We left Williams last Thursday and headed south out of the mountains toward Phoenix . . . just in time, too . . . they’re getting a winter storm up there this weekend!
There were a couple of steep grades on I-17 south of Flagstaff, but we just took it slow and had no trouble at all. After a quick stop at a rest area for lunch,
we continued on to Lake Pleasant Regional Park, about 30 miles NW of Phoenix. We checked in with the Park Supervisor, and were directed to site #2 in the Roadrunner Campground.
We got setup under our protective structure – everything fits!
but we’ve got a great view of the lake and the mountains that surround it – beautiful!
There are two campgrounds in this park – Roadrunner which has 75 sites, all developed (electric & water), and Desert Tortoise which has 75 sites also, some developed and some primitive. There are 4 host sites in Roadrunner, and 2 in Desert Tortoise.
On Friday morning we met with the Maintenance Supervisor, and then we headed down to downtown Phoenix to get finger-printed for our background checks. Since we’re from out of state, the checks could take up to 2 weeks, and we can’t start working until they are complete. So for now, we’re just hanging out and getting to know the area!
On Tuesday, the 4 of us, along with 3 other new hosts, went to the required safety training – we learned about defensive driving, hazmat, blood borne pathogens, fire extinguishers and suspicious packages.
It was a long day, but at least it’s all done!
Phoenix was having warmer-than-normal weather before we got here, with temps in the 90s still, but it’s cooled down to a nice comfortable 80 degree range since we’ve been here, and staying around 60 at night, with low humidity . . . we’re loving this! We’ve even been sleeping with a window open, which is great!
We haven’t been down to the lake yet – the “locals” say it’s cold, but our fellow camphosts from Oregon assure us that it’s “all relative”!
Nicolas has been taking advantage of the warm weather to get the car and truck all cleaned up,
but it’s supposed to rain all day tomorrow, so they’ll probably get dirty again! Poor Nick!
The campground is pretty quiet during the week, but fills up on the weekends, and we’re supposed to be packed next week for Thanksgiving – we’re looking forward to seeing lots of people around!
We’ll have plenty of time for exploring the area, so we’re working on our list of things to see and do . . . recommendations are welcome! We’ll also have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beautiful desert sunsets!