Told You I Couldn’t Resist…
Whenever I’m out in the boonies I’m inspired to photograph. Something about the wide, open desert and the way it glows golden in the early morning & late evening light makes it particularly gorgeous. Who can resist those long shadows? Or that warm hue? Or just the sheer magnitude of space and view? I never seem to capture it just right, but I keep trying and so my camera clicks away almost of its own accord. Plus there is just something exceptionally fine about seeing “the beast” in a spot like this. Her long lines and ample size make for the perfect photo model, giving perspective to the even grander size of nature’s surroundings.
We’ve been here only a few days, but we’ve already settled into our typical boondocking rhythm. Early AM calls for a long walk with pooch out in the desert followed by a cup of espresso with the cats in the sun. The middle of the day passes with computer stuff and lounging. By late afternoon the outdoors beckons again and we ease into a bike ride to explore the curves and swerves in the valley. The day ends with a glass overlooking the sunset and soaking in the deep desert colors. It’s just plain jane stuff, but it’s the spot where we do it that makes it so special.
We’ve also got some pretty awesome hiking right by the rig. Our front window view points directly at Coyote Mountain which just happens to be crisscrossed by hidden hiking trails. You can putter around the lower trails and just soak in the views or (for the very motivated) take the hard hike to the very top. Plus, if you’re lucky you’ll come across the massive stone snake, a random desert sculpture which was created many years ago by who knows who and still adorns one of the flat curves near Peg Leg. I learned about the latter from The Bayfield Bunch and yesterday morning we headed out to the mountain with the goal to find it. Since we only had a very vague idea of where to look, it took about 50 mins of scrambling around and scouting, but eventually we spied the gal in the distance and tracked her down. She’s a pretty amazing little sculpture with alot of cool detail. Worth the search!
P.S. For those who like to explore the coordinates of the snake are approx. 33.300717, -116.293133
And remember I told you about how social it gets here? RVers are generally a friendly lot, but even more so out in the boonies. It’s hard to walk past a rig here without getting a wave and engaging in a chat. Pretty soon you’ve got your own little social circle within the few miles around your spot. In the last set of comments Al (from Bayfield Bunch) mentioned he might know a couple of RVers close to us, and wouldn’t you know it those guys are actually the 2 rigs directly behind us! Turns out Sassy’s On Da Road is parked just across the way from Skip & Jean and they all waved us over to meet them yesterday on the way back from our afternoon bike. Plus we just met another couple (Tom & Dianne) who we’d bumped into at the Escapees park in Benson, AZ last year. So, now we know 3 RV couples all within a golf-drive of “the beast“. How’s that for a few days of socializing?! I don’t think Paul’s gonna rough it too much while I’m gone.
That’s gonna be all this gal wrote from the boonies…at least for the next few weeks. Tonight I fly off to Europe and leave “the beast“, the hubby and the furry family behind. I’ll be basking in the beauty of a whole other kind of landscape, the southwest of France, but my heart will stay right here in the desert. I just can’t resist it the draw, you know….
P.S. A few of you asked for more info on this whole boondocking thing in the last post. Well, boondocking is basically camping in the wilds of nature on public land. There are no specific campsites or hookups and it’s typically free. Lots of spots to do this in the US especially on BLM & National Forest land. So, how do you find these gems?? Well, I’ve got a ton of posts in my “boondocking” section explaining exactly that. Here are a few of the favorites:
- Back To Boondocking Basics – 8 Steps To Get You Into The Wild
- Why Boondocking ROCKS In The West (And Why This Land Is Still YOURS)!
- Our Top 5 Essential Boondocking Items
P.P.S. Still no news on that e-mail fix. It could well take months (?) before I hear anything. So, for the time being click on over to the blog for pics. I’ve always got lots of them in the post.