Wednesday, July 22, 2009
A month or so ago, husband and his son made plans for us to meet at Jacob Lake, Arizona and camp out together. The idea was to have a long weekend, kick back and visit. The kids have purchased a pop up camp trailer and are pretty anxious to use it as much as possible. Which is good for them and the granddaughters. Although there were a few problems, it was basically a good weekend and we all had lots of fun.
We left a day early. Even though we could have made the trip in one day, we are retired you know and it is nice to just ramble along down the road taking it easy. Which we did. We left late enough in the morning to miss the commute traffic in the Salt Lake and Utah valleys. Hate that commute traffic. We spent the night at RV Corral in Kanab, Utah. A nice park with nice size sites and full hook ups. They also had wireless internet, so I was able to get on line and do some email. The next morning, it was a leisurely 35 mile drive to Jacob Lake up on the Kaibab.
Some of the sights we saw while on the road, I did manage to get some pictures of. You can click on the link, My Pictures to the right and see them. But I will tell you something about some of them. First off, I saw a sheep camp heading down the road. I thought that a certain uncle of mine would love to see a picture of that one. I did try to get a picture of the side, but for some reason, probably I was too slow taking the picture, I didn't get it. Oh well. Another sight that brought a chuckle to me, even though I didn't get any pictures of them, was in Kane County, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. In the small communities, money is really tight, so they make do. One way is to take patrol vehicles, put a dummy in them and park them just pass the speed limit signs. This is to fake out the tourists going through town and make them slow down. Saw several in like Mt. Carmel Junction, Mt. Carmel, Kanab and one other, can't remember the name. Then saw one just outside of the rv park in Kanab and on the road in Fredonia. I am sure the locals know all about them. In like 4 days, none were moved or changed spots.But I did notice that vehicles were slowing down when they came to them.
Now to the rv park we stayed at in Jacob Lake. It is called Kaibab RV Camper Village. On one of my Yahoo RV groups, I asked if anyone had stayed there and what their impressions were. The main one that came out, was that the park had problems with the electricity staying on. And it was possible that the park would run out of water, especially at night. There is no water on the Kaibab, so it has to be haul in. So with these facts in hand, we went into the park. First off, we did arrive like 11am. Most parks the check out time ranges from 11am to 1pm. Upon entering the office, I found the clerk on the phone and having trouble handling that. As we weren't in a big hurry, it was no problem. The clerk was handling a reservation over the phone. The more she talked, the more I realized, she is the type that has trouble chewing gum or walking, or talking. And definitely not three at one time!!!!! She did good to muddle through one item at a time. The son had paid for both sites for one night to reserve the sites. I told the clerk to separate the two, apply one charge to me and charge me for two nights. I thought that I was pretty clear. But it took her a good 15 minutes talking to herself to finally come to that conclusion. Then she says that Karl would direct us to the site and direct us in backing up. I explained that we preferred to do our own backing. We have a system and it works for us. She said fine, but it was company policy. I say, I don't care about company policy. Well, the guy comes into the office and I explained about our backing up. He said that was fine with him. So off we went to the site. First off, notice that it is still occupied. No problem. Well, Karl says we can either take the empty site right next to our site or park in another part of the park until the site was cleared. Well, I look at the site he says we can have. Well, there is a large tree in the middle of the site and just about 8 feet away is a large boulder. Our MH is a 102 inch wide unit. No way, we are gonna get into a site that is maybe 8 feet wide. So we opted for parking some place else. The unit in our site finally left and we moved over to the site. Several hours later, the son and family show up. And Karl is leading them. Now the son is a novice when it comes to backing a trailer. Well, Karl, had him completely screwed up within 5 minutes. And then he raises his hand and starts to spin it. I told Marshal to help his son get into the site and told Karl that Marshal would talk the son into the site and he could get out of the sun. In less time then what it took Karl to get Earl messed up, Marshal had them into their site.
The electricity only went out three times. And I made a trip to the office each time. And came away with the feeling that they really didn't care. Each time they were blaming other campers in the park, and I got asked if I had turned all our electrical on at one time. Basically it was shoddy workmanship. They had too many units on a breaker switch, which needs to be changed out. As this problem has been ongoing for several years, I don't see it changing anytime soon.
While there, we made a trip down to Lee's Ferry so that Marshal, Earl and the girls could go fishing. Well, it was so darn hot there, 109 in the shade, they only stayed about 30 minutes. We stopped at Marble Canyon Lodge and I took a serious look around. Used to stay in the area quite a bit many years ago. Some changes, but I could still name off the different buildings.
Another day, we went down the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Took the road to Cape Royal. A road that I have always wanted to take. It was well worth the trip. Then it was to the lodge at the rim and other than lots of people, it was still nice. We did manage to see the true male tourist. Had to take a picture. He had black shoes, black socks and shorts on. So typical!!! LOL
On Sunday, we loaded up and headed home. The kids headed south to Gilbert where they live and we headed north. The trip home was pretty quiet. Nothing to speak of. We spent the night in Nephi, Utah at High Country RV Park. And then on home the next day.