December desert days

Thursday, December  18 – Sunday, December 21

1-P1010940Roosevelt Lake, Tonto Recreation Area, Arizona

The first few days at our Roosevelt Lake camp are cold and damp with overcast skies.

In the brief episodes of afternoon sun, Bridget and I poke around the lake.

1-P1010933These days are pleasantly uneventful. 

Bridget and I go up to Cholla Campground’s shower house.  We take a ride into Tonto Basis for groceries and propane, as well as for more Tonto Passes in order to camp in the Tonto Recreation Area ($6 regular/$3 senior discount).

The proposed increase in fees, rumored to bring the camping fee up to $25, means this may be the last time we camp near Roosevelt Lake.

1-P1010932If the fee should go that high, I suspect that Bridget and I aren’t the only ones who might cross Roosevelt Lake off the list of winter campsites.

I ask a business lady in Tonto Basin how she feels about the fee increase and she replies bitterly, “It will really hurt our business!”

1-P1010920Wandering about the Roosevelt Lake area, one wouldn’t guess this is the week leading up to Christmas Day. 

People over the mountains in Mesa, Apache Junction, and Phoenix may be bustling about with last minute shopping and preparations for the big day.  Not here.  The campgrounds hold only a few occupants this week and the roads have very little traffic.

1-P1010905I admit that being excused from Christmas is a sweet pleasure for me. 

I’m not against the holiday, but Christmas hullabaloo comes around way too often!

1-P1010911Bridget and I walk around Frasier Campground.

This is a campground for people with horses.  No one is here.  Here’s a photo of a cactus with attitude!

1-P1010938The sites have beautiful views of the lake.

Several of the photos in this post were taken from Frasier Campground.

1-P1010917Bridget is dressed for the cool day.  She wears her new sweater with style.

1-P1010919That’s all for today’s post!

No mining/sacred land controversy in our back yard, no vehicle damage to be repaired, no cow stuck in the mud . . . .  Just a brief post to let you know Bridget and I are happy, healthy, and still hanging out at lovely Roosevelt Lake!



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