For the last month I’ve been struggling with a classic problem that most snowbirds face which is that different elevations and latitudes rarely change temperature at exactly the same time. For example, if we are in the Arizona desert in the Spring and its becoming uncomfortably hot in March, the high country is still snowed in and uncomfortably cold. That’s exactly what’s happened to me in the last month except on the reverse end of my annul migration; heading south for the winter.
We’ve been camped in Flagstaff for awhile and was becoming easy to see and feel that Fall was in the air! We’d already gone through one major storm that brought cold nights and a ton of rain and now the weather forecast was for another one to hit us soon and another cool-down to follow. That’s generally the way Arizona works in the fall, a massive storm will blow through and drop the temperatures, then they will stay down permanently with only a slight rise after they pass. Then, the next storm brings a permanent cool-off; that’s what I expected this time.
The deserts of southern Arizona were still much too hot for me because they were still in the high 90’s. Sedona would be our next stop because it’s at 4000 feet and therefore much warmer than Flagstaff, but still cooler than Quartzsite. Plus, many of our friends had already started gathering there so I was looking forward to socializing with them again. So the first day of the storm (October 16th) as it just barely starting to rain, we broke camp and drove the 60 miles to Sedona and found a nice camp just a 15 minute walk from the main group.
The storm lasted a long time and it was mixed rain and sunshine but it’s now it’s totally over and now we are in for a long stretch of perfect Arizona weather! On top of that we have a spectacular camp on a small knoll with an amazing view of the Red Rocks of Sedona. In my opinion this is one of the most beautiful places in the world because of the combination of the amazing Red Rock formations and several rivers that flow through it creating beautiful canyons full of trees and vegetation. To back that up, we’re camped on a 4-wheel-drive road and we get consistent traffic of Jeep and ATV tours going by with people from around the world that came here for its stunning beauty.
After my solo summer travels of spending 3 months alone almost the entire time it feels good to have so many good friends around. There were 10 of us in three different camps about 15 minutes walk from each other, but two succumbed to itchy feet and left a few days ago.
One of our group is a yoga teacher of a branch of yoga called Yin Yoga, but it isn’t the traditional yoga you’re thinking of, it’s different from any yoga I’ve seen before and I really like it! He’s been leading us in classes and I find it a lot more practical than any others I’ve tried. For quite awhile now I’be been concerned about how stiff I’ve been getting as I get older and I’ve tried to do more stretching in my own but I haven’t been at all consistent, I’m hoping I can make this a regular part of my life. I’ll do a post on it to give you an idea of what it is and how it works.
I’m posting this on October 25th and we will be leaving in the next week or so since our 14 days will be up–probably around November 1. I’m expecting to move to Quartzsite for part or all of November and then in December move to Ehrenberg until the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous on January 5-19. In the past I’ve noticed that the BLM Rangers around Quartzsite do almost no enforcement in November because there aren’t that many people in Quartzsite, then in December they become strict about the 14 day rule. In the middle of the month they get everybodies license plate and at the end of the month they make you leave. They do that because of the huge influx if RVers in January. I can’t risk that happening to me before the RTR, so I don’t camp there at all in December.
As always, my camp is open to you and you are welcome to drop by where ever I’m camped in the desert! However, giving me some notice first will make it better for both of us!