White Spar Camp Ground

Saturday, March 31, 2018 turns out to dawn bright and beautiful with no wind.  I decide we will leave today instead of tomorrow.  Scurrying around breaking camp the boys know we are leaving and they are beyond excited.  As we pull out Fries does his usual thing of putting his front legs on the dash, hind legs still in the seat and gazes out the windshield. I have tried and failed to get a photo of him doing this, so you’ll just have to picture it in your mind.

Highway 89 North toward Prescott takes us on a climb in elevation toward the small town of Yarnell. This may or may not ring a bell for some of you, but it was near Yarnell, Arizona that a wildfire, ignited by lightning on June 28, 2013, overran and killed 19 City of Prescott firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. God bless our courageous men and women who do firefighting for a living.  Not too many braver than they.

Before we actually get to Yarnell I spy this alongside the road.  Someone else sees things in rocks and mountains!  Ha!

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As we cruise through Yarnell I spot this as we drive by and had to stop, walk back, and take a photo of it.

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The only goal for today is to find a place to stay for the rest of the weekend that has cell service so I can call the clinic in Prescott Valley and see if they can get me in to look at that tooth in the upper left corner. 

We have managed to level out after Yarnell, but soon we begin to climb again and it’s about 15 miles of wonderful road (saying that with tongue in cheek).  For those who know Pit One Grade from where I came from it’s like that only a lot longer; not enough guard rail, two-lane, mountain-on-one-side-gorge-on-the-other, but with many switchbacks and a lot of traffic.  And what goes up must come down … YIKES!!!  Sorry folks no photos here!

After that adventure in driving we come to White Spar Campground, a USFS offering that is just a couple miles from Prescott.  Not thinking we will find anything else on up the road before we hit town I pull in and sign us up for two nights. It’s actually all the camp host will allow us and we get site #2 only because the people who reserved it decided not to take it.  It’s a blessing and the two days will take us to Monday when I can make that phone call. From there on out the site is available for two night stints until the 6th when it’s reserved for someone.  

I much prefer boondocking, but sometimes that just isn’t available, so I am thankful.  Our neighbors to the right have bird feeders out and when I am not reading or blogging, I am watching the birds. 

Nuthatches, rufous sided towhees, and a big ‘ol raven keep us amused

There are TREES here—oaks, pines, and some juniper—and I am able to run a line between two oaks so the boys can have a lot more freedom while I am slaving away at the computer.  Being in a campground means lots more noise and a lot less privacy, but nights are quiet and that, too, is a blessing as this campground is right on the highway.

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Thanks for stopping by 2DOGS! Hugs, Shawna

CAMP AMENITIES
Water:  Yes                          Garbage: Yes
Bathrooms: Vault toilet     Electricity: No
Tables: Yes                           Shower: No
Fire Pit:  Yes                         BBQ:  No
# of Sites:  50+ (I think)        Fee: $14 per night, half that with pass

OTHER:  Reservations are recommended, but if someone hasn’t shown up or there is a spot that isn’t taken prior to a reservation you can stay two nights at a time. Reservations take priority.

There are hiking and biking trails just as you pull into the area and a picnic table and parking lot.  These trails are BUSY!

The campground is right along Highway 89 so it’s quite noisy, but the traffic is almost nil at night. 

ALL WHO WANDER ARE NOT LOST … Usually.  🙂 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: 2DogsTravel

Hello, and welcome to my blog. I am a mother to two handsome, wonderful sons, Scott and Jeremy, three fur babies: Burger my elderly wire hair fox terrier, and Fries and Charlie the Chiweenie Brothers. I am also proud grandma to four beautiful, sweet, lovely grandchildren: Emma, Fletcher, Zachary, and Patton. I am a sister, aunt, and friend. I am a traveler. I am so glad you have decided to join me on this adventure.

4 thoughts on “White Spar Camp Ground”

  1. Good Morning, I am goofing off before fixing breakfast. Sounds like you and the boys are doing well. Hope you got that tooth taken care of…you are braver than I..don’t like switching dentists or doctors… We have had several great days to walk and get out in the fresh air but supposed to have rain and snow the next few days . enough to mess up my plans. Grass is growing like crazy, I need to dig to holes for Apricot trees…and my endurance is leaping and bounding! Yea! Yesterday was a half goof off day , Lorraine and I met at the fire hall for breakfast and yakked with all the neighbors…Have a great week.

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  2. Love catching up to you through your wonderful posts. Hope you were able to get into see the dentist. Nothing worse than a miserable toothache when one is on the road.

    We never know from day to day what we’re going to wake up to. It was so beautiful yesterday and the daffodils were enjoying the warm sunshine. Today, it is raining — actually pouring— and our daffies are getting drenched. The weatherman has also forecast snow overnight, but hoping he is wrong. Isn’t it time to get out in the yard and get some Vitamin D? And, definitely time to put away the winter coats and gloves!

    Henry announced today that they will be welcoming another grandchild into the family. John and Jessica are expecting #4, I think. That will make 16 or 17 grans for Henry/Penny. There will be MANY more in the coming years! Lydia has a special friend, though no engagement at this time

    So, you’re on Hwy. 89! Does that mean you’re headed our way? You know, we’ve got some great campsites in the area 😂 and Burney Falls is spilling over. Let us know when travel plans include Burney.

    May our Heavenly Father continue to bless you (and the “boys”) and surround you in His love as you explore and travel His marvelous world.

    🌷😘🌷, Bettelu

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    1. Thank you BetteLu! I enjoy writing it and I’m glad you enjoy reading it!! It’s been cold where we are now, too. Down in the low 20s the past three nights. Please give Henry and Penny my congratulations. Miss all of you!

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