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August 17 - September 10, 2013

We started earlier than planned, so we then spent the first phase of our trip staying in a variety of RV resorts in a variety of cities while we slowly made our way into Utah where we finally started feeling like we were actually on vacation.

September 11, 2013

Our first "camping" for this trip was at Zion National Park, Utah. It was cloudy and raining as we approached the park, so I took a nice sunny approach picture via Google Earth.

September 15, 2013

We stayed in the Ruby Inn RV Park and Campground, just s short distance from the north entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. From there we would hop onto one of the frequent shuttles to go see the various viewpoints within the park.

September 17, 2013

We enjoyed three quiet days at Kodachrome Basin State Park, where we both hiked and relaxed.

September 20, 2013

We stopped at the Grand Canyon North Rim Campground and checked out a few of the overlooks.

September 22, 2013

We went to see Lake Powell and stayed in the Wahweap Campground not far from Page, Arizona. While we were there, we went on a short boat tour of the Antelope Canyon and, of course, took the tour of the Glen Canyon dam.

September 27, 2013

We stayed in Goulding's Camp Park to see the Monument Valley, UT area, including the Navajo National Monument Cliff Dwellings.

September 28, 2013

Ruins Road RV Park in Aztec, NM provided an overnight stay and the opportunity to visit the Aztec Ruins National Monument.

September 29, 2013
We spent a few days at Isleta Lakes RV Park in Albuquerque, NM and walked around their fishing lake a time or two, but didn't fish. The very nearby trains plus the coyotes provided us with night time serenades.  Our plan was to see Phillip Phillips perform at the Isleta Amphitheater, which we did, then to head on to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The October 1st government shutdown canceled the caverns for us, so then we just hung out for another day while we figured out what to do instead.

October 3, 2013

The Las Cruces KOA RV park in New Mexico is up on a bluff with a great view overlooking Las Cruces and the surrounding mountains, but they charge you extra for that privilege.

October 5, 2013

We left New Mexico and headed back into Arizona to have a closer look around the Tucson area. First though, we stopped for a couple of days at the Cochise Terrace RV Resort in Benson AZ.

October 7, 2013

Tucson was too much of a big city for our taste, so we stopped at Catalina State Park for a few days near Oro Valley, AZ and did some local sight seeing.  It seemed to be a nice but smaller city and still near the Tucson services and attractions. We wondered to ourselves, "Would we like to live here?" but we didn't have a firm answer, as there were both pros and cons compared to our Oregon home.

October 10, 2013

The Mesa/Apache Junction KOA (near Phoenix AZ) looked the same as always, as we stopped there (again) to visit family and do laundry.

October 13, 2013

We went to Prescott, AZ just to check it out, but we ended up thinking that 5,400 feet high might be a little too cold in the winter, at least for us. We stayed at the Point of Rocks Campground, took a short hike to a nearby lake and then spent some time at the nearby Out of Africa Wildlife Park.

October 15, 2013

Heading west towards California, we made our way to the Blake Ranch RV Park & Horse Motel at Kingman, AZ. It was clean and nice but not particularly scenic, with gravel covered spaces which were quite roomy. Wi-fi was only provided for a single computer, which was annoying as the Verizon 3G LTE only had one bar and seemed quite slow, even when boosted with our amplifier.

October 16, 17 & 18, 2013

We made our way back towards Chico, CA stopping one night each at the Barstow/Calico KOA, the Bakersfield RV Resort and the Kit Fox RV Park in Patterson. The picture here is the Kit Fox RV, since it was new for us and we've been to the Barstow and Bakersfield parks before. Nothing special, good or bad, about Kit Fox except that it was well kept, clean and fine for a one night stop.

October 19, 2013

We thought we should have a longer closer look at the Chico and Paradise areas in California, so we stayed for a few days at the Almond Tree RV Park in Chico. Lots of trees in the park but they were able to put us in one of the few spots where we could get our satellite TV connected. The Wi-fi worked fine and cell phone coverage was okay too. The park was clean, well kept and pleasant.

October 23, 2013

The last stop for this trip was back once more to the Premier RV Park in Redding, CA. We stayed there for a few days to visit some of the various Redding neighborhoods before heading back to Oregon.

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