Balmorhea State Park, a desert oasis, perfect destination for RVers traveling west Texas

Balmorhea State Park, a desert oasis, perfect destination for RVers traveling west Texas

Texas' Balmorhea State Park is the perfect destination for those traveling by RV (or tent camping) between El Paso and anywhere east along I-10. This is our fifth stay at this unique public park that sits on the edge of the Davis Mountains (at an elevation of a little over 3,200′) about 7 miles south of I-10 on Texas Hwy. 17. The campground features 34 campsites (some pull-through) with shade shelters. Ours, with electricity and water, was $14 plus $14 for
RV snowbird heaven - Catalina State Park, Tucson

RV snowbird heaven – Catalina State Park, Tucson

Snowbirds from across the country flock to Arizona each winter. One place many RVers check out is Catalina State Park. Just about everyone who goes there, raves about the park's unique location--just a few miles north of Tucson, yet with easy access to wilderness. "Catalina State Park sits at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains," states the park's web site. "The park is a haven for desert plants and wildlife and nearly 5,000 saguaros. The 5,5
Wickenburg, Ariz. -- Gold Rush Days, outdoor art walk reflect Old West charm

Wickenburg, Ariz. — Gold Rush Days, outdoor art walk reflect Old West charm

With so many Snowbirds routing themselves through the southwest, one popular town many discover is Wickenburg, Ariz. We've visited this Old West community twice and both times stopped to meander through the historic downtown and enjoy the life-size bronze sculptures that are threaded through the district. The sculptures are a series of six old western characters and 16 linking animal pieces by renowned realistic artist J. Seward Johnson. One of the pieces i
Stopped by Escapee Kofa Ko-op RV park in Yuma for laundry, shower and pool (swimming & billiards)

Stopped by Escapee Kofa Ko-op RV park in Yuma for laundry, shower and pool (swimming & billiards)

After several days dry camping at the  Hot Spring Long Term Visitor Area that sits on Bureau of Land Management desert land about 50 miles west of Yuma, we were in need of a good shower and laundry. We headed for Yuma, Ariz., and the Kofa Ko-op RV Retreat, an Escapees RV Club Members Only RV park. All visitors have full access to the clubhouse, pool, spa, laundry, shower and other facilities including two pretty decent pool tables. Visitors are encouraged to pa
BLM Hot Spring LTVA perfect snowbird boondocking stop near I-8 between Yuma and El Centro

BLM Hot Spring LTVA perfect snowbird boondocking stop near I-8 between Yuma and El Centro

This is our fourth visit to the Hot Spring Long Term Visitor Area that sits on Bureau of Land Management property between El Centro, Calif., and Yuma, Az. The natural hot spring here is much more humble than the resort spa we visited earlier this week in Desert Hot Springs ... it features only two small soaking pools that are within rumble distance of I-8 near Holtville, Calif. We are boondocking for a couple days with periodic soaks in the free hot spring. T
Balmorhea State Park, a desert oasis, perfect destination for RVers traveling west Texas
Texas' Balmorhea State Park is the perfect destination for those traveling by RV (or tent camping) between El Paso and anywhere east along I-10. This is our fifth stay at this unique public park that sits on the edge of the Davis Mountains (at an elevation of a littl
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RV snowbird heaven - Catalina State Park, Tucson
Snowbirds from across the country flock to Arizona each winter. One place many RVers check out is Catalina State Park. Just about everyone who goes there, raves about the park's unique location--just a few miles north of Tucson, yet with easy access to wilderness
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Wickenburg, Ariz. -- Gold Rush Days, outdoor art walk reflect Old West charm
With so many Snowbirds routing themselves through the southwest, one popular town many discover is Wickenburg, Ariz. We've visited this Old West community twice and both times stopped to meander through the historic downtown and enjoy the life-size bronze sculptures
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Stopped by Escapee Kofa Ko-op RV park in Yuma for laundry, shower and pool (swimming & billiards)
After several days dry camping at the  Hot Spring Long Term Visitor Area that sits on Bureau of Land Management desert land about 50 miles west of Yuma, we were in need of a good shower and laundry. We headed for Yuma, Ariz., and the Kofa Ko-op RV Retreat, an Escap
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BLM Hot Spring LTVA perfect snowbird boondocking stop near I-8 between Yuma and El Centro
This is our fourth visit to the Hot Spring Long Term Visitor Area that sits on Bureau of Land Management property between El Centro, Calif., and Yuma, Az. The natural hot spring here is much more humble than the resort spa we visited earlier this week in Desert Hot
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Stunning desert sculptures, all free for the looking--perfect RV Short Stop for Snowbirds
RV friends, Jane and Kevin Justis of Susanville, Calif., shared a photo of Jane (right) standing under a section of the 350-foot serpent created by artist/welder Ricardo Breceda. "We were very impressed with this piece of art," said Kevin.  "We have seen many of his
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Get in free to all national parks on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 19
Start your camping year off with a free visit to any of the National Parks across the United States. Everyone can get in free on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015,  in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. * Free admission does not include camping fees. One extremely po
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Desert Hot Springs Spa worth stop for soak, shower
Wait, wait, wait, before you say: "I can't afford that," let me tell you it is only $3 for day use on Tuesday. Admission to the Desert Hot Springs Spa the remainder of the week is $5 on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; and $7 Friday-Sunday. This is a perfect stop fo
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Visiting Escapee friends at Park of the Sierras near Yosemite in central California
Returning to Escapees Park of the Sierras is always a treat for us. It is only 26 miles south of the entrance to the amazing and popular Yosemite National Park and 34 miles north of Fresno on Hwy 41, (east of I-5/ Hwy 99). A major attraction of Park Sierra is its phy
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California cruising past Mt. Shasta, boondocking at Corps of Engineers campground on Black Butte Lake
We are slowly making our way down the center of Oregon and California along I-5 on this year's Snowbird trip to the Gulf Coast of Texas. We encountered a hazy Mt. Shasta within a short time of cresting the Siskiyou Summit. Our first evening out we dry camped at the C
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