From the Road & More

Top Photo: View of Tucson Mountain Park from the trail. Lots of good hikes can be found here.

"After two weeks out of this park, we decided to return for another week. We just love the Tucson area!"

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We've been on the road full-timing since February 1st and are now back in Arizona. This is the final update for our 2014 maps. Watch for a new 2015 map and new adventures!

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We Landed at Gilbert Ray Campground in Tucson Mountain Park just outside of Tucson, AZ, and right next to Saguaro National Park.

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Clockwise starting in the upper left corner: Twin Peaks Campground, Tuttle Creek Campground, Crown Villa RV Resort, Cape Blanco State Park Campground, Manzanita Lake Campground, Jojoba Hills SKP RV Resort, New Shady Rest Campground, Death Valley National Park.

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Wow, a 308-mile day – that’s big milage for us! But well worth it with a view like this from our campsite overlooking Ajo Mountain. Time to chill.

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Joshua Tree National Park encompasses two deserts: Coloradan the South & Mojave in the north part of the park. Lots of Joshua Trees growing in the Mojave Desert. very scenic!

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Top Photo: The patio at the park's art center. Looks nice and cozy.

Jojoba Hills is a wonderful SKP Co-op built and maintained by its members. Lots of activities and friendly folks can be found here!

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Found a unique RV park that overlooks the runway used for gliders. This 27 site park is very clean and quiet with very few guests—a great find.

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Top Photo: Nearby Yosemite National Park.

Park of the Sierras SKP Co-op. Member-owned RV park just outside Coarsegold, CA

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Short drive day – 99 miles. We thought we would go a tad further, but pulled in here and liked it. Gotta love the views!

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Spacious private campground (4 sites) run by the community's property owners association for folks visiting members of the community. Very nice.

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Found a Forest Service Campground that's still open. A lot shut down for the season in Sept/Oct. The campground is located on the Sacramento River just outside Red Bluff, CA.

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Besides the good wines we sampled in the tasting room, we enjoyed watching the sheep, geese, chickens wandering around the grounds.

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Landed once again at Allied Recreation Group in Coberg for warranty work. When we got to the "wet" side of Oregon, we discovered that we had a leak in the slide.

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Top Photo: The Sixies River meets the Pacific Ocean.

Landed in Cape Blanco State Park, the most western point on the Oregon coast. We paid for two nights, but imagine our stay may be a tad longer.

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Top Photo: Rainy day walk on the beach near the South Jetty.

"Second stop on the Oregon coast at South Jetty Thousand Trails near Florence. Lots to do & see in the area! Note the vintage RV a couple of sites over tucked in the trees."

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Stopover at Whalers Rest. Enjoying the Oregon coast as we work our way south.

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It's fun to have visitors from out of town. While we were in Bend, Diana's brother Al, Robt's son, and daughter Travis & Sarah came to town for a visit. Also, friends Mirela, Julia (not pictured), Ann and Craig.

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Top Photo: Diana playing on stage at the Les Schwab Amphitheater.

It looks like this will be home until at least September 11th, if not longer.

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⚠️ Update 2024 —
This area has changed since our original post in September 2014, particularly the section nearest Bend. Unfortunately, the homeless in old, dilapidated RVs now have illegal encampments in the China Hat Road area. Lots of trash, and possibly a more significant risk of crime. We don't recommend dispersed camping here, and beware of your surroundings when hiking. It's a shame how they are trashing an area that was once quite scenic.


Early Thursday afternoon on September 5, 2014, we decided to hop into the car and do a little auto touring to see what we could find. We planned to take China Hat Road, from Bend, into Deschutes National Forest's eastern side.

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