Written Tuesday, Feb 24th 7:30am
Yesterday morning, we said goodbye to our great free campsite overlooking Roosevelt Lake. We had seen and done everything we wanted to in the area, so no point in hanging around just for the sake of it.
After all, Sherman has wheels and we have more exploring to do!
We had read about a scenic road that runs all the way from Roosevelt Lake to Apache Junction (a suburb of Phoenix). Route 88 is a narrow winding dirt road, and not really recommended for motorhomes. But Sherman is fearless! Besides, we were only going to go on it for five miles in order to get to the campground at Burnt Corral Recreation Site.
We stopped at the Visitors Center because the Burnt Corral Campground is a "developed" campground, and we needed to buy some $6 passes in order to camp there. We bought 3 passes, so we could stay for three nights if we decide to, or two nights there, and another night further north back at Roosevelt Lake at the Cholla Campground. By Thursday morning, Sherman's tanks will be starting to get full.
The dam was originally completed in 1911, but they raised the height and did a major renovation between 1989 and 1996.
The road was originally built as a supply route for the building of the Roosevelt Dam in the early 1900's and it is little changed. Perhaps a bit wider in spots to allow for vehicles to pass each other, but many sections are still very narrow.
Ruth took this picture of me taking a picture!
And this is the picture I was taking!
The road we were on.
Looking towards Apache Lake.
The road continues in the distance.
Sherman had no problem maneuvering the road, and I'm pretty confident that he could have done the whole thing. But that will have to wait for another time. We came to the turn off to Burnt Corral, and headed down to the campground.
Entrance to Burnt Corral Campground.
There are 79 varied campsites here. Some sites are suitable for motorhomes up to maybe 34', some suitable for small travel trailers, and some more suited to tenting.
It's not very busy at this time of year, and especially since it's not a weekend. And, most people want to be near the water so we were quite happy to pick a site higher up, and with a beautiful view. To us, this is far better than being by the water, especially since we are less likely to have neighbors.
Sherman, and our beautiful view.
Only downside to this campground is that there is no cell signal, so we're going to be without internet for our time here. Pretty sure that we can survive!
We got parked up and went for a walk around just to make sure there wasn't a better site that we missed. Nope, it turns out we got the best site. Then, we went back and had some lunch before heading out on a longer walk around the area.
Ruth, checking the water temperature. Nope, we won't be swimming!
Lots of bird life here.
It's a pretty spot.
It started spitting with rain, and it actually rained on and off all night long. Never really hard, but enough to know that it was wet outside. Still overcast this morning (Tuesday), so hopefully we'll be able to get in a decent hike today!
Great sunset Monday evening!