Goldfield Ghost Town, Arizona

Gold Field Western TownIf you are visiting Phoenix, Arizona, be sure to take a few hours to visit historic Goldfield Ghost Town at 4650 N. Mammoth Mine Road in Goldfield, Arizona.  Walk up and down Main street where you will see saloons, a  boarding house, a general store, the smithy, a mine  and many other wonderful buildings from days gone by.  If you want some special entertainment, be sure to go on Saturday and Sunday when the town erupts with gunfights from noon to 4 P.M.  You can also hop on the narrow gauge railway,  ride horseback, attend church or dine in the local saloon or snack bars.  You can also explore the underground guided mine tour and arrange for other tours into the Superstitions, home of the fabled Lost Dutchman mine.  Goldfield Ghost Town is located 4.5 miles north-east of Apache Junction on the historic Apache Trail.

Free National Park Entrance Days

Several times a year, our U.S. national parks provide “free entrance days” allowing the public to enjoy visiting the national parks without an admission charge. You can find the information about free entrance days at their website: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm. The next free entrance day is on Veteran’s Day so be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to visit your favorite national park.

Pismo Beach for RV Lovers

As the summer begins to wind down, a fun place to go is Pismo Beach, California. Located off Highway 1 in central California, this gorgeous little beach town offers many RV parks to choose from for a fun, beach vacation. The area has dog friendly beaches and cool ocean breezes. Known as the clam capital of California, there is golfing, fishing, hiking, biking, and water sports of all kinds. Take a walk on the 1200 foot Pismo Beach pier for an excellent sunset or for “people watching.”  This is definitely one area that is fun for RVers and their 4-legged canine friends to spend a few days or even a few weeks.

Black Barts Steakhouse in Flagstaff, AZ

Black Bart’s Steakhouse, Saloon and Musical Review is a fun place to go while traveling in the Flagstaff, Arizona area.  Named for the wily bandit, Black Bart who made his living ripping off stage coach drivers in the area between 1875 and 1883, the restaurant boasts a lively fare of burgers and sandwiches, steaks, seafood and roasted chicken to name just a few items.  The restaurant opens at 5 PM daily and guests staying in the RV park located just off of Butler Avenue and I-40, can receive a 10% discount on the meal service. The RV park has 174 spaces with full hook ups and many pull-through campsites. Black Bart’s also has a small general store with not only bread and milk but also antiques for the antique collector, laundry and a few RV supplies in the general store. Cost is modest and except for when the Cardinals are in town, usually fairly easy to get a reservation for a stay here. The spaces are generous, set in the cool pines of Flagstaff but the park could stand some renovation and updating. Overall, the RV park is a good value for the money per night and worth a few nights stay to enjoy the peaceful pines, cool weather and  local singing in the nightly  Musical Review.

Keeping RV Water Fresh

A couple of months ago, we visited an RV park that had a high level of sulfur in the water which was being pumped from a ground water well.  Needless to say, the smell was bad news and taking a shower would have required a nose pinching for sure.  Having plenty of fresh water from home already in our storage tanks, we quickly disconnected and went back to stored water for the remainder of the evening we spent in this camp ground.  We naively thought that we had escaped any bad effects since we had only been on fresh water for a short time. Much to our surprise, a month or so later when we again took out our RV, when we got to our camp site, we again smelled that same foul odor.  Fortunately, we were able to make a quick trip to a nearby RV store for some water treatment tablets. This quickly solved the problem and made the water smell good again. It seems the water must have had a bacteria that entered our water supply and there multiplied while in storage. As a result of this stinky lesson, we now make sure that we keep water treatment tabs in the coach whenever we travel.  Lesson learned…

Castle Hot Springs – Oasis in the Arizona Desert

If you don’t mind some bumpy, dirt roads and have a 4-wheel vehicle, consider taking a trip past Castle Hot Springs.

Located north of Phoenix off of I-17, this old resort was once the playground of the rich and famous. Today, the property is privately owned and there are no tours but you can drive past this beautiful spot.