Over the kids' spring break, we headed northeast to Badger Springs for a day trip and Seven Springs for a 2 night campout. It had been warm the week before, but a storm system brought a high of 44 degrees when we arrived at the campground. The sun was behind the clouds and I was thankful I threw some thick blankets into the truck at the last minute. Our favorite camping spot was occupied, so we selected a spot close to the entrance and began to set up our new tent. Last fall we sold the tent trailer and invested in a canvas tent with more space inside.
The kids explored the creek with our dog, Cody. We left the older girls at home with our pet sitter since Mimi doesn't like to stay tied up. She'll do better at a dispersed camping area that is more remote. Sheba hates car rides and gets sick every time. I felt a little guilty for leaving them behind. Also, nighttime temperatures dipped below 20 degrees, and I wouldn't have minded snuggling up with all of the dogs to keep warm. Cody ended up sleeping between me and CJ because he was cold.
In the morning, frost covered all of our equipment and our water was frozen. It was a surprise to see ice in the AZ desert in March.
One of the biggest surprises of our first campout of the season was a herd of wild horses who happened to wander through our campsite. There were two white-speckled horses, a mare and stallion, and two white and brown horses with a young foal! The kids were so excited and our daughter approached the white-spotted male horse. I was panicking a little, but he was friendly and allowed all of us to pet him while he grazed on the foliage. I was so shocked to see a wild horse be so friendly to humans. The other 4 horses ran away from us and headed further down the creek.
My favorite uncle arrived the next day and spent the last night with us. We huddled around our propane fire ring to try and stay warm. Overall, it was a nice, relaxing getaway, and a treat to be immersed in nature, and without a cell phone connection.
Best buddies, most of the time.
Our wonderful hiking companion keeping an ear out for other dogs on the trail.
Our little nudist enjoying the sunshine after falling in the water.
Cody with his haunches up while he investigates our giant visitors.
I hope this beautiful male and his herd stay safe. They were majestic.
From frosty mornings, to warm afternoons, the desert is amazing and a pleasure to visit.