Well, we are off and running as the 2014 excursion of the BooniePeople got underway from the Las Vegas area with our 268 mile move to the Phoenix area on Saturday, February 1st. We met our friends, Ken and Jane K. from Henderson, Nevada, at the Pleasant Harbor RV Park in the Phoenix northern suburb of Peoria. Actually, the RV Park is at the marina and on the shore of Lake Pleasant. It is basically a “Snowbird” hangout for those that come south annually from the Arctic temperatures in the north. This park has all the conveniences including a large fenced space to park the coach and jeep.
Ken and I took in the Ben Avery Shooting Facility north of Phoenix for three rounds of trap shooting. Bottom line was we stink at trap shooting! The facility, run by Arizona Fish & Game, is fabulous. The long rifles were shooting a competition at 1,000 yards nearby. I know this stimulates some of my friends back in Henderson!
Our Thursday was a slow day getting some simple stuff done around the coach. We got together with Ken and Jane and went down to the marina restaurant on the lake for lunch. Eventually we spent the five o’clock hour in the shade at their coach.
A couple of months back we joined the Escapees RV Club, a.k.a. S.K.P.s. Our destination here in Benson was the Escapee Co-Op RV Park known as “Saguaro”, pronounced “Saworo”, after the cactus. All of the 300+ spaces in this park are larger than any individual spaces we have ever stayed in during our travels. They are all owned by individual owners and rented out when the owners are not present. We were lucky to get a space here as the park is virtually full. We will be staying here for three nights over the President’s Day long weekend.
Wednesday morning found us up and excited to take the drive to New Mexico. We got started at 7:30 A.M. and got to the park entrance about an hour later. Miles and miles of oil wells. Carlsbad Caverns Visitor’s Center was a nice presentation of T-shirts, sweatshirts, shot glasses, trinkets and things situated just an elevators ride approximately 1,000 feet down into the caverns. We took the $6 park ranger’s tour which guided up and down for about a mile and a half through the caverns. If you have never been below the surface of the earth don’t forget to take a jacket! The air was fresh, and the formations and history of the caverns were well presented and we were back on the surface after about two hours. We drove about 20 miles into Carlsbad, NM and ate late at an Asian luncheon buffet. It was great! Kind of like the Krazy Buffet on Sahara in Vegas. No further meals would be needed this day. Eighty mile drive back to Pecos.
This is an interesting area. The Alamo, built in the 1720’s and with all its 1830’s history and glory is downtown in the San Antonio metropolitan area situated between the modern Hyatt and Marriott Hotels. The subterranean “River Walk” has entrance within a few yards. This is entrance to all the great restaurants along the river. After touring the Alamo for a couple hours we picked a Bar-B-Que restaurant, “The County Line”, for lunch. This day is why we are traveling.