Cottonwood Storm and Moving Camp to Flagstaff, AZ

Judy's and my new camp about 10 miles from Flagstaff, AZ. It's so great to be back in the tall Ponderosa Pines again! Right now the weather is perfect but there is still a lot of winter left.
Judy’s and my new camp about 10 miles from Flagstaff, AZ. It’s so great to be back in the tall Ponderosa Pines again! Right now the weather is perfect but there is still a lot of winter left.

On Sunday March 30 a nice young Prescott National Forest Ranger came into camp on a friendly visit but obviously he was there to start the clock on our 14 day stay. It was obvious we had been there for a while so I told him that we had got there on Wednesday March 26th. Yesterday, Wednesday April, 9, our 14 days was up so Judy and I broke camp and left Cottonwood and moved to a new camp in exactly the same place we camped at last year outside Flagstaff, AZ. There is a map to our camp at the very bottom of the post. Off topic, I’ve heard of a lightweight trailer for sale that is perfect for boondocking, go to this page for details. http://occupation-of-independence.blogspot.com/2014/04/how-to-start-rv-boondocking-camping.html He’s asking $1500-$2500, I know nothing else about it so please don’t ask me anything, I can’t help.

A storm just blew through the Cottonwood camp and  and gave us a beautifu light show. But then it quickly got hot and brought the Cedar Gnats outl
A storm just blew through the Cottonwood camp and and gave us a beautifu light show. But then it quickly got hot and brought the Cedar Gnats out, so we are outta here!

Initially we had planned to move to a new camp nearer to Sedona and hang around there for a while, but at the last minute we changed our mind and decided to come here to Flagstaff instead. If you follow me on Facebook, you know that last week we had ruled out Flagstaff because of the storm that just went through here. It brought a beautiful light show to our little hillside Cottonwood camp but it brought snow and serious cold to Flagstaff and I don’t like cold and snow! Yes, I am a big baby! But, we changed our minds all of a sudden and here are the reasons:

  1. The Juniper trees around here have a bug that comes out in the spring heat and they are horrible—the worst welts and itching of any bite I’ve ever had; much worse than Alaska’s mosquitoes! A Google search shows that they are a kind of Midge commonly called a Cedar Gnat. We got bitten up by them last year I swore that in the future I would leave the area immediately at the first bite and on Monday I got my first bite so on Wednesday we were packed and gone! I can turn on the heat and put on more blankets, but I can’t possibly live with those little invisible monsters so we are outta here (I still have the welt I got 4 days ago!)
  2. It’s getting too hot! We are just getting into the 90s and I don’t like it. So while Sedona is sweltering, Flagstaff is just about perfect, 70s in the day and 40s at night. But a little storm is coming and it will drop down to the 60s and 30s at night. A little cooler than I want, but not too bad. Better a little cool than too hot and infinitely better than being fileted alive in the heat!!
  3. When I’m in the trailer, I don’t like to move any more than I have to. I set up a nice, comfortable camp but that makes breaking camp and moving a pain in the butt that I avoid. If we move to Sedona it’s a certainty that we will have to move again, but by going to Flagstaff we only have to move once and then can stay in that spot until we go to Alaska in May. Some people say, “Why live on wheels if you never move?” My astrological sign is Gemini, the twins, and I find that I have two distinct and different sides to me. One side has wanderlust and can’t sit still, but the other is a home-body that wants nothing more than to be “home.” I find my trailer to be the perfect solution! In the winter I sit up a nice camp and stay put for as long as I can, but then in the summer I put the trailer in storage and hit the road! Most of us are on a tight budget and we need to just sit in the winter to build up a savings to travel in the summer. Plus, after 6 years of doing this, what is there for me to see and do in the winter?

To find our camp I highly recommend the Benchmark Atlas from Amazon, see it here: Arizona Road and Recreation Atlas Another very good atlas is the Delorme Atlas and Gazetter. You can buy it from Amazon here: Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer

So here are some pictures of the storm that just went through here and some pictures of our new camp.

Northern Arizona has a huge number of Elk and deer. This hers of elk hung around this camp a lot last year--we saw them nearly every week.
Northern Arizona has a huge number of Elk and deer. This herd of elk hung around our camp a lot last year–we saw them nearly every week. I took this picture out the door of the trailer.

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Storm Light Beam.
Storm Light Beam.
Cottonwood storm.
Cottonwood storm.

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Map to our Flagstaff camp.
Map to our Flagstaff camp.

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