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Ok, I haven’t gotten a lot of my travel notes and pictures posted here in the last month, so this is intended to be an overview or summary of places we’ve been and things that have happened so far.
If you’re new to reading this site, here’s a quick recap: We started traveling and camping in various national forests at the beginning of July 2009. We primarily tested the waters around Arizona for most of July, getting use to the new setup and tweaking things. In late July we "broke" the truck (details forthcoming) and took several days fixing that. Then we picked up a cargo trailer and we’re now in the process of traveling across country to South Carolina. We’re working on turning the trailer into a little camper as we have extra money available.
So… in early July we bounced around to camping spots near Tucson. Those notes and pics are in previous posts. The next place we decided to try was on the back side of Mount Lemmon. This still isn’t too far from Tucson but far enough to be forest land. This is actually another section of the Coronado Forest area. The camping spot we chose here was right next to the forest road, so we ended up seeing lots of ATVs and vehicles passing throughout the week.
We have discovered as we’ve gone along that things get really quiet during the week in most places. This is pretty nice
When we went back into Tucson the next time we discovered some land for sale in Northern Arizona, so we decided to go take a look at that. The drive up was gorgeous but after taking two days and nights driving through places where the cows don’t even come home… and the "roads" are little dirt tracks you can barely see… and making the mistake of going over a wash we shouldn’t have gone over – even with 4-wheel drive – we broke the truck. And we never found the land.
We made it to Louisiana, just east of Shreveport by around 50-100 miles. We’re north of Minden in the Caney District of the Kisatchie National Forest.
We don’t have much time to enjoy this area because we want to be in SC by early Wednesday. This place is very pretty though. Lots of trees and greenery everywhere. It’s hot but a sticky hot. Sweat has been pouring off of us and every little branch we brush up against leaves things sticking to us. I won’t even begin to tell you about the dog hair