Time to say a temporary 'see ya later' to our new found friends, and make some headway east. We like to stop before it gets dark, so we chose Saddle Mountain because of the reviews. I was really glad I read more reviews before we arrived because someone suggested a better entry for larger rigs. I can't believe the spot we found! This is absolutely my new favorite place! Why? Because of the view, the ease of entry, and the ground is not dirty/dusty/yucky!
There is supposed to be Saddle Mountain Petroglyphs somewhere nearby, but after riding our bikes on a very rocky 5-mile terrain, we didn't find it. It was getting dark anyway, so we headed home. Maybe tomorrow or next time.
Critters: Most days, we have cameras set out at night to watch for animals. Last night we are pretty sure we caught one of the Arizona Ringtails on our camera video! It wasn't a great video because it was too close, then went by again in the distance, but all the features of this animal matches the ringtail exactly! We are very exited about this even though it wasn't a great video of it!
Details: Saddle Mountain BLM Dispersed: (33.460627, -113.061973)
* Note: If you are planning your stay with a medium-large rig, you'd do better by entering at GPS location 33.464515, -113.062337. There was a little dip here, but not bad. The roads are VERY good for dispersed camping, and the sites are huge. If you go to the other place listed in Campendium, you will have a very bad, rocky road with smaller sites.
Finally Boondocking in Quartzsite with our Reflection buddies. SO nice to have some space for the dogs to run.
What is boondocking in Quartzsite? La Posa South distursed camping area has over 110,000 acres for people to just find a spot, park and level. No numbered spots, not close neighbors, and beautiful scenery.
The Quartzsite RV Show has been on our bucket list for years! All the talk of all the RV's and RV toys. We even heard that if you buy some kind of upgrade, the company installs it for free while you're at Quartzsite! We did see evidence of this, as someone bought new slide toppers for their RV and the company was installing them right at La Posa camping area, which was 5 miles north of the show.
We headed here with friends we met in California, but I must say the show itself was a bit disappointing this year. Because of Covid, there were a fraction of the poeple, as well as a fraction of the RVs to tour. Most of the venders were selling items that weren't related to RVs at all. We did end up buying an Internet package which we've been looking for, for quite some time.
Quartzsite show grounds are pet friendly, so we took Pica with us to walk around. When we toured the campers, Pica was a trouper and ran up and down every single set of steps we did. I must say, that after looking at about 20 rigs (even the million-dollar ones), I am VERY happy with what we've chosen, and have no 'wishes' about something that may have been nice to have. My continued gratitude to my wonderful husband for providing such a good 'home' for our journey. :-)
This is La Posa South dispersed camping area at sunset. We really love this place, and love the sunsets the most. We will NOT miss the dust.
Well, we decided to catch up with our friends a little, so welcome to beautiful Quartzsite, AZ!!
First I'll start with some 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐬. It took an hour outside on long exposure to capture this, and Mark wants to ask you all some questions about this. (Sorry, the plane lines kind of ruined my trails, but I still think the picture is cool!)
The rest of the pictures are my attempt to bring our friends & family back home a little warmth. Hugs to all!
Stay Details: Plomosa Road Dispersed Camping Area (33.7488, -114.2162)
Stay Details: Joshua Tree South Dispersed (33.6745, -115.8019)
Boondocking at its finest.
This is the first Boondocking site we’ve been able to get the site I picked out via Google maps. Beautiful area, off-road enthusiasts in the distance, and spacious. Right outside of Joshua Tree National Park.
Stay Details: Joshua Tree North Dispersed (34.1716, -116.2291)
Pica is in the salon, so we did our ‘no dogs’ walk on the Hoover Dam.
We had to go through A security checkpoint where the truck was searched (poor officer) . Then we drove over the dam & walked the dam then drove up to and walked the rainbow bridge overlooking the dam.
For those who haven’t visited for a while, very few vehicles can cross the dam anymore.￼￼￼￼￼ All traffic is routed on the new bridge that was built in 2007.
*Note the water levels of Lake Meade (water line on mountains). These are extremely low levels, and the city of Las Vegas is concerned about running out of water.
Stay Details: Lake Mead, Government Wash (36.1309, -114.8369)
Another beautiful 85 degree day in the west. A beautiful campsite at the Valley of Fires State Park, along with a morning display of rams wandering the campgrounds, then a gorgeous hike.
Later, arriving at Lake Mead, finding another pretty dispersed camping location, and a quick swim in the lake.
Stay Details: Arch Rock Campground (36.418171, -114.556673)
It seems that every stop we make just gets grander and grander! We almost skipped over Zion, but sure glad we didn’t!
Today we decided to take the bikes into the park with Pica. She’s not allowed on the shuttle, so we rode the bicycles trail to the canyon lookout, then found out we could ride the 6-mile scenic drive to the end. So we did! Again, one of the top rides. Don’t pass this one up if you have the chance! Zion is only a few miles long and absolutely gorgeous on bikes.
They don't allow cars and operate by shuttle into and out of the park. Stunning rock formations, beautiful canyons, rock formations, a huge tunnel to drive through and even a slot canyon at the end for the more adventurous hikers!
Day 2 - - -
“Just start to sing as you tackle the thing, that couldn’t be done, and you’ll do it” (Edgar Best) & Mark’s mom
It’s amazing.. Two years ago, I feared I’d never be able to hike or bike again. Five weeks ago, Mark thought he wouldn’t be able to hike for a while.
Today, the love for nature and beauty gave us both incentive to at least ‘try’ the trails we didn’t think we could do. After packing for a 10-mile hike (just to look like the pros), we started in on our hike just to see how far our physical limitations would take us. 5-1/2 miles later, we were rewarded with some beautiful scenery, memories, and the sense of accomplishment that we did something we didn’t think we could do.
So my dear friends, no matter what your challenge, just start out and try it. You never know, maybe you’ll end up completing ‘the thing’ that you thought couldn’t be done, and you’ll do it!
Stay Details: Hurricane Cliffs Dispersed (37.2027, -113.2323)
Another must-see for travelers. 𝑩𝒓𝒚𝒄𝒆 𝑪𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒐𝒏 and surrounding areas, including 𝑬𝒔𝒄𝒂𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒆 𝑷𝒆𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒇𝒊𝒆𝒅 𝑭𝒐𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝑺𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝑷𝒂𝒓𝒌.
Enjoy the pictures from the Bryce area, within the Colorado Plateau.
Stay Details: Tom's Best Dispersed Camping: (37.7275, -112.2477)
* Tom's best was absolutely stunning! We had the open forest to ourselves. The trees are larger than life and the grounds are covered in pine needles and a fine dusty sand. The weather was definetely cold this time of year. We even froze a pipe for a hour one night! Only a few miles outside of the national park, and a bicycle trail to get there. When the weather gets warmer we will spend a couple days on our bicycles at this place. There is no place on earth like the colorful hoodoos of Bryce!