Sunday, April 17, 2005

Shhh.... we're at the Wal-Mart in Kingman, AZ (map).

I say "shh" because we've heard tell of rv's being booted out of here at 03:00 by the local constabulary. There are also signs posted at the parking lot entrances indicating that overnight camping is prohibited by city ordinance. Overnight parking is allowed, though, so that's what we did. It is a 24-hour store, and we asked the store first. I suspect the horror stories date from a time when the store closed overnight.

We ended up here because we had a number of errands to run here in Kingman yesterday, inclduing getting Odyssey washed, buffing out the scratches in the paint from our close encounter with desert flora in Anza-Borrego, grocery shopping, and doing the laundry. By the time we were done with all those things, it was nearly sunset, and we did not want to be driving around the desert looking for a nice spot. Besides which, we have some things we need here at Wal-Mart, and at the Home Depot down the street, so we will be doing a few more errands this morning.

We are only 60 miles from our destination at Grand Canyon Caverns, yet we have four days before we need to be there. We had thought we might spend a couple nights at Pearce Ferry, at the very end of Lake Mead. However, that entails a ten mile drive on dirt roads, which we'd rather not do right after getting the bus washed and right before a rally. Also, Lake Mead is so low right now that the camping area at Pearce Ferry is nowhere near the lake.

We're investigating our other options for the next three nights, including a county park south of here, and BLM land along route 66.

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