|Gratuitous flower shot.|
We were going to outrun the heat like the Bandit outran Smokey. I'm assuming that's how it went down. Smokey had his ears on, and the Bandit had to dodge and duck 'im. Beer. Texarkana. At the end they became the best of friends, each better understanding the other's point of view? Well, that's what we were gonna do - Duck 'im out of the heat and up further into the mountains toward Flagstaff.
It turns out that the "heat" here isn't as hot as it sounds. Something about "dry." Breeze blows all day, and we haven't gotten uncomfortable yet.
We did go exploring, and I'm going to tell you about some stuff. From 17, Schnebly Hill Road is exit 320. Great boondocking spots, and the smaller you are, the better selection you have. You hear about the west side of 17, and that's worth looking at. In fact, that's where these pictures were taken. However, don't discount the east side. Miles and miles of potential boondocking out there, and it's more likely to be private than the Sedona side is. There are some challenges for solar-powered rigs, but that can be overcome, too.
And piney! so piney. We haven't smelled piney woods like that since Florida.
|Up close it smells like butterscotch. I'm not kidding. Put your nose right here.|
|Quack? I swear I just heard a quack.|
|I don't care how many cookies are in there.|
|Foxboro Lake Dam|
7/10/2012 update: there is a dumpster at this exit, too. It's here.