Tucson, Arizona (pop. 542, 629 or 1,043,433 counting in the greater metropolitan area)
Considering the information above, it is surprising that there is a small parcel of federal land, BLM land, just ten miles west of town where one can disperse camp for fee, for 14 days.
The blue dot at the lower left.
Enlarging the blue dot area you can get a better idea as to how small this chunk of land is.
Seems that most people stay just a night as a layover spot before or after stocking up on supplies in town.
That was our intent. We stopped at a Walmart for food and I topped up the fuel tank at their Murphy’s station where diesel was $4.76 a gallon, the lowest price for these parts.
We landed at the blue dot, somewhat close to a spot we stayed before.
A couple views of the camp land.
Looking west to where we are in the distance by the telephone pole.
Looking north with part of the suburbs of Tucson visible.
And looking south where there isn’t much of anything for a long long way.
For weeks now while traveling I had been missing the Great Plains States we left behind. I was kind of oh-hum about returning to the desert for the winter. Now here we were once again, finally back in the Sonoran Desert. I stepped outside with Beans towing me along. I felt it right away and it felt good.
We were “home”. The mesquite and palo verde trees, the creosote and sage brush, the desert will always have a special place in my heart.
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“Seriously though, do they actually make money out of that shemozzle of a place?”
Oh that got a laugh out of me. I haven’t seen or heard that word used in ages. That was good! All I can say is that they must do well enough to do a rebuild and make up that silly “museum”. To be honest though, I can picture myself being ten years old and be simply in awe of it, pleading for a few souvenirs on the way out.
I zoomed in on the TV screen and see that kids under 12 are free to see the “museum”