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Cottonwood Storm and Moving Camp to Flagstaff, AZ
Initially we had planned to move to a new camp nearer to Sedona and hang around there for a while, but at the last minute we changed our mind and decided to come here to Flagstaff instead. If you follow me on Facebook, you know that last week we had ruled out Flagstaff because of the storm that just went through here. It brought a beautiful light show to our little hillside Cottonwood camp but it brought snow and serious cold to Flagstaff and I don’t like cold and snow! Yes, I am a big baby! But, we changed our minds all of a sudden and here are the reasons:
- The Juniper trees around here have a bug that comes out in the spring heat and they are horrible—the worst welts and itching of any bite I’ve ever had; much worse than Alaska’s mosquitoes! A Google search shows that they are a kind of Midge commonly called a Cedar Gnat. We got bitten up by them last year I swore that in the future I would leave the area immediately at the first bite and on Monday I got my first bite so on Wednesday we were packed and gone! I can turn on the heat and put on more blankets, but I can’t possibly live with those little invisible monsters so we are outta here (I still have the welt I got 4 days ago!)
- It’s getting too hot! We are just getting into the 90s and I don’t like it. So while Sedona is sweltering, Flagstaff is just about perfect, 70s in the day and 40s at night. But a little storm is coming and it will drop down to the 60s and 30s at night. A little cooler than I want, but not too bad. Better a little cool than too hot and infinitely better than being fileted alive in the heat!!
- When I’m in the trailer, I don’t like to move any more than I have to. I set up a nice, comfortable camp but that makes breaking camp and moving a pain in the butt that I avoid. If we move to Sedona it’s a certainty that we will have to move again, but by going to Flagstaff we only have to move once and then can stay in that spot until we go to Alaska in May. Some people say, “Why live on wheels if you never move?” My astrological sign is Gemini, the twins, and I find that I have two distinct and different sides to me. One side has wanderlust and can’t sit still, but the other is a home-body that wants nothing more than to be “home.” I find my trailer to be the perfect solution! In the winter I sit up a nice camp and stay put for as long as I can, but then in the summer I put the trailer in storage and hit the road! Most of us are on a tight budget and we need to just sit in the winter to build up a savings to travel in the summer. Plus, after 6 years of doing this, what is there for me to see and do in the winter?
To find our camp I highly recommend the Benchmark Atlas from Amazon, see it here: Arizona Road and Recreation Atlas Another very good atlas is the Delorme Atlas and Gazetter. You can buy it from Amazon here: Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer
So here are some pictures of the storm that just went through here and some pictures of our new camp.
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