FROM MOUNT SAN JACINTO, CALIFORNIA TO OASIS STATE PARK NEW MEXICO

We departed Mount San Jacinto early morning with light rain, spotting a beautiful rainbow on our way down the mountain toward Yuma, Arizona.  Spent the night in Yuma where the wind was strong and dusty, creating a thin layer of dust throughout the RV.  I wanted to drive through the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, outside of Phoenix, so off we went stopping at the Wild Horses Casino in Chandler to spend the night were we enjoyed an exceptional steak dinner at Shula’s steakhouse.  The Apache Trail through the Superstition Mountains is 40 miles long beginning at Apache Junction and ending at Roosevelt Dam.  The Apache Trail was a stagecoach trial and named after the Apache Indians who originally used this trail to move through the mountains.  The road, no, the trail winds steeply through rugged desert mountains with two lakes, Canyon Lake and Apache Lake.  The pavement ended after 18 miles leaving the rest of the trail mostly one lane dirt road, rough as an old wash board, and with hair pin turns.  It took us 4 hours from start to finish.  The scenery was remarkable but not sure it was worth the long and tedious drive.  We found a lovely park about two hours away called Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area near Show Low, AZ.  The drive on HYW. 60 to reach the lake was even more scenic than the Apache Trail and it was paved, the highway passed through a beautiful mountain range with deep gorges.  We spent a wonderful day at Fool Hollow, located in the mountains with tall pines, cool temperatures, fresh air and good hiking trails.  We are now beginning our return route homebound and took off for Albuquerque where we spent the night at the Route 66 Casino RV park, which was one of the nicest private RV parks we have stayed and would recommend it to anyone passing through this area.  Today, New Mexico has issued high West winds alert, 25 to 35 winds with gust as high as 70 miles an hour.  The drive west from Albuquerque heading to Texas has been windy and after about 250 miles we stopped at the Oasis State Park where the wind is alarmingly high.  The RV is rocking, the wind whistling around the windows, the air vents rattling, with a dust storm blowing outside and is forecasted to last until around 1 am tomorrow morning.  It should be an interesting night.

Casino Camping

We are into day 4 of our travels.  The rain has altered our original itinerary making state parks to muddy.  The first day instead of stopping at Brazos Bend State Park outside of Houston we drove through to Kinder, Louisiana to the Coushatta casino as they have a very nice RV and dog park.  There was a free shuttle to the casino so Lonnie had fun playing craps and I enjoyed the buffets (no cooking required).  Our next stop was to see my brother John and his daughter Leslie in Baton Rouge, LA.  One year ago there was a massive flood in Baton Rouge and his home had received six feet of water and had to be totally gutted and redone.  His home has been beautifully restored thanks to the tireless effort of Leslie. John is grateful that from tragedy has come good.  We had a wonderful visit and delicious fresh seafood dinners that can only be found in Louisiana.  Thanks for the hospitality John and Leslie.

Off towards Arkansas but first a stop in Marksville to check out the Paragon Casino and RV park  — still raining – we had planned to go on to Piney point near Texarkana but heavy rain is forecast over a wide area between here and there so we will stay here today with hopes the weather clears and we can resume on travels.  Good news is we have some winnings in our pockets, good restaurants, something to do while it is raining and no muddy campsite.  So all is good.