Thursday, April 3, 2008

Rye, AZ to Deming, NM

We spent six days near Rye, AZ on BLM ground. It was about as good as it gets. We were at 3480’ elevation, which means that we wore jackets in the morning and by 9:00 it was again light clothes. We were parked next to a mining claim and the mountains were at our front door. It was just another bit of heaven. Judy provided us with another good quote from a friend of theirs. “It would sure take a lot of this to kill ya.” That became a favorite thing to say as we sat in our chairs and soaked up the killer view in front of us. We took in another six days of paradise before we had to move on.

We stayed two nights at the SKP park in Benson, AZ. While we were there we traveled down to Tombstone and Bisby. Bisby is a mining town that has the bragging rights to the Southernmost Mile-High City. We had lunch on the terrace of the Copper Queen Hotel. The museum and the huge open pit mine were the attractions for the day. On the way back we stopped at Tombstone. This town has fallen to the tourists and there is not much to see unless you have “Dollar in hand”. You can pay to see the scheduled gunfight at the OK Corral. It is a genuine re-enactment and you need a ticket to go into the private area to see it. Several years ago this was on open streets for the enjoyment of tourists. Apparently things have changed as private enterprise has kicked in. The cemetery of Boot Hill is “free” and for a two dollar ‘donation” you could get a sheet of paper which would show you who was buried where. You people probably know me by now and you can guess how these things were handled. I will take the mountain view any day.

Tonight we are at Deming, New Mexico at Dreamcatcher SKP Park. It is a park that is part of the Escapees RV Club system. This afternoon we spent nearly four hours touring the local museum. We will spend two nights here and head for Iowa. It is our intention to arrive in Iowa by the 8th of April to attend Jan’s father’s birthday.

The solar system that we installed has been a great experience. It has allowed us to live off the grid as much as possible. In the West there are a lot of Federal lands that allow ‘dispersed camping’. I calculated our camping costs for the first three months and we have averaged $4.18 per day or $381.00 for Jan, Feb and March (91 days). We spent two weeks in Yuma and one week in Casa Grande which made the costs high. The rest of the time, we were “off the grid”. The cost is secondary, the best part of living that way is the company you have with you and the scenery on the door step.


Jerry said...

Could not have said it better my man.
Love that solar.... Jerry

Gary said...

I caught your comment regarding "solar". Have you a moment to detail your "solarization"? Thanks, Gary & Bonnie in Yuma

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