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Needles, CA, to Parker, AZ

The Needles Ward had their Primary program this week.  What a great bunch of kids!  I couldn’t believe how loud they sang out.  It was a great program.  We continued south on, I-40, into Arizona.  This is rugged country!
Hwy 40
Interstate 40 Scenery

 We turned south, onto Hwy 95 (AZ).  There is a Hwy 95 in CA, also, to go down the lake on the California side but we wanted to be in AZ.  Lake Havasu is a really long, deep, lake.  It is downstream of Lake Meade.  There is a Lake Havasu State Park, just south of Lake Havasu City.  That wasn’t our first choice because it doesn’t have electric hookups.  But we’ll use it as a fall-back if the others are full.  We don’t know quite what to expect the week before Thanksgiving.

We stopped to look at Cattail Cove State Park, on the south end of Lake Havasu.  It was a little crowded, and we couldn’t get a spot on the water, but there were some sites available if we needed to come back here.  They were running a special: stay 5 nights and get the 6th and 7th nights for free.  The Host was also offering a pot luck Thanksgiving dinner – hahaha.  We decided to get a look at River Island State Park before we decided.
River Island State Park, Parker, AZ
River Island State Park, Parker, AZ

We went a little further south on Hwy 95 and around the south end of the lake but the Hwy doesn’t cross the Parker Dam.  River Island State Park is another pretty campground with hookups and hot showers.  This one is not crowded at all and we found a spot overlooking the river for $23/night.

River Island SP - near Parker, AZ
River Island SP - near Parker, AZ

 Don is looking forward to NOT driving for a couple days.  I can see why the snowbirds flock here!  Although, I am very confused about what time zone we are in.  All the maps I look at say we are in the Mountain Time Zone.  But our phones must be picking up the signal from the other side of the river, which is California.  Maybe we don’t care exactly what time it is. 🙂

Vineyards, Windyards and Needles

When we left Santa Rosa we wanted to avoid the Bay Area.  We went south on Hwy 101, somehow got to Hwy 12 and then to I-5.  This route took us through Napa Valley.  We could smell the grapes and the rolling hills of vineyards in fall color were beautiful.
Fall Vineyards
Fall Vineyards

This is an unusual, but effective, way to fly a flag!

American Flag
American Flag on Tree

We had originally planned on travelling down Hwy 99 but I-5 was moving along nicely so we stayed put.  This is farm country!  Orchards, vineyards, dairy and even wind.

Wind Farms
Wind Farms

We even found huge cotton fields in the farmland of California.

Cotton Bales
Cotton Bales

We did finally get bored with I-5 and crossed over to Hwy 99.  We spent the night in Tulare.  We’d found Sun & Fun RV Park in our Escapees directory.  It said they give a discount to members, which they did, but the price had changed since the directory was printed.  We did laundry there and they had nice, hot, showers in a warm building.  I’m a little slow but I’m beginning to figure out that the parks that give discounts aren’t getting enough business.  This one smelled like a dairy farm and was noisy with the Hwy and train tracks close by.  I think the last train blew his whistle around 11pm.

Needles, CA
Needles, CA

It was raining when we got up this morning and it continued most of the morning.  We took Hwy 58 to Barstow then got onto I-40 out to Needles.  We’re staying in Needles tonight.  This is a pretty area just north of Lake Havasu on the California side.  We found a pretty, fancy, RV park called the Palms River Resort.  $30 for FHU’s and all the amenities.  They are right on the river.  They sell park model homes here and they employ workampers.

Palms River Resort
Palms River Resort

The sky cleared, revealing a bright, full moon.  It’s in the mid-60’s and the low is expected to be in the 40’s.  It’s the first time we haven’t had the heater on since we left Idaho, I think!