Travel day to Painted Rock

First off I would like to ask if you have noticed any difference in the pictures or the way our blog loads. In the last two and this update I have been toying with resizing the pictures. It was mentioned to us that at times our pictures seem to large and created some difficulty in loading and we want to be reader friendly, plus I’m guessing if we downsize them we just might save on data usage and storage space on the blog. Your input would be appreciated.

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Friday morning (2/12/16) rolled around and we finished up our 2 day stay with full hookups in Gila Bend. Nothing much exciting happened and that’s ok because we hadn’t planned on anything other than cleaning, making a roast in the crockpot and enjoying full hookups for a couple days, mission accomplished!!!

By 10am (yes I said 10am not 9) we were ready to roll down the road to our next destination. So I pulled into the Shell station at the entrance of the RV Park and filled up the motorhome while Diane went inside to get some milk and we were off on a long 30 mile travel day, yup 30 miles LOL!!

We jumped on I-8 West and drove about 17 miles to exit 102 where we got off and drove Painted Rock Road until we reached our destination at the Painted Rock Petroglyph Site and campground.

The campground has 2 small loops with a total of I’m guessing 40 sites. It’s a primitive campground with no water, septic or electricity and the closest dump station and water is in Gila Bend 30 miles away. And the nearest real shopping is in Buckeye about 70 miles away so come prepared.

This is our nice little site at the edge of the campground. Someone had some extra time on there hands and did a little rock edging.

This is our nice little site at the edge of the campground. Someone had some extra time on there hands and did a little rock edging.

Some of the sites here are really really big and it’s a first come first serve system. Even if you don’t happen to get one of the jumbo sites most of them will accommodate about any sized rig and even though many of the sites are right next to the road it really doesn’t matter because there isn’t any traffic in the park. And for the price of $8 per night OR $4 per night if you have the Old Fart Pass!! SCORE!!!

One of the looped sites that's on the smaller side.

One of the looped sites that’s on the smaller side.

Once we picked a site and got the coach situated but before setting up we walked over to Bob & Karen’s (a couple Canadian friends we met last year while camping in Benson Arizona) to say hello. We chatted for a little while before we scurried back so we could get set up and windows open and awning out. It was going to be 85 degrees and we didn’t want it heating up inside by leaving it all shut up.

This site is in font of us. A nice loop with a very nice big yard area at the edge of the campground.

This site is in font of us. A nice loop with a very nice big yard area at the edge of the campground.

Once all set up we just kicked back. There was a very nice breeze the made it very comfortable in the shade. Now if only we traveled with a hammock, I could have had a very nice nap. Hmm, they do make fold up hammocks that just may be something to look into. Hey!!! Looking is ok.

About 4 we walked back over to Bob & Karen’s and visited a while longer with them and a couple of their Canadian friends who I’m sorry but I simply forgot their names right now. Then we all broke up and went our separate ways for dinner.

Another of the larger sites. That whole area is one site. It's just up the road from where we are. Also at the edge of the campground.

Another of the larger sites. That whole area is one site. It’s just up the road from where we are. Also at the edge of the campground.

While we were making dinner (well while Diane was making dinner) a guy stopped outside our coach on his 4 wheeler and started walking up to the door. I figured it was the camp host checking for our sticker showing that we paid but as I stepped outside the guy (who I later found out was Arnie) asked if we liked Tamale’s. Well ok, sure I said, we like Tamale’s to which he said, OK, there is a Mexican lady that comes through the park now and again selling Tamale’s and I though because you are new in the park I would stop and tip you off that she is making her rounds right now.

Two nice large sites.

Two nice large sites.

Well from past experience’s we have found that if you have a chance to buy authentic Tamale’s from a Mexican lady you should jump on the chance so we waved her down and bought the last dozed she had. She normally has beef or cheese and unfortunately she was out of beef so we got cheese.

In a not so fluent conversation I think we decided she was going to come back through Thursday and I THINK I made it clear that we would want a dozen beef Tamale’s so we will see how that turns out LOL!!

This is 3 sites in a row. A good spot for people traveling together. It's more in the middle of the campground but you can see still plenty private.

This is 3 sites in a row. A good spot for people traveling together. It’s more in the middle of the campground but you can see still plenty private.

Diane was making scalloped potatoes and warming up the pot roast we made in the crockpot the day before so testing the Tamale’s will have to wait until Saturday.

After dinner we went outside and watched a taped episode of Black List and then turned our chairs and eyes towards the night sky and star gazed in the very very quiet surroundings we will call home for, well an undetermined length of time.

And this is the birds campsite LOL!!!

And this is the birds campsite LOL!!!

Oh, one thing we should mention, generator hours are from 8am to 8pm and that’s a little more strict than a lot of places you might find yourself boon-docking so we thought it might be worth a mention.

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By the time we got around to posting this update we have toured some of the Petroglyphs and have had a few friends roll into the campground but updates will come later on all that. But good times are being had you can rest assured.

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12 Responses to Travel day to Painted Rock

  1. explorvistas says:

    The pictures came up a lot quicker than they used to, Dave. Looking good!

  2. Jim and Barb says:

    Looks like a quiet and peaceful location. You are much braver than I with the tamales! Enjoy……

  3. colibabas says:

    Looks like a great place to stay. I’ve added it to my list.

  4. Kay and Larry says:

    Resizing the pictures is great. Before I would get a green screen and have to wait for the pictures to buffer to bring up the site. So jealous, we have been full timing since June 2009 when our RV caught fire (Norcold refer) on October 21, 2015 and we are still waiting for repairs to be completed. We really have hitch itch! Hope to bump into you two one day down the road. Enjoy your blog, lots of fun and very informative.

    • Dave & Diane says:

      First off we are sorry to hear about the refer fire but are even more happy that you are around to talk about it, scary stuff. Hope it’s all fixed soon. Must be a long drawn out affair.
      And I’m happy to hear that the resizing is doing some good. It’s an extra step I wasn’t doing before but if it makes for easier reading it’s worth it. As well as it might be saving us some data usage I’m guessing.

  5. rvrrat520 says:

    Hey Dave & Diane. I tried to leave a comment a day or two ago, but my technological incompetence won out I guess. Jeanne & Charlie from two4trippin.com we just wanted to apologize for not reconnecting with you kids when we were still in Quartzsite. The folks at Discount Solar were great, our (8) 145V panel system works like a champ. In fact, I have yet to tilt the panels, my battery capacity usually reaches 100% between 2:00 & 5:00 PM. We only use the generator for the oven/microwave . Hopefully, our paths will cross yet again & we will have more time to discuss the lifestyle in person. Safe travels to you…cw

    • Dave & Diane says:

      No worries, know how time can slip away. I’m just happy we had a chance to meet you guys. I was reading your blog and saw that you were happy with the solar, that’s fantastic and it look like you had a great time at the Jeep Rally. And I have made a notes on boondocking sites!!
      Travel save

  6. Dale and Ruth Finkenbiner says:

    Hey Dave, Saw the sign for this campground as we traveled between Tucson and Yuma last week. Remembered that you had stayed there so had to go back and check the blog, it’s a place we’re considering for later in the winter, maybe when we need to be out of the craziness of Q.

    Do you recall how good / poor the cell and data signals, especially on Verizon, were in this campground?

    Thanks

    Ruth

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