|My Ehrenberg camp, under the Ironwood Tree. (2/10 - 3/3/15)|
I didn't set up a camp at Agua Fria NM. The river was too deep for my Prius to ford; so, I couldn't go very far into the back country. Instead, I found a small site up on a hill overlooking the road through the National Monument with I-17 a couple of miles in the distance. I didn't set up camp there for a couple of reasons: 1) I was only going to stay for a couple of nights, and 2) I felt exposed as I could be seen for miles around. The good parts were that my views were breath taking, and I had great Internet access due to being so close to I-17 The only time I'd ever been checked-up on by a Sheriff was at this site. He just saw that I was in my car, waved, and backed down the hill.
|Tonto NF campsite in the Mesquite Forest, next to the Verde River. |
The trees were just starting to leaf out. The site came with a table,
so I didn't set up my kitchen, nor shade umbrella. (3/6-3/16/15)
But, when I'm at a location for any length of time, I'll set up camp. I look for a shade tree where I can set up camp just north of it. At Ehrenberg it was a Ironwood tree. I was in among lots of Mesquite trees in the Tonto NF. Here in the Prescott NF, I'm north of a large Juniper. I want to take advantage of the shade so I pitch my tent as far under the tree as possible, and set up my kitchen so that it gets early afternoon shade.
|More Mesquite Trees across the road from my campsite.|
The grass was over a foot tall. Sunset, Tonto NF, 3/13/15.
|Prescott NF campsite. (3/18/15 - present)|
|Last night's sunset as viewed from my front windshield. |
(Prescott NF, 3/29/15)
Note: Here's a blog post by my friend Bob Wells whom I'm current camped near. He talks about camping among friends here in the Prescott NF.