This has been quite the week. Triple digit temperatures, crazy thunderstorms, broken refrigerators, off-road adventure…..yup, we’ve had it all. And currently here in Queen Valley we’re looking at gray skies and more rain!
Time at the Queen Valley RV Resort
This week we’re working with the Queen Valley RV Resort. Your first question might be, “where is Queen Valley?” Good question. Before getting here I asked the same question. It’s about 10 miles from Apache Junction, AZ. That 10 miles is a 30 minute drive thanks to the roads, but we’ve been resupplying in Apache Junction this week. After the fridge melt down we’ve been operating out of the Pelican Cooler, so supplies are at a minimum right now.
This resort is an extremely interesting place. In the Superstition Mountains, close to a golf course, tons of off-roading, and cactus everywhere. It’s a small town, clearly built around the winter activities. The golf course is a huge draw, but all of the other outdoor activities are as well.
Between Sundance 1 and Queen Valley, we’ve been seeing another side of RV Travel. Both parks are 55+, and in our travels we’ve never tried staying at one. Since I’m not 55 and I’m not “plus”, never even looked into it. But these places are pretty amazing. Stunning club houses, tons to do, swimming pools, hot tubs, and all the rest. Heck, Sundance had a RC Car race track! As Jodi said, it’s like cool summer camp for adults!
Resorts vs Parks
We’ve always wondered what the difference between RV Resorts and Parks was. We’ve been to several parks that put the word Resort in their name. And they’re not a resort, but they do charge more. Maybe if you have a swimming pool you think you can use that title. Or maybe if you offer cable you’re in. I just don’t know. What I do know is this park, and Sundance 1, are totally resorts. Can’t say I’ve stayed at many myself, but this winter I think I’d like to spend a week or two at one of them, just to see everything that happens!
Queen Valley reminds me of….
It really does. What is missing is the boondocking. That’s it. Otherwise, I get the same feeling about the area as I do about Borrego. A beautiful desert drive into town. A feeling of being really remote. One little gas station / corner store in town. A restaurant that’s only open on the weekend during off season. Most homes are close up for the summer season, but during the winter this town has a population explosion. The place just has a totally remote feel, and I like it. I’ll have to come back during the winter just to see.
RLC Design forges ahead
We’re nearing the finish line on this park as well. And the park’s new website is looking good, but not complete. We’ll be reviewing it Monday with park management and making final changes then. But I’m pretty happy with where we’ve gotten the site in a little over a half a week. I’ll be super excited when it’s done and working away for the park!
We’ve got more work over the next few weeks. But the Airstream will be swinging back through Prescott for one to two weeks. I need to get out of the heat, and check a few other items on the Airstream. Some weirdness with a few rivets, make sure the new fridge (due in on Tuesday) is doing its thing, etc. So by next weekend we’ll be back at elevation and into cooler temperatures before we start into the next job in Mesa!