About our camp . . . .
Sunset glow at Cedar Pocket Campground, Virgin River Gorge (See our campsite?)
Cedar Pocket Campground (elevation 2,200 feet) in northwestern Arizona, is about 18 miles southwest of St. George, Utah, and about 18 miles northeast of Mesquite, Nevada. Interstate 15 brings you here on an exciting ride through the Virgin River Gorge.
While out walking with Reggie, I read this information on a plaque at the entrance.
“Completed in 1973, the 11-mile stretch of Interstate 15 through the canyon is one of the most spectacular and expensive engineering feats in the rural interstate system. In places it is only 150 feet wide with vertical rock walls of 300 to 500 feet high.”
Cedar Pocket is an inexpensive BLM campground.
Camping fees are $8 regular/$4 with senior discount. One can pay $90 and stay for an entire month! That’s with water, flush toilets, trash pick-up, on-site camp host, and the usual campsite features of picnic table and grill.
There are plenty of tent sites that also have fine views of the river and rocks. In this photo you can see one of the tent pads made of sand.
Some of the campsites have shelters on a concrete pad.
The camp host tells me the site I chose is the most popular in the campground. When someone leaves it, another camper pulls in within a few minutes!
We do have a front row seat for watching the daily show on the rocks as the sun sets!
Here’s another view from the other side of the campground.
“Enough about the campground!” you say.
“Where are the photos of Reggie’s new girlfriend that you promised!”
Okay, okay . . . . Our neighbor is a man from Henderson, Nevada (near Las Vegas). His name is Charlie and his 4-year-old German Shepherd is named Sadie.
At the sight of Sadie, Reggie begins to zoom. I think that’s how he flirts. Sadie takes the bait!
While Charlie and I watch Sadie and Reggie run and play together, he tells me the story of how he and Sadie found each other.
Charlie used to volunteer at an animal shelter.
He liked to take the dogs out of their cages and give them a walk. One day while at the shelter, two puppies found in the desert were brought in. One male and one female. Their age was estimated at 15 weeks.
Charlie called the male puppy. He came over to Charlie and then turned and scampered away. Then Charlie called the female over. She walked up to Charlie, sat on his shoes, and would not budge.
“Looks like she wants to go home with you!” the shelter person remarked.
Charlie decided right then that this was his dog. He had to wait ten days, the set time to allow an owner to claim a lost dog, before he could adopt. During that time Charlie visited her every day and named her Sadie.
“Well, I finally get to bring Sadie home and soon after that she’s foaming at the mouth. “
“Oh no! That’s horrible!” I interject.
“Yeah. It’s Parvo. The vet tells me Sadie has to stay over for three days and the treatment will cost $2,500. I ask him how much the medicine costs. Four hundred dollars he says. I tell him I’ll take care of her at home. I get three IV solution bags with the medicine in them. At home I put Sadie on my lap and give her the slow drip and she recovered.”
“Wow. She’s certainly a very healthy looking dog today,” I observe as Reggie and Sadie continue their play.
“She ought to be! She eats as well as I do! Meat, fish, vegetables. I like to buy the two-pack of chicken breasts. She gets one and I get one. Well, she gets one and a half, ” Charlie adds, chuckling. “She’s up to 110-120 pounds now.”
I expect Reggie and Sadie will have more play dates. Charlie says they will stay at Cedar Pocket at least until Sunday.
More canine encounters in the next post!
Reggie makes more friends and has a grand time running, chasing, hugging, play-fighting, captivating both people and dogs with his energy and friendliness . . . .
Gee, I’ve got a real social butterfly on my hands.
“Reggie? You love everyone, don’t you . . . .”
NOTE: If the dog stories and dog photos are getting to be too much for you, hang in there. Reggie and I won’t always be in a campground with dogs all around. — Sue
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