Earl, Verna & Leslie

When we arrived at Buckeye Regional Park we were greeted by Earl and Leslie. They had just been hiking the mountain behind us looking for a beehive. Their dad did some beekeeping as a hobby, so when they had noticed some bees by their campsite, they put out some syrup to attract them. I’m not sure if they also put out water, but they said that when a bee finds water it will go directly back to the hive.

After we settled in, we stopped by Earl’s trailer to take a photo and met Verna. Earl is pictured on the left in his “Don’t Forget My Senior Discount” hat, Verna is in the middle and Leslie is on the right. Leslie is staying in the RV pictured in yesterday’s blog post. Earl and Verna graduated high school together in 1948. All three of them had marriages last 50+ years and all 3 of them are widows. Earl and Verna reconnected at their 60th high school reunion, and now they spend winters boondocking in the south west.

After I took the photo of the trio, I spent some time admiring the solar lights at the end of Earl’s trailer. The following day, Earl realized that he had an extra set of lights and sold them to us at a discounted price of $10!

The ground is a too hard to stick them into, so now we have to figure out how to mount them to the the trailer like he did.

Earl, Verna & Leslie left yesterday, so now we’re all alone.

Yesterday’s Food:
Again we had 2 really nice meals in one day; maybe because it’s Valentine’s Week or maybe because we’re in the boonies and I’m not distracted by our social calendar.

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2013 Cost of Camping:
13 nights paid camping
30 nights free camping
Total spent on camping this year: $400.25
Daily average cost of camping: $9.31

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  • Reply jerry February 13, 2013 at 6:42 am

    What a sweet looking group. I want to grow up to be like them.

    • Reply Leigh February 13, 2013 at 7:53 am

      That’s how I felt when I met them! They’re having a great time.

  • Reply Jessica February 13, 2013 at 7:09 am

    What interesting stories, and I like seeing that KC hat – yay Royals!

  • Reply David Burns February 13, 2013 at 7:26 am

    What a treat it is to meet folks like this – wonderful story.

  • Reply Rachel& Joe February 13, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Hi Leigh n Bryan…
    Don’t know if you remember meeting us at Red Rock rd in Anza Borrego,
    But we,re headed for home in port Townsend and stopped in Eugene
    To ger our solar panels installed at Suttons….the service guy seems to think you,re coming in soon for something or other,…..
    We were in some same places as you two, like organ pipe, and Tucson….
    You,ll notice my weird typing thanks to our new iPad, so I,ll switch back to my laptop to talk more……hope you three are doing great,! Happy Birthday to Curtis!

    • Reply Leigh February 14, 2013 at 8:14 am

      Hi Rachel, of course we remember you guys! I’m glad you’re getting solar, that should keep you warmer next time you’re in Anza! We do have an appointment at Sutton at the end of May…

      • Reply rachel gaspers February 14, 2013 at 10:24 am

        HiYa Leigh—
        Happy V day to ya’ll! Being back in the soggy, gray PNW is quite the contrast to those brilliantly sunny,
        if freezing cold (20F) days in Organ Pipe monument—wind chill made it worse!—but we’ve already gotten our tickets to do a Gaspers First which is to go to Hawaii together for about 10 days on Mar.7. Then we’ll be looking at hitting the
        road again, yes.
        Are you still around Phoenix now? If so, and you can pull it off, there’s the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson Mountain Park that really is amazing, especially the “raptor flyover”! We camped in Gilbert Ray campgrnd which is lovely—area to explore further.
        After Patagonia, AZ, we went over to Bisbee to reunite with old pals and had a good time: it’s wierded out, tho, by the intensity of the mining operations there. White Water Wash was nearby and that was the most intense gathering of SandHill Cranes/ducks/snow geese ever—and boondocking to boot! LOTS more needs exploring there.
        If you make it farther up into WA state than just halfway into Oregon, give us a holler. Do I understand from reading some of your stuff that you’re vegitarians? You mention some interesting dishes. We’re carnivorous but always want to know how folks cook up cool, gourmet meals while in our shiny, aluminum homes on the road….
        take care all three of you,

        • Reply Leigh February 14, 2013 at 11:12 am

          Hi Rachel,

          Unfortunately we had to start heading north and didn’t get to check out Bisbee or White Water Wash (both on our list to see). We will be in Oregon in June and Washington in July and August. We would love to see you guys again!

          We still eat fish, but we’re primarily veggie. Glad you like the recipe links!

  • Reply John and Pam Wright February 15, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Hi, Leigh!

    After getting your comment this morning, I checked out your blog. We were in Lazydays while your rally was there. We pulled in one afternoon from hiking and there were way too many Airstreams. So we check online and sure enough you were having a gathering. We did see that very different style that your friends have. It did surprise us…so different but very cool.

    Did you end up staying at Constellation Park in Wickenburg? Not too bad for $5. Cute town!

    Where will you stay in FL in Dec? We are returning to FL next winter.

    Happy Travels!

    • Reply Leigh February 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      Hi John & Pam!

      We ended up staying just south of Wickenburg for free by Vulture Peak trailhead.

      We are hoping to go to the Keys next year. I’m setting my alarm at 8am EST to book sites at the state parks – its really hard to get in. Any tips??

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