Three blog readers have asked me how we are tolerating staying in Terry’s sister’s fifth wheel trailer in the middle of an Arizona summer, and wondering if it is even safe to do so, given the limited insulation and barely adequate air conditioners that most RVs have.
Down in the desert it would not be much fun at all. But we are in the other Arizona. A lot of people are not aware that the White Mountains in Arizona’s high country along the Mogollon Rim is a completely different world from the deserts that cover most of the state. While it can easily reach 120 degrees in the desert, here summertime temperatures usually run from 75 – 85 degrees in the daytime, and nights cool off very nicely.
The Rim country stretches east across the central part of the state and is home to the world’s largest Ponderosa pine forest, many beautiful lakes, and even a couple of excellent ski areas. The highest point in the state is 12,633 foot high Humphreys Peak, located eleven miles north of Flagstaff. The fishing is excellent, and wildlife ranges from tassel-eared Albert squirrels and wild turkeys to antelope, deer, elk, black bear, bighorn sheep, Mexican gray wolves, and mountain lion.
This was home to us for many years before we became fulltime RVers. I owned the weekly newspaper and Miss Terry ran a commercial glass shop before I kidnapped her and stuffed her into a motorhome to hit the road.
This is the country that inspired my Big Lake mystery novels, and I mention many local places in the series. In fact, in the first book in the series, Big Lake, I have a scene set at Hon-Dah Casino, which is located right across the road from Hon-Dah RV Park, where we are staying. And the casino gets mentioned in at least one other book in the series, Big Lake Burning.
Here is a picture of Dani’s trailer, our home while we are here, and below it is the meadow directly behind her RV site.
And here are a couple of pictures from around the RV park. Is it any wonder that both Dani and Terry’s parents have annual sites here and never take their fifth wheels back down to the desert?
My daughter Tiffany is doing great and was released from the hospital yesterday. She was worn out and went right home and to bed, so we didn’t bother her. We want her to get all the rest she can. But today we’ll go check up on her and spend some time together if she is up to it.
Thought For The Day – We all have that one friend you have to say “Be nice” to before you introduce them to somebody new. Quite often, I’m that friend.