We had been planning a trip to Arizona anyway, but this Silver Fire as seen from our front yard was not a wildfire to ignore! It was over 80 miles away, but still very imposing!
We packed The MotherShip, filled our bird feeders and headed off to Arizona!
Our first stop is only 2.5 hours from Truth or Consequences, but it is a great little boondocking campground at Datil Well, just off Highway 60 west.
$5.00 a night for non-geezers and $2.50 a night for geezers! It gives us a chance to "settle in", put things in proper places. Seems we always leave in a bit of a frenzy, so having a nice cool place in the mountains to stop and re-organize a bit makes it nice!
I have always been a fan of boondocking, tucking myself away in some corner of my world, like I spent my early camping days. Chuck.... not so much. He has always preferred campgrounds. But I think RVSue and I have changed that idea a bit. Datil Well is step one... It's a campground BUT it's dry camping! NO UTILITIES, but they have good clean pit toilets and a place to refill your water jugs.
Last year, we took our first positive step towards boondocking more often!
We had a big metal box welded to the frame of the MotherShip!
Propane is definitely the way to go for us, it lasts a very long time. We are still on the little tank and it has been a week now since we left home!
After we left Datil Well, we went up to I-40 and camped at Homolovi State Park near Winslow AZ.
$25 for full hook-ups. We wanted to fill our water tanks and use their dump station. I understand the ruins there are worth the visit, but we got there late and left early.
One sad note, as we got close to Flagstaff, we saw an elk doe carcass on the road. I have been wanting to see an elk for years..... but not this way. Bummer!
Finally we got to Sheilah and Chuck's home in Paulden. They have quite a farm going there! BIG garden and fruit trees and bee hives and lots of yummy things from the garden. I am sorry, we were so into visiting after so many years.... I forgot to take pictures! But Sheilah decided to try and make Navajo Pizza like we had in Bluff Utah. Her daughter Alana came to visit with her two sons so we got busy in Sheilah's kitchen. Sheilah made the frybread while Alana and I loaded on the tomato sauce, cheese, onions, avocado, asparagus, & elk meat! YUM!
All 7 of us pigged out on amazing Navajo Pizza!
If any of you would like to learn how to make fry bread, here is a link to an earlier visit to Shiela's kitchen where she taight me how to make frybread!
When we left Sheilah and Chuck's great company, we headed to Camp Verde to meet our old friend John.
We went to a very fancy campground where John used to workcamp! Distant Drums come complete with pool, spa, laundry facilities, and gym with a high price tag too! Distant Drums was $39 per night but well laid out and a fun Casino across the way! John tried hard to get off work... but as it turned out, none of his co-workers would cover for him at his current workamper job in Apache Junction and (as much as we love you John)we didn't want to get involved in Phoenix traffic or heat! So we left Camp Verde after one night of leaving the Yavapai Apache some of our hard earned $$$ at the Casino! We headed east down highway 260 through the mountain towns of Strawberry and Pine on to Payson and Star Valley. We ended up in a beautiful pine forest in the White Mountains.
We are tucked away comfortably, lots of room to play! We took Young Road off of highway 260 and within the first few miles found this lovely site!
I think they would both add a huge hip hip hooray for being free of campgrounds into FREE campgrounds!
In fact, it's so nice here, at noon temp is all of 74 degrees, the trees are gently blowing in the breeze and we have the whole place to ourselves! We have decided to stay one more day! YaY!
So that's it from the crew of the MotherShip, Geri and Chuck with our K-9 kids DoogieBowser and Radar! I sure hope we boondock like this more often! Thank you RVSue for being such a good influence! For those who have never read her blog... take note! rvsueandcrew.net She writes a fun blog about her life choice of life, living in a Casita and boondocking full time!