S24o – Cold Camps

T’was the night before Christmas, and out at Rogers Lake…

…yeah, I’m not doing that.

So, in true holiday fashion, I decided the good and prudent thing to do for my own sanity was get out in the woods, sling a hammock among friendly trees, and watch the stars come out and the moon rise through my eyelids.

What, it’s supposed to get down to 24 degrees? Eh, I’ve done that before. It’s supposed to snow tomorrow? Eh, I’ve ridden in snow plenty. Part of me camping in winter is finding the point where it stops being fun.

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So I wound up on the western side of Rogers Dry Lake. I wanted to have a view of the Peaks, and I wanted the sun to hit me in the morning. I definitely got that in this spot.
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Home for the night.
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A room with a view.
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Kendrick Mountain basking in the sun. Also, turkeys (I think!)
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The five highest points in Arizona.
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It’s dinnertime! Go go homemade wood stove! (I know the needles are close, but they are wet, and the outside wall of the stove doesn’t get hot enough to ignite anything.)
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Seasons decorations.
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It’s like being in a boat on the water.

After the moon came up, a pack of coyotes started singing. They might have been a half mile or so away. They kept it up off and on all night, because every time I woke up, I could hear them howling and yipping.

And the world turns.

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Good morning! I watched this storm front roll across the sky all morning.
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As I was starting to pack up, last night’s coyotes decided to pay me a visit.

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“Y hello thar!”
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Right when I was getting ready to ride home, I spotted this guy. It started to melt as I got the camera out. I took a picture anyways.

The title, S24o, is short for Sub-24 hour Overnight, which is what most of my camping trips are. Fun, simple, and relaxing.

Oh, it got down to 19 degrees, and I was plenty warm.

Be kind.

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