Since moving into the RV full-time, we’ve received a mix of opinions from loved ones and friends. Everything from “You’re living the dream” to “You’re not serious”. One comment we received recently from a dear friend was, “What do you do when you want to go on vacation? Move back to town?” Al and I chuckled because we both knew Rog was being a smart a*s, but it did get us to thinking.
Since we decided to park our rears at the RV Resort in Phoenix for three months, I wondered what happens if I get bored like I did while living in a sticks and bricks home? The RV Resort is just that; like living in a subdivision, like any other community except everyone’s homes are all mobile in some form or another. So its pretty much like living in a sticks and bricks neighborhood. 😕
It appears I bore easily since it only took thirty days parked in this location and I was ready to move on. Actually, I was ready to move on before we were fully set up….but that’s another story. Due to commitments and financial reasons, moving on wasn’t an option BUT a short vacation was. It also helps to be prompted by a friend.
Somehow I doubt when Nancy emailed me that they were all settled in to their winter camp host position in Lake Havasu that 5 days later we would pull in and become their neighbor. We met Don and Nancy last year while camped at Cave Creek Regional Park located in Phoenix’ north end of town and we’ve stayed in touch ever since.
Don and Nancy went full-time about a month before we did and this is their first workamping position. We were eager to check out this State Park along Lake Havasu in western Arizona as well as meet up with this lovely couple.
We’d heard about Cattail Cove State Park from fellow blogger Mona Liza. We also met the Lowe’s last year at Cave Creek Regional Park just after their 2 week stay at Cattail Cove. For our visit, I was quick to use Mona Liza’s blog as a reference for some great sight-seeing and hiking ideas in the area.
Upon arriving at Cattail Cove State Park, we were warmly greeted by our friends and quick to get to the business of catching up. Eating, drinking, campfires, and conversations had our stay flying by. As a matter of fact, when we arrived on Sunday the original plan was to leave on Wednesday. We extended our stay to Friday. Even that proved to be not long enough. Our stay ended way to quickly as do most vacations and Friday morning we begrudgingly packed up and returned to the “Resort” in Phoenix…sigh.
There is so much to see and do in the Lake Havasu area as well as plenty of unique, out of the way spots to just chill and watch the clouds move, or in this case…. watch the waves roll in!
On our first day at Cattail Cove State Park, Don and Nancy introduced us to Whyte’s Retreat Trail. This 2-3 mile hike starts at the campground and meanders on a bluff along the lakeshore before turning inland and returning to camp.
Trail maps are available at the ranger station. We were fortunate to have our own personal hiking guides…..thanks Don and Nancy 🙂 The hike took us about an hour and a half which allowed for plenty of stops to chat and admire the views.
Al and I did the hike again the next morning and completed it in about 50 minutes. I’m sure the gale force winds that second day were instrumental in keeping us moving at a steady pace. This was the perfect trail to get us warmed up for the next days hike; aptly named “Crack in the Mountain Trail” …..