Week 4 - El Paso to Phoenix; Lake Pleasant
Saturday 16 July 1994:
Began the day by walking across the Mexican border to Sonoita. There wasn't much there, apart from an interesting curio shop. We returned to USA (without even a passport check) and left the RV site promptly, returning north along AZ 85 to Why?, across part of the massive Luke Air Force Gunnery Range without being hit by any missiles, and eventually back to Phoenix at lunchtime as it began to rain.
Spent over an hour in a (successful) quest for Crystal Comfort and some hot chillies and headed out of town north on I-17 to Lake Pleasant
, which wasn't very. Entry was $6, there were lots of noisy people and no nice beaches, only mud and stones. Still, it was somewhere to stay the night. In the evening we were entertained by an obnoxious man shouting at his wife and son. Luckily they left at nightfall, but an especially noisy carload of American teenagers arrived instead and camped just 15 yards away. Campfires were not allowed, so we had to have ours out of sight of the rangers, behind a large wall of stones that looked like some kind of dam. Apparently it was full of rattlesnake nests, according to a friendly policeman who stopped by. The noisy teens set up camp right next to it, but unfortunately weren't bitten. A combination of very hot and humid weather and our disruptive neighbors, who stayed up until after 3 am, meant we didn't sleep well. It was some comfort that by the morning their vehicle had a flat battery due to too much music, but alas someone else gave them a jump start.