Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Dispersed camping in the Ironwood National Monument, Marana Arizona

  
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A BLM ranger stopped to say hello a couple of days ago. He was friendly and chatty, and mentioned the usual: 14-day limit and no dumping. After he had left, we looked around and our neighbors were GONE. I mean the long-timers. Vanished. 

The visit reminded us it was time to scout around for some fresh place. The Ironwood National Monument isn't it (for us), but it doesn't mean it couldn't be (for you).

The road we took into the Monument involves a one-lane bridge with a 6000 pound limit. That's the Prius on grocery day. There is also a dip in the road that we're pretty sure the Duck couldn't survive. So, no-go on that route. It's possible another road will take you around these obstacles; try coming in from I-10 at exit 226.

There may be phone reception, but there was no data coverage. That's the bad, now let me tempt you with the good.


 Big, wide-open, level site. Lovely views of Ragged Top Mountain (where bighorn sheep may be lambing AS I TYPE).

Get a load of the size of that foot.

I have urticating hairs! I will urt you! You are flirtin' with an urtin'.

My feet urt.
 I told you a while back that I had a phone interview. It went well, and he offered me the job. I thought about it for a couple of hours and then let him down easy. Told him it wasn't him, it was me.




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21 comments:

Gaelyn said...

You're so smooth. Any other leads?

Wow, that spider has the biggest feet I've ever seen.

klbexplores said...

AucK!! With feet like that I might have to stay here in the snow!! Are you trying to keep your desert uninhabited my humans!!

Donna K said...

That sure looks like a wonderful campsite. Beautiful, smooth, sunshine, blue skies. All was well until I saw the desert version of Big Foot!!

Anonymous said...

Wait 'til spring when the the big feet start lookin' for love. They emerge and check out everything. Marana is an interesting place, I think. The airport is a former CIA base, very active during the Vietnam War. It looks so innocuous and...well, empty, compared to what it was during its Skyhook days. If you decide to stay, go on out south from the airport (there's a paved road directly across from the airport) and you'll see a lot more sites. It's amazing to me there is a huge high school out that way and a whole lot of people tucked away amid the cactus and mesquite. You just don't see them all. Emjay

Anonymous said...

Maybe I better correct the above comment. I think most of the sites south of Marana are not BLM. Rather, I think they are mostly private land. But it is all interesting. emjay

intrepid-decrepit-traveler said...

YUCK on big-footed spiders (little-footed ones, too). Nice hawk, what kind? Beautiful sites.

I knew you were too smart to get a job!!!

Nickie

Michael Ultra said...

aa

Ahh, the desert....a sharp mistress!

JO said...

So did you take that site? It looks great.
Those spiders are great to have around they eat scorpians.

Lynne (WinnieViews) said...

Wow, I didn't realize there was BLM land in Marana. Well, if the Duck doesn't fit there, then my vote would be to head out to Ajo for a few weeks to take your new little toad for some off-roading. Then you'd be back in good-graces w/the Tucson BLM to stay again for awhile if you want to return. Otherwise, you could always head out towards Wilcox and hang there for a while. I've heard there's good boondocking there too.

Bob said...

OK wait. What was the J O B ? I think I must have dozed off or something. Missed that part.

Lovely cactus pictures. No, really.

Dragonfly said...

Good decision, you don't really want a job on the first date.

Mary said...

Wow. I hope someday I have the balls to say no to a job if I don't have one. Wait. I can never have balls so I'm doomed to work until I die. I guess I will have to live vicariously through you Duckies.

Desert Diva said...

I see you both working next Spring at Animal Friends - just a feeling...

Nancy said...

Just glad to hear you did not go to work!!! It's a four letter word best kept to a whisper and never spoken aloud. Besides you might miss seeing those monster spiders, which are awesome by the way.

LG61820 said...

I have had some good luck, ducks! I had been looking for a Tracker online for the longest.

Shortly after you got yours I accidentally searched a greater distance than I had been searching. Long story short, I now own a 2-door 1999 Chevy Tracker. Thanks, I owe it all to you, I think! LG

The Good Luck Duck said...

Isn't she, Michael? Sharp and pointy, with urticating hairs.

I don't know, Nickie. I could make something up, but someone would come along and call me out. Smart? or some other word?

Emjay, it seems like BLM is very sparse and far-between around Tucson. It is there, though. I think we probably traveled the road you're talking about (Sandario).

Donna, I think we ruined Bigfoot's day, too. Hopefully he recovered enough to finish crossing the road. One more step oughta do it...

Ha, Karen! Entirely the opposite! Darn it, I messed up again.

Not really, Gaelyn. Someone asked me that today, and I had to admit I forgot I wanted a job.

The Good Luck Duck said...

LG, that's great! Are you loving it?

Nancy, that's what gets to me. I'd miss stuff! Annie would be out there French braiding his leg-hairs without me.

I think that's a place I could be very happy working. Keep that thought going!

Mary, first your balls have to become attached to freedom. Then, they need to become unattached to groceries.

Dragonfly, you are SO right. I'm not that kind of duck.

Bob, it was photographic microscopy. Or microscopic photography.

Those are good suggestions, Lynne - thanks! What about Benson - is there good boondocking around there?

Jo, GET OUT!!! They EAT SCORPIONS??? Are you tugging my leg? We didn't take the spot because there's no data coverage, and the road we explored wouldn't accomodate the Duck.

Contessa said...

At least you are still hireable!

Lynne (WinnieViews) said...

Not aware of any boondocking around Benson, but I didn't look too closely. They've got an Escapee park there-- not a bad little town. But I loved the Bisbee area (and free overnight boondocking at Whitewater Draw near McNeal to watch the sandhill cranes). Might see if Bayfield Al can suggest any good places down that way. Bisbee has a nice "Jerome" vibe to it, and you go thru Tombstone to get down there-- always entertaining!

Teresa Evangeline said...

I see you're going through the part where you feel you should be working, although you don't want to 'cause life is so nice when you don't have to be somewhere... It'll pass, hang in there...

The Good Luck Duck said...

Ha, Teresa! Yes, that is where I am, and I'm conflicted.

Lynne, good idea to ask the Bayfield Bunch. I'll do that.

That's true, Contessa. I guess that's something, right?

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