Day 5. Las Cruces, NM to Carefree, AZ. 415 miles

We woke up on Wednesday, August 25th, in Las Cruces at the KOA (elevation 4,000 feet). The picture above doesn’t do the sunrise justice. I slept pretty well considering how bad my back was doing, but when I climbed down from the “Falcons nest” over the cab, I had a moment where I thought I was going to the hospital…I don’t recall ever having that much pain in my life. I was able to hobble out to the edge of the campground to stretch and move some, and that seemed to help.

We took a couple of laps around the camp grounds and saw the cute rental cabins on the bluff below. This KOA has tent, RV, pop-up trailer, and cabin camping.

We left the LC KOA and headed for our new home. I looked at the map one last time, and decided to call an audible, adding about thirty minutes to the journey. Instead of staying on I-10 through Tucson, I decided to head north on 60 and come through the Superstition Mountains.

Above is a view of some big sky landscape prior to getting into the mountains. I didn’t snap any shots of the mountain trip, but do have one below that Marie took as we entered a tunnel.

This mountain drive is really spectacular, and highly recommended. It was worth the extra few minutes.

We finally arrived at our new home after 5 days in the RV, 2,100 miles, 4 nights in camp grounds, and countless Slim Jim’s, coffee, and other nutritious fare. Captain Sealegs (Mr. Pentax, above) was obviously settling in to RV life, but he had no idea he was about to get inside his new permanent home.

The bucket of bolts in our driveway. Yes, I mean the RV… not Marie.

Above is a view from our new backyard. Quite a change from Florida. My new backyard list does include House Finch, but we’ve already also seen Gambel’s Quail and Cactus Wren (in abundance), Greater Roadrunner, Anna’s Hummingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, Gila Woodpeckers, Great-tailed Grackle, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, and Phainopepla! I can’t wait to get feeders up.

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