We cross the Colorado River into Arizona shortly after leaving camp in the morning. The day is pleasant as we cross more bountiful desert and more beautiful mountains. The colors of the rocks are slightly less subtle now as various shades of red and pink come into play. As the elevation rises to between 5000 and 7500 feet in elevation the many small scrubby plants are replaced with small and hardy pines, and the temperature stays in the 70’s.
Our destination is Bonito Campground in Coconino National Forest. The campground is situated beside Sunset Crater National Monument, the cone of a 1000 year old volcanoand a 32 mile loop that includes the Wupatki National Monument where there are ancient Anasazi ruins. I’m concerned about getting a campsite there however, because it is a popular campground, and this is the weekend.
We finally arrive (just a tad over 200 miles today), and that concern turns out not to be a problem. There are many empty sites and when I pay the camp host ($10 a night with Senior Pass) I find that many National Park Campgrounds in this area are closing Monday at 11am. Bonito is one of them. I pay for the final two nights of the season.
There is no wifi here at all I am told. It says “no service” on my phone and IPad. I try the Joel Pole anyway, but as it turns out, no service really is ‘no service.’
I have set up camp so we hop back in JR and head back towards Flagstaff so I can post this. I don’t want anyone worrying! We’ll be here until Monday and if I decide to take a detour through the Navajo Reservation I may still not have wifi…it will depend on where I am there. If I’m not on line for a few more days, you know why. We will be back with stories and hopefully pictures when we return to the wifi world!