Casa Grande, AZ

Here I parked at the Casa Grande RV Resort.  It’s pretty typical of the Arizona resorts that cater to the snowbirds.  Casa Grande is located south of Phoenix.  When we came through this part of Arizona earlier in 2016, we stayed in Eloy (south of Casa Grande) and in Mesa, AZ, which is east of Phoenix.

This photo doesn’t quite capture the moment, but this is sunrise from the RV park.

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Next stop:  Quartzsite, AZ

Willcox, AZ

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Continuing my journey west, I stopped in Willcox, AZ.  While here I parked at the Magic Circle RV Park.  Earlier in 2016, we stopped over in Benson, AZ, which is about 30 miles west of Willcox.  From Benson we visited, Tombstone, Bisbee and Kartchner Caverns.

Chiricahua National Monument

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El Paso, TX

El Paso is in the extreme western edge of Texas and is right on the border with Mexico with Ciudad Juarez on the other side of the Rio Grande.  We have not previously stopped here so I took a drive on Scenic Drive which gives a nice view of downtown El Paso and Juarez beyond.

Next stop:  Wilcox, AZ

Fort Stockton, TX

My New Year’s Eve and New Year Day were spent at the Fort Stockton RV Park.  This was a two night rest stop for me on my continued movement west.

Fort Stockton RV Park

We were here earlier in 2016 on our eastbound trip.  The reason our RV is surrounded by empty spaces is that they use this section of the RV park for short term visitors.  Since it’s right off I-10, lots of people pull in for one night and then continue on their way.  I took this photo in the middle of the day.

Next stop:  El Paso, TX

San Antonio, TX

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We stopped off in San Antonio back in February of 2016 when we were eastbound.  We again stayed at Greenlake RV Resort during this visit.  Just before we left Houston we decided that Valerie needed to get back to California in order to help out her mother.  We booked a flight for her from San Antonio for December 29th.  I will continue westward in the motorhome but will step up the pace a bit.

Buc-ee's

No visit to Texas would be complete without a visit to one of the Buc-ee’s locations.  These are Texas sized “convenience” stores which have from 80 to 120 fueling stations along with huge restrooms and all of the items any traveler could want:  candy, beverages, nuts, popcorn, freshly made sandwiches, jerky, ice, etc.  When we were there the store was very crowded with a near constant stream of people entering.  Interestingly, they cater only to non-commercial travelers, no 18 wheelers allowed, only cars, pickups and RV’s.

Next stop:  Fort Stockton, TX