October 2018 – Last Stop Before Our Winter Nesting Place

We reached Eagle View RV Resort in Fort McDowell AZ  from Tucson inside of two hours. we were booked for a week and intended having our coach washed and waxed by the mobile RV cleaning service recommended by Outside Our Bubble a good source of information we’ve used before.

This campground is on an Indian reservation made evident by the Indian name, the wild mustang horses and the casino across the street.

The campground is very clean, sites nicely spaced, and reasonably priced. Its also in a nice area of Phoenix, close to Scottsdale and mountains all around

 

One of our views

First night sunset and a praying cactus

Went to the Fort McDowell Casino just down the road for dinner and some gambling. The dinner was an Italian buffet for $18 each, and with the $15 in free play we received upon arrival, Steve won $38 and free dinner

 

Again, certainly not as glamorous as Las Vegas, in fact most of the free drinks carts going by were laden with coffee and tea.

Chris lost her $15’s very quickly and we moved on

Chris hoping to win on the slots

Bingo

Tiny house

I guess cotton is big in the West, not just the South

We went to another Farmers Market in Old Town Scottsdale

Every Market has live music and this one did also

BREAD!!!! We love good bread

Chris looking for deals

Steve laden down like a pack mule

One of our neighbors suggested we go see the Musical Instrument Museum It was an awesome place. The curators did an amazing job with each  exhibit and layout. They have rooms segregated by continent, then displays of instruments by each country with video of these instruments being played. We were armed with audio players that turned on as soon as you stood in front of a video screen

MIM Musical Instrument Museum

England- not well represented and the only disappointing exhibit, even the map was incorrect

Autographed harmonicas for The Blues exhibit

Alto Bass

Wall of guitars from all over the world

Orchestra display that lite up each section and explained them

A dance organ. This section had all self playing machines.

Specific artist exhibits

They also had a room

where you could actually play instruments. We spent five hours in this place and could’ve spent more, one of the best museums we’ve been to

We had the coach washed and waxed by A.N.S. Detailing It really needed it. Andrew the owner said it is one of the dirtiest he has seen in a long time 😦

Spa day for the coach. A good wash and wax

Visited  a local mall called Fashion Square where they had a Tesla showroom, so we went to check it out

Nice car. It had a navigation screen bigger then my MacBook

We headed to the Apache Trail which is the trail the Indians used to traverse the mountains before the roads

 

Bridge over Roosevelt Lake at the throat of the Roosevelt Dam

 

Salt River

Someone just floating and reading on the Salt River

Apache Lake

 

The drive was dusty and full of blind switch back curves, no guard rails, sheer drop offs and barely room for 1 car.

Dirt/gravel road, sheer cliff and no guard rails

 

Canyon Lake

We finally hit a town (sort of)

Tortilla Flat is a small unincorporated community in far eastern Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. It is located in the central part of the state, northeast of Apache Junction. It is the last surviving stagecoach stop along the Apache Trail.

We assume there were hangings here

Really enjoyed our stay in Phoenix, we visited the local Newmar dealer, (our coach brand)  NIRVC who we used for storage and service in Atlanta, to look at their inventory. Found a very nice 2016 Newmar Essex, top of the line, for $550K, but decided ours was much nicer.

 

 

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