I wouldn't want to stay here for long, but it's okay for a day or two.
I'm in Globe, Arizona at the moment, and it sure felt good to cross that Arizona state line. Right now, it's almost 80°, which makes me 45° happier than I was this morning in Socorro, New Mexico.
It was almost a 300-mile drive, which is a whole lot for me nowadays, but I was worried about being able to make it to my reservation at the lost Dutchman state Park, so I've been in a mental hurry ever since I made those reservations. If nothing else, I've learned that I can deal with reservations for the next day, but making them a week ahead of time changes my style of traveling to the point where it's hardly even fun anymore.
I know most folks make reservations, and I can understand why. But to me it takes the spontaneity out of travel and puts me on a schedule of having to be somewhere at a certain time, and I don't like that feeling. Today I drove through at least three places I would like to have stayed if I didn't have a destination that I created for myself. In fact Socorro was starting to grow on me as I got used to it and I could very easily have spent another day or two there were it not for my reservations elsewhere.
The drive here wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, although there was lots and lots of desolation. I passed through several old towns that were just spots in the road with tumbledown buildings and boarded up stores, which I would love to have taken pictures of, but I was in a hurry. I did stop at the Very Large Array [VLA] and took a couple of snapshots. But the visitor center was closed.... Kung flu strikes again.
Leaving Showlow, Arizona, it got Mountainous and real pretty, reminding me very much of running around the mountains of Colorado, without the large mountains, of course, but still very scenic and very enjoyable.
I don't know of any boondocking areas around Globe; there probably are some, but I was tired of driving, so I pulled into the first RV park I saw. Some friendly folks checked me in, but I have to say that this is the kind of RV Park that I would never stay at in less I was tired and desperate. It's right next to the Highway, right in town, and the RVs are jammed up together. Not my idea of fun, but it will do until it's time to get to the Lost Dutchman State Park.
The very large array is interesting.... For about 15 minutes. But without the visitor center being open to explain what's going on here it's even less interesting than the normal uninteresting things I do
There's a lot of these antennas scattered around the environment and I assume they were built with taxpayer money. So I hope we taxpayers are getting something of value out of them besides being a giant, expensive, hobby for physicists.
So I looked at the whole array for a few minutes and had to agree that it is very large. So apparently the college professors that came up with that name were not very imaginative.
Some of the mountains I drove through on the way to Globe.
Just like me, this Sandhill Crane is flying away to somewhere else. He's the original Snowbird.