I have been without good internet for a while and am behind on posting! Will try to get caught up, today and tomorrow, before we move to another wilderness spot without service.
We left Moab, making notes that we must return with bicycles in tow next time. There is so much to do, and the bike trails and off road biking looked awesome! We had debated bringing our bikes, but had opted not to add a bike rack to the camper. Big mistake! We would have used them just about everywhere we have traveled. But, there is always next time.
We left Moab and headed west again, staying in the St George’s area in what may well be the worst commercial campground ever. Then we drove to the Lake Havasu State Park in Arizona. We had a beautiful waterfront site with lots of privacy and space for Woolly Bear. It cost $30 but had electricity and we enjoyed watching the boat traffic as dusk approached.
The next morning found us up and on the road by 6:30 am. We headed to Joshua Tree NP and Cottonwood Campground on the southern side of the park, off of Rt 10. This campground is first come, first serve and we thought we wanted a spot.
We arrived at the park before noon and were pleased that the campground was not full, but even though we drove through the campground several times looking for a suitable site, none were found. We need to level our 24 ft van so that the refrigeration works and none of the vacant sites were both big enough and level enough for us! So, we moved on to plan B, then plan C. We ended up at a commercial campground after spending the day at Joshua Tree. The cacti are simply beautiful and the rock formations are neat, but I would advise people to leave their RVs at home and bring a tent when camping in Joshua Tree. We would have been more than fine with our backpacking tent or even our car camping tent. In addition to the camp ground issue, all the trails in that part of the park were closed due to wind/flood damage.