Adventure Day : 74
Date Arrived: 17 December 2003
Date Departed: 04 March 2004
Hub Area: Phoenix, Arizona
Actual Location: City : Phoenix State : Arizona
Summary Title : Phoenix, Arizona Area Visit Summary
Summary : Arrived in the Phoenix, Arizona Homeport (with my actual location Phoenix, Arizona too.). The main reasons I selected Phoenix, Arizona as my Hub was I have some very close friends who live here. My friends are Jean and Wally Latall who live in the Cave Creek, Arizona area. Wally and I were stationed togather in Navy where we both served at the Naval Submarine Base, New London which is actually located in Groton Connecticut.
I have come to visit them almost every year since 1988, for a week or two in January of each year. Living in Boise, Idaho where the winters are milder than most northern states, they are still cold and miserable enough where getting outa of it for a week or so is nice.
The Phoenix area is a great place to spend the winter months. Later after my current adventure is over I plan to spend many of my winters in this area. I do have to say though, that I will be outa here long before the summer hits!
While I was in the Phoenix area I stayed at the Desert's Edge RV Park, North Black Canyon Highway near Deer Valley Road and I10. I was in site 403. I enjoyed my stay here the management and RV Park employees were all very nice and helpful.
I originally planned to stay only one month, but made two schedule changes. First to extend my stay an additional month. Then just before I was to depart at the end of the second month, I caught a cold and decided I didn't need the aggrivation and extended my stay an additional week.
Here are some of the places I visited while I was in Phoenix, Arizona:
Please note that some of the below web links are to a page that details the visit to several related destinations or destinations done on the same day.
- Superstition Mountains
- Tonto National Park which is where the Superstition Mountains area located
- Goldfield Ghost Town just north of Apache Junction
- Tortilla Flats, Arizona also near the Superstion Mountains
- Barringer Crater or Meteor Crater which was highlighted by the Movie Starman
- Montezuma Castle National Monument which is a cliff dwelling that was inhabited by the Sinagua Tribe from about 1125 to about 1400
- Arizona State Park Fort Verde, preserves the site of the original U.S. Army Fort Verde
- Tuzigoot (Apache for "crooked water"), which is not a cliff dwelling but an apartment style complex at the summitt of a long ridge. Also occupied by the Sinagua Tribe from about 1125 to about 1400
- Jerome, Arizona which is self billed as Americas largest Ghost Town
- Sedona, Arizona which is dominated by Red Rock and soil (absolutely beautiful country)
- Arizona State University womens fast pitch softball game between Arizona State University and Stephen F. Austin State University from Nacogdoches, Texas
- Pima Air and Space Museum also known as the governments aviation "bone yard"
- Titan Missile Museum in Green Valley, Arizona
- Quartszite, Arizona which is famous for it's big RV gatherings in January and February each year. They have a lot of big Gem and RV shows. This year the population swole from 1,600 to 2.5 million
- The London Bridge, famous for it's stone by stone relocation from London to Lake Havasu, Arizona and the nursery rhymn "London Bridge Is Falling Down"
Ray Plumlee's Rating : 5 Stars out of 5.
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