Monday, February 19, 2007

A Little About the Area

Our current campground is part of a private network of campgrounds in Southern Arizona and California--a membership campground. You pay an large amount of money upfront to purchase a membership which entitles you to stay "free" for two to three weeks at a time before you have to leave the park system for a week which in theory allows other members access to the campground. You also continue to pay yearly dues for as long as you own your membership. We figure we used the system enough to have paid off all our fees by the second year, so it has worked for us.

What is strange about this particular park is that the campground does not own the land it sits upon. The Colorado River Indian Tribes own about 300,000 acres along both sides of the Colorado River (Arizona and California)and they worked out long term leases with the various campgrounds and mobile home parks on both sides of the river. Coming up Hwy. 95 from Ehrenberg you'll see fields of cotton, alfalfa and sorghum being grown by tribal members and of course there is the ubiquitous casino in Parker. The CRIT has apparently come to an agreement with Wal*mart to build a new store and shopping area in Parker, which would save everyone about an 80 mile round trip which would be handy. But they are also planning on creating a new museum at the Poston War Relocation Center where thousands of Japanese-Americans were interned during World War II, so the efforts of the tribe are not simply commercial. How ironic that a group of people who were forced from their native lands onto reservations are creating a monument to another race of people who were forced onto a different type of reservation.

The town of Parker exists mainly on the tourist traffic--those who come to play on the Colorado River. There are a few restaurants, a couple of fast food places, two grocery stores, a tiny museum, the casino and some small retail stores. Like so many towns in southwestern Arizona, its populace swells in winter when the RVers arrive which can be a double edged sword to those who live here. Unlike many other towns overrun with snowbirds in winter, the people who live here don't seem to resent our intrusion too much. And believe me, after a while, you come to appreciate that a lot. Of course, the river draws people year round for water skiing, jet skiing, boating (the cigarette boats are fantastic here), fishing and leisurely cruises on pontoon boats so the folks around here are used to tourists. It's a good place to relax or to be a busy as you want with water sports or hiking/biking/ATVing in the desert hills. Just don't come to shop.


Coll said...

I have a Japanese-Canadian brother-in-law. His parents were interned here in Canada during the second world war. They lost everything at that time.
In school we were never taught this part of our history. I never learned of it until much later. It saddens me to this day.

Soulknitting said...

Hi Linda,

Thanks for thinking of me!! I always smile when I see that you have left me a message. And I wonder where you and Denny are 'camping' for the night.

So, I'm opening up an office to teach meditation full time. I got laid off from work a week ago. I'm tired of having my 'financial' life in somebody else hands all the time. I'm going to sucseed on my own!! I'll send you a link to my meditation website this week when it done for your perusal.

Sailing was great last weekend. We had lots of rain on Monday. It was fabulous to sleep on the boat with all that rain. I'm slipped in Lake Mead Marina, just down the hill past Hoover Dam if you two are driving by. I'm there on weekends. Which might change depending on meditation class schedules.

I really liked Parker as I saw it last time driving thru. Beautiful coloring to desert there.

Be safe. Kim

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