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

Review of Roosevelt Lake Cholla Campground Tonto National Forest

Roosevelt Lake is stunning. Picture brilliant blue water, deep green mesquite trees, and soaring saguaro cacti surrounded by rust colored cliffs on one side and the Sonoran desert on the other. The Tonto National Forest went into overdrive when deciding how many campsites to develop At Cholla campground. There are five loops and each loop Continue Reading

Bananas, Bread, Bullets and Batteries

When you travel through a small town you see interesting combinations of retail offerings. You expect higher prices — sometimes much higher prices such as $4 for a can of beans — and a limited selection. If the store is near a lake, fishing gear and bait are displayed along with sunscreen and paper towels. Continue Reading

Some People Are Just Rude

I know that millennials — those between the ages of 20 to 30 years — have the reputation of being self-centered. Well we had an unpleasant experience with four college students last night. Lake Roosevelt has a few campsites that are placed too close together. The site in back and to the east of us Continue Reading

Gotta Love Butcher Hook in Tonto Basin

Down home, Old West, friendly staff, huge portions, lots of menu choices and good food. That about says it all. We’ve been for breakfast and lunch, although Butcher Hook also serves dinner with prime rib available on the weekends. Biscuits and gravy is one of my favorite breakfasts and Butcher Hook does it up right. Continue Reading