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Old 08-13-2015, 04:08 PM   #1
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The Puck gets Shakedown Trip! Seeking a cool place in Arizona!

As a proud owner of the Fab Faberge Lovebug: [/url]

I am accustomed to the fine life of Dutch Oven cooking and camping off the grid whilst painting, sailing, reading and enjoying the bliss of life away from others.


However, I am in Arizona and purchased this Eriba Puck and it's time to get her out!

I am on a Mission to get a portable AC unit and generator so my friend won't flip out in this 120 degree heat we have right now. It's just brutal!

Now, can anyone help me plan a 4-6 day trip from Phoenix to a place with a bit cooler temperatures with some nice scenery? I'd be so appreciative! I don't care if it's New Mexico, Mexico, Arizona, Utah, I just want to plan a nice trip for BF so he wants to do it again!

The food will be grilled steaks, some Dutch Oven cooking which I love to prepare for dining after dark, deserts in the Dutch Oven, cold salads, some good snacks - yes, he loves good food, I am certainly working on this- French press coffee in the am with some pastries I'll bring along and maybe smores since he's a newbie! Nice romantic dinners with candlelight and music...A campfire, I think I'll even pick up some pie irons as my Lovebug is in Minnesota and I think he'd enjoy these.

A movie at night to unwind, some good music, a couple of quite fans, AC if needed, the generator if necessary if we aren't near electricity, some good cooling drinks...

So, now all I need are some places to camp. During the week is fine, too!

Thanks to all who help me plan the romantic shakedown trip!

Cheers!
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Old 08-13-2015, 04:47 PM   #2
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From where you are at, Hands Down, the north rim of the Grand Canyon is the most romantic (and much cooler) place to go. It should have enough altitude to be cool, the crowds there are nil and, if the campground at the North Rim proper is full, there is a real nice National Forest Service facility, Jacob Lake Campground, at the junction of 89 & 67 (the road to the north rim). We stayed there in June.


Then take the several hikes from the visitors center and all of the road trips out to the canyon overlooks. There's even an incredible place for (dare I say it) the W word?


For stunning views, the north rim beats the south rim hands down, it's an entirely different world and there are very, very few tourists. Be sure to sit in the grand room of the lodge and dine at the dining room there. Almost forgot, there is a free ice machine for your drinking water at the visitors center, the first one I have ever seen at a NP.


I really doubt if you will need the a/c at all and the scenery, and sitting on the very edge of the Grand Canyon at sunset, sure beats "The Notebook" for setting the mood.


And, if you don't want to drive that far (it's 100% worth it) Try Oak Creek Canyon outside of Sedona. We also stayed there in June, at the Pine Flat Campground. It will be cooler, but not as cool as the North Rim. And you can try Slide Rocks at the state park, totally crazy.
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Old 08-13-2015, 08:38 PM   #3
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Thank you, Bob! This is perfect!

I've been to Sedona many times, it's always a place my guests want to see. I've been to the Grand Canyon 3 times, but always on the southern side and have wanted to see the northern side you speak of. Thanks for the great advice. I appreciate it!
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I hope that the North Rim attracts you. Todays high was 84 and much, much cooler at night. Google: temp north rim grand canyon

On the way don't overlook Tuzigoot National Monument (a bit off the road) and Montezuma Castle National Monument and Montezuma's Well, both close to the Interstate on the way to Flagstaff.

As an artist you will be blown away by the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument but save a lot for the North Rim. You won't think that it's even the same place you see from the south rim
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I think you might like a trip to Zion and Bryce canyon national park. With St George near by you don't have to be too far out there.

If you just want cooler, quick mountain atmosphere it would be Flagstaff. But that's about as deep into AZ that I have been into from California.
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Old 08-14-2015, 04:25 PM   #6
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If you have time, try Idaho. Boise is excellent for town stuff. And the rest of Idaho is mostly nothing but wide open spaces. Gets hot (100ish) but cools down at night.
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As much as I love So. Utah, I concur completely on the North Rim. The view from the lodge is beyond breathtaking, but do be sure to make a dinner reservation ASAP. It's been a few years since I was there, but I don't think they seat too many people at a time. (Which is another good thing!).

With your preparations I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time whoever you go!

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I hope that the North Rim attracts you. Todays high was 84 and much, much cooler at night. Google: temp north rim grand canyon

On the way don't overlook Tuzigoot National Monument (a bit off the road) and Montezuma Castle National Monument and Montezuma's Well, both close to the Interstate on the way to Flagstaff.

As an artist you will be blown away by the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument but save a lot for the North Rim. You won't think that it's even the same place you see from the south rim

This is perfect, Bob, and it is the place we intend to be on Day 2.
I have taken guests to Montezuma Castle and Well and think it's pretty amazing to see the high homes carved out of the limestone cliffs. I didn't paint onsite but may take an hour or two to set up the easel to do a couple of small studies. LB hasn't seen this, however, and I think he'd like it.
The Vermillion Cliffs is next on the list to look up. I've been to the Southern rim and have to say, I think it's gorgeous. It's amazing that there could be a better view! I am getting excited!
Thank you!!!
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I think you might like a trip to Zion and Bryce canyon national park. With St George near by you don't have to be too far out there.

