I love my family! Just when I could hardly stand the heat any longer, my folks got the camper ready to go up to the mountains where it would be cooler. I did my adventure dance and said awoof. All the usual things were out (camelback, hiking shoes, my leash, food cooler, etc.), ready to be packed. I waited with great anticipation. However, the day went on and on. We usually left in the morning, and it was now lunch time. I was quite confused when my daddy said the camper had a leak. Who cares! We’ll be in the wild; let it leak! Mom said that we would need the water, though, so our plans were put on hold.
I laid on the tile floor to stay cool while my humans went to get the RV repaired. Okay, I also picked on my brother and pestered him a bit because I could. After what felt like months to me (hours for humans), mom and dad came back to report the camper was fixed. We’d lost most of the day, so we would head up the next day. Mom made us our Fun Food Friday meal, and we watched a Flick. Family time is always fine with me, especially when it involves mac and cheese!
Early the next morning, we hit the road. We drove toward Prescott and connected to 89A toward Mingus Mountain. Last visit, we camped at the Potato Patch Campground. This time, we headed for the very top of Mingus Mountain to camp there. It is first come first serve, so we were hoping to get a spot. I bring good luck with me wherever I go, so no problem Amigo. Boom! We found a spot and set up camp. Note to your humans: This campground does get busy, so they will want to arrive in the morning. It filled up by early afternoon. The fee is $14 for electric sites and $10 for tents per night.
The temperature was a good 15 degrees cooler than down in the valley and that made us all happy. We enjoyed the lovely breeze and ate lunch. We took a walk afterwards to the rim where we could see Sedona and Cottonwood. My dad hung a hammock up, and me and my mom sat in a tree. True story! It was one big tree!
After a peaceful afternoon, we came back to the campsite. I had to sniff all the plants and dig in some dirt. I also ate a bunch of dirt, and let’s just say it didn’t sit right with me. I drive my mom nuts when I eat dirt. In all honesty, I’m not really sure why I do it. It isn’t like I am starving to death. Any ideas dear readers?
Mom and dad played some games after a yummy dinner. As the sky got dark, the stars came out. Since we were on the very top of Mingus Mountain, we had quite the star show. My dad pointed out the Milky Way Galaxy along with planet names that I can’t recall. It was so very quiet and tranquil. I got sleepy and before I knew it, it was bed time. Inside the camper, I have my own bed to curl up in. Life is so very good.
In the morning, we had a big breakfast then took off on the fire road next to the camp ground. We passed trail #9037 and went up just a bit further to #108. Follow the signs for #108 (turn left), and you will have an enjoyable trail through the forest. We were disappointed that we didn’t get any views from the trail but enjoyed the forest and shade. My mom thinks the trail is a cattle path because we saw fences and cow poop. Wow, that’s some big poop! I felt a little inadequate.
You could go for a long way, but we turned around after 30 minutes to head back. The trail is rocky so humans needs to be careful with their ankles. Since it had rained recently, there was mud. Oh, how fun mud is to…darn. My mom caught me just before I rolled in it.
I was warm and drank a bunch of water as my folks packed the camper back up. It wasn’t as long of a trip as we had originally planned, but it was refreshing. Both the Potato Patch and Mingus Mountain campgrounds are only 2 hours from north Phoenix. Easy peasy! We were back home chilling by the pool early afternoon. Temps are heating up even more, so stay hydrated and cool.
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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