Tuesday (10/4) rolled around and our wheels started rolling again as well. We lifted our jacks, jumped on I-40 West until we reached Holbrook Arizona where we hopped on HWY 77 south until we reached Show Low Arizona and eventually our destination at Venture In RV Resort at the edge of town. A nice 148 mile travel day with no wind and no rain!!
After getting settled in we jumped in the truck and did our normal exploratory drive of the area. I must admit that I didn’t expect Show Low to have so much. I guess because the population is so much less than the population of Gallup NM and Gallup had so little to offer. I was so disappointed in Gallup that my expectations were lowered I suppose LOL.
According to a legend, the city’s unusual name resulted from a marathon poker game between Corydon E. Cooley and Marion Clark. The two men were equal partners in a 100,000-acre ranch however, the partners determined that there was not enough room for both of them in their settlement and agreed to settle the issue over a game of poker (with the winner taking the ranch and the loser leaving).
After the game seemed to have no winner in sight, Clark said, “If you can show low, you win.” In response, Cooley turned up the deuce of clubs (the lowest possible card) and replied, “Show low it is.
So in tribute to the legend Show Low ended up being the name of the town and main-street is named “Deuce of Clubs” in remembrance. Pretty cool way of a town getting its name I thought.
Show Low is at an elevation of 6,345 feet and in the summer highs average approximately 85 ° with an occasional day above 90 ° they say. And when the sun sets in the summertime temperatures drop sometimes upwards of 30 degrees making lows typically ranging between 50 °F and 60 °F. Still a little warm for me during the days but about right for Diane. However records show Show Low has only reached 100 ° twice, once on May 31, 1969, and again on July 14, 2003 so it at least doesn’t get crazy hot making it a spot to keep in mind for summer months for us.
During our stay the temps remained in the low 70’s during the day and mid 40’s at night, PERFECT!!!
The population is just under 11,000 people so size wise it fits AND it seems larger because the town of Pinetop Lakeside is just 12 miles away and the boundaries sort of mold together like in so many places.
For being such a small population there are all the major players shopping wise, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, Safeway, Bed Bath and Beyond and others but you get the idea. Plus all the major car dealerships, a bunch of nice places to eat, a couple very nice golf courses along with gated communities with upper end homes (so it does not seem to be a depressed area at all), a hobby shop, a casino and on and on. And the places we mention are nice newer buildings so the place really has impressed us for the size.
There doesn’t seem to be a lot attraction wise in the area so I can’t imagine tourism being a big thing but I would think it’s location in comparison to the Valley towns like Phoenix (and surrounding communities), Tucson and the likes would make it a popular place to escape the heat during the summer and maybe a place to play in the snow during the winter with the average snowfall being just above 20 inches a year which isn’t really that much (but is too damn much for me LOL!!). But for Arizona people I guess it may be a lot.
The RV park we stayed in closes down November 1st and had already pretty much emptied out by the time we showed up so I imagine the town overall has experienced the same thing making it nice for us while touring around, no real traffic, no waiting to get a seat in a restaurant, no lines at the grocery store, no one to share the gym with in the mornings and such.
Because we were only in town 5 nights we stayed pretty busy each day. We took a drive out of town about every way possible between 30 and 60 miles to check out the surrounding area. We drove west on HWY 260 35 miles to Heber-Overgaard, we came into town on HWY 77 but we drove back out that way to check out another RV resort that we had heard about called Juniper Ridge RV Resort, we drove HWY 60 south probably 45 miles which provided some pretty scenery and we drove southeast on HWY 260 and 273 60 miles through Pinetop-Lakeside to Big Lake which was our favorite drive by far.
There are actually a number of lakes out beyond Pinetop-Lakeside direction to explore but we only stopped at Horseshoe Cienega Lake and Campground, Sunrise Lake, Crescent Lake and Big Lake.
Other than the driving tours I used the gym every morning, we went to dinner one night at Licano’s Mexican restaurant (nice atmosphere but just ok food), we hiked a very short trail one day and we went to the Casino for just a short while. Only a short while for a couple reasons, #1 it was just too darn smoke filled and #2 we lost money so fast it made our head swim, well my head because Diane was the smart one and didn’t gamble LOL!! And I was finally able to wash the coach, it has been a mess since driving over Wolf Creek Pass back when we left Creed and headed to Ignacio.
Now THIS REALLY kills me, I finally JUST got the coach all washed up and looking pretty good and the forecast is for rain on Saturday, our travel day!!! What the heck did I do to deserve another wet travel day!! Maybe I need to say 3 Hail Mary’s. Oh well, we plan to have the coach washed and waxed when we reach Casa Grande in a couple weeks so we will deal with whatever.
I would say that we would stop in Show Low again if passing through but after 5 days it’s time to make another move. This next move will drop us from the nice cool temps we have grown accustom to at higher elevations down to the 1900ft range where the temps are sure to be 20 to 25 degrees warmer. (Warning: I will be wining in the next update I’m sure LOL!!).
Tomorrows travel day will either be 172 or 136 miles depending on the route I choose. The shorter route is mostly single lane and I guess has some pretty good grades and hairpin turns and the longer is a more-mellow drive and has a bunch of 4 lane roads. I think I will let the weather decide. If it’s not raining we take the short route and if it’s nasty we take the mellow route. That’s better than flipping a coin.