, I-40 had little traffic through New Mexico! Most every overpass had interesting "art work" Many of the freeways have some part of the highway painted Turquoise!
Others have paintings or other designs.
We entered Arizona and had a traffic-free ride down I-40 to the "OK RV Park" in Holbrook, AZ.
The scenery in this western part of New Mexico was intoxicating! Kathleen took nearly 60 pictures of the mountains, mesas, rock formations, etc! Here are just a few:
And the clouds were beautiful!
The many Indian arts and craft stores were all along the highway.
Since we left Albuquerque at 9am, we reached Holbrook at 1pm! And we did not hurry, enjoying the scenery all the way!
After we parked the RV in the large campground here, K was able to get a load of laundry done, and do a little exploring of this very large campground. It is set up to host motorhome caravans. We wonder if Adventure Caravans ever stop here on one of their many trips.
Right next to the Office is a petrified wood exhibit! Just a peek at the wood.
The laundry room has plenty of washers and dryers for groups who stop here.
The showers and bathrooms are also able to accommodate large groups.
After the "picture taking" around the camp, we had time to get on the Internet, and prepare a good dinner of fresh salmon (purchased at Albuquerque Costco), a hearty salad and a potato patty for each of us.
The evening is just beginning, and we hoped for a brilliant sunset, but must content ourselves with a nice, soft, pink horizon!
Tomorrow we hope to reach Kingman, AZ and with that, we will begin to feel that "home" is not too far away!
Each day we realize how lucky we are. We have YOUNG cousins who are battling some serious physical challenges. We have friends who continue to challenge cancer and keep up such a good fight. We have two young grand girls who have become involved in triathlons at their young age, and put out so much energy, that we are blown away with them. We must admit that eldest daughter Kitty (the Ironman Triathlete) has inspired them to enter these triathlons......
When Kathleen rode her bicycle across the country to celebrate her 70th birthday, little did she realize that she'd be followed, in short order with all 3 daughters (Kitty, Christina and Michelle) who would out swim, out hike, out run, and out bike her ... not only that, but their children would take up the mantle and amaze us all with their achievements!
And then we read about Angel, Emily and Andrea and how they have taken on the mantle and lead us all - each in her own way, but strong, able and courageous in so many different ways .... I wonder how proud our grandmother, the scion of us all, would be to know what she started.......