This belated Havasu post comes to you from just north of Phoenix, on the shore of Lake Pleasant, where it's less than "pleasant." Temps soar into the 80's under skies that aren't cloudy all day. Yes. It's tying or breaking records here and the extended forecast shows no relief in sight. "Might as well go home," Bobbie mutters, a trail of sweat trickling from her brow. "Goldie doesn't do 80's very well neither do I."
The heat is on. We decide it's time to pull a U-turn, head north to higher elevations and sixty-somethings...before I end up a solo Rv'er.
Somehow I survived growing up in and around the Valley of the Sun...playing in the desert when it was over a hundred degrees. I drew the line around 105, at which time I either went to our trailer park's pool or stayed inside to watch The Little Rascals and/or The Three Stooges on tv. I remember times in July and August when the pool-water was to warm to offer relief.
It's hard to believe how hot it gets in January these days. Recall temps pushing 90 ushered us out of Borrego Springs a couple years ago in January. What the hell do people do all summer in such places?
Havasu has a nice State Park with Rv sites spaced far apart. It's always booked solid, tho, so it's for people who plan ahead and make reservations. We prefer to ride with Sara N. Dippity, who never locks into anything, especially temps over 80. We stayed in the "Overflow" section; basically a paved parking lot but near the water.
It pushed our "Max" borderline in Havasu so, except for a couple desert hikes, we mostly spent time walking along the lakeshore where it was a couple degrees cooler.
Here are a few shots of our stay there...
We test-paddled these pedal-kayaks and almost "pulled the trigger." Such fun, but over 5K for two. One of the problems we couldn't get over was hauling them around on top of our Subaru, as they were quite long and cumbersome.
Rv's jammed nuts-to-butts and elbow-to-elbow across the water from the State Park.
Look at these spacious sites...right on the beach, too.
That's the news. Time to head north and higher up.
mark, bobbie, and "Sara"