We are leaving Quartsite area today after almost 3 weeks of Boomerville activities in the desert. We went directly to La Paz RV Park of Mile Marker 99 to do wash, clean the rigs and take long showers for a few days. Boondocking has both advantages and disadvantages for us. We don’t have Solar panels so that means running the generator in the AM and PM, and it seems we still have a lot to learn about conserving the water in our fresh water tanks. We can last about 11 days and then we have to find fresh water and a dump for our holding tanks. However, the solitude and freedom of parking in natural surrounding is so much better than a structured park. Chuck and Jan, our RV friends, have combined their experience of Boondocking over the years and the right equipment to allow them a great deal of freedom where they park.
So off to Prescott, AZ for a few days to explore its beauty, galleries and fine dining, full hookups and Long showers! Here we go up the long pull out of Congress, AZ on highway 89.
The windows of our rig were dusty from camping in the desert so these pictures are not real clear but you can see this is quite a mountain to climb. It heads straight up from Congress, AZ.
We are staying at the Elks Lodge 330 in Prescott Valley. Full hookups and has a great view.
Our first day was a walk around the historic downtown for shopping and Lunch on Whiskey Row.
This is a must see area of Prescott Valley. We hiked this rugged area yesterday and found it to be strenuous in places but rewards of beautiful views of the landscape and Willow Lake were spectacular. We hiked just over 6 miles on the various loop trails around the lake. This area is called “The Dells”. It’s an area of massive granite boulders. Much of the trail is completely over the rocks, you may not touch dirt for of over a mile. The trail is cleverly marked with white dots on the boulders to keep you from getting lost.
More ups and downs along the granite rocks.
Here’s Mark ahead of me on the granite rock trail. I thought I would get a nice photo of him but those camo shorts and sweatshirt nearly made him invisible. Does this man own any other clothes?
Later in the morning we met up with our RV buddies to take the hike around the south trail of Willow Lake. Duane was sweet and offered to carry my 40 pound camera bag. My shoulders were toast after the first 4 miles of rough rock trails.
Tomorrow off to JEROME, Arizona