Here we are in Prescott, Arizona. Nestled in “red rock” at over 5,000 ft. it’s
a beautiful little town with plenty of trails, sightseeing, kayaking and
shopping, not to mention Watson lake. It
still gets cold here at night. Today is
February 24th, and it will be 28 degrees tonight. I was cautioned to disconnect and drain my
water hose tonight so it doesn’t burst when it freezes, which it will. We’ll see a little snow before we leave next
week, with a better chance of that when we get up to Jerome to see the Gold
King copper mine and ghost town, and the sliding jail. Jerome was founded in 1916.
Prescott was great! Our
favorite trail went from the campground down to Watson Lake through the granite
dells. We walked it at least four times
with the dogs. Nighttime temps went as
low as 23 degrees, with daytime highs in the low 60’s. The “black sky” nights were amazing. More stars and planets were visible than you
would believe existed! At one point I
spotted an alternating light blue light moving left to right. On closer examination, it was one of the WI-FI
repeaters in the campground!
Our local side trips included Jerome, Cottonwood, and Sedona.
We found a new Airstream in Tucson. The Classic was heavy over the road, and was having new problems on every outing. As luck would have it, LazyDays had a 2019 International Serenity that was perfect! Here are some photos.
It has been a journey to remember; Starting with parking and a good meal at the Elks in Perry, FL, we went on to Baton Rouge, Fort Stockton TX, Shertz, TX, Las Cruces NM, then into our first destination, Benson AZ, a suburb of Tucson.
We stayed in Benson for five days, visiting with family. A funny thing happened while there as well. As we were crossing Texas on I-10, we encountered high headwinds and rain for two days. At the end of the second day, I noticed that the bedroom window on the curb side of the trailer was missing (not broken . . . missing). This led me to LazyDays RV in Tucson, where I hoped to find a replacement window. As things turned out, we traded Airstreams instead! We traded the 30 foot 2013 Classic Limited for a 27 (28) foot 2019 International Serenity! I lost two feet and over three thousand pounds!!
We are now in Phoenix with the new trailer, and will head for Prescott AZ on the 24th for a week in the mountains.
Following an unfortunate disagreement with our GPS in the last truck, we ended up on an unmarked dead-end road in rural Virginla. 450 feet in, we came to a cattle gate, and there was no place to turn around (the trailer was attached) After backing out blind and assessing the damage, a decision was made to get a new truck with more technology and more cameras, sensore, etc. Meet our 2020 GMC Denali HD, with the Duramax next generation diesel and a 10-speed Allison transmission. Data is constantly collected from the trailer while connected, and two cameras are being installed on the trailer that also connect directly to the truck. Now I feel better about the next “wrong” turn!
While the Airstream has been idle, it’s been time for for a few improvements and fixes.
First, the shower. During the trip including the Alyeska Caravan in 2016, the residential shower door installed in our Classic Limited dropped badly out of adjustment. Since the hinge and associated hardware is part of the frame, we put up with lifting the door to swing it open or closed. Well, Airstream has released a repair kit for this condition, and we got one. It will be in place for this trip.
Television has always been a hit or miss option at most campgrounds. We now have a DishTV bundle for the Airstream, which will be set out on a tripod whenever we camp. It’s a pay as you go system, so you only pay for what you use.
More and more campgrounds are prohibiting open or “camp” fires, so we got a Solo Ranger stainless steel fire pit with a spark arrester and vented stand. It takes all the risk out of having a nice wood fire, and there are a hundred uses for the ash you produce when you’re done with it.
I rigged up a “foam cannon” which will coat the entire trailer in a cleansing foam, to be rinsed off 3 or 4 minutes later, leaving what I hope will be a spotless finish! Stay posted. Photos if it works.
All of that will be followed by a thorough cleaning, and then we’re on the road of February 8th.
In September of last year while trying to find a friend’s house in Virginia, we ended up dead-ended on a one-lane road with nowhere to turn the rig around. Doing the only thing we could, we BACKED OUT 450 feet in a blinding thunderstorm with no cameras on the trailer. This involved getting out of the truck constantly and walking to the rear of the trailer to sight the way back. Eventually we did make it out of that tight spot, but both sides of the trailer were badly scuffed by tree branches, two compartment doors disappeared (found them the next day), and we lost all of the rear support for the awning!
The truck got traded for a new one with plenty of cameras in it, including two for the trailer. The awning struts have been replaced and installed, and careful hand polishing has erased most of the scuffing. All that remains now is the occasional nightmare!
February will begin our next trip out to Tucson for the Gem Show, Prescott, Jerome, Sedona and Phoenix. One the way home we’ll wander around New Mexico for a while, then stop in New Orleans and Biloxi, both of which we have consistently missed in the past. This promises to be an exciting trip, and we may even get to see a little snow for a change.
Havana Florida sits 12 north of Tallahassee on US-27. It was a town known in its hayday for growing Shade Tobacco. Havana was founded in 1908 with a population of 432. When a fire devastated most of the town in 1918, the people rebuilt. They also bid farewell to their two-wheeled fire cart and bought a modern fire engine. That worked, and the town is flourishing today. Here are some photos, both historical and from our 2019 Airstream gathering in Havana.
Although this blog was begun in 2012, technical issues corrupted the database beyond recovery so we’re starting again. This space is being held to contain any commentary and photos that can be recovered from the old site.
That being said, it’s June 2019, and here we go!