After getting up and taking a walk around the park this morning, we got in the Ford and went exploring the greater Big Lake Area to check out the possibilities for boondocking.
On our way out we stopped to check out the store and other campgrounds around the lake. There were three other parks open, but they were not conducive for big rigs. Rainbow Campground is closed this year for construction of new bathrooms, so we parked at the gate and walked thru most of it. They have a lot of nice big pull thru sites. This would be the park we would come to if we decide to come back to this area. The jury is still out as to if we would come back here. It is a nice open area and the campgrounds are great, but pricey. Great fishing if you have a license or just want to escape the heat of the valley but it's just a long ways to get back in here. Shopping is 35 miles away. I think we got spoiled in Colorado!
Back to the boondocking, we did find options, as we usually do. There is lots of BLM land around, but some of the roads just wouldn't allow us to get the rig back into them. We did find several places that would work just fine for us. We're going to move on Sunday morning to a nice open area that is on our way towards Show Low. The site even comes with a nice supply of camp fire wood!
We decided to get off road on FR 409 and went back in about 7 miles. It was a nicely maintained road thru some pretty country. It went on much farther than we traveled, but we decided to turn around as it would have ended us up in Springerville, which was the opposite direction of where we were camped. There were hunters camped out along the road and lots of horse trailers, too. We saw two deer, one mule deer, a herd of about a dozen or so elk, a bunch of range cows and cowboys. We love exploring for that very reason...we just never know what we are going to see. What a great day it was! The 80 degree weather made it perfect. Life is good!!!!