Monument Valley/Sedona/Scottsdale and the trials and tribulations of traveling in an RV in winter.

The Cactus of Arizona

What will this day be like….I wonder?  Ross and I have a few quotes from movies that we reference, and this one comes from the Sound of Music when Julie Andrews is leaving the monastery and is going to the VonTrap Residence.  Well this phrase seems especially apropos for this segment of our blog.

On the last blog we left off excited to see the sunrise at Monument Valley.  Anyone who has RV’d knows that part of the RV experience is being able to roll with the punches.  I like to think of it as a little bit of a Buddhist practice of living in the moment and being open to all the experience has to offer.  It is also a lesson in letting go of control of situations that you can not control.  So that being said….we awoke to 3 inches of snow and no view at all of Monument Valley.  We were okay with that because the snow on the rocks surrounding our camping spot were beautiful and we felt fortunate that we drove in the day before and had the views we had. 

The bigger issue that morning was that we also woke up to no heat.  Our furnace stopped working around 5 am and we had no idea why, and our fear was that our pipes would freeze up.  Fortunately, we turned on our oven for awhile to heat up the interior and then got on the phone with Brian (our new best friend) at Airstream in Scottsdale Arizona.  He trouble shot over the phone with us and low and behold after unscrewing a few things and resetting some buttons we had heat again.  I can’t even tell you how happy we were, and when we got to Scottsdale Brian got a visit and chocolate from us!

Life is a learning experience, that might be our motto for this trip.  The other realization that we had on this trip is that it is not feasible to boondock (go off the grid) in a cold climate.  The first night at the Alpaca farm our heat also turned off because our batteries had drained in the cold and because the heat cycling on and off so often killed the batteries.  So unfortunately that means we are going to have to buy a generator in order to boondock during this trip if we are in cold weather.

Next stop was Sedona to visit a real estate client of mine in her new second home.  We loved seeing her, and Buddy thought he had died and gone to heaven, since she has two dogs and dog toys all over her house. It was wonderful to see her and Sedona is a beautiful location however, the temperatures had been lower than we had hoped for and that last two days wetter than anticipated.  So with that, we changed our plans and instead of staying in Sedona for a few days we headed further south to Scottsdale.

Buddy getting spoiled in Sedona

Our main purpose for traveling to Scottsdale was to visit with my brother and his wife who were there for a quick vacation.  Our camping spot was for sure one of the least beautiful we have ever stayed because we were at the Westworld Event Center.  We were basically set up in a parking lot with RV hookups (meaning electricity and water), because the location was close to my brother and very centrally located. There was a horse show going on as well, so we enjoyed watching the horses and an event or two. Once again we felt like the smallest trailer around.

After getting set up we headed out for a hike in the close by mountain trails.  Cactus were everywhere and it was so interesting hiking through them instead of hiking through the trees of Colorado.    

Over the next few days we did several more hikes, a bike ride and were able to visit Taliesin West.  Taliesin West was Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home as well as an architecture school and is now a Unesco World Heritage Site.  Having studied about it in Architecture school I was thrilled to see it in person.  He was truly a genius in working with local materials, using great lines and transitioning spaces from small to large as well as from interior to exterior.

On our final morning in Scottsdale (or so we thought) we packed up to go and we thought “What will this day be like we wondered? “  As we started to drive out of town Ross’ truck’s engine light came on so we drove over to the RAM dealership and low and behold the fuel injectors on the truck had failed.  Ah, the powers to be were sending us another test. It was Dec 30th and it now appeared that we were going to be staying in Scottsdale for awhile longer.  We are hoping that by January 3rd we will be back on the road again.

In the meantime we are making the most of our time here.  We have had several great hikes, played some golf and been able to spend more time with my brother and his wife. 

It is New Year’s Day and we both looked at each other and have said, What will this day be like? And What will this Year be Like…I wonder?  Here is to hoping that 2020 is a great year filled with lots of good health, happiness, great travel adventures and some art as well.  Happy New Year to you all!

One Comment on “Monument Valley/Sedona/Scottsdale and the trials and tribulations of traveling in an RV in winter.

  1. Loving the way you both coping with the ups and downs. The photos are inspiring of the awesome landscapes and other significant features. Looking forward to further editions.


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