Boondocking west of Tucson

We decided to spend a bit of time boondocking on BLM land west of Tucson at an area called Snyder Hill. For those of you who do not know what boondocking is…it is dry camping, no electric, no water, no fees, etc… which coming from Montana we do a lot of in the mountains. I think the safest way to describe this area is a desert gravel pit 🙂 Let me tell you about the adventure we had there!!!

We pulled in to a spot with some shrubs, cacti and a couple of big trees. Not long later, another trailer pulled in a bit to the left of us. When we headed out on a walk around the area, we stopped to visit with them. Barry and Diane are from Manitoba, Canada and invited us to stop by their campfire later that evening. Upon our return, we discovered that we also had neighbors not too far behind us. Temps were nice and we sat out and enjoyed the sunshine for awhile. Spent an enjoyable evening around the campfire with Barry and Diane…we have met some nice people in our retirement travels and this couple fall in that category.

Not too far away is Saguaro National Park West. It is a very small park with gravel roads and some nice trails…was able to get pictures of ALOT of cacti! Did I say ALOT!!! Later we were reading some of the literature and found out that a bee that “bumped” Rich and that he swatted a few times was actually a “Killer Bee”.

We drove down to the town of Tubac for a day…the streets are lined with all kinds of artists, jewelry designers, metal art, sculptures, and eateries. On our return, we again had cocktails around the campfire with our new Canadian friends. They had met our other neighbors who were a young couple and his dad. There was also another young couple who were staying just up the hill from us. After talking to them, we found out that Tom was working an a film about campers, the desert and aliens for his masters. 🙂

The next day, we were again sitting out enjoying the sunshine when we looked up and did see three aliens…well anyway, three figures with tinsel hair and green suits on. They came by to issue an invitation to come up to their camp for an outdoor viewing of an alien movie and treats that evening. Well, we could not decline!!! So the Canadians, Rich and I gathered our chairs and cocktails and walked up the hill. As we went up the hill, we see a big screen showing a very odd and old alien film with David Bowie starring in it, lights draped across a carpeted area with a sofa, and pink flamingos!! Later we all gathered around the campfire and Tom filmed us “seeing” aliens! :} He even came down the next day to interview Rich and Barry about their thoughts on aliens. haha

After such an entertaining evening, we spent the next day relaxing, visiting with Barry and Diane and getting massages outdoors.  Angel, one of the young gals or should I say young aliens, had her massage table with her, so we lined up. And one of us …that would be Rich… even fell off the massage table…I do not know what I am going to do with him. We spent our last night around the campfire enjoying all our new friends. As Rich said to Barry and Diane as we were all leaving…”it was an unexpected pleasure” .

boondocking camp site

boondocking camp site

beautiful desert sunset

beautiful desert sunset

who's older??  they say saguaro cacti do not get arms until they are about 70 years old!

who’s older?? they say saguaro cacti do not get arms until they are about 70 years old!

looking at the mountains through prickly pear, saguaro and ocotillo cacti

looking at the mountains through prickly pear, saguaro and ocotillo cacti

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ancient rock art

ancient rock art

supernatural contact :)

supernatural contact 🙂

the viewing

the viewing

and friendly flamingos!

and friendly flamingos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Rich and Deb Hendrix

Rich and Deb have retired and are now living the dream. We are loving our time in Montana, spending winters in the Baja, checking out the sights and enjoying life.
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