A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Outside of Tucson, Arizona


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”


Barbara R. said...

Oh you desert lovers...I've never seen the draw that deserts offer to you all! Give me a mountain stream any day, and maybe a beach once a year! I know there are lots of things you like there, but they're not things I like. Except the stars. Stars in the desert are simply amazing (though maybe not so much near Tucson.)

Debby said...

I have only been in the desert once. There was a flash of lightning that was so close it made the hair on my arms raise. The noise was shocking. I've always wanted to go back and look around. It was so desolate and lonesome (I was driving in the late evening.)

Ellen D. said...

We've been having a perfect snow - just enough to look pretty but melting on the roads and sidewalks so we didn't have to shovel!
I am not a fan of hot weather so I like the Midwest with our changing seasons.

Kathe said...

I imagine you must have been born in that environment. Our hearts tend to turn towards Home. Just as I write this I remember that book and movie, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn". Very different perspective on what most of us have grown to expect as our right in this nation.
I've lived in the desert here in Albuquerque for 8 years now. I had to purpose to love the desert and I succeeded. We live on the edge of the city next to the Sandia Mountains. I used to walk every morning with my staff up and down the granite trails behind me. Gets into your soul.

Upriverdavid said...

Telephone pole? What's that?..(;+).sorry I just had to.
I was born in Seattle, I love the ocean, the mountains; and the deserts. Washington has them all..