I spent some time this morning checking out places to go when I leave Ajo but still haven't found anything that looks interesting to me. I'm still thinking that I want to stay in the Phoenix general area but I'm not really sure about that either.
I checked the Lost Dutchman State Park again, which is in Apache Junction an area I really like, and their Internet reservations still shows it full until the middle of April, so it looks like that's gonna be hopeless.
I could go back to Ben Avery gun range near Cave Creek, it's got everything I need, and I enjoy being there, but I've been there already this year and I don't like to get too attached to a place or it starts feeling like a home, I get in a bottomless rut, and it's hard for me to get moving again. But at least I know it's a good fallback place if nothing else turns up.
I spent some time looking at my latest copy of the Escapees Days End Directory, which I just got last week, and there's a lot of boondocking areas east of Phoenix but my problem is I don't like to go exploring new boondocking areas while pulling the Arctic Fox. I need a place I can check into for a night or two and then do my exploring in the truck.
I update my Escapees Days End Directory about every two years, it cost $10 and I've used a lot. It lists both boondocking areas and very inexpensive camping areas by State and Town which makes it easy to find a place to boondock wherever you will be. There's also half a dozen Internet sources I use to locate boondocking areas so finding a place to stay is normally pretty easy.
But this time with the crowds of people I've been experiencing during the winter, the crowds that are coming to the desert to see the wild flowers, and the large number of Escapees leaving Tucson, it makes finding a spot a bit more iffy.
But it will work out, it always does, and even though at this moment I don't know where or when, I will somehow find a new view next week.