After saying our goodbyes to Howard and Linda, we headed towards The Arizonian RV Park in Phoenix. After meeting with the cardiologist, Lee was cleared to work for the whole week and as part of his deal was given a hotel room. That was definitely good for him, because he works 10-12 hour days when he does live events, but that left me with trying to figure out how to fill my time. I really could have stayed anywhere and briefly considered Quartzsite or boondocking somewhere else to keep down the costs. Ultimately I rejected those ideas, not because of not having services, but because I wasn’t crazy about being by myself in a boondocking setting. Lots of solo’s do it, but I wasn’t comfortable. Next I considered trying the Escapees Park, and might have gone that route, but I really wanted to be closer to the Phoenix area. So I reached out to some friends to see who was still in the area and Sue reached out.
Guy and Sue are part of the original group of us who started in 2014 and several years ago we spent a couple of weeks with them in the Outer Banks. Unfortunately our schedules hadn’t aligned and we hadn’t seen each other in three years. I definitely knew I wanted to see them since we would be close by, but was delighted when she said their were spots opening up in their RV Park. The Arizonian is an incredibly popular RV Resort because of its close proximity to some great RV trails. Although it is totally booked in January and February folks were starting to pull out in late March and thankfully I was able to get it spot.
When we pulled in on Friday afternoon, Sue and Guy were waiting and immediately took possession of Jack. It was nice not having to worry about him while we pulled in because it was a bit of an odd angle that Lee had to back into. Thankfully we fit in just fine and the sites (which are double the width of many similar parks) was very nice. We got setup and I took Jack down to the dog park to check it out. This park has a really nice one, not only for its size but also because there are two back to back. This gives you an option of which one to go in a nice feature when you have a small, skittish puppy like I do. Once we were all settled in, we went over to Sue and Guys and got a tour of their toy hauler which we hadn’t seen before. It was really nice and we admired their ATV. Then Sue made us a delicious (and healthy) Mexican chicken salad and Guy took Lee for a ride in his ATV. Lee had a blast on the ride and we really enjoyed catching up in person with both of them.
The next morning I got up and went to check out the park. At $310 a week (monthly rate is heavily discounted but we are only here 10 days), the park is not cheap, but it does have lots of nice amenities.
While I was walking around, Lee put together our new “to us” doggie fence. Cori gave it to us because Hobie didn’t need it anymore and we decided to give it a try and see if Jack liked it. One of the big benefits is we can leave the door open and Jack can come in and out at will.
It’s worked out really well this week, so much so that I ordered another section. When we are in Oregon, we both think it will be a nice way for him to be outside without needed to worry about him. It’s also very lightweight and collapses down into a relatively small space. Lee is storing it under the container in the back of the pickup truck.
After setting up, Lee focused on getting ready for his show and it was really tough for him to pack. When you carry everything you own with you, it is tough to separate things out. We spent some more time with Guy and Sue and they were kind enough to loan us their ATV for a ride Sunday evening. That was absolutely beautiful, and deserves its own post, but we both had a wonderful time. Then Sunday morning I dropped him off at the hotel and said goodbye for the week.
I did have an moment of near panic when I was dropping him off and didn’t want to let him out of my sight. Thankfully our good friend Brian was waiting for us and I gave him a big hug and told him he needed to take care of Lee. God love him, he seriously promised he would, although I probably sounded like an idiot. I haven’t felt that moment of panic in many years, and it was somewhat similar to dropping your child off for their first sleepover. The strength of the emotion once again caught me by surprise and I found myself crying on the way back to the RV. My emotions are definitely still all over the place and I absolutely need some time to process everything that has happened. In that respect this work trip and the separation is a blessing, although I am not sure how the week will go. The only other time I have been alone in the RV was back in 2016 and we will see how this compares. This time I will have Jack though which should be a comfort.
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