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Offbeat Adventures, Summer Eats and Border Crossings in Yuma

Have you ever wanted to go somewhere but didn’t really know why?  Yuma, Arizona is one of those places for us.  When we tell people we’re headed to, or just spent time in Yuma, we always get mixed responses.  People either don’t know where it is, think it’s just for old people, assume there is nothing to do or they’re a snowbird that doesn’t want the rest of the world to know about their winter paradise.

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For us, Yuma is a wonderland of crazy, historical and sometimes weird adventures.  Plus there’s tons of fresh produce, patio dining in the middle of winter and a great place to cross the border for cheap medical!  Still don’t think Yuma sounds interesting?  Well obviously you never watched Christian Bale and Russell Crowe in the movie 3:10 to Yuma and you need to…but before you go clicking over to itunes or Netflix, here is a video roundup of six solid reasons to add Yuma to your winter road trip.


1.  Mexico for Medical

2.  Yuma Territorial Prison

3.  Seafood in the Desert

4.  The Garden Café

5.  Wild Ass Cocks and Camels

6.  It’s next to the Center of the World

Yep, Yuma is one of those places where you never know what to expect so, you don’t know what to look forward to other than the unexpected.  You just show up, have an open mind and see what happens.

If you’ve been to Yuma, tell us what you found entertaining.  If you haven’t been, tell us why…we’re always curious to know what people think of this infamous winter destination.

Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (13)

  • Marsea

    If you haven’t been to Lutes Casino in old town Yuma, you just haven’t been to Yuma. It’s like less than a 5 minute drive from the old prison. Food and a feast for the eyes.

  • Dave McKnight

    We spent about 3 weeks in Yuma last winter at a 50+ park. We loved it in Yuma, lots to see and do. We went to the State Pen and checked out quite a few of the eateries, great time. Pulled our 28 foot camper with a 2008 – 5.3 litre GMC mileage not great around 7 to 9 mpg (imperial gallons).
    We are booked back for this winter for 8 weeks. We purchased a 2010 GMC Duramax Diesel for this trip, should be better mileage and easier to pull the camper. Diesel is cheaper than gas in Canada also. We are going to be in Yuma for about 4 weeks, then hoping to make a trip up the west coast from California to Washington and then home to Northern Saskatchewan.
    I noticed by your map that you have not made it to Saskatchewan yet, we have the best lakes, camping, fishing, hunting and out door adventures, than any where else in the world and we are not crowded, you would not be disappointed.

  • WOW!! I found your site by following a link from RV Business news. So great to see you out enjoying the RV lifestyle to the fullest! I appreciate all the information you provide about the lifestyle, and especially the sharing of your adventures. I will recommend your site to all of our customers looking for some ideas and inspirations on what to do and where to go in their RV’s! And if you are ever in Yuma again, please stop in and see us!!

  • Lois Munger

    Where do you stay in Yuma?

    • We’ve stayed at the BLM behind VFW a few times, we’ve also stayed at a very small BLM right on the lake across from the KOA, and of course we stayed a 50+ Encore resort last time we were down because we were filming inside:
      Great times for sure!

  • jim

    yuma looks way cool!

  • Susanna

    hi party kids!

    so yesterday, I was flipping channels and I saw you on HGTV, I was so excited. I saw this before! You both are grrreat, a super cute and charismatic couple and I know talent when I see it, I KNEW you would get an additional show on a big network. I am PSYCHED for you and am so looking forward to watching it, I’m spreading the word around my little state of RI. well, back to drinking ale in the sunshine for you!
    lotsa of luv and smiles your way,
    your blog fan, Susanna 🙂

    • Susanna,
      Spread the word and we’re gonna owe you an ale when we swing by RI! Ha.

  • Tracy

    We saw you guys on HGTV, too. If you find smaller, walkable communities would love to know of them! Thanks Tracy

    We’re vegetarian and like warmer climate too

  • Janine

    Just saw you both buying your rv on TLC. You are living the dream! How wonderful! I look forward to following you on your journey. I cam to America 13 years ago and traveled across the country a few times in not so much style lol. It is an incredible country and the best times were taking unexpected turns and meeting incredible people. I am sure it will be an experience you will never forget. Bon Voyage!

    • Janine

      oops sorry I meant HGTV

  • Hi! Was watching House Hunters RV this Memorial Day and thought I would stop by your travel blog. I applaud you both for LIVING life while you can enjoy it; too many people don’t and then have a ton of regrets. Great info on Yuma! All I knew about it was the movie. LOL! Thanks. Will be reading your others posts and subscribing to your blog.


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