If you just want cooler, quick mountain atmosphere it would be Flagstaff. But that's about as deep into AZ that I have been into from California.
Hi, Steve!
I would like to get a trip into Zion and Bryce National Park! An artist friend of mine goes there often and her paintings are beautiful. I will have to look up St. George.
Flagstaff is mentioned often by my neighbors here as a place to go to for relief of this incredible heat. Plus, Flagstaff has some attractions I'd like to see as well.
Thanks for the tip!

BTW, if you come to the Phoenix area, one place not to miss is The Apache Trail. It is gorgeous! It's one of my favorite places in the US.

I'll be asking about California soon if LB likes the trip!
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If you have time, try Idaho. Boise is excellent for town stuff. And the rest of Idaho is mostly nothing but wide open spaces. Gets hot (100ish) but cools down at night.
I love Idaho! One of my best friends live in Boise and I went there for the first time two years ago. It's beautiful and I actually like some of the wide open spaces of it beyond the mountains. It's a wonderful destination.

Yes, I need to put Idaho on my list, to see my dear friend and get them camping would be great!

Thanks for chiming in! Any other places out in this part of the states?
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I can't wait! Northern Rim - Here we come!

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As much as I love So. Utah, I concur completely on the North Rim. The view from the lodge is beyond breathtaking, but do be sure to make a dinner reservation ASAP. It's been a few years since I was there, but I don't think they seat too many people at a time. (Which is another good thing!).

With your preparations I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time whoever you go!

-- Anne

Ps. Generators are mood killers, so if you use, do so judiciously!
Hi, Anne! Nice to hear from you! I'd love to hear about your favorite places in So. Utah for future trips. Northern Rim is it! It does sound very romantic and with the stress LB is under, it would be perfect for him to see this. It's decided!
I loathe generators having been sandwiched in between a couple of monster campers where the generators ran all night, it was awful and I vowed never to get one. Now, with 120 degree heat, one has to have one. I see the honda generators have really come down in price and I think that's the way to go. The only time I would use a generator would be if we were off the grid and not near electricity.

I will call the restaurant and see if we can get in. He is a foodie and would enjoy this very much. Thanks for this tip.

This will be such fun to get started camping together! We have a sailboat and the cabin is small, we cook on a grill that hangs on the edge of the boat. We go to the fish market and pick up what we want, walk to our sailboat and take off. This is different yet similar enough that I think he will like it. Getting it comfortable for him is key for success. And, of course, my Dutch Oven cooking which I love to do will be fun for him as he loves to cook as well.

Thanks, Anne! You inspired me to update my music and get some candles into the Puck!
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Take any of these, our May-June vacation route that actually started and ended in Riverside, CA
Chelan, WA >>>Spokane (Antiques Roadshow Taping)>>> Hells Canyon National Rec Area>>> Boise >>> Craters of the Moon National Monument >>>Yellowstone NP >>> Grand Teton NP >>>Fossil Butte National Monument>>> Arches NP >>> Canyonlands National Park>>>Bryce Canyon N.P. >>>Zion N.P. >>> Grand Canyon NP, North Rim >>>Vermillion Cliffs >>> Oak Creek Canyon, AZ


Other than those, not much... LOL
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Anne, regarding your real *need* for air conditioning, you might look at the "Cool Camper" thread -- I'm thinking about getting one of these to use outside the trailer under the awning when it's hot (and it always is). Plus, if you need to set up your easel, one of these little guys could really help.

I also have the "personal" misters, which can save your life when you have to stop at gas stations, etc. and turn off the motor, or walk around in the heat. I also used one on our motorcycle as we were coming home (wearing black kevlar suits WITH ventilation) in the heat (4-hour trip home). I sprayed my neck, inside my gloves, inside my boots, down my shirt, and down hubby's back, shirt, inside his helmet. Some of our friends were kind of laughing at the concept as we were getting ready to leave, as was the DH. Until he felt it once or twice, then he asked for spritzes all the way home. Saved our lives, I think.
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Anne, regarding your real *need* for air conditioning, you might look at the "Cool Camper" thread -- I'm thinking about getting one of these to use outside the trailer under the awning when it's hot (and it always is). Plus, if you need to set up your easel, one of these little guys could really help.

I also have the "personal" misters, which can save your life when you have to stop at gas stations, etc. and turn off the motor, or walk around in the heat. I also used one on our motorcycle as we were coming home (wearing black kevlar suits WITH ventilation) in the heat (4-hour trip home). I sprayed my neck, inside my gloves, inside my boots, down my shirt, and down hubby's back, shirt, inside his helmet. Some of our friends were kind of laughing at the concept as we were getting ready to leave, as was the DH. Until he felt it once or twice, then he asked for spritzes all the way home. Saved our lives, I think.
Thanks for this input, Ellpea! This may be perfect, especially when out painting!
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