Steve's Adventures... from Hope to Yuma
beyond Hope, AZ on Sunday we took the 'long cut' to Yuma,
via Gila Bend. We took the back road from Salome to I-10
thinking we would just stay on that road, cross over the
freeway and do the scenic thing. That lasted about two rig
lengths past the on ramp to the freeway. We turned around at
a wide place in the dirt road and headed back for
civilization. At Buckeye we departed the freeway again and
headed south on SR 85.About 2.5 miles along the way there
was a detour.
There had been a big
wreck on 85 and we had to go west again and then south on a
secondary road which turned out to be wonderful. We passed
by a lot of agricultural fields and saw desert section
covered with orange colored blossoms and then others covered
with purple. Beautiful. I'm not sure exactly what I expected
of Gila Bend but whatever it was it didn't measure up to
I love the
desert so the long straight road to Yuma was a nice trip. We
saw lots of plants and flowers in bloom and a bit of
agriculture and some organpipe cactus. It looked gray and
stormy to the west and we got some sprinkles on our
windshield from time to time.
We ended up
in an impossible-to-get-out-of space at the Southwest RV
Park in Yuma, AZ because we had planned to boondock at the
SKP park ther but it was full due to an annual membership
meeting. The folks there suggested Southwest. It had been
raining there so it was muddy at the entrance. I walked in
the office and saw no one there, stood a minute and went on
into the rec room saying "Helloooo... anybody here?" when
Steve tapped my shoulder and said "She's there... behind the
counter." She was. There. She was also, probably, 87, pretty
much hard of hearing and almost blind. She was bent over on
a stool with her head almost under the counter... apparently
trying to read something in the files. I said 'hello' again
and again and finally she sloooowly sat up and said "oh...
what can I do for you?"
Finally we got everything taken care of and
were on our way to space 140. It looked just the same as all
the others on the little map but when we got there it has a
huge palm tree along the road in the center of our space.
The space on the otherside belonged to some apparent
homesteaders who had put up the only fence around a lot in
the entire park. It also came to the edge of the road and
was on the edge of our lot as well. After much time trying
to back it in Steve asked the lady behind us if she would
mind moving her car... and I went around the block and
pulled into the space from behind. It rained all night...
and was half decent Monday until the afternoon when it
rained... again all night and off and on all day Tuesday. By
this time we were SURE there was no way out the front of our
space. The road was narrow and lined with bushes and a speed
limit sign blocked one direction and a big old ugly cactus
blocked the other direction. We tried to forget about it.
We drove to
the border about 30 miles southwest of Yuma to see what we
could see. We didn't cross the border into Algodones...
everyone said it was a mess from all the rain. But we did
see the small towns and all the farmland around. It is
fantastic what is grown down there. They do a new crop about
once a month in each field it grows so fast. Cotton is one
of their really big crops... all over southwestern Arizona
for that matter. And huge fields of lettuce... all kinds...
and (much to Steve's dismay) broccoli. There are also citrus
orchards and they were harvesting a lot of lemons.
Everything was so muddy I don't know how they could go on
harvesting the field crops.
we had breakfast with friends, Buddy and Gayle Lee. We had
thought about leaving after our visit but it was about 2:00
in the afternoon when we said goodby and it was raining
pretty hard. We paid for another night and again
contemplated our situation. We tried to calculate every
which way that might help us get out of there. But we went
to bed sure that we couldn't.
arrived. We were actually a day ahead of what we had planned
so if it was going to pour down and rain all day and we
couldn't get out we would just sit there and wait. The sky
cleared a bit so we got everything ready inside. I told
Steve I was going to go down to the office and do the email
before we left and as I started to head that way the couple
next to those behind us started their truck motor!!!! They
had hitched up and were leaving!!! Wooo Hooo! I skipped down
to the office and Steve unhooked the hook-ups and hooked up
the truck. That was all we needed. The folks behind us had
gone off in their car so we had their driveway and the whole
next space to back through!!! WE MADE IT!!! California here