Our newest adventure was at a location 38 miles north of Wenden AZ (on Army Corp of Engineering land) about a 2 hour drive from Phoenix. We knew it was time to get back to the basics of why we travel the open road so we packed up everything and headed off the grid to do some boon docking. The remote feeling of solitude that you can experience in this type of environment definitely makes you appreciate what you have in life and who you are making this journey with. We are very thankful for each other and what we have.
When we first pulled into this area (at mile marker 28-29) after traveling some pretty questionable roads once we were off US 60, our normal plan is usually to unhook the Jeep and take a ride to see where we would like to set up home.
We were fortunate enough to have an ATV going down the road at the same time who stopped to ask if we needed any help. How nice was that? It was at this moment that we met Del, from Pinehurst, Idaho who was kind enough to inquire if we needed help. He offered to take Jeff around to look at some sites while Kay stayed with the RV. When they returned, we promised to hook up with him at some point to share a cool one. It was now time to pick a site.
Mother Nature you did it again!!! What an absolutely beautiful area. Everything seems so majestic with the mountains surrounding us. There aren’t too many other rigs here right now, but we are told that after Christmas this place will definitely experience the Snowbird invasion. This land is nestled in the Buckskin Mountains and just adjacent to us is the area known as Alamo Lake State Park - for those that want a less rustic camping experience.
The Alamo Dam here at the river was completed in 1968 by the Army Corp of Engineers. This earthen dam was originally designed for flood control. During flood events, the lake has been known to record a rising of 11 vertical feet in one night. Pretty amazing! The rivers that feed the lake are the Big Sandy River and the Santa Maria River – both which form the Bill Williams River/NWR which is pretty large in this area of Arizona. Articles say that this body of water is really a recreational reservoir for the Alamo Lake State Park. A popular spot in the summer for mainly bass fishing tournaments the lake also yields other fine catches such as bluegills, channel catfish and black crappie.
The landscape is pretty much low desert vegetation (aka Sonoran Desert scrub) with trees such as the Palo Verde, Ironwood, Valley Mesquite and various cacti. We have heard in the distant the occasional feral burrows which they say are non-native to this area. Maybe escaped from miners in the past and have now acclimated successfully to desert life. We do see a lot of foot prints of all sizes in the washes and they pretty much leave us alone.
We put out the hummingbird feeder just in case and low and behold we have a family of Anna Hummingbirds coming to eat throughout the day. It is quite the challenge to get their pictures though! And today, we have 5 females trying to feed from the one feeder. There sure is lots of squabbling for the choice spot.
We hope that we’re able to experience some warmer nights when the sun goes down for some star gazing as the nearest city is 40 miles away. No light pollution around here. But let me tell you about the sunsets that we’ve encountered. So far in all of our travels we have not experienced color like we have here.
We continue to explore this area with our daily hikes after a leisurely breakfast. Right now our plans are to hook up with a friend in Wickenburg, AZ (about 82 miles east of here. Rebecca is from Steamboat Springs, Colorado and last year we met her in Congress at the Escapee North Ranch campgrounds. After that, the weather will be the determining factor on our next location.
And, so are the cats, Chuck & Abby!!!
Kay & Jeff
“For each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything Thy goodness sends”
--Ralph Waldo Emerson