Patagonia Lake State Park and Harvest Hosts

Our winter road trip continued south to Patagonia Lake State Park. This beautiful park is located just north of the US/Mexican border near Nogales and is a haven for birders. We aren’t really into birds but we enjoyed our time there nevertheless. Steve enjoyed running on the trails each day while I rested my ailing foot. While the weather was unusually chilly, we still got out to enjoy the area a bit. Nearby Tumacácori National Historic Park reminded us of the long history of southern Arizona, punctuated by Spanish Colonial Jesuit missions.Not far from Patagonia Lake State Park is the wine growing region of Sonoita/Elgin. Of course, we checked out a few of the wineries while in the area. Our favorite was the funky, women-owned Arizona Hops and Vines, which pairs its wine with yummy snacks like BBQ chips, Cheetos, and Cocoa Puffs. How can you go wrong?After our time in southern Arizona we headed east towards Texas and our next destination, Big Bend National Park. However, RVing is not really about the destination as much as it’s about the journey. And what a journey we had!

We try to vary the kinds of places in which we camp. On this three day portion of our trip we stayed at a winery, a dairy, and an RV resort. First we stopped in Deming, NM and used our Harvest Host membership to park on the property of the D. H. Lescombes Winery and Tasting Room and enjoyed live music, wine specials, and dinner with others who were staying the night.

The next night we stopped in San Elizario, TX at the Licon Dairy, another Harvest Host property. We were the only campers there, but the dairy attracts a steady stream of locals who come to buy the legendary azadero cheese and to visit the farm animals. We bought some cheese and fed the animals, including the camel and many, many goats. Fun!Our journey was not without a small challenge that Steve met head on. Our kitchen faucet started leaking after our time in Patagonia and it soon became apparent that the cheap plastic faucet that came with the trailer needed to be replaced. So, on our way through El Paso, we set up shop in the parking lot of Home Depot and made the repair. Steve had to do some contortions to get to the pipes, but he got it done!Onward!

Exploring Southern Nevada

We’ve finally headed out for our first road trip with the new trailer and our goal is to find some relatively warm weather while trying out the features of the rig. Our itinerary includes stops at Lake Mead, Pahrump, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Temecula, and another stop in Las Vegas. We hope you’ll follow along.6B5D60B5-A239-4E00-BDE5-0CD820969A76

After picking up the trailer at cousin Mitch’s house in Cave Creek, we headed back to Prescott to have some adjustments made to the hitch at our local dealer. From there it was north to Lake Mead for our first night on the road. It was a long day of driving (over 400 miles) but a learning experience the whole way.

The Lake Mead RV Village at Boulder Beach is located inside of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and was our first exposure to an RV park.A24C246E-C033-4C0B-B39B-E0B7D48104FA

The RV park, while nothing fancy, provided a great location from which to explore the Lake Mead and Hoover Dam area. We had full hookups (water, electric, sewer, and cable) and were located directly across from the sparkling bathrooms. However, if we were to return, we’d spring for a lake view site to give us more room and unobstructed lake views.

Steve’s parents, Judy and Larry, joined us on one day to explore the area. We walked across the Memorial Bridge at Hoover Dam. Mia wasn’t supposed to go there, but we didn’t see the sign…really!49D8263F-B29E-458C-B4BA-0EF1213AD808Then, we drove along Lakeshore Road around the lake. The best stop was at the Redstone Trail where we all took the easy hike among incredible sandstone formations. Even Mia loved the hike!

The next day we broke out the bikes and hit the Historic Railroad Trail. This former railway was used to haul supplies and equipment from Boulder City to Hoover Dam during its construction. 12597840-2A08-4BE7-A164-E33BF8445EDBNow it’s a really cool trail perched above the lake that takes you through five tunnels carved through the rocks. It’s just east of the road we’ve driven to Las Vegas for many years and we never knew it was there. We were told to watch for bighorn sheep but had no luck.

Next we headed about 90 minutes west to Pahrump, Nevada. The highlight was this:

Right on the side of the road in Boulder City was a herd of nine bighorns. Super cool!

Honestly, there’s not much in Pahrump, but it’s the gateway to Death Valley National Park, and there are wineries, so we stopped. The Wine Ridge RV Resort was a great choice in Pahrump. Full hookups and resort amenities like pools, tennis courts, pickleball, a winery, and a dog park. Mia checked out her park but we weren’t here long enough to enjoy much more.

Judy and Larry drove the 90 minutes over from Las Vegas to join us for wine tasting. We didn’t take a lot of pictures but can say we recommend Sanders Family Winery.  Free tasting of 10 wines/cocktails and super nice staff made for a nice afternoon.D518C0BF-D877-4EF1-98A2-072433B0D917.jpeg

Pahrump is a good waypoint on the way to Death Valley National Park, our next stop.