Devil's Tower -- July 2007
The park's population is dropping daily as my snowbird neighbors at Far Horizons have left and headed north to their other homes. Those who don't have other homes, have hitched up their trailers or coaches to begin their summer journeys. There are some who are year round residents. There are some like myself who will be gone for only a few months before returning next fall.
With others preparing to leave the park and farewell activities, it was with nostalgia and "hitch itch" that I recalled the previous twelve years when I began my summer travels. If I still had Silver Slug and Wandrin Wagon, I would have started my travels. However, with the sale of my home on wheels that wasn't going to happen. So now with a home without wheels I will travel differently.
Tucson's nine months of good weather does not include the summer months of 100 degree temperatures. That is time for me to travel. On June 15th, I drive my Toyota Highlander from Tucson -- still in Arizona -- to Prescott. 200 miles north and at an elevation of 5000 feet, the daily temps will be cooler at Prescott -- 10 to 15 degrees cooler.
With a three month reservation at Prescott Valley for a park model in an RV park, that will be my base for hiking and exploring. Exploring beyond Prescott will include day trips to Cottonwood, Sedona, Payson and other points in northern Arizona. There are tentative plans for a several day trip to the Grand Canyon.
Recalling the great times of exploring and hiking over the past 13 years has given me a serious case of hitch itch.