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Old 04-24-2016, 09:56 PM   #1
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Trip to Scottsdale

On our way to Scottsdale, Arizona last week we stopped off I-40 at Winslow and the Homolovi State Park. No hookups, $20 very nice campground, paved sites, very nicely run. Was nearly empty so didn’t need those reservations I had made. Checked out the pueblo ruins on site and wondered where the wildlife was, but then remembered, websites will get your hopes up. Nice surprise was meeting a drove of free ranging donkeys.

Outside Scottsdale we stayed at the Eagle View RV Resort, in Fort McDowell. Off season daily rates for full hookups including a dump station at every site, was 30 bucks. Outside every window, nothing but big boy super bus RV’s far as you could see. Felt like Gulliver. Everything was first rate. We had reserved for 7 days but when Nancy’s planned procedure at the Laser Spine Institute fell through there was no problem leaving early and getting a credit to our card.

Decided on the way home to run up to Canyon de Chelly in Chinle Arizona. Chinle doesn’t look any more like the poor and battered third world country we saw back 30 years ago. Back then there was a sad little KFC. Better now, as you would expect, but to me the amazing thing was the approach to the Canyon had not changed at all, I mean not like the way Monument Valley has changed. No fancy modern visitor’s complex to greet you, just the same old corral where you can rent a horse ride or sign up for the deuce and a half ride through that amazing Navaho canyon. Highly recommended. And the other big surprise, no big super-bus RV’s anywhere to be found.

That made me a little nervous. You drive a good ten miles on the nice paved road running along the canyon rim to get to the only campsite. That would be the Spider Rock Campground. A friendly place, run by friendly Howard, but it is primarily a tent place. Wide enough red dirt trails wind past and between the cedars, but don’t do it in the rain. You’ll also use the crudest outhouses you will ever see. We, and tent folks, and three girls in a yurt were the only ones there. Hookups available but we got an Escape, so didn’t need ‘em. $11bucks a night and Ben made a friend of the camp dog, Doogie.

Total trailer tow miles 1,084, no troubles, even with the fridge at Eagle View when at 4 PM it was 97 inside the trailer but 40 in the fridge. OK, ok, so opening the fridge door three times is still not recommended, regardless how fast you do it. The Dometic AC worked great.
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:06 PM   #2
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Another great report Myron.
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:33 PM   #3
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Great report Myron, you're a trail blazer for us. M. duly takes notes of your comments.

Glad to see you out using the trailer.

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Old 04-24-2016, 10:47 PM   #4
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Hi Myron- On our first trip after bringing our 17 home from Bend we went to Sedona and first night we stayed at Rancho Sedona. Sounds a bit like the Scottsdale place you describe- our neighbors in their gimongous bus were hardly ever seen. When we were leaving we saw them loading up the Benz coupe into a box trailer. To each their own.

Canyon de Chelly (D'Shay) is wonderful. Howard is wonderful. Took him a long time & a lot of red tape to do what he did up there. Probably will upgrade, but for now is low-key.

The trip into the canyon is so cool....most rent the jeep tour with guide(required), however there is one place you can go in by foot:-

Visitors can view the White House Ruins either from the “White House Overlook” on the South Rim Drive, or by taking a 2.5 mile round-trip trail to the ruins (this is the only trail by which visitors may enter the canyon without a permit or an authorized Navajo guide.
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:49 PM   #5
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Love those donkeys.
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:54 PM   #6
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Donkey? You mean Grand Canyon? Didn't see any at Canyon de Chelly.

This place is rich in history: http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/cultura..._Monument.html
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Thanks, guys. This trip we stayed up along the rim.
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Nice surprise was meeting a drove of free ranging donkeys.
Sounds like someone does crossword puzzles. My mom did and she knew the terms for groups of lots of different animals. Don't know if she knew donkeys, though.
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Good to hear, have Homolovi State Park down for a couple nights on the way east come the end of next February.
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Hi: MyronL... Some one wrote a song about Winslow AZ. Looking at your pic's I didn't see any Donkeys but a couple of Jack A$$'s seemed to be looking for some Poutine!!! Alf
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