Camping near water always makes me happy; add in fabulous sunsets, fun company, and an easy twenty-five minute commute to our son’s home and I do believe we’ve stumbled upon the perfect place to call home….. for a while anyway.
We discovered Lake Pleasant three years ago and have camped in several different areas around the lake focusing on boondocking aka dry camping.
This year we opted for something a little different.
There is a fee to access Lake Pleasant since it’s part of the Maricopa County Regional Park system.
There are several campgrounds as well as lots of boondocking possibilities…….all for a fee….not free.
On the eastside of the lake is Pleasant Harbor. Pleasant Harbor has a RV Park complete with full hook-ups, swimming pool, and other amenities. Pleasant Harbor is NOT part of the Maricopa County Park system and is privately owned. In addition to the full hook-up sites they offer “temporary sites” with electric and water. They also offer plenty of land for boondocking.
The temporary sites all back-up to a large square parcel of green grass with a community picnic table. This is where Al and I find ourselves parked. We don’t mind forgoing the sewer hook-up for a view. In this lifestyle there’s always trade offs and it’s important to determine ones priorities.
In addition to all the RV parking is a large marina. The marina is complete with docks, a restaurant, and boat rentals. We enjoyed lunch and drinks at the marina more than once and checked out the various watercraft available for rent. From paddle boards, to kayaks, to wave runners, and boats, they seem to have it all.
We’ll keep those boats in mind for next season when I have my energy back. I’ve always wanted to try paddle boarding. Looks like a heck of a workout.
It isn’t long before Al and I get settled into our new home and are invited to join our neighbors – fellow RVer’s at the community picnic table for happy hour. Most evenings found us hanging out at this picnic table enjoying snacks, drinks, fun company, and watching fabulous sunsets.
And then there’s the blogosphere…. it would’ve been rude of me not to invite my fellow RV bloggers in the area to join us for happy hour and a sunset.
We met Linda and Mike from Bear Tracks blog before and were quick to meet up again when we realized we were both camped at Lake Pleasant.
We introduced Linda and Mike to our side of the lake and they liked it so much that they came over to boondock for a couple of nights. Personally, I think they had way too much fun hanging with our group that they didn’t want the party to end 😉
Then there’s Susan and Bob of Travel Bug Susan. I used Susan’s blog as a reference tool when we were in Texas this past winter.
Although they are full-time RVer’s, they spend the majority of their time in San Antonio. Schedules and weather didn’t allow for a meet up in Texas but Arizona worked perfectly.
How about non-bloggers Karen and Curt…..talk about a small world!
We ran into Karen and Curt last winter while camped at Cave Creek Regional Park. Here’s a quick excerpt from last years post when I wrote about running into them……..
It’s time to take Bear for a walk. It’s Christmas Eve 2012 at Cave Creek Regional Park and it’s a gorgeous, sunny, and warm day. As I walk around the campground, I enjoy looking at the various license plates. I come across a rig with Colorado plates. I wave to the woman outside. She waves back and says, “Isn’t this a beautiful day?” and starts walking towards Bear and me.
I ask, “I see you’re from Colorado, what part?” I expect a response like, “Denver area” and was shocked when she said, “Pueblo West”. Pueblo West is located two-hours south of Denver and has a population less than twenty thousand. What are the chances of camping in a small Regional Park in Phoenix, Arizona, and running into someone from the same small town we live in?
I tell her where we live and ask what street she lives on. She proceeds to tell me and offers details of where the street is located. I look at her quizzically and remove my sunglasses as I ask, “Is your name Karen?” Startled she responds, “Yes. Do I know you?” “I’m Ingrid…. Al and I built your home”. “Curt, Curt…..come out here”, she yells.
Al and I owned and operated a business in home building for fifteen years. We built a home for Karen and Curt in 2001. So it had been awhile since we’d last seen each other. We spent that evening hanging out and catching up over cocktails.
What are the chances we’d run into these folks again? Well, two weeks ago Karen and Curt pulled in across from us. They don’t follow any blogs and thus had no idea that we were here. Some meet ups are just meant to be, and now I’m working on turning Karen into a blogger.
We’ve had a great time getting to know our neighbors around our square of green grass; Ron and Linda from Wisconsin have the white Super C and black trailer next to us.
Ron is into cars, thus the big, black trailer. He travels with a rebuilt hot rod that he just won a major award for at one of many car shows in the valley. Their Escalade travels in the lower half of the trailer with the hot rod riding above….2 cars, 1 trailer-how cool.
Diane and Bruce from Iowa are in the black motorhome on the left (photo above). Diane and I share a passion for cranes and had fun discussing the Sandhill Crane migration in Nebraska. Next time we return to Illinois for a family visit, I may have to schedule that trip around the Sandhill Crane migration.
I know we’ll stay in touch with these folks and perhaps even rendezvous back here at Lake Pleasant next season. However, we’d love to meet up with Diane and Bruce at Custer State Park in South Dakota for the Buffalo round-up held in September. They try to go every year. We’ll see if we can make that work.
As with all RVer’s, there’s a time to stay and a time to move on with the promise of meeting up again somewhere down the road.
The morning of moving day provided the perfect excuse for good-byes over donuts and coffee. We bid farewell to Diane and Bruce as they head south to Tucson and Karen and Curt as they head north to Cottonwood. Until we meet again!
Yes, I’d say we’ve found the perfect place to call home……until the desert starts heating up and pushes us in a northerly direction.
Well, maybe not so perfect after all. There is a downside to staying at Lake Pleasant and we’ve endured our fair share of less than pleasant moments.
I’ve shared the good, next up I’ll share the not so good.
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