We are able to stay at some beautiful places, there is something very special about waking up and seeing a majestic mountain out your window. For our second boondocking location we ended up in Bowie, AZ on some BLM (Beuro of Land Management) property. There were boulders everywhere! It was awesome climbing up them and watching the free roaming cattle and horses. We took a 3 mile hike through Fort Bowie where we learned so much about the history of the area and Gerrit really enjoys looking at old ruins. Must be another thing he gets from his dad.
While we were in Bowie, AZ we also took a great 6 mile hike through the Chiricahua National Monument in the Coronado National Forest. One of our favorite hikes yet! We went through so many different environments. From desert terrain to pine forest. There was a lot of wind and some snow but the views were well worth it! We are beginning to learn that we can’t hold out for perfect weather conditions all the time.
Just a bit further west of Bowie is Tombstone, AZ. We have fallen in love with this place. BLM and National Forests have, by far, become our favorite places to park our house on wheels, but the Coronado National Forest is a gem. We drove the RV down some bumpy dirt roads but it was worth the broken bowl and earthquake rattling to stay at the base of the Dragoon Mountains near the Cochise Stronghold. The history here is fascinating! We truly enjoyed learning about the valiant Chiricahua Apache Chief, Cochise.
We love having an area to ourselves so the dogs can run off leash and being so close nature is very relaxing. We have discovered that our batteries are not super great especially if its a chilly night and we run the furnace. We have had to jump the house batteries first thing in the morning a few times, which is kind of a pain, just to have enough juice to start the generator. We are definitely looking into getting some new and better batteries.
We have also been able to order some things from Amazon by sending them to a near by post office for General Delivery. So far that has worked out fine and we were able to get a few things for the RV, like some latches that broke, and a few maps.
We have loved this whole area in general. We took a day trip to Bisbee and learned that the small copper mining town is very quirky and full of unique architecture. We made a short pit stop at the Lavender Pit, which is exactly as its name describes.
The highlight of this spot has been the rock climbing. We were able to go climb everyday when Gerrit got off work, which was amazing! We both made huge improvements in our ability to climb outside. We were even able to do some practice falls to help Gerrit become a more confident leader and to prove that he could trust me as a belayer. I am much lighter than he is, so I could see his concern. We ended up staying for a week and a half, the longest we have stayed in one spot so far.
Climbing together has done quite a lot for us as a couple. We have to trust each other, literally, with our lives and learn to take criticism and guidance from each other. In addition to those things we always give praise and complements to one another when we overcome a challenge and it’s awesome to be able to share in those victories, no matter how big or small. Not to mention the total body work out. Gerrit has never been into any type of sport until he discovered climbing and it has been so fun to do together.
We are a little sad to leave, but we’re on to the next adventure!
Lindsey, Gerrit, Oakley, and Ella
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.