We decided (without checking weather.com) that we should go to Phoenix to visit Lew's brother and cousins. We biked the very nice Bizz Johnson trail and then took off down the road.
Along the way we stopped and looked over the height of the Joshua trees. Not very big.
We spent the night 15 miles from Death Valley in a private campground with a very observant, not-on-my-watch campground manager. The bathrooms were spotless (the showers each had their own lock) and he was up early and over to our campsite to get the bathroom key when we hooked up. No one is going to steal something while he is around! It was Amargosa Valley RV Park.
The next day it was HOT....so HOT that we just keep driving 'cause we didn't want to stop! We pulled into Fort McDowell County Park for a late dinner and early drinks. We were so glad to be with air conditioning and the wonderful desert views. That's a Cholla cactus. It’s a mean cactus that leaves little sticker burrs everywhere (Lew got one in his foot this trip). I can see it from the side window.
We spent an enjoyable afternoon with family and the five cats. I got quite a charge out of how Jesse still couldn't sit still for long but made sure everyone had drinks, helped his Grandma and was just quite the gentleman to his two girls. We talked a bit about life, schools and being self employed. Not nearly long enough to get to really know them, but what a joy to see them all. Remember that to enlarge the photos you just need to click on them.
Jesse and his youngest daughter.
Fred and Chris behind Ann and me.