After a walk with Joy and Shiloh, we set out early to start exploring the area. Too early, because the Ajo visitors center isn’t open yet. I don’t feel like waiting around…so off we go to find the two main BLM camping areas nearby.
First we come to Darby Wells Road. No problem to find it, since there is a big road sign a short way out of town. We drive down the road a bit before I start to see an RV here and there. There are not many, yet there is one in every space that is fairly ‘convenient’, and won’t require pulling WS over a difficult road area.
I’m not feeling good about the place like I thought I would, which is a disappointment. I’m learning to go with my gut though (thanks Gibbs, NCIS). 🙂
I get back on the main road and head south towards Why which is less than 10 miles from where I am. Ajo is small with a population of less than 4000, but Why is infinitesimal with less than 200 folks.
I use Allstays on my iPad to find the BLM area that I’m looking for. When the dot that is ‘me’ gets to the spot on the map where BLM area is I pull over and look around. Between piles of gravel and dirt by the side of the road I see the way I should go…I see the cattle guard I need to cross and then I see RV’s dotting the desert. I already feel better here! I see a sign board and a group of people and their dogs, talking. No the dogs aren’t talking, I mean the people are. I’m not in Narnia. I stop to talk, too. I tell them I am scouting for a spot and they tell me there are lots of spots, and they give advice as to which roads to try. They tell me there has been a lot of road erosion here in the past couple of years.
The roads I try are ok, the desert is beautiful, and there are enough people and RV’s around to make me feel comfortable, but not so many as to make it seem crowded.
This place gets my vote!
I also stop into ‘Coyote Howls’, a unique RV camping area nearby. It has two parts with about a half mile between them. ‘West’ has hookups and is small. ‘East’ has no hookups and is 200 acres of land, dump sites, water spigots, showers, laundry, and trash removal. East is $9 a night, $40 a week, or $130 a month.
We head back to Ajo and now the visitor center is open. I stop in for maps of the area, and ask a few questions. The most pressing is, “I’ve heard there is a dog park in town. Where is it?” I’m shown Bud Walker Park on the map and off we go.
We spend two hours there! When we arrive, the other folks there are gathered around the picnic table. Turns out they are all from the same RV park where I’m staying. While throwing balls we compare notes on travel. The dogs are enjoying themselves and it’s a nice visit for the humans, too.
Before going back to camp I stop at Olsens Market, mostly too look, though I do buy some greens. Oh, and some chocolate. :-). It’s a grocery store that doubles as a hardware store. I make two more stops before heading home, at resale shops. I end up with two books.
Speaking of books, I’ve just finished “The Children Of First Man”, by James Alexander Thom. It’s the third book by this author that I’ve read. This story is a Native American history (fiction based of fact) that takes place between the years of 1169 and 1838. Thom does a huge amount of research for his writing, so there is a lot to be learned by reading his books. More than 20 years ago I read his book “Follow The River” which is just excellent and left a lasting impression on me. The other one I read recently was “Panther In The Sky”, which I also enjoyed.
Anyway, back at the RV park I’ve decided to stay here for a full week, mostly due to rain forecasts. I go to the office and pay up! $144 for the week. After the rent I’ve paid in California for so many years, $144 for a week almost feels free.
My current plan…next week head out to the BLM near Why! In the meantime, explore the area near me and spend lots of time at the dog park!