I went back to the Pioneer Living History Museum this morning and got there when they opened at 9 o'clock. There was only four or five other people there so I got to roam around the grounds and take pictures without any people in the way.
That all ended about 30 minutes later when two school buses showed up and dumped a whole bunch of elementary school kids into the museum which made it extremely difficult to take a picture without one or more kids in the way.
So I had to give up on taking pictures of buildings and started taking close-up pictures of flowers. I have to apologize for my lack of knowledge about the names of desert plants. I know the names of a few plants, mostly cacti, but there's a lot of strange plants growing in the desert and I just never had the need to learn the names of all of them.
For most of the year nobody cares what their names are because they all look like brownish, greenish, half dead things that are all baking together in the desert sun. But then during the spring most of them start growing flowers and THEN people are interested in what they're called.
I would have to say that the only plants I can name with any certainty is pretty much limited to the grocery store produce aisle.
Ben Avery's campground the Arctic Fox in the background
I tried to go to the pioneer living history Museum this morning, it's only three or four miles from Ben Avery's. But when I got to the parking lot there were two large school buses dropping off a full load of what looked like junior high school kids. And as much as I love to see kids learn about history, Lord knows not much of it is taught in school anymore, I decided I would just wait and go tomorrow morning when there was less chance of me being trampled.
I walked around the campground this afternoon and took a few pictures. And it seems like the longer I stay here the more I like this campground. And for $12 a day, or $50 a week, or $150 a month to dry camp its pretty reasonable compared to other places I've seen.
Saguaro cactus with many arms Ben Avery's campground
Fishhook cactus Ben Avery's campground
Palo Verde tree Blossoms Ben Avery's campground
The bones of a Saguaro cactus Ben Avery's campground
In my dry campsite at Ben Avery's rifle range in Phoenix Arizona
I registered this morning at 8 o'clock at the Ben Avery's rifle range dry camping area, So now I'm legal. I signed up for one week to get the $50 deal so I'll be here at least till Sunday.
so far I like it here better than the Trap range campground. The trap range campground is just a huge parking lot and everybody is pretty close together and when it's busy over there you can hardly put your awning out without touching your neighbors RV. Most of the people at the trap range campground are in buses and since a lot of them have money most of them drive huge buses, and when you've got huge buses all around you its like being in a city surrounded by buildings, which for me is no fun.
Where I'm at now is laid out more like a normal State Park, which means it's a natural environment and not a parking lot, and the campsites are spaced far enough apart that you don't feel hemmed in. But best of all there's hardly anybody here. It looks like there's 4 or 5 RVs in the full hookups sites but I only see one other person in the dry camping area where I'm at. That could be because it's getting kind of late in the season and the temperatures are getting in the high 80s almost every day and most normal people would want to be plugged in and have their air conditioner running.
But for me I'm comfortable with my two Fantastic Vent Fans running and the windows on the shady side of the Arctic Fox open.
I've always liked staying in this area because I'm just minutes from a Walmart, a large grocery store, restaurants and a Home Depot. Also about 10 minutes down the road is Lake Pleasant state Park, and 15 minutes away is my favorite electronics store Fry's Electronics. The downside had always been the $140 a week or $340 a month for a full hookup site at the trap range but now that I know about the dry camping area at the rifle range Ben Avery's will become a more viable option in the future.