Wednesday, March 26, 2014
March 24-25 Forest Service Land - 10 miles south of Sedona - no services, $0 Out trip from Empire Landing to Sedona took about 2 hours longer than it should have due to my poor navigation skills. We ended up driving north to from Flagstaff and then south to Sedona instead of north from Cottonwood. This also meant we crossed the Arizona Divide at about 7300 feet and saw a 12,000 ft mountain with snow on it. We left the desert environment and have now seen lots of Ponderosa Pines. The narrow, winding Oak Creek Canyon road to Sedona was challenging driving for Daryl pulling the 5th wheel but offered some spectacular scenery down the red sandstone canyon. Sedona itself looks pretty, pretty touristy and very busy. We missed two campgrounds north of town, due to last minute signs and too much traffic behind us to go slow. So Plan B - dispersed camping on Forest Service land 10 miles south of town has worked out well. We can see 2 other campers a little ways away. We have a lovely view all around us and we can see some of the red rock formations in the area. Now that we're up about 5000 ft. it's cooler, about 24C at 5 PM, instead of 30C. We have privacy and the dogs can be off-leash (a bit). Just like at Kelso Dunes, other campers haven't seen fit to bury their feces and Daegan's nose leads him right to it and much to our disgust, he eats it. So, he has on a collar with a bear bell so we know when he's moving out of our sight. Last night Daryl was sitting out reading by headlamp after dark. Daegan was out with him. Daryl came in to go to bed and didn't realize Daegan was still out lying down. Around 11 PM I heard a few quiet wuufs outside- thought it sounded like Deagan, which was puzzling because both dogs sleep inside. I heard the dog again and decided to make sure both dogs were inside. Much to my surprise, only Keeva was there and when I opened the door, there was Deagan.! We put up an X-pen (like a fence) so he wasn't loose, but he was pretty happy to come in. Another Daegan story -- we had the dogs inside because they had been barking at other dogs and we were outside sitting in our chairs. The screen door has a latch to open it and there is also a cover on the inside that covers up the latch so the door can't be opened. We always close the oover because Daegan knows how to push the latch to open the door. Well, we watched him use his nose to gradually push to cover over first and then push the latch to get the door open. Took him about 30 seconds. He is a smart dog. We took in the sights today and WOW, was there a lot of spectacular scenery!!! The red rock formations are amazing and, if I were very rich, Sedona is a place I'd have a home - it is so beautiful.