I walked to the range office today and re-upped until January 5 just to give myself a little nudge towards deciding what to do and whether I want to stay here longer or ease on down the road.
I was rather surprised that they were open on New Year's Day being a government operation and all, but I heard the shooting start at 7 AM and two things became readily apparent, the office was open, and I wasn't the only one in Phoenix without a hangover.
I still don't want to get out of town just yet but I do need a different view out the window. I may go over to the rifle range and try weaseling my way in over there or I might go right on the other side of the fence and stay just outside the campground I'm in now.
I did a little Internet research today and found out that right on the other side of the campground fence, which is not actually a fence but a 12 foot tall berm that you can walk on top of, there's public land that I see people camping on but I've never known if it was State land or BLM and I've heard varying comments from locals as to which it may be.
But I went to one of my favorite websites for determining land uses and found out that the area I'm looking at is BLM. The confusion comes from the fact that it's a narrow strip of BLM land that looks to me like it might be a hundred yards wide that runs along the border of the west side of Ben Avery's and then State land borders that strip of BLM land.
It's a nice area for boondocking lots of saguaros and a dry wash. And it looks like it's easy to get to even though I haven't tried yet. There's a dirt road that turns off Highway 74, locally called Carefree highway, that goes right through the middle of that strip of BLM land bordering Ben Avery's and since I've seen a class C and a motorhome boondocking there I'm assuming getting there's no problem.
In my mind there's only one teensy weensy little problem, which is there's a Federal medium security prison about a mile down that dirt road. Now that dirt road obviously is not the main entrance to the prison but it does go to the prison and if someone wanted to escape that dirt road might be an attractive option.
I've never felt this to be a problem while staying at Ben Avery's because you would have to be the world's biggest idiot to escape from prison and try to hide at Ben Avery's where everyone there is armed to the teeth and shoot at things on a daily basis and the various police departments have several training facility's and shoot both day and night. But being on the other side of the berm does not give me the same warm fuzzy feeling that living around all the cops gives me.
On the other hand since it's a medium security Federal prison it might be full of politicians who may not have the brains to escape and even if they do are fairly harmless in less their in charge of some part of the government.
It's said that it takes 100 years before a Saguaro grows its first arm. That makes this Saguaro almost as old as me.