Although we live in an ever rolling 5th wheel, we rarely feel like we're on vacation. That's because our rolling home is our home - does that make sense? The day to day stuff that makes up life for us is the same as it was when our home didn't have wheels. There's still bills to pay, meals to be prepared, work to be done, chores, laundry. Well, you get it...
Ron and I needed to visit Arizona for work. We already knew from last year that we didn't want to work in Arizona in the summer! We just didn't have a hard set date. Then I found out Debbie and Steve of Down The Road With Steve And Debbie would be at Lost Dutchman State Park in March. You can read about their adventure here. I figured it wouldn't be easy to get a reservation because it's such a popular place. I went online, played around with arrival and departure dates and snagged a three day reservation in the dry camping (boondocking) section. We were set for a Tuesday arrival and Friday departure. Knowing that Steve works on the weekdays I tried for another reservation for the following weekend-no such luck. But I did snag another site, also in the boondocking section, for the weekend prior :-) We were all set for a six day vacation!
Saturday finally came!! This was our view of the Superstition Mountains when we first drove into the park. So many words: WOW!! GORGEOUS!! AWESOME!! MAGNIFICENT!!
Our first site, #127, was in the back section closest to the mountains. It was a back-in spot, on a slope and according to Ron "a bear" to get into. The view was so worth it :-)
|site #98, home for Debbie and Steve|
Our morning view with coffee mug in hand is unmatched by any other to date!
|I simply can not get enough of these mountains!|
|happy hour on the deck :-)|
Most days went as follows: morning and afternoons on our own and then we'd get together for dinner, drinks and campfires. This way Steve could work, Debbie could catch up on her blog posts and Ron and I could relax :-) We went out for dinner one night to nearby Dirtwater Springs. Debbie and I each ordered the Liquid Marijuana (no drugs but 3 shots of liquor) while the guys ordered a beer to go with our burgers and wings.
Our second site, #34 is a tight pull through spot in the middle of the campground. We first tried to pull in, but ended up backing out, moving to the front of the spot and then backing in. Being a giant isn't always easy...
|we were determined to make it work!|
|looking forward to the hike|
|Debbie and I as we start the hike|
|looking down on the thumb|
|Ron taking a breather while he waits for us|
|what a hike!|
The hike starts out nice and wide. There is a defined trail to follow. As soon as we start moving more vertical the trail disappears. You're basically identifying where you can put your next foot. I was pretty much on all fours for most of this part. I think Ron is part mountain goat (LOL) - he makes it look so easy. I was so thankful that Debbie was there to show us the way!
In the above photo Debbie is at the point where we decide to stop and turn around. It took us about two hours to get to this spot. We made it about 3/4 of the way to the peak. After this point it's probably another hour or more to get to Flatiron Peak. If we kept going, we would be returning in the dark and that isn't safe considering all of the climbing we had to do just to get this far.
|more uphill climbing necessary|
We were all satisfied with how far we went on the hike. Now Ron and I know what to expect and when we come back we'll make it to the top!! I was especially happy with my hike because at one point I was ready to stop. The wind was very unnerving as it made my hat flap in all directions. But I took it off and kept going. Yippee for me!
|evidence of the night before :-)|
|we all loved our time together!|
Our departure day was a bit overcast and some rain drops fell prior to hooking up. I managed to get a nice photo of the Superstitions in the clouds.
Until next time...