As a dog, I don’t really understand calendars much. I go by the weather seasons, and we’ve been in the hot season here in Phoenix. Recently, we finally entered the hot and humid season, and I have a love/hate relationship with it. With the sticky weather comes drooling and dripping. I know—TMI (too much information)—but it is what it is! However, with the clouds comes the rain, and it eventually cools things off, especially in the mountains. The rain also greens everything up and makes the air fresh and clean.
My humans call it Monsoons, but all I know is that it meant we were heading to the hills to camp. We found pine trees relatively quickly just past the Prescott Valley, barely two hours from Phoenix. From Prescott, take U.S. Highway 89 north past Granite Dells, turn right on Hwy 89A and travel approximately 20 miles to the top of Mingus Mountain. Potato Patch Campground entrance will be to your left (across from the Summit Picnic Area) on Forest Road 106. If your humans are pulling a camper, you’ll be going slow, but the road is paved, unlike Mingus campground across the street. Reservations are required and can be made online. No need to check in with the host as they will come by later to welcome you.
I can’t tell you how good it felt to breath in cool, fresh air. As my folks set up camp, I enjoyed walking on soft pine needles and checking everything out. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash. My dad puts me on a nice tether so I can roam a little, but I barely had time to leave a few messages when we were back in the car. Across the street we went on the dirt road toward Mingus Mountain. The clouds continued to roll in and the temperatures dropped. Oh yeah, this was turning out to be a very good day!
We followed the signs to the Mingus Camp Ground and endured a bumpy road. The Mingus Campground has some incredible sites with views but be aware that towing a camper would be extremely slow going…and dusty. The Mingus Campground is first-come, first-serve so you’d need to get up and out early. My dad says we’ll give it a try someday, and I’ll let you know what we think. Anyway, just past the campground is the Hang Glider’s platform and we parked. Um, what? People actually jump off that cliff to pretend they are birds? I will pass, thank you very much!
Thankfully we weren’t doing any such thing and went on a hike through the woods. The trail follows the rim of Mingus Mountain, and you can see Sedona, Cottonwood, and Jerome down below. Between the pine trees and clouds, it was so lovely. Sitting on the edge for photo ops reminded me of the Grand Canyon just with a lot less people.
Back down the hill we drove to our camp site. Potato Patch has two sections: one for RV hook ups and one without. We took a walk around both, and we liked the one we were in, which was the one without hook ups with tents and RVs. The camp sites are large, and we had a lot of privacy. The other loop had a ton of Aspen trees, though, and for an RV site, it was very pretty. I think you’d enjoy either.
We got sprinkled on just a little but nothing this Shiba couldn’t handle. We were able to eat dinner outside and enjoy the evening. Maybe it was the fact that we were at 7,000 feet, but I tuckered out about 8:30 pm. I jumped on my parent’s bed even though I had my own bed and crashed. Apparently, my daddy was tired, too. He joined me. Mom had to clean up and put us to bed. Nothing like dreaming of your great day and reliving it!
The forecast was calling for severe storms in the afternoon, so we were packed up and ready to head home by noon. We got out just in time as the Prescott area received over 5 inches of rain after we left. The drive home was easy and quick. Before I knew it, we were hanging in our yard and enjoying the pool. Wow…mountains in the morning and desert oasis at night. Life IS grand.
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith (Founder of the FIT Leader Formula™) is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, business consultant, executive coach, behavioral-wellness expert, and author of eight published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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