Friday, June 10, 2011
Camping in HotWell Dunes, Arizona. This year their two hotsprings where filled!
They built a pump powered by solar panels since last year. So, the environment's changed to such a degree that that they cannot flow on their own any longer, so, they've put in this pump. The system is still one which naturally has the water flowing from one tub to out the reservoir that the animals live off of. Last year the place was very dry compared to this year, the desert actually looked "green" this year! So, the water flow/pump stops when the sun goes down, the tubs empty, then the flow starts again in the morning, so they water is always fresh! NICE!
Hotwell Dunes is classified as BML land, a Recreation Area. It's full of sand dunes, where during the week day there are tons of people with the ATVs and dirtbikes having a blast. We like the week days best as it's empty. There are only 10 camping spots, each one is really BIG. In a typical RV Park (which we avoid), they'd cover the ground in cement, cut down the trees and collect money from 100s RVs the that same area.. The BML lands are all through the states, this one didn't have any drinking water or showers, just dug toilets. We stayed last year for a couple of nights as well in our Westy. We love camping alone in the desert. Again, at an RV Park, you would have water & hydro, and you'd pay $30 dollars a night, verses what we paid, of $3 dollars a night.. The State Parks, which we also stay at alot, they provide hydro and power and nice showers and drinking water, they charge half of RV Parks, and they are MUCH nicer too as they often offer trails and keep the beauty of the nature around them. (You'll see as the two we stayed at in New Mexico are State Parks..)
We tried riding our bikes, i couldn't do it, as the sand was too deep, but, Jerry's very stubborn, so, he did for a while. Duke just ran around, I think he was laughing at/with the both of us. So, we walked and soaked, and Duke & I went for runs each morning. Duke runs after the biggest Jack Rabbits I've ever seen, their ears alone were each over a foot long, and their Jack Rabbit paws were often larger then Duke's paws.. He never catches them, and he loses them quickly, so, I'm not worried for the Rabbits or for Duke if he catches one! :)
I've stayed at the Hyatt, in Desert Palm Springs in California, with all it's 5 star glory, i much preferred our Hotwell Dunes experience.
OK! On to New Mexico next! Excellent camping & aliens!