Sunrise this morning. Lucky for me since the sun has to come up over the mountains my sunrise doesn't happen until about 8 o'clock giving me plenty of time to sleep in.
My first full day back at the Box Wash boondocking area in Wickenburg, and it's always great to be here. Box Wash is one of my top five favorite places to boondock in Arizona. Nobody asked me what my top five places are, but I will tell you anyway. In alphabetical order, they are...
AJO – – there are a lot of great boondocking areas in Ajo. So you can have a choice of being close to civilization or out in the boonies away from people. And it's one of the places I will go if Arizona is crowded and it's hard to find a place to boondock because I think I could always find a spot in Ajo.
BEN AVERY GUN RANGE near Phoenix – – if you like to shoot, you can't beat Boondocking or Camping at the Ben Avery Gun Range. They have numerous ranges for handguns, rifles, shotguns, and even archery. They have close-in ranges, thousand-yard ranges, trap ranges, skeet, bunker trap, Olympic archery targets, field archery; Ben Avery's is Disney World for shooters. And it's only a couple of miles from restaurants and major big box stores. It's a great place to work on RV projects because there's a Home Depot 2 miles away, and Ben Avery's doesn't care what you're doing to your RV as long as you're not disturbing your neighbors. In fact my experience has been, your neighbors, and the Ben Avery employees, will be the first ones to lend a hand, or a tool if they see you tearing your RV apart
LAKE HAVASU – – Lake Havasu has some excellent boondocking areas, some before you get to town and some after leaving town. And the ones after you leave town are only a few miles from a Walmart. It's a great place to walk around town and see the sights and plenty of hiking in the boondocking areas. And of course, it's got the London Bridge you can walk on that was disassembled in London, carried through the desert, possibly by mule train, and reassembled in the middle of nowhere. But if you build a bridge, they will come, and indeed they did, if for no other reason than to see the bullet strikes in the bridge courtesy of the German Luftwaffe during World War II.
TUCSON – – this is definitely a favorite of mine to boondock at the Pima County Fairgrounds and enjoy the various events taking place during the winter. There are two National Parks in Tucson, so there's plenty of outdoor stuff you can do, especially if you have a Lifetime Geezer Pass to get into the parks for free anytime you feel like it. There's plenty of nearby shopping and free casino parking lot boondocking if you're so inclined.
QUARTZSITE– – what can you say about Quartzsite? A town that is built around RVers in general, and boondocker's in particular. The place where being trailer trash is a badge of honor, living in an RV is perfectly normal, and it's impossible to run out of boondocking spots, where it's easier to say where you can't boondock than to say where you can. Quartzsite should be like Mecca, every RVer should have to go there at least once.
Now there are many more places to boondock in Arizona than that, and over the years, I've stayed at a lot of them. Remember, I was camping and boondocking decades before becoming a full-timer, and I've camped and boondocked from the Florida Keys to right near the Canadian border in Washington state. But for strictly boondocking, I've gravitated towards Arizona over the years, particularly the desert areas, because in the winter, it seems to have the most number of comfortable days. And to be comfortable to me means a humidity low enough that high temperatures don't feel so bad, and low temperatures are still tolerable.
A Donkey at Rooster Cogburn's Ostrich Ranch doing his impression of an Orangutan, he also does a great Chimpanzee.
Notice how I'm looking up at these Ostriches. There really tall birds, but I've got a lot more toes than they do.... and they know it.
This is Clara, she will smile whenever you call her name. Too bad there's not more people like that.