Happy Easter from Winslow, AZ

Yes, I DID drive by the guy “Standin’ On The Corner in Winslow, Arizona”.  He’s much smaller than I imagined. I did not stop to take a photo; I had already been gone too long and Roxie was waiting in the camper, hopefully not barking her head off!

I was on my way to the free camping at Crystal Forest Gift Shop near the entrance to Petrified Forest for the night, but I noticed the sign for McHood Lake Park so I decided to check it out. I’d been planning to go there but I saw a bad review that said it was “creepy”. I guess maybe during the week it might attract some creepy people?? But for Easter weekend, it had plenty of big rigs and nice campers. Plus it has flush toilets and running (non-potable) water, garbage cans, picnic tables and grills!  This is the site next to me…many of the sites are pull-throughs with paved drives and some are back-in sites with gravel drives. Not much shade, the trees are young.

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There’s a nice lake in sight, and a day use picnic area across the lake that also has good kayak access. And there were plenty of people kayaking too! It looks like the lake becomes a little river at one end, and I saw people paddling up that way.

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It is HOT here! My outside thermometer in the shade says it’s 84. My inside thermometer, unfortunately, also says it’s 84. I sure miss those towering Ponderosa Pines and the cool mountain air at Clints Well!  Yesterday I ran off to the grocery store before I did anything but put the roof & sides up, and it was really hot when I got home so I dug out the poles and my little canopy, put the sides & roof down and put up the canopy.  Sweating madly, I checked out my handiwork and nearly cried….the sun was still low in the sky and the canopy didn’t cast ANY shade! So today I got out the shade cloth and clamped it to the canopy. I tried my best to keep out the sun…..making the camp look like a hillbilly shack but I don’t care!

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After this I’m heading for El Malpais National Monument near Grants, NM. It’s supposed to have some interesting rock formations and lava tube caves and arches. It’s 5 or 6 degrees cooler there, thank goodness!

I have not been a happy Dog Mom lately. From making me get up at 5:45 in the morning to eating grass and then puking on my rug and socks, to being a picky eater….Roxie seems to be trying to drive me nuts. Why do dogs have to throw up on a rug instead of the bare floor??? Is that written somewhere??

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2 Responses to Happy Easter from Winslow, AZ

  1. Michael says:

    Hillbilly shack, dogs choosing rug over floor. Yes, dogs all know the dog manual and adhere to its instructions. Hillbilly shack, they should be so lucky. These are the times memories are made of. You know I’m sure, that for every 1000 feet you go up temps go down 5 degrees. Look forward to hearing about NM. Thank you

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    • janispaqu says:

      Yes I do know about the temp & elevation, and I hated to leave Clints Well at around 7500′ but I had to make my way towards Santa Fe, and this was a convenient stop.

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