Life on the Open Road (April 2006 - May 2008)

The continuing saga of a single fulltime RVer who travels the western US. This is part one of my journey, from April 2006, when the blog started, to May 2008, when the blog continues at

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I have been a full-time RVer for 18 years, primarily "boondocking," camping free without hookups, in the Western US. I am connected electronically with the world via satellite TV, phone and internet. My batteries are charged solely by solar panels. I welcome your comments and emails.

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Noisiest Town So Far

After Sierra Vista, the WINs moved on to Willcox, AZ. We stayed at a wonderful Elks lodge with 28 hookups and additional dry camping. It was great until.....

The first train went through, right next to where we were parked. The trains blew their horns the ENTIRE way through town. And this is the same busy Southern Pacific line that goes by the VFW in Yuma! It was okay during the day, but it seemed like even more trains went through at night.

We stayed long enough to go to Chiricahua National Monument and go on the Echo Canyon loop trail.

The rocks are just fascinating, balanced precariously on each other. They began 27 million years ago with a volcanic eruption. Ash melted together, forming layers of rock called rhyolite. Weathering by ice and erosion by water washed away the weaker layers, leaving an endless variety of spires and balanced rocks.

The pictures don't really do it justice. The rocks are covered with a beautiful bright green lichen, that's hard to see in the distance shots.


Blogger Lew & Jan Johns said...

Dianna, I'm so glad you made it to Cheery-Cow. One of my favorite little spots....Yup, the old Espee Mainline through Wilcox has to carry a fair share of the Shiploads of Chinese Product which we Americans then fill our Walmart shopping carts with. :~)


3:29 PM  
Blogger Barbara and Ron said...

We arrived in Willcox today despite your warning. There are a lot of trains, but so far I'm okay with them. The hookups are handy with the cold nights.

7:34 PM  
Anonymous corrie said...

That lichen is very colorful, very pretty.

2:38 PM  

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