Monday, April 20, 2015

On the Way to Rocky Point

We spend the night at J & L Repair and the next day they took care of the small repairs and installation of our freezer/refrigerator that is one of our bays in the RV. As it was late in the day when we left, we stopped over night at Spotlight Casino 29 in Indio. We have stayed here a number of times for an overnight stay but never went into the Casino itself. This time we decided to have dinner there. We ate at a restaurant called La Suerte, which has Mexician specialties as well as steak and seafood. I had lobster and shrimp enchiladas and Joe had the chili verde and we shared flan for dessert. Everything was excellent/
The next day we traveled to the Painted Rocks Petroglyphs Site. It is on BLM land and has hundreds of ancient petroglyphs there plus a campground within walking distance of them. It is about 12 miles from Gila Bend where we are set to meet up with Larry and Orene and another couple, Alan and Margorie. The campground is nice and is busy during the winter but there were only a few others in the park when we were there and the day we left we were the only ones there. The campground hosts had left as well.

We took a little walk over to the area where the petroglyphs are.There were also some information on the history of the area.

It was interesting to see that this area was on the Butterfield Trail as that also goes through the Temecula area, where one of the streets is named Butterfield Stage Coach Rd.

We had a nice couple of days here though pretty hot and we are looking forward to a little cooler weather at Rocky Point(puerto Penasco).
We headed to Gila Bend to a Burger King to meet up with our friends to caravan down into Mexico.
Larry and Orene hadn't met Alan and Marg before. They had read about the Rocky Point trip next year and had contacted Larry and Orene regarding this pretrip. They are a very nice  couple, originally from the UK who have lived in Denver for about 30 years or so as I recall. They have been to many of areas of Mexico but not in their RV. They thought it would be nice to be able to travel with other people their first time and so were happy to be able to tag along with us on this trip.
Interesting, once we got there they ended up signing up for a month. No fears of traveling after this easy trip.
After having lunch and getting to know each other we headed south to the border which was about 60 miles. We had an easy crossing with just being waved through with no questions or showing of passports.

It was about another 60 miles or so to Rocky Point with scenic views of the desert landscape. The route was pretty easy. Well, with one exception. Once we got into town we turned down the street that goes to Sandy Beach and the campground, The Reef RV Park. We had to go over some railroad tracks. Larry and Orene went first and though they though they were going slow enough, the tracks were very bad and their dishes fell out of their cupboards and most of them broke. Larry warned us and we tried to go slow but as the motorhome rocked and rolled over the tracks, our back cupboard that has the tv on it with storage behind it opened. Luckily everything that came out just fell on the bed so nothing broken. The hinge was bend but we were able to get the door closed. We definitely planned to seek a different route to leave by and for next year. They are doing a lot of road repairs all over the city but hope it will be done by next February. They are suppose to pave the dirt road into the Campground area by next year as well.
We made it and got set up in our lovely beach front sites. Should be a nice week. Stay tuned.

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