We’re continuing on our way to Glendale to drop a load of stuff off at the storage unit. Our next stop after Barstow is up in the hills off Hwy 72 and Vicksburg Pit Road in Vicksburg, AZ. The Free Campsites website has told us about dispersed camping options there on BLM land but we pushed further up into the hills to get off the beaten path and make it more of an adventure. We didn’t need to use 4×4 traction but the high clearance was a must. I seriously doubt normal street cars could get here, not even “Rally Car” types like Subaru WRX/Outbacks or Mitsubishi Evos and the like.
After about 30 minutes of slow going on infrequently maintained dirt roads and across a couple of washes it was starting to get dark so we stopped at the next area that seemed, at least, not inhospitable. It was…barely.
Within moments of letting Willow out of the truck she came back walking funny and with a pained and quizzical look on her face. An inspection revealed several of these vicious little things stuck in her paws.
They stick in hard rubber as well and are difficult to remove by hand. I ended up getting out a pair of needle nose pliers to pull them out.
This means that her booties go on. She’s not a fan right off the bat but soon remembers that they work well and are better than sharp spiky things in one’s tender girlie paws.
We found a non-spiky, not-too-rocky area to pitch the tent, quickly whipped up some chow for the both of us and settled in for the night.
Surprisingly we didn’t hear or see any animals but it’s also nice to not have the girl wanting to slam out of the tent after this or that at all hours of the night.
The next morning after a leisurely coffee we took a quick walk up to the top of the little hill that sheltered us from the winds last night.
Beautiful high desert views all around.
After our little walk we packed up and headed out. Next stop, the storage unit in Glendale to unload the stuff that’s been filling up the camper shell for the last few days. After that, we’re going to be able to sleep in the shell again and are going to look for the next beautiful place to stop for the night on our continuing adventure.