December 20, 2010
We were up by 7:30 excited about leaving. It was an exceptionally cloudy morning and heavy rain was expected in the evening. We made our final preparations, pulled in the slides and hitched up. We backed out of our space and parked. I took the picture above with Lake Havasu in the background, to replace the previous photo at the header of our blog.
Afterwards we said our goodbyes to the staff, volunteers and interns of Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge. Some of the folks gave us cookies and treats before we left (so we had snacks for the trip). We will miss everyone and hope to run into all these fine folks down the road. We enjoyed our volunteer work at the refuge even though the first month of the four we volunteered was a bit rough due to the heat! We got on the road at 10:15. After 4 months of being parked in the same spot, getting behind the wheel of the rig is initially a bit daunting. After awhile, it all felt right again!
Our trip to Usery Mountain Regional Park was just over 200 miles. We made a rest stop on I-10 at about the halfway mark. Thankfully the trip was uneventful and we arrived at 2:20. The camping fee is $25 a night. However, they charged us an additional $6 a night for the jeep (an extra vehicle) which is the park's day use fee. So I feel like we got taken considering we didn't have to pay that fee this past May when we were at the park. Oh well, with the bad economy, I bet this will be a sign of things to come!
We had several sites to choose from but there was only one site available on the exterior loop which has the best views. We ended up with site 9 on the exterior loop.
|Plenty of privacy between sites|
We got set up to include setting the satellite Dish on the tripod and getting it aligned just in time to catch this quick photo of the sunset.
We are happy to have made the trip safely and look forward to our stay here in what has to be one of the most beautiful parks we've stayed at. We will be here for at least a week through Christmas. The only downside is that there isn't a sewer hook-up so I'll be using the gray tote for the gray water (shower-sink water).