Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Saturday, March 17 – Rain, rain go away! Boy did we have a storm with HIGH winds. The mountains look spooky right before we got hit.


Monday, March 19 -
Marsha is down with an achy back. We workout at Anytime Fitness each morning, and the other day, while doing crunches, Marsha pulled a muscle in her lower back. She's been taking it easy, sitting on the heating pad, using muscle relaxers and pain pills but so far, no relief. Hope she starts feeling better soon!

We did make a move today. We were out for a little ride, when we received a phone call from the campground office. Due to a miscommunication, we didn't realize we were suppose to check-out and move to a new campsite.....OPPS!! So, we immediately returned to the campground, closed things up and moved over to a new site. Not sure why, in this computer age, they couldn't have shuffled things and put the new arrival in the other site, but they said it couldn't be done and we had to move.

The new site is pretty small with campers on each side crowding the dividing line as much as they possibly can. We can't put out our window awnings on the driver's side because the neighbor is so close. On the passenger-side, the fellow has a fifth wheel, a utility trailer, and two pick-ups crowded on a single site.


Ridiculously close!


We are not very happy with Leaf Verde RV Park in Goodyear, AZ. We stayed here several years ago and enjoyed our stay. This time, not so pleasant. If we return to the area in the future, we'll definitely look for an alternative location.

Tuesday, March 20 –
We took a short ride to downtown Phoenix this morning to visit the State Capitol Building. Construction of the Capitol began in 1898, and it began operation in 1901.


The Capitol formerly housed the Territorial and State Legislatures, as well as various executive offices. These have relocated to adjacent buildings, and the Capitol is now maintained as the Arizona Capitol Museum.

Adjacent Senate Building. The House is on the other side of the Capitol Building.2-senate

The Capitol is a 3-story building constructed of stone with a beautiful center rotunda.


The Senate used to meet at one end of the second floor, and the House of Representatives is at the other end. The Senate was open and retained is original appearance.


Viewing area.

The other two floors housed office space for the Governor, Secretary of State, and other sections of Government like Education, Finance, Agriculture, Etc... This is a beautiful historic building but unfortunately a new addition, that did not retain the original architecture, was attached to the front of the historic structure covering most of the beautiful columns and entrance way. What a shame!


The stairs are made of iron. Very unique.



There is a beautiful park, Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, across the street from the Capitol. It serves as a home to 29 memorials honoring prominent figures in Arizona history as well as memorializing significant wars and other events that have had an impact on the state.

One of the highlights of the park is the mast and anchor of the USS Arizona seen here in the background.

Operation Enduring Freedom Memorial

That was enough for Marsha and her achy back for one day. By noon we were headed back West on I-10 to Goodyear and our campground.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day!


  1. Hope your back gets to feeling better soon. . .and I'm with you on moving the rig. . .our motto is, if we have to move it ten feet, we may as well move it a hundred miles. . .same amount of trauma.

    Loved the pics of the capitol. . .we're making an effort to see all fifty. . .and catalogue them in our photography files. . .we've already seen Hawaii and Alaska. . .so the rest should be easy!


  2. So sorry to hear about Marsha's back giving her fits. Praying she'll be feeling herself soon.

    Bummer about the campsite... sounds like you could share the Grey Poupon if you needed to.

    Thanks for sharing the Arizona State Capitol... they're always so interesting.

  3. Hopefully Marsha is feeling better already! Having a painful back is no fun thing. I know what you mean about close RV sites. I really dislike them too. By stacking the rigs in as close as they can, those RV parks can make an extra buck or two.

  4. Hope Marsha's back loosens up. Those muscles in the middle of the back seem to be the worst when injured, mostly since they get used a lot.
    I might be preaching to the choir here, but if the park seems to be "less than ideal", maybe you could take a minute or two and go over to RV park reviews here's the link and write up a review.
    That way, poor slobs like me who maybe someday might consider visiting such a place will be forewarned. We currently no longer own an RV, but anything can happen, right?
    That kind of "Grey Poupon sharing" proximity is my idea of "RV Hell", and I probably would have left.

  5. Sorry to hear about the back Marhsa. Hope it gets better soon. We have not driven downtown since we have been here, not sure we will. Don't like all the traffic.

  6. Hope your back feels better soon, Marsha. Hard to enjoy yourself when you're in pain.

  7. Marsha, be sure to use cold along with the heat for your back. Hope you get well soon so you can move to a real RV park.

    Like Bob asks write the park up so others can avoid a crammed RV park.

    We received the weather you guys had wind and 2 1/2" rain.

    Get well soon.

  8. Sorry about your back. Sorry also that you are going right by us. See you someplace.

  9. Sorry Marsha's back is out. Hope it's better soon. As someone else said, use ice too. You have some beautiful pictures of the old capitol building.

  10. Feel better soon, Marsha. No fun being out and about while you're having to endure pain.

  11. Like a lot of people, I always check RVparkreviews.

    Those sites are unbelievably close. So, could you pass them the salt from your table to theirs?

  12. Hope Marsha is feeling better soon. FYI: For a new injury its recommended to use ice instead of heat. Ice reduces swelling fast. Less swelling-less pain

    Thanks for the heads up on your campground.

  13. I hate those computer moves in campgrounds. It is like the computer is actually running the place:(


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