The Route to Graduation, Part 1

Back in August of 2013 I dropped off my daughter Kylee at NAU to start her college adventure and started my own, taking off for full time travel in my RV. This winter and spring graduation was on my mind as I roamed not too far from Flagstaff.

went places, did stuff, RV upgrades, anticipating Kylee’s graduation.

Part 2 of the winter/spring route is here.

Southern, Man

Traveling with the WINs after Quartzsite it was on to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument along the southern border of Arizona.

View of the Organ Pipe Cacti against a mountain backdrop
Out on a Hike at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Sunset with cacti in the foreground
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Sunset

It’s a beautiful place with good hiking (carry pliers for the inevitable cactus strike), but we were all looking ahead, farther south, to …

Puerto Penasco, Mexico

Not my first time out of the country with the RV (I’ve been to Canada – Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec) but it was the first time in Mexico, not too far in Mexico, but Mexico just the same. There were 60 RVs in the caravan south and another 40 or so traveled independently to our boondocking location on the beach.

RVs line up for a caravan from Lukeville Arizona to Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico
The caravan starts to form in Lukeville bound for Puerto Penasco, Mexico. I’m following Leda with the kayak on her bumper. Wound up with 60 RVs in the caravan. Some 40 WINs headed out separately.

Walking the dogs on the beach
The first dog walk at the beach, out with Leda, Diamond, Opal and of course Kiera. We found out a few minutes later that leashes weren’t required here.

RVs parked on the beach with a sunset in the background
As the first day draws to a close, there are 100 WINs in 100 RVs boondocking on the beach.

A board listing some of the activities and outings in Puerto Penasco
Some of the activities in Puerto Penasco

My ultralight flight in Puerto Penasco.
My ultralight flight in Puerto Penasco.

Leda grinning broadly in front of ultralight plane
Leda is All Smiles after Ultralight Flight
Workers painting RV
All the faded and cracked decals were removed and painted back in with a sparkly, color shifting, navy blue paint.
Driver side captain's chair in chocolate brown and tan leather
The captain’s chairs were recovered in two tone leather while in Puerto Penasco.

Not all fun and games, I also had the RV’s captains chairs recovered in a nice two tone leather and had the exterior decals removed and painted back in with sparkly color shifting navy blue paint.

Back to Arizona

Back in the states, well state, we continued traveling with the WINs to Wilcox, Safford and Theodore Roosevelt Lake. My drone finally arrived (that would have been nice to have in Mexico), a DJI Mavic Pro.

View of Roosevelt Lake from the Tonto National Monument
View of Roosevelt Lake from the Tonto National Monument

And …

Continues … Part 2 is here.

Author: Murray Lisook

I'm the author of the Roamward Bound blog. In January 2013 I retired to travel full time in my motorhome which I've named Roamward Bound also. Before retiring I lived in Phoenix, working in information technology as VP of IT for Televerde, CTO at J.J. Croney & Assoc., and Director of IT at Del Webb Corp.

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