|View out our front window from Site 19|
|Small signs of spring in January|
|In addition to a nice interpretive center|
|is a library with amazing views|
|Best seats for the game|
|Still hopeful the Cardinals will turn it around|
|Maybe if we ignore them, they'll score.....|
|The setting sun reflects off downtown Phoenix|
|The moon is beautiful, and gives us a great show from our fire ring|
|Cyndee tests the heat resistance of her sneakers|
Monday morning we learn the game and camp fire are the silver lining as the part needed for the slide repair won't arrive until sometime Tuesday. Potentially not until 5:30 PM.
Irritated is a word. There are several others as well....
We cancel the repair and call the Casa Grande RV Resort and again change our reservation, this time making it for two nights, arriving the same day. We have people to meet and aren't going to delay another two days.
Even after our 40 yard move the day before, the 90 mile trip is very quick. This park is the opposite of where we were, with zero character, zero space between sites, zero views. It's fine for our needs.
Clean parks are always desirable, but the non-stop blowers going here are ridiculous. Especially when we see that they are blowing dirt off the street - and onto everyone's vehicles. Really?
|So we can drive our dirty cars on clean streets|
|With the Safeway card discount, can't remember the last time I paid this!|
Bill has not seen the Casa Grande Ruins, and although I saw it when the boys were little, I want to see it again too. I forgot it's so close to "civilization", it's a little weird to turn right at the Walmart to enter the monument.
The parking lot is full, including a large school bus. All the kids are having their lunch in the picnic area, most of the adults are waiting for the guided tour scheduled in 30 minutes, so it's the perfect time for us to see everything with the least number of people.
|We check out the information center first|
|where there are signs that Tessa's ancestors lived in the area|
|The multi-story Big House|
|Amazing preservation of this centuries old structure|
|My favorite part is this wonderful alignment with the turning of the wheel of the year|
|Summer Solstice marker|
|Twice a year the light of the equinox aligns here|
|Thick walls maintained comfortable interior temperatures|
|A pair of Great Horned Owls|
|nest in the tall rafters above the ruins|
|Enjoying the sunshine and history|
Sadly it's now an insurance office :-( . The historic downtown is almost completely closed so we head back.
|No longer the drug store/fountain counter or a cafe|
|The tree James Garner planted in the movie is still here|
|Nature's sculpture on a small side street|
Pulling the end piece off the old cord he discovers that two of the wires are broken off. He fixes these, re-installs the cap and - yep - the old cord works fine. Don't mind that we have an extra cord now, but less thrilled about the $125 we paid the tech in Quartzsite who didn't check the wires.
While he's doing that I contact Jimmy's RV Repair in Deming, NM, and make an appointment for the slide. We can continue to live cozy for another week.
To celebrate the successful cord repair and renewed hope for the slide, we find an Italian restaurant with great reviews. The food is delicious at Tommy's Bistro - butternut squash with sage and brown butter, and spicy shrimp fettucini - it is much nicer than it appears on the outside.
Tomorrow we continue east to catch up with good friends in Catalina State Park.