Some time ago when we were orchestrating the details of this segment of the trip with Ken and Brenda I checked on campgrounds in the area. Thankfully I did that because it was late January and already the sites were quite full. Although we don't normally book that far ahead there are times when you just know better. This was one of them.
So we reserved at White Tank Mountain State Park on the west side of Waddell.
Besides shopping, which I seem to be running a marathon in on this trip, we spent a lot of time just relaxing and visiting the Cameron's. The home they used is owned by a good friend of Lindsay's. I fell in love with the place. Four bedrooms, large living room and kitchen dining room open to the house and an outdoor patio and pool.
Our other new adventure was attending some games in baseball's Cactus League. This was a new experience for me and I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it. But we did spend years at ball diamonds with the girls, although that was softball. I think it was as much fun to see how excited Blake was to be there as anything. I love people watching as well so this was a good opportunity. It might be spring training to us but let me tell you there are some die hard baseball folks there. Like Blake or my brother in law Ken! One day we all attended a game. The weather was ideal - warm and breezy.
The next day the guys went and the girls shopped. Emerson thought we should eat at Chick Fil A and so we did. I'll tell you if I'm going to eat that sort of fried deliciousness that is the place to go. Yummy food. The Cameron's were on their way home on Thursday and we extended out stay to make a day trip to Mexico. As you know I consider Los Algodones my dental plan, but this trip I was also hoping to get a back up pair of prescription sunglasses. When we are boating in the summer I'm always worried about my Maui Jim ones getting lost or damaged. I didn't end up having my teeth cleaned as my facial neuralgia was troubling me and a dental visit typically makes it worse, but I did find an affordable pair of sunglasses. Brenda did well too, scoring two pairs of progressives for a great price. Besides a stop for a cool one and lunch, our Mexican day adventure was complete.
We made plans to visit Pat and Walter for dinner, meeting at the Quechua Casino. We had a great catch up and then it was time to trek back to our campers. Our last day was spent relaxing, and getting ready for the next part of the great Smith road trip.
Oh but did I mention we needed tires on the fifth wheel? We knew this was in the future and there is one tire that always have issues before the new axles (Yup you read that right, new axles last year). So that was another task to fill our time. Finding a Costco with 4 tires. It wasn't possible so we bought one at one store and three at the other where they were installed. The installation we took care of on our way to Tucson, the next planned stop. See you there.