Catalina State Park, Tucson

Dexter and I were up with the sun this morning and ready to head for Catalina State Park in Tucson. I can't quite put my finger on what I didn't like about the Thousand Trails Campground we were staying at in Cottonwood but it just didn't feel right. The campground was way down in a canyon and it was like descending into a hole when I drove into it. It seemed interesting the first day, but a little creepy after that . The camp sites were very close together and we couldn't sit outside because our neighbors were so close (and one had a cat who like to tease Dexter!) making it hard to enjoy the park. The surrounding areas were beautiful and I spent quite a bit of time just exploring trying to get a sense of the place. The landscape of Sedona is gorgeous, but I noticed more of the commercialism this time and my energy just seemed off all week. I was anxious for an early start today and we were on the road a little before 8 am.

We made a stop at Sunrise Point rest area along Interstate 17 North of Phoenix, and took in this spectacular view!

Arriving at Catalina State Park in the early afternoon, we set up camp for the next two weeks. This park is gorgeous and boy does it feel right!! It's it's at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountain Range offering stunning views and lots of easy hiking trails. The campsites are level and spacious with mesquite trees offering shade and privacy. Dexter and I both love this park!

We even caught a glimpse of a little prairie dog!

Dexter and I took a walk around the campsite and met another lovely little dachshund and her owners. I also met two crafty ladies, Maryn and Judy, who invited me to sit and knit at their picnic table. Judy is working on a tapestry weaving and Marilyn is knitting hats. They are fellow solo campers and it was lovely sharing some crafting time with them and learning a bit about their story.

I feel my energy returning and I look forward to spending time at this park with my DH. Steve arrives tomorrow evening and I'm excited to see him!! This is my thirty first day on the road, and although the month has flown by, I miss my guy!

Writing this I looked out the back window of my camper I saw the evening light begin to play against the hills. First, they turned a golden red, then an almost lavender purple. Spectacular!