Sunday, January 23, 2005 we left the Benson I-10 RV Park in Benson, AZ and drove west on I-10 going through Vail, Tucson, Marana and Eloy. After a drive of about 120 miles we stopped at the Sunscape RV Park in Casa Grande, AZ, which we would call home for the next two days. Sunscape is an Escapees co-op park so we got an Escapees discount which made our nightly cost $18. The park had over 500 back in spaces. We were used to parks with 50 RV sites and had seen a few with over 100 sites, but this is the first park we saw with 500 RV sites. Kathi commented on how large the park was and they told her many of the RV Parks in Arizona had over 1,000 sites. Wow. I think they cater to the snow-birds who come south for the winter.
The weather for the drive over was great – sunny and cool. We got to see another spectacular sunset. I am not sure what is different about the sky in Arizona. We had seen nice sunsets before, but it felt like they had one every day in Arizona.
On Monday we took a drive around town and ended up doing a little Walmart shopping. It was great weather again where we were, but our youngest, Christopher called from New Jersey complaining about the frigid temperature there. Fortunately the school was going to be over the following Thursday and he would head back to Twentynine Palms where we would be ready to greet the Marines.
Our plan was to spend one night in Blythe, CA and move on to Twentynine Palms on Thursday. We left I-10 in Phoenix and took US 95 west through Litchfield and Topopah. We stopped at the Hidden Beaches RV Resort in Blythe and checked in at the office. As we drove through the park to our assigned RV space, we noticed the place looked like an unkempt fish camp. Resort in the park name was obviously a joke. When we got to our site and parked, I went out to hook up the utilities. The whole area smelled like a sewer. I turned around and went back inside and told Kathi what I smelled and I thought we need to move along. She was joyous, as she had already decided she did not want to be there. We hooked our tow vehicle back up and Kathi went inside the office and told them we decided to keep moving. They returned her check.
It was late afternoon when we finally got to Twentynine Palms – about 340 miles total for the day. Kathi is always pleasant company and being my navigator she was happy to get us to 29 a day early -- and still thrilled about not being stuck in Hidden Beaches RV Resort for the evening. We got set up in the 29 Palms Golf Resort RV Park about 4:30 pm. We paid $350 for a month’s rent. Christopher called again in the evening and told us the snow was over a foot deep in New Jersey. Our oldest, AJ called and said he was going to enjoy the classes he was taking for that semester.
Twentynine is mostly desert with sand and small rocks. No town to speak of as you can drive through it in five minutes. Although we found little appealing at Twentynine Palms, we were glad to be in one place for a while. Driving every other day does not give much time for relaxation. We were also anxious for Christopher to return and start his leave before being deployed to Iraq.