Our plan was to spend some time at higher altitudes and get out of the desert for a while. You know, fresh air, pine trees...that sort of thing.
So yesterday, we drove from 2,100 ft to our current location at Payson, Arizona at around the 5,000 ft mark.
It was a nice drive, and we enjoyed seeing some trees again as we got close to Payson.
Our last view of Roosevelt Lake.
Along highway 87 near Payson. Look! Trees!
We found a parking spot near the old downtown and went for a walk. Found the visitors information place, and talked to them about free camping in the area. There's a lot of opportunity, except some areas at higher elevation are actually closed for the season and don't open until April.
We knew that it was going to be colder up here, but it's still nice during the day. We can deal with it going a little below freezing at night, Especially now with our Mr. Heater Buddy!
But we were advised of the long term forecast, which to be perfectly blunt...sucked!
A little bit of cold is one thing, but when it comes along with rain, wind, and snow (yes, snow!) and it lasts for three to five days...well, it's time to get out of Dodge!
So we spent quite a bit of time trying to figure a plan...and so tomorrow (Saturday), we're driving down to Mesa (a suburb of Phoenix) where the weather won't be perfect, but at least it won't be perfectly miserable. Plus, we're going to be able to tell you about our first Boondocker's Welcome experience! So, as much as we hate to backtrack, we think the extra couple of hours driving is worth it. After all, this is why we have wheels!
We stopped in to Walmart here in Payson to do a little grocery shop, and Ruth bought a whole chicken on sale for $3.28. We drove over to the Mazatzal Casino and asked if we could park for the night. Yep, you're allowed to stay for 72 hours. Plus, their players club gives you $10 of free play, so we'll go in and use that up before we leave.
Ruth, and our $3.28 chicken!
I know, Ruth is extraordinary. But, she says there is nothing complicated about doing a complete roast chicken dinner (with stuffing!) while dry camping in the parking lot of a casino.
Delicious roast chicken dinner from scratch!
This casino has a great free wifi connection that we get from the inside of Sherman so we downloaded the new episodes of Survivor and Amazing Race, and watched them last night with our Mr. Heater Buddy keeping us warm as the temperature dropped.
Yesterday's drive, 53 miles (90 kms).