|Phoenix is down there somewhere|
We had never been on this highway before and our other alternative was a longer route on I40 to Flagstaff and then south on I17 to Phoenix. We have been this way before and I17 from Flagstaff to Phoenix is a very busy road and we have since discovered it is the 4th most dangerous stretch of interstate in the country. If we travel this way again I think the route through Payson on secondary highways will be our choice.
I would not want to travel any of these roads at sunrise or sunset. Lots of "Beware of Animal" signs with Elk and Deer being common in the area. At one point we saw an animal crossing sign with flashing lights. It appeared that both sides of the road had fencing and were funneling animals to one point where motion sensors would activate the lights.
We checked into Eagleview RV Resort which is located on the Fort McDowell Navajo Reserve. The cost is about $50 per night but we got a 3 nights for the cost of 2 deal so it was $103. for 3 nights. The sites are level with asphalt parking pads and the facilities are in good condition. They don't have a lot of other activities so it probably wouldn't be a place where we would want to spend the winter but lots of others are here for the season. There is probably lots of good hiking in the surrounding mountains but I suspect the main attraction is the Casino across the street and the shopping in nearby Scottsdale.
We found a great dog park for Charli which had lots of room for her to run. Unfortunately Charli doesn't know know how play with other dogs. She keeps coming back to us waiting for us to walk with her.
One of the attractions of Fountain Hills is their World Famous Fountain. Not sure how world famous it is but it sends up a pretty big geyser of water. It is surrounded by a very nice 33 acre park with a million gallon lake and a walking trail around the lake. The fountain is on every hour for 15 minutes and with 2 pumps turned on it reaches a height of 330 feet. There is a 3rd pump that is turned on for special occasions and the fountain can then attain a height of 560 feet. I don't think our visit was deemed a special occasion so the pictures represent 330 feet.
|Weren't quite sure what those baskets were placed around the lake. |
Then these guys with Frisbees came by.
Turns out its a Disc Golf Course. Neat idea.
|330 feet according to the sign.|
Would have been more dramatic with a blue sky.
|Very nice gardens lining the walkway.|
|Feeding the Coots, Mallards and Wood Ducks was popular.|
|The park had an area with bronze statues of 6 presidents called Fount More.|
|The boulevard had tents set up for all sorts of vendors|
|Including some very large Christmas Trees.|
|More of the boulevard|
|Houses are all of the Adobe style and all earth tones.|
We walked around the lake and down the main street where there was a market set up on the blvd. Stopped for an early supper on the patio by the lake. A nice relaxing day to end our stay.
|Our view from our dinner table.|
Thats it for Fountain Hills. Friday we have a short 45 minute drive to Gold Canyon to check in for our 4 month stay. Really looking forward to setting everything up and getting settled in.