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!
As we cruise through Yarnell I spot this as we drive by and had to stop, walk back, and take a photo of it.
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.
Thanks for stopping by 2DOGS! Hugs, Shawna
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. 🙂