The Eagle Has Landed — Lake Havasu City, AZ
We did it. After over 5000 miles and over 40 different campgrounds, we arrived at Crazy Horse Campground in Lake Havasu City, AZ — our Winter home for 4 months. By the way, more stats from our first year of full timing coming up.
Since our last update at Casa Grande, AZ, we stayed at the Econo-Lodge-Airport hotel in Phoenix for a day and a half while we had our yearly diesel engine service done at the Cummins Rocky Mountain facility in Phoenix.
By the way, we had no idea Phoenix was so large of a city — about 1.5 million people in the city and over 4 million in the metro area. Anyway, we soon discovered how large Phoenix is when we had to drive through the city. Yikes. Plus, the city sits in a “bowl” between mountains so it seems to have a permanent haze (smog?) surrounding it. We crossed Phoenix off the “We Could Live Here” list.
We left Phoenix on October 30th and stayed in Augie’s Quail Trail RV Park in Gila Bend, AZ. Augie’s is more of an overnight stop than a destination park.
Our last campground before Lake Havasu City was Yuma, AZ and The Palms RV Resort. We were given a tour of the facilities and after Jan saw the pottery classroom . . . well, it was love. Hubba bubba. This resort is Amenities Plus with a price to match . . . and it’s a destination for many Canadians, especially those from Alberta.
Yuma itself was flat with canals and one RV park after another. Definitely Snow Bird land.
We left The Palms Friday morning, November 1st, for Crazy Horse Campground in Lake Havasu City about 150 miles away, and we arrived in the afternoon. On the way up Highway 95 to Lake Havasu City, we saw one RV after another headed south. The Snow Bird migration has begun.
Though I thought Crazy Horse would be ok, I wasn’t sure. So — just in case — during the last leg of our journey to Lake Havasu City, I called around to other RV campgrounds to see what was available for the Winter. I was surprised to find campground sites still available . . . so we had a Plan B if we didn’t like Crazy Horse.
However . . . we love Crazy Horse — at least so far. The beachfront campsites (where we are staying) are crammed together and I had to clean up our campsite area, but the view is . . . STELLAR! Our first morning started with an older woman doing Tai Chi on the beach. Too cool.
On the day we arrived, we had dinner with my sister and her husband who are from California (a 4-hour drive). We had a great fish fry — how Milwaukee Catholic, eh?
On Monday we’ll look up our friend Jim who has a place at Crazy Horse.
Some photos from the last leg of our journey . . .
Must be a relief to get to your destination, which looks to be just great. Warmth and water and lots of sunshine. Had no idea you had been to 40+ campgrounds. Enjoy your Shangrala. Kath
Jan, It is Dewey here. What a fantastic blog this is! John Regnery shared it with me. I will be living vicariously through you and Tom. We still have a place on Tichigan thanks to you:)
Safe and beautious travels!
Great to here from you. We are settling in at Crazy Horse and really enjoying the weather and the people and the area.