Sunday, January 13, 2013

Thawing out at Catalina State Park, Oro Valley, AZ



Our senior kitty disapproves of moving vehicles, but can't always tell when she's in one.













So nice I had to show you twice. 4X4 - oh yeah.

She ran through our campsite and past the small, fluffy dogs tied up next door.

We laughed at him. I hope that was the right thing to do.




Inviting a rodent for dinner.




This is a very pretty little park. It gets points off for tepid showers with cold air whipping in under the door. Points added for daytime coyotes (not applicable to small, fluffy dog-owners).

There seem to be no day-use capabilities, unless you're renting a pavilion. Camping only. That seems a shame, because there are several very easy-but-beautiful trails to enjoy here if you wanted to stop in for a hike.

I'll risk being Captain Obvious by reminding you that running off your onboard fresh water is a better bet than running a hose in very cold temperatures. Also, take a few pages from the Vandwelling book to stay warm in your RV. Reflectix, or even windshield sunscreens, go a long way to keep heat in. A Mr. Heater running while you're awake provides a comforting and cozy hot spot.

We can't extend our stay here, but we'll sweep off in a huff to another facility with electricity until Arizona decides to act like a lady. We hear she'll be done with finishing school by Wednesday.






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24 comments:

Elaine said...

darling old kitty..sure hope things warm up for you soon!!!! Not fair is it....

TexCyn said...

What's up with cats? Give them a cozy tunnel bed & they lay on top of the darn thing instead. All mine do that too.

I laughed too.

Yikes on the poor fluffy dogs! The owners need to know NOT to do that! :-(

Az, warm up already.

TexCyn said...

PS, should that not be Cat-a-lena state park? I'm sure one is leaning on you now. Admit it.

Luci & Loree said...

Glad to see you guys are staying warm....came in from the cold :)

The Good Luck Duck said...

Cyn, you called that one! And, what IS the deal with those tunnels? I'm all the time fluffing them back up, to no avail.

Elaine, I'm throwing myself around the desert in a snit.

Sherry said...

I've been trying to send you about ten degrees of the 84s that are hanging around me. Doesn't sound like it's working. It's January already, not June, cool down I say. Warm up you say. Hmmmm climate chaos????

The Good Luck Duck said...

Sherry, check with the Disney driver and get back to me. 84° of Florida mug is plenty hot.

Gaelyn said...

I hope that's a heated kitty pillow. Move over.
I've seen rigs like that for rent in South Africa. Wish I could afford it.
Seems like your fluffy dog neighbors were lucky, or the coyote wasn't hungry.
By Wednesday I'll be an icecube.

Brenda A. said...

We visited Catalina State park for day use to hike. So do lots of other people. And then that is where we had our maiden voyage with our RV. Under VERY different conditions though. As in July. YIKES! We determined that our AC and refrigerator worked quite nicely. :)

Hoping for you that you can get back to your regularly scheduled desert winter ASAP.

Allison said...

Have you found a place for the next two days? I am so sick of this WEATHER! I want my snow bird rebate.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Thanks, Loree! The heat feels good!

Gaelyn, you don't want to fight that one. She'd rather bite you than look at you, and she's got a few good fangs left. Turn up the heat!

It's weird that I keep seeing "No Day Use." I wonder what they're talking about that's no day use. It's always good to check out these capabilities before setting out. I wonder if our AC works...

Melissa West said...

I love your pictures, very inspiring! I think you are very brave to bring your kitty with your. I think we will leave our kitty with a family member. He just doesn't like excitement or travel.

My dog will love it though!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Allison, we're hoping to get a spot in the fairgrounds. Arizona, this will NOT look good in my review!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Thank you, Melissa! We tried to leave our cats with family members, friends, total strangers. No luck, so they came with us. They all had little freakouts when we started, but they're very chill now. Even Granny.

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Sure hope it warms up before I arrive in Q!

You take the best saguaro pics!

heyduke50 said...

doesn't mother nature know that us RV'ers just don't like cold, plain and simply! I think she is just bored and messing with us... except for those in Florida

The Odd Essay said...

My first impulse is to make some crude jokes about those cacti needing a certain drug... but I won't go there....

Lisa said...

Thanks for the preview pics, we'll be there end of Feb for a few days. I can't wait to start exploring again...had enough of visiting the old home-town!

intrepid-decrepit-traveler said...

I'm with you on the cold temps... brrrrr!!!! It's so cold in New Mexico, that we're going to Texas! If you don't hear from me in a week or so, try to find me! Texas is so big that once you get IN, you can't get OUT.

Aside from freezing or broiling, don't you just love the desert?

The Good Luck Duck said...

It's true, Nickie, I really do love it. Starting Wednesday. I'm laughing sardonically; we delayed New Mexico because it gets cold there in the winter. Good luck getting out of Texas!

Lisa, did that perfect weather start to wear you down? Best get out here into the real world with your parkas.

Sharon, were you concerned, like we were, for his vascular health? I thought so.

Seriously, HD. If we'd wanted weather like this, we RVers would have all stayed north of the Mason-Dixon in our houses.

Haha! Thanks, Cyndi. I hear it's cold AND windy in Q - when do you arrive?

Laurie and George said...

For some reason I don't remember the 'no day use' signs. I do remember riding bikes down the road and there was a day use area there with some great trails.

Desert Diva said...

I've tent camped in the park you're staying in several times - it's quite lovely and I was serenaded by the sounds of coyotes. Once it was rather cold and I was sleeping on a cot (duh, the air moves UNDERNEATH) but survived by sleeping with my (at the time) very furry chow-chow.

I totally agree with you about the showers - I should make a documentary on "showers I have known" and list that one as "meh."

I was going to travel to the "Q," but cold in an RV vs. toasty warm in my comfortable bed with my down comforter seems to be winning. Besides, when I drained my fresh water tank the spigot broke off. I have another and it's an easy fix, but the "spirit hasn't moved me" as of yet...

I "do" have a Wave 6 heater that a friend sold me for $20.00 that work perfect - although I would never run it at night when I'm sleeping.

Stay warm...

Maria Brown said...

Our January thaw is winding down, it was in the 60s yesterday - I had students this morning complaining that it didn't snow until they left, and then it all melted by the time they came back. Ya just can't trust the weather anymore!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Now we know where New York's cold weather goes during January thaw. Those must be freshmen, Maria, if they think they missed the snow altogether.

Cheryl, I think there's an audience for that show. A docudramedy. What is more disappointing than a crappy shower?

We're skipping Q this year. Someday it would be fun to catch the RTR, but I really think we ODed on the place our first year out.

To not help further, I can't remember where I saw the signs, Laurie.

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