Arcosanti is a projected experimental town with a molten bronze bell casting business in Yavapai County, central Arizona, 70 mi north of Phoenix, at an elevation of 3,732 feet . Its arcology concept was posited by the Italian-American architect, Paolo Soleri (1919–2013). He began construction in 1970, to demonstrate how urban conditions could be improved while minimizing the destructive impact on the earth. He taught and influenced generations of architects and urban designers who studied and worked with him there to build the proposed ‘town.’
The town has about 50 plus people living there at the time we visited.
We toured this property, our tour guide was Ruth Claire, she has lived there since the beginning. It was to be a hour long tour and ended up taking almost a hour an forty five…It was just the two of us at first and joined about one third thru and were joined by a young woman who has been working for Hewlett Packard in Phoenix and looking to escape the corporate life and live a much simpler life.
See ya down the road,
Don, Gayle & Bugz
The day after arriving and getting set up Mountain Ridge RV Park we back tracked a few miles up I-89, took a right onto Hwy 12 and on into the park. Back in Hatch we were right at 7000 ft. elevation, in the park we ended up over 9000 ft. and I have to say, hiking around at that altitude at my age can be a little challenging. Just don’t push it and it was well worth it.
Gayle and Bugz above and Bugz below.
I found a rabbit.
And a dog.
Next, Zion Nat’l Park.
Leaving Troutdale, OR we took a 288 mile drive to Baker City, OR for a one night stay. Then another 254 mile run and one night stay in Twin Falls, ID. These were quick stop overs, so there was not much to see. After that it was a 270 mile drive to Lakeside RV Campground just South of Provo, UT. We spent two nights there, needed to get some laundry done and other chores.
Funny thing happened at this RV park, Gayle was out walking the dog (Bugz) she ran into friends from home. Grant and Linda were also on a road trip in their new 5th wheel trailer. We ended up staying there for two nights and shared some stories and a couple “Happy Hours” with them. We told them our plans about our next stop, Hatch, UT where online we found what looked like a nice little park between Bryce and Zion National Parks where we spent three nights. Grant and Linda also booked in to Mountain Ridge RV park, so needless to say we shared a few more “Happy Hours” 🙂 This took us 10 days into our journey.
On the highway coming into Hatch, UT.
And the view from our RV site.
Next up Bryce Canyon.
We loaded up our get-away house on wheels October 1st and hit the road. We allotted 10 days to get to Mayer, AZ where we were booked to spend a month.
The first day ended up driving 216 miles to Troutdale, OR down on the Columbia River Gorge where we spent two nights. That way we had one full day to explore. The RV park was next to the Historic Columbia River Hwy which we headed East for 12-15 mile till it ended back on I 84. Along the way there are numerous water falls and view points.
See ya down the road.
This is just a quick one…We did this little four day run out to Forks to take in the local drag races held at the city airport.
These are 1/8th mile vs the standard 1/4 mile. The length of the runway only allows that distance so there’s enough room to decelerate to a safe speed before the end.
Anyway we stayed at the RV 101 Park with in a mile of the strip. It’s a nice place that has been taken over by new owners. It was good when we stayed with the old owners, but you could tell, after many years, they were ready to retire.
These images are mostly starting line catches.
Did catch my friend Travis Hitt (Hittman) pulling the wheels at the 1 – 2 shift.
Next stop Troutdale, OR
Don & Gayle