We are camped next to the Verdi River in the TTN Park not far from Cottonwood, AZ, and will be here for another week. The weather is warming and delightful. NOAA says there is a chance for some thunderstorm on Tuesday, then clearing with a high in the mid-80s. Delightful.
There are many birds here, mostly tanagers and doves and a crested black bird we have not identified. The tanagers are yellow and red and black. There is a female mulberry tree next to our slideout, and the birds are eating up the berries as fast as they ripen. A female summer tanager is having a fight with her reflection in our window -- and Alice is worried she might hurt herself. It does make for interesting activities.
For Mother's Day, the Verdi Vally TTN offered free blue-berry pancakes for all the mothers. Of course, I had to pay for my own breakfast, so it was not all free. But the pancakes were very good (I had my own stack), and the company at the Family Center was pleasant. In fact, breakfast was so filling we skipped lunch; did the wash instead.
Wolf has had his summer haircut, and is frisky with the freedom of less hair. Several of the other dogs in the neighborhood have had encounters with a resident skunk, and I hope to keep Wolf indoors most of the time.
I am making use of the solar oven. Today I worked on a blackbean soup, and it was pretty good, but I need to be more attentive to turning the oven to face the sun. I added some cumin and cilantro and lemon juice, then topped the beans with some sour cream -- Yum. Tomorrow we plan to do a solar sirloin steak stew -- we need a few more vegies, so that means a trip to town.
On Wednesday we will take the Verdi Valley Railroad 4-hour excursion from Clarkdale to Perkinsville and back. It is a train ride up the Verdi River canyon into an area we have never been.
I have not collected a feeling of other RVers about travels this summer. The people here at Verdi Valley are all accustomed to traveling, so the price of fuel is more of an inconvenience than anything else. Some are talking about not driving so far or so much, but it is still hard to tell if they are responding to higher prices.
I did find some $3.979 per gallon diesel before we left Mesa, and I filled the tank. I am not planning on doing lots of exploring for the time being. We will see how long this tank lasts.
the Prudent RVer