Category Archives: SKP

Last Day on the Road – Part 2


May 19, 2014  –  Monday (continued)

The cold date shake felt good on my increasingly sore throat. We snap a few more pictures before the long uphill Hwy 74 that takes us up over the mountain.

imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageThe above picture shows two of the many switch back roads we came up. In the distance, top right of photo, shows where I started the climb. I put the RV in 3rd gear and it climbed the road really good.

It was nice to see the first sign that says how far Aguanga is! Getting really close now.

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Aguanga has an elementary school, this tiny general store, a tiny post office just to the right of it and a real estate office to the left. Our mail is delivered to the post office, since they won’t deliver to our house, one mile up a dirt road. We do all our shopping in Temecula, a nice good size town, 18 miles away. Minutes from the post office and our home, is Jojoba Hills SKP Resort. We have a membership to this SKP park, and is where our RV lives. We have never taken either of our RVs home, due to our steep, rocky dirt road.

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Once we got back to Jojoba Hills SKP Resort, where all my trips start from, I called my son and asked him to come and get us. We left our cars at our home, so he could drive them and keep the batteries up.  While waiting for Rick to pick us up, we gathered just the necessities to take home, like our iPads, chargers, medication, etc.  I usually go back the next day to bring home clothes, dirty laundry, dog related stuff, etc

imageI asked the dogs if they wanted to go home while waiting for Rick. They look pretty happy! Bella only makes this face when she is really happy. Chica loved everything about the trip so she would be just as happy to keep going. She is a great traveler. Unfortunately, Bella hates being in a moving vehicle. She never stops panting until the motor is turned off, then she is really happy! I’ve tried various calming products on Bella, but none of them worked. The only option is to leave her with someone when I travel, but I can’t bear that option. Who would take care of her as good as her momma?

Rick pulled up in my car shortly. It was good to see him and know we were close to being home! Both dogs seem to realize we were close to home when they felt the rough dirt road going up the hill to our house. Daisy, our pitbull/shepherd mix greeted us happily when we good home. I tried to take photos, but they were all so blurry! Once we got into the house, Bella ran and got on my bed, her favorite place in the world.

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Chica and Daisy played like this for a long time. Daisy has always played so gently with my small dogs. These two have a very close relationship. Chica was a young puppy and Daisy mothered her from day one. Bella was full grown when we got Daisy as a puppy, and Bella doesn’t really like to play as much as Chica and Daisy.

Thanks for following our 49 day RV trip!

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Patty, Bill, and the stroller dogs, Bella and Chica

 

Visiting Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

April 3, 2014 – Thursday

Left Gunsight Wash in Why, AZ at 8:10 am. We are on our way to the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument 30 minutes away. We walked around the short visitor center nature trail with the dogs and took photos alongside the very tall organ pipe cactus.

After the dogs had their break, we put them back in the RV and Bill and I checked out the visitor center. We watched a 15 min video about the park, looked thru the museum displays and gift shop. Bill found a green baseball cap with a rattlesnake on it which he liked and bought. We couldn’t do the driving loop because our RV was too big.

 

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Next stop was a trading post on route 86 for a stretch and snack. We noticed a coyote looking dog sitting on the porch. Went in and got a coffee and a hotdog. On our way out, I asked someone if the dog was really a friendly hand raised coyote, but they didn’t know who it belonged to. By this time, Bill was already back in the RV with both our dogs. As I walked towards the RV I noticed the “coyote” was following me. He probably got a scent of the hot dog. As Bill opened the RV door for me I got in quickly and he scared it off. But then the dog sat outside the RV for a few minutes before going back to the porch. Poor thing was hungry.

We stopped again just before getting on the I-19/I-10 to let the dogs potty, then it was on the freeway to Saguaro Co-Op SKP in Benson for another night of boondocking. We didn’t need hook ups so we saved some money. After we got parked, we took the dogs to their dog park, then put them in the RV while we went to the Happy Hour at the clubhouse. We met a lot of people from that park and had a nice time talking. I was forced to drink wine by someone who didn’t want to bring the bottle back to her rig, so when we left the “party” an hour later, I had a nice buzz.

Back in the rig, I looked at maps, wrote in my trip journal and uploaded the photos for the blog while Bill used the parks shower the took a nap with the dogs.

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