I left Snyder Hill and headed for Cottonwood for Christmas, tagging along with Joel. We stopped at the Lone Butte Casino in Chandler for the night. I was there last year and it was quite a surprise to see the parking lot pretty vacant of RVs. As Casinos goes, it a pretty nice one, but my favorite is still Casino del Sol in Tucson.
We arrived at the Verde Valley Thousand Trails Campground early enough to get settled and get some chores done. Cottonwood is a thriving little town close to Sedona, Jerome and several State Parks. I had never been to the area so Joel was eager to show me Sedona and the surrounding areas. I didn't realize how much hiking and scenery there was in the area. I think you could spend several weeks and not see it all.
Joel and I have decided to head for Northern California to spend New Years with some of my high school friends and then to Pacific Grove where I grew up and where Joel lived and worked for several years, and also to see my mother. This time I won't be tagging along though. I have decided to put my "little house on wheels" in storage while visiting California and travel in Joel's big house on wheels while in California. The San Francisco Bay area and the Monterey Peninsula are not very RV friendly and it's difficult to find RV parking. Yikes, it a big step for me, but life is too short and Joel and I are having a great time traveling together.
Time at Cottonwood was way too short but I'll be returning at some point because my little house is in storage at the Thousand Trails park. The weather has been really cooperative. After talking with my sons in Virginia, Tennessee, Northern California, and New Mexico, I realize how lucky I've been. They are all experiencing cold, cold, snowy blizzard times.