Week 4 - El Paso to Phoenix; Saguaro Lake
Sunday 17 July 1994: Different noisy youths outside. Feeling sad that the holiday was drawing to an end, we left promptly and returned to Phoenix, passing through some impressive buildings in the center. Stopped for one photo, eyeing several dubious-looking characters sitting in doorways and on the kerbside, and made a quick getaway to the Desert Botanical Gardens, and yet more cacti. There was a lot to look at, if you like cacti that is. The weather was humid, but only 90 degrees.
Drove on dusty roads east to Saguaro Lake, which was more pleasant than Lake Pleasant but not very - again there were too many people and lots of litter. The water was good for swimming - warm, with a very gentle slope, but it smelt slightly funny. So we didn't stay long, had lunch and returned to Mesa, looking for an RV site. The first we found said 'Over-55's only', and anyway the office was shut. The next site, 'Greenacres', was better. We arrived just as warm dusty rain began, which was actually quite refreshing. After washing the vehicle, tidying up and a quick swim in the pool we went to the Jade Empress restaurant for the largest Chinese meal I'd ever eaten, then returned to the van to try and finish our spirits, but finally admitted defeat. I have stayed at Greenacres at least a dozen times since.