I'm back from a weekend at Roper Lake, just south of Safford, AZ. This was an impromptu weekend away, organized by friends here in Tucson ... it's about a 2-hour drive from home.
The GPS coordinates for the park are 32°45'21"N, 109°42'17"W Elevation 3130 ft.
The park is a pleasant place ... Roper Lake was constructed as a reservoir, and there's a swimming beach, fishing, lots of ducks, rental cabins, and even a hot (warm-ish) spring for bathing.
The most prominent feature of the landscape is Mt Graham:
|10,720 ft elevation|
|Site 50. Note awning deployed (rare) and solar panel|
The park was booked full for the weekend ... for a while I was worried about loud music and happy (read:screaming) kids nearby, but everyone quieted down and there was no problem sleeping.
This was my first experience with what the RV world seems to call a "meetup." A group of friends in Tucson proposed this trip, and I was happy to join. What I hadn't expected was a trip into town for brunch on Saturday, another trip into town for dinner, and a nightcap at the bar where some local friends-of-friends. A good time was had by all. I woke up really early in the morning on Sunday, and left after breakfast; was back in Tucson about 10:30. The rig was unpacked and parked in the storage lot by mid-afternoon.
As I noted after my short trip to Buenos Aires sanctuary earlier this spring, there's a lot of logistics overhead in a weekend trip. But the change of scenery, and time with some friends, made it well worthwhile.