|Loading up early last Thursday morning.|
Although only at Pirate's Cove for three nights, we did enjoy ourselves; especially meeting those RVers nearby to us and taking advantage of the Colorado River and the areas around.
|We had a couple of route options but our choice to get to Phoenix was to take I-40 to Kingman and then south on highway 93 through Wikieup and Wickenburg.|
Click on the links below for more information on those two Arizona places.
|Home of the forthcoming Super Bowl, this stadium in Glendale, AZ will be rocking.|
|A large metropolis, traffic was surprisingly fluid when we rolled through the numerous cities.|
We have been through this area numerous times now and we have the major routes well memorized. The freeway system is so good, it makes navigating a breeze.
|Downtown Phoenix - photo taken from I-10|
|Once on highway 60, the wonderful Superstition Mountain showed all of its glory. Gold Canyon sits at the southern foot of this awesome mountain.|
|Approaching Gold Canyon, Highway 60 narrows to four lanes (two eastbound and two westbound).|
After arriving and being greeted by the nice fella at the security gate, we rolled into the 'short stay' RV area and, even before backing in to our site, Rod and Sylvia - long time RV and blogging friends Six Saturdays and a Sunday | Work's over, now it's time to play! were our official first greeters. Out for a walk, and in our area to see if we had arrived, they saw us go through security and walked over to offer their BIG HELLOS. How nice was that? Well......very nice indeed! Thanks you two.
RVers themselves, Rod And Sylvia know the RV set up routine and let us be to square up, back in, level, unhook.....and get all the other tasks accomplished. We mentioned coming by their RV site later on.
While working to complete our set up, a boisterous voice was heard welcoming us back to Canyon Vista. Well, well, well, well! If it wasn't Dave from LeMars, Iowa. We met him, his wife Lavonne, along with Fritz and Bonnie (Iowa farmers), a few years back in this very park. And we developed an instant friendship. Not only that, their Alberta friends, who farm close to where Jeanette's folks had their farm, also became friends. We had such a fun time with these folks.
We did not get to see them last winter but to see Dave and Lavonne, only a few spaces over from us, was a real treat. We even got to chat with Fritz by telephone. He and Bonnie have not left Iowa yet but they are sure working to head south soon. We will get to see them - either here in Gold Canyon or possibly in Yuma, AZ. Dave and Fritz are avid motorcyclists (and RVers) too. Talk about excitement. Randy and Alice, the Albertan's, are expected to arrive here too.
Jeanette and I had earlier reserved our site here at Canyon Vista but once set up, we hustled off for the resort office to officially sign in. The office had closed for the day.
Back at our site, we had a quick dinner before walking down to Sylvia and Rod's RV. We enjoyed their hospitality before calling it a night. Rod and Sylvia had an early Friday morning wake up call to join their friendly regular hikers club.
This morning (Friday) we walked over to the office and locked in our two week stay. Rod had mentioned a motorcycle club ride that was happening Friday morning and when walking back to our site, over 20 motorcyclists were lining up. We had the organizer's name but when we caught sight of Dave and Lavonne, who had earlier come to our site to see if we were up to a motorcycle ride, we did not hesitate to join them. Riding as a foursome had greater appeal than with the larger motorcycle group. So...by 10:45 am, we were off on a fantastic ride in mountainous countryside.
|Meeting up at Dave and Lavonne's RV to ride out of the park|
|Leaving Canyon Vista Resort|
|Photo taken at the lookout over the open pit copper mine east of Superior, AZ. L-R Jeanette, Dave and Lavonne|
|Stunning roads leading to stunning mountain vistas.|
Returning to the lower elevations after lunch, the temperature returned to the low 70's. Nice! By late afternoon, we were rolling back in to our Canyon Vista Resort site. What a great ride.
Changed out of our riding clothes, Jeanette and I called our long time friends (and former CBC-TV colleague), Gerry and Pauline, who winter in this resort. Experienced former RVers, once they found Canyon Vista Resort, here in Gold Canyon, they purchased a lovely park model. This has been, and continues to be, their home away from their Montreal, Quebec home during the winter months.
We made plans to get together with them tomorrow (Saturday). We do look forward to that......and quite likely to a golf game or two in the days ahead.
We also hope to plan a rendez-vous with Alberta friends who hang out at their Maricopa countryside ranch; better known as Dog Pound South. Their Alberta ranch is known as Dog Pound North. Brenda and JB are RVers who travel with their horses. They spend a good bit of their winter months horsing around on the numerous trails they blog about. Now, Brenda is on the injured list (as are two of their three horses) and that should mean they are hanging around their ranch and that they could be open to a wee visit from us. John & Brenda's Incredible Journey We'll contact them to see if we can lure them out to lunch somewhere in the Maricopa Metropolis.
A blogging couple we have met, and who call the Phoenix area home, have been in touch with a view to meet up. Kevin and Tracey write the following blog; Adventures of a 50 year old! We look forward to getting together with them. We last met up at the lovely Lake Pleasant RV resort just north and east from the Phoenix metropolitan area, just over one year ago.
|One of two beautiful spa areas this resort offers.|
|Jeanette with Trena and Lucky - Photo taken last late November, 2014 in Desert Hot Springs.|
So talk about being busy and looking forward to so many get togethers with our friends. What's not to like about that? And that is what is so wonderfully appealing when one participates in this RVing lifestyle.
Thanks for dropping in.