So it seemed that we needed a change of scenery and after a visit to the Arizona side of the Colorado River we decided it was in the budget to pay at a park. Chris’ experience with Blythe is Cibola Wildlife Refuge and a few restaurants and a hotel the times he came for work. Even though the temperatures reached 110 degrees + while he was here in the summer, we are experiencing between 80 and 90 degrees during the “winter/ spring” months.
CIBOLA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE: http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/CibolaNWR/
WEBSITE/ INFORMATION: 4/4
The website is very informative, complete with a download-able menu for the Owl’s Nest bar. We have visited the bar twice for drinks. (two beers: $5.50) It’s just a “block” from our site located in the center of the park. It is not far, but far enough Ally knows we are gone and not just hanging around outside without her. Her training is definitely a work in progress. In the beginning she did well in her crate, then gradually she began to have trouble. She started to tear up her bed then she shredded the black tray while we were in Missouri. So, these times going to the bar we have left her just in the 5th wheel (no crate). She has done well thus far. She will have to get used to being left alone once we are settled in Portland. Any way, what a digression. Moving on…
The park is 5 minutes north of Blythe off of hwy 95 on 6th street. It almost seems to be far away from the town and the park is right on the water. There is a boat launching area and a small dock. There is an Albertson’s grocery store in Blythe, but if you don’t mind spending a little extra, Hidden Beaches has a little store stocked with just about everything.
I took a short motorcycle ride west on 6th street, north on Lovekin, east on 4th and then south on hwy 95. I saw some funky cacti, a tiny airstrip, Blythe Boon docking site and fruit orchards. Chris took a longer ride to Joshua Tree National Park.
MIDLAND BLM Boon docking blog: http://pics.dangsites.com/displayimage.php?pid=4565
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK: http://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm
FACILITIES/ SITE QUALITY: 3/4
Hidden Beaches is mostly a permanent stay kind of park. We are paying $10 a night to park in the over flow camping area, but we have water. With the solar panels, we don’t have trouble with electricity and makes boon docking relatively easy for us. It is the tank space that gets us in the end. Fortunately, we have had many sunny days recently. Our site is grassy and fairly level. We used only one leveling block on the passenger side.
It jumps up to about $30 a night for full hookups and more if you would like river front property. They have a shower house on the property with good pressure and plenty of hot water.
PET FRIENDLY: 4/4
We are set up in the grass and there is only one other RV in the area. Ally has loved to romp and play in the grass. It takes us about 20 minutes to get to the dunes and then a bit more to the river. While Chris road to Joshua Tree National Park, Ally are I played in the river and ran in the sandy dunes. We will make her a water dog yet! Oh, later after reading the website rules we found that dogs are $2 extra. They didn’t ask and we didn’t tell.
OVERALL RATING: 3.75/4
There is an RV near the dump station that has a sign in the window that reads: WHITE TRASH. While that about sums up this place, the people are friendly, $10 a night ain’t bad, and Ally has grass to play in. I know, I know grass in the desert: That’s a whole other blog and up on my soap box for me!
We are behind on photos and I am sorry for that, but shrinking them to size is a process and going through them is a process. So hopefully, my phone photos will tide you over until we get to Portland.
Dome Rock: Quartzsite BLM boondocking area
Dome Rock BLM area: Jumping Cholla with Ocotillo in background
Cactus Tree spotted on Laura’s Moto ride in Blythe (Hidden Beaches RV Resort)
The mighty Colorado River
Ally’s life in the grass at Hidden Beaches RV Resort
Laura’s first Quiche: we ate it all!
crustless Quiche recipe: thanks to Jesse’s mom!
I cut in half and then winged it to fill in the pie pan…
12 eggs, 1/2 lb Monterey jack cheese, 1/2 lb cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup flour, 1 pint cottage cheese, 1/4 cup melted butter, 1 small can green chili, 4-5 green onions chopped, 2 strips bacon
blend together and bake in greased pie pan for 45-55 min @350