Moving constantly is thrilling. It lets us experience new things and always keeps us on our toes. But how do we manage to adapt to our new surrounding? Is there a secret formula? Well… sort of.
Before we left Denver, we researched the area around our new RV park. We pinpointed the major stores we will use for day-to-day shopping. Grocery store, pharmacy, gym, propane reseller… etc. We looked at the aerial view/street view on Google Maps to insure the area was safe and we also read the reviews of our RV park on Yelp, Google, travel advisor & Campendium etc… So the take away from this is: Do your research. You can avoid the lemons 90% of the times if you do some research. It doesn’t take much time and may save you many headaches later.
Another part of the planning is driving there. Technically, you could just hitch it up and go and figure it out on your way but finding places to park overnight can make things interesting.
Our Transit from Denver to Phoenix.
We left Denver at 730am on Friday and got our trailer hitch adjusted. It made a world’s difference; the drive was smoother and there was less swaying. If you get a trailer, do get your hitch adjusted to your vehicle’s height!
We drove to Raton, New Mexico. It was about a 250miles drive to get there. We were hoping for some free camping at the National Wildlife Refuge in the area but we didn’t have the capabilities to drive on their dirt road. Our trailer has barely any clearance off the ground and any big bumps or pot holes would of made it scrapped the bottom… so that’s not good. We opted for the NRA Whittington Center, a few miles away. Full hookups and a great view of the mountains, if you don’t mind hearing guns going off all day. Pew Pew ‘Murica.
Second day of driving ended up being 440miles. We had planned to do an overnight at Walmart in Grants, NM but it was crazy busy so we jumped back on the highway and headed to Petrified Forest National Park. A well deserved sight after such a long day of driving. There isn’t any camping allowed in the park unless it’s backcountry camping. There was a gift shop on the southern end that had free camping. We found out about the free campsite from freecampsites.net . The reviews had warned of abandoned cars parked on front of the gift shop… when we got there we definitely saw them. I believe it’s to make the shops look busy. It was an odd sight to say the least. But hey! Free campsite! (It was a good, quiet spot too)
We made to Phoenix on the third day. Our current site is… tight. Thankfully, it is still summer here and the migration of snowbirds to the south has yet happened. We will definitely be moving to a larger park once it starts filling up. We don’t like feeling packed in a can of sardines.
That’s all folks! We’re here and I’m looking for a new graphic design contract for a few months but first, let’s go backpacking!!