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Old 03-16-2015, 08:32 AM   #1
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Our first trip of the year

Well, gosh! We had a couple of minor problems with the HW276, which were frustrating but fixable. However, there was nothing we could do about the campgrounds being closed!

There'd been nothing in the paper or on the Forest Service website about the flash floods that ran through the area just west of Portal, AZ, where we've been camping around the Spring Equinox (early this time) for almost 30 years. We had no clue, and were well and truly gobsmacked.

When we got there, we saw the closure signs and the devastation. Even foot traffic through the closed 'grounds was prohibited, so we couldn't look closely, but from the road (what was left of it - one side of a divided part was just gone) it looked like the sites are okay. Rangers and civilians said the 'grounds should reopen later this year.

We ended up camping "wild" a couple of miles above the sites we usually frequent, and it was fine. There was running water in the stream (and that branch had not flooded), and we saw lots of deer. The dog was ecstatic!
We walked Wee Dram up and down the road; we couldn't go cross-country much because there's private land in the area, marked with barbed-wire fences.

Even though it was cold (35.4 was the lowest overnight our thermometer recorded) and windy, and we didn't feel comfortable having much in the way of a campfire, we were warm and cozy, and the only rain was at night, so days were fine as long as we bundled up.

Good to be home again, but we're leaving in three days for the KOA in Apache Junction, AZ (where we've not been before) so we can hold a booth for our Scottish clan at the Phoenix Highland Games. (This will be at a lower elevation so no matter what else, we'll be warmer. )
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Ash and Jim
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Old 03-16-2015, 01:02 PM   #2
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It looks like you made the most of a bad situation! We usually have to wait until late-April to head up into the Rockies because our nights get so cold so we are anxious!!
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