Monday, December 15
Bridget and I look for boondocks!
We take Route 60 west through Superior and turn onto a dirt road that goes over a cattle guard. This is forest road #357. We pass two spur roads, and I notice a camper partially obscured by creosote, mesquite and palo verde trees.
This is the west side of Picketpost Mountain.
Beyond the two spur roads near Route 60 I don’t discover any more campsites. This strikes me as odd because this is national forest, the ground is firm, and the vegetation is healthy. Yet no campsites. (One is not allowed to make a new campsite on public lands. Only established campsites can be used.)
I drive about five miles, crossing two wide washes. A few more miles and still no campsites. Hmm . . . .
A sign comes into view “Rod and Gun Club.” Whenever I’ve come across a gun club sign, I haven’t found campsites anywhere near. Makes sense.
I turn around and about halfway back to the highway, I park alongside the road to take photos. I let Bridget out and we walk a short distance down a wash, enough to make her happy.
If we come this way again — going to or from Globe and Roosevelt Lake — I’d like to have an alternative to Oak Flat. The boondocks on the two spur roads not far from Route 60 will serve that purpose. There’s evidence of four-wheeler traffic so a camp here may be good for weekdays only.
We go through Queen River Tunnel.
The camp host lady comes by while I’m outside doing dishes. She’s chasing one of her dogs that has escaped its pen. We say hello and in the course of conversation she reminds me that I’m reaching the time limit for camping here. (I hate to call her “she.” I forgot her name!).
“I plan on leaving in the morning. I need to dump tanks anyway.”
She tells me it’s supposed to rain again tomorrow and the next day. I almost never drive in the rain and I don’t think I’ve ever set up camp in the rain.
Since it’s time to leave Oak Flat and to dump tanks, I decide not to wait until tomorrow when it might be rainy.
I hitch up and hit the road today!
More about our new camp in the next post.
At last! I received an email from the body shop. The door is painted and ready for installation. Bridget and I will take the Imperfect Tow Vehicle to Globe first thing tomorrow morning.
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