Tuesday, September 4
The Perfect Tow Vehicle carries Reggie, Roger, and me on Coconino Forest Road 84 toward the Dragoon Mountains. (Nancy is home with Marg. She has stuff to take care of today.)
Maybe we’ll camp at Cochise Stronghold Campground sometime. . . . What a picturesque location for a ranch . . . .
“We’re almost there, boys. It’s been a long time since we explored like this. You’ve been yard dogs since last spring.”
And I’ve been a house dog since last spring . . . .
“It’s high time we got out and about again!“
The road is washboard-y part of the way. Then it smooths out, becomes winding and narrow.
These road photos may seem redundant and unnecessary.
I post them for a reason.
Fear of the unknown.
I admit there are moments when I hesitate before trying something new and I have to knock down that pesky fear of the unknown.
Not knowing the condition of a road keeps many folks from going to interesting places. I want you to see it’s not difficult or hazardous to drive to Cochise Stronghold.
This post is about the campground.
Another post will focus on the history of this location and also Reggie and Roger as trail dogs!
On the way to the campground we pass a place for horse trailers to park and unload. We also pass a couple spur roads — the one below is Forest Road 4810 — that could lead to boondocks.
I don’t feel like scouting out boondocks. Today I’m in a mood to see the campground, relax and enjoy nature with my crew. And also, gather information about the campground to share with you, dear reader.
We come upon three spillways and the valiant PTV splashes through each one!
I stop and get out of the PTV to read and photograph the sign below. This makes Reggie and Roger excited about getting out of the PTV, too.
“Not much longer and I’ll let you out. You’re gonna’ have so much fun!”
Gee, the weather is perfect today. Cool and comfortable . . . . I wonder if anyone is camped in the campground . . . .
“Here we are!”
I’ve seen a lot of these brown signs over the past seven years . . . . Always get a rush of anticipation . . . .
“Okay, okay, hold on! Let me park and you two can get out . . .
Hmm . . . paved . . . . That’s a surprise. . . .
Love all these oak trees . . . .
Reg and Rog are in their harnesses with leashes attached. I lift their wiggly bodies out of the passenger seat and down to the pavement.
“Okay, let’s go, crew!”
“I hear water. C’mon this way.”
Not much left of the stream. Or maybe this is a wash that only fills after a rain.
No bugs flying around . . . . Thankful for that!
“Oh, here’s a rock for climbing.”
Roger goes up first, of course.
Reggie follows and looks around tentatively.
“Hey, RVSue, what about the campground?” you ask.
“You were going to tell us about Cochise Stronghold Campground, remember?”
Here’s the notice on the bulletin board.
A helpful fly points out that those of us with a geezer pass park for free at the trailhead in the campground. If camping or picnicking, our fee would be $5.
Follow this link to the Forest Service web page for more information, such as suggested trailer size and season dates.
Back to Reggie and Roger on the rock . . . .
It’s nice to be here all by ourselves.
If people were around, there’d be the sound of engines and talking.
Instead we hear water gurgling its way between boulders . . .
. . . while a woodpecker drums on a tree trunk somewhere nearby.
The boys are enjoying this. I am, too. Oh, all the times I walked behind two precious pups, wandering around on a woodland path, crunching on desert gravel between creosote bushes, following a two-track trail through golden grass, strolling along a lake, river, or creek . . . . and that day by the sea, foam at my feet, the gulls squawking . . . .
“Roger, hold that pose, honey . . . . ”
“Okay. Let’s go back and have a drink of water . . . .
. . . and then you can lead me on the nature trail!”
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