Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Boondocking at Big Lake

We have had more rain but not enough. Yesterday we made a trip into Springerville for groceries and laundry. That was about all the excitement for the day. Last night we watched Return of the Jedi and I think the kids finally understand how it all connects.

This morning was our check out for Rainbow Campground. We have been here seven days and did not want to pay for any more days. They charge $16 per night and provide no hookups of any kind. They even charge an additional $3 to dump the holding tanks. I don't think I have ever paid more for less.

While we were wandering around the past few days we discovered several free boondock places where we could stay for free. We had heard that the forest service might be closing them due to fire danger so we stopped in town yesterday to ask. They gave us a map of the areas they are closing but the place we wanted to stay was not effected. This morning we left Rainbow and drove down the road about 10 miles to a really neat spot. I wish we had spent the whole time here. We are at the edge of a huge meadow nestled up against a forest. There is only one other RV in sight. And best of all -- it is completely free.

We are closer to Springerville now so we ran into town to buy propane today. We plan to stay here tomorrow and leave for California on Thursday. Three days to make Valencia. I think it's going to be hard to stay cool starting Thursday.

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