Friday, March 17, 2017

Table Mesa BLM

We decided that the drive northward from Tucson was longer than we would like to do in one day.  I located a section of BLM land along I-19 where camping is allowed and is free.  Most of the time we like to limit our drives to no more than four hours.  We've found that the RVer rule of twos makes for a pleasant journey (e.g., stop by two o'clock and stay for at least two days).  In this case we stopped by two o'clock but stayed only overnight.

On most BLM land (Bureau of Land Management) the public is allowed to camp for up to 14 days for free.  The Table Mesa area is a BLM recreation area used for target shooting and by off road ATVs.  We found a gravel turn-around after a drive on a gravel road  for 2 or 3 miles.  Except for a few jeeps and ATVs there were no other people.  We did have one group off load some four wheelers in the evening and then return and depart the area at nearly mid-night.  Hopefully they were not drug runners.  Anyhow they did not bother us at all and we had a peaceful sleep.



The next day as we traveled northward and gaining elevation, the Saguaro cacti were becoming less common.
Above is the evening sunset at our Table Mesa boondock site.  We are currently staying at the Verde Valley RV Resort, a Thousand Trails campground near Sedona, Arizona.