We left William on a very brisk 15 degree morning to head to Sedona. We had some BLM picked out for the next few nights between Sedona and Cottonwood. We use RV Trip Wizard for navigation, so we figured all good safe roads…well it was safe but OMG it was scary, beautiful but scary, it was twisty, turny and up and down, 89A which took us right in the middle of Sedona. Which is a beautiful little town with red rocks everywhere. It was super crowded but we figured ok we will check it out after we get set up in our boondocking spot. What was recommended was The Main Drag 525 Dispersed Camping. We were actually using the coordinates off of someones review from Campendium. Unless this dude went off the side of the cliff there was nothing there, so now we are about 2 miles up the gravel, washboard road and have no where to turn and yet it was a drag strip, all these ORV and trucks hauling but passed us. Mike had to back down the road for and he wiggle his way into a 50 or more point turn to get us turned around. By the time we got back down to the bottom of this road we were spent. Recap of the drive, I40-not smooth, then up and down the twisty turny roads of 89A and then to the campground with way wrong coordinates. We thought about setting up down in the middle of it all however, we had no cell service, so we decided to move on.
We ended up at Coffee Creek Camping, where the site was uneven and some sketchyness was happening around there. Nice views and we made it work. However, the cell service wasn’t much better but we were able to get a signal for a little bit to get our Covid vaccines done, but it was farther away then even Cottonwood. We headed to Dead Horse State Park in Cottonwood to do a little hike. While we were there we decided that it would be nice to have some conveniences for when we go to get the vaccine, as with all of us, we didn’t know if we would have a reaction and we were out boondocking for 12 nights by this point. We made reservations at Rain Spirit RV Park and it is just what we needed. We were able to get everything cleaned up, there was a pool, a hot tub and we got our vaccines and we were able to order some stuff from Amazon, we ordered a cell booster. Which works ok. We went to Jerome, what a cute little town. It was a hilly little western town. With some history.
One day we went to Tuzigoot (which is Tonto Apache for “crooked waters”National Monument. It preserves the 2-3 story pueblo ruin on the summit of a limestone and sandstone ridge. Pretty cool place. We could almost see our campground from this location. Another day we we went to Montezuma’s Castle National Monument. This protects the dwellings which was built by the Sinagua people. While there aren’t any rangers giving ranger tours or anything it was nice that they had volunteers who were willing to speak of the history of the area. We then went to Montezuma’s Well which is a natural limestone sinkhole. Very cool and again they have volunteers that are full of knowledge. We decided that while we knew we couldn’t take Eris on any trails in the Red Rocks State Park maybe we can drive around. Around we did, around the building, no pets allowed at all in the park. Sort of a bummer so we left and started to find our own scenic drive. We did see the Chapel of the Holy Cross and went to downtown Sedona. It was so crowded and no one was wearing face masks, some of the stores, like in Jerome said sorry there is no mask requirement. While we have had Covid and we had our first shot, we still don’t feel safe. Maybe we just like our little bubble. Cottonwood is another adorable western town. We didn’t do much there, but drive through it. Cottonwood also has everything one might need, like a Home Depot or Walmart. We stayed at Rain Spirit for a few nights and then headed north to Glen Canyon. Which is amazing and that will be in next weeks blog post.
My favorite accessory of the week is our cutting/extension table next to our sink. Living minimaly we don’t really have a large galley nor counter space. Mike added this to our counter top almost immediately after us getting the camper. It hinges up and down, so it can be a staging area for things that are coming in or out, or even for dishes that need to be washed.
So bottomline, when in Sedona, be sure to check out the National Monuments, if you get a chance do some hikes, there are some amazing hikes in the area, and check out Cottonwood as well.
That’s all for this week, catch ya’ll next week where we head to Glen Canyon.
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Until next week, safe travels and remember life is short so get out there and explore, discover and dream.
Hope & Mike