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Review of Houston Mesa Campground in Tonto National Forest near Payson AZ

Tucked into the tall pines, Houston Mesa offers convenience and camping. You’re literally 15 minutes away from Walmart, grocery stores and Brian’s favorite Carl’s Jr. And for us, the library with electricity and Internet access is minutes away. The downside is yes, you can hear traffic. Sites are well spaced and for the most part Continue Reading

Somewhere in Sonoita

Sonoita is south and east of Tucson about 30 miles from the Mexican border and 28 miles from Parker Canyon Lake where we’re camped. It’s one of the few areas in Arizona where vineyards grow and wine is produced. Think of Sonoita as Cowboy Wine Country. Sonoita Mercantile. There’s a restaurant next to the Mercantile. Continue Reading

The Good, The Bad, And the Ugly Cabela’s

Just want you to know Cabela’s came through for us. Big Time. First the ugly. About a year ago we bought an Eagle’s Camp brand (which was Cabela’s house brand) 10′ x 14′ tent at Cabela’s, the super duper outdoors men camping, sporting goods store. The tent was fine for the first trip. The second Continue Reading

Winter Camping Part II — More Cold Weather and More Interesting Characters

In early January we had our first winter camping adventure, and went on another one in early February, this time to one of our favorite spots, lovely and grand Roosevelt Lake north and east of Scottsdale, Arizona. The ride up was memorable because of the transformation of the desert, due to winter rains, since the Continue Reading