My Journey

ITTOG & Dougnuts.....I'm glad to hear that about posting the signs. I'm always concerned about the whole "overlanding" thing and obviously this stuff is way off the mark. I've always said I'm no overlander, just a guy that likes to wander around. Someday I'm always thinking they're gonna kick me off this site. Thanks.....

Arjan.....more to come as we continue to wander.....




That afternoon we drove north retracing our steps back to Interstate 10 but rather than return to the interstate we continued north, passed through Bowie, Arizona and drove right by the Dawg House.....

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I would love to have chatted with the guy that owned this place but just stopping for a few quick pictures was scary enough.....these dogs were in kill mode is what I was thinking right then.....

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Our travel north would eventually take us up Hackel Road and into the wild that was for sure. Our aim was to soak in a hot pool of water at Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area.....

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Now it had been exactly 10 days since we'd had a hot shower (actually any kind of shower or bath) so you could imagine how excited we were and how anxious we were to hit the hot springs.....

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There were only two man made pools here and each pool was approximately ten feet in diameter at best. The water was 106 degrees.....not too bad. The place was not scenic.....nope.....not scenic at all.....

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We found ourselves an excellent campsite with a fire ring and picnic table which was located in the sand dunes and we spent six days here.....mostly enjoyable days they were.....

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There were three real pleasures here.....by far the most important was allowing Yukon just to relax, soaking each day felt good that's for sure.....and the third was a surprise.....it's what I found on the other side of the highway.....not at the hot springs.....

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I'll write plenty more in upcoming posts about my time wandering around the desert.....sometimes alone.....sometimes with my best friend Tanner.....

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Arjan.....yep Arizona has had some inclement weather lately so therefore the nice skies.....




We arrived on a Thursday and all seemed fairly quiet at the dunes. Now this was a campground and at $1.50 per night with a hot tub.....how could I could I go wrong.....I hoped for the best but of course I expected the worse (I hate campgrounds). Come Friday people were flying down the dirt access road leaving dust storms behind.....

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There was the couple that drove their ATV right through our campsite missing Yukons head by a few feet. In this picture you can see their tracks....

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There was loud music and generators.....there were the ATVs and Razors racing through the dunes. The campground host (shown in the picture) said "heck, this is a mild weekend".....I yearned for Monday.....

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I will tell you that Yukon absolutely LOVED it here. She'd get up at 4 a.m. and go outside to this little clearing in the trees where she'd made her spot and just lie there for hours. Often I would sit with her and read my book.....just being there is often all I can do.....

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Sometimes Yukon prefers to hang out in the back of the truck.....most of her life now is not on her feet.....

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In the evening we would have campfires and that's what I'll call family time.....we all take part.....

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And there were some amazing afternoon skies.....

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We had some rain during our stay and then the dogs would retreat for cover under the concrete picnic table.....

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My peace was not here but I found it on the other side of the highway.....

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ITTOG & Ace.....first off, I should not have said highway.....it's a 2 lane road at best, partially dirt which is the good part of the 2 lane road and the remainder is asphalt with thousands of pot holes. Often I was driving at best 5 MPH. The road is much like the road driving north from Fairbanks, Alaska.....but not near as wide. And second, I may have set the bar high for "the other side of the highway". Just remember, one person can see paradise where another person sees a sh*thole.....




Here in the desert, large trees are mostly a rare thing, and one can generally assume that when they see these size trees there's a nearby water source.....more than likely man made. As I made my right turn onto the entrance road to the hot springs I glanced to my left and saw two massive trees. At that time they were nothing more than an attraction in the desert.....but they would soon become my place to retreat.....

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Our first night here I walked from our campsite to the trees.....maybe a mile.....maybe two......

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The trees grew on a large berm and below was a man made pond where the water was brown.....and the shoreline muddy from the rains.....

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Three ducks appeared to live here too.....but eventually they would disappear.....

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I would come here early in the morning and late at night hoping to see game.....and I would come here throughout the day as an escape and nothing more.....

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I noticed quite a bit of shotgun shells laying along the berm and the shoreline.....I wondered why some hunters seem to think it's alright to leave the shells behind.....

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I imagine people come here to kill the wild birds.....what else could you think.....

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This little brown pond in the desert was a nice place to hang out.....but it was truly those two big trees that made it my retreat.....

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And the more I came here.....the more I connected with this place.....and the more beautiful it became.....

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It's interesting to see how much a place can change depending on weather patterns and the time of day.....

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Hopefully my selection of pictures conveys my thoughts and sights with that idea in your mind.....

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This big ole owl up high in the trees was a pretty cool attraction as well.....I saw him (her) on several occasions and it was a real treat.....

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I never saw any game here.....but they were here for certain. In the mornings I would hear the coyotes barking and howling and they left their tracks along the muddy shoreline.....

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I guess that's about all I got to say about the little brown pond and the two big trees.....and hopefully you'll see why I hiked here so often during our six day stay.....but there's a bit more to tell you about "the other side of the highway".....

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tgil

Member
In the third pic, is that the owl, high up in the tree? I noticed that first, as I scrolled down the screen. Since there was no mention of it then, I thought maybe it was just a burl or growth of some kind. Owls are interesting to watch. The pic of the kids under the table made me chuckle. A cartoon image of two pigs in a wallow popped into my head.
 

Ace Brown

Adventurer, Overland Certified OC0019
I can see the attraction. I’m always been drawn to water ever since I played in the “cricks” on both sides of the 4 acres I grew up on. Spent my summers on Cayuga Lake. Then there was my hitch in the Navy on a really big pond. Next was 37 years in water resources. Nowadays when I’m camping I look for sites on the water. My dog likes it too.

But I wasn’t guessing a pond was your draw. When you mentioned the attraction across the road you had a picture of a windmill. Though you left us hanging again with a comment that the pond wasn’t the only attraction.



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ITTOG

Active member
Looks like a great attraction to me. Loved the reflection of the trees in the water.

Did Tanner see the owl. If yes, any reaction.

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longhorn1

Observer
Great photos Jerry. Fort Bowie will have to get a visit when we go to Arizona. Loved the picture of Yukon and Tanner under the table. I'm always drawn to water, camping along a river and falling asleep to the rush of water. Lakeside is almost the same. Love Owls. Safe travels. jd
 
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