March 11-12, 2017
We left Anza Borrego and it turned out to be a pretty warm day with a high of 94 degrees, so we were glad to be driving most of the day in the comfort of the air conditioner. Our destination is Oatman, AZ to see the burros, but after a long days drive, we decided to stop in Earp, CA and camp at a BLM campground on the Colorado River. As luck would have it, we got the last available campsite. Although it wasn’t right on the water, it sat back in a quiet spot and we could still see the river. Besides with Kathy’s senior park pass, our fee was a grand $2.50! Not too shabby! As it turned out, we were happy to be further from the water because the river was busy with motor boats zooming up and down.
A lovely sunset appears – what a nice way to end the evening with a couple of cold brews!
Braying Burros in the Night!
At 1 am we were awoken abruptly with the sound of a wild animal. After a minute or two, we realized we were hearing the braying of burros! Yes, several burros were invading our campground and they were loud! Kathy very much wanted to go out in her pj’s to see them, but decided it would be best not to add to the disruption of the night. Eventually we shut the bedroom window to abate the noise and managed to get back to sleep. Besides tomorrow, we’re going to Oatman, AZ to see the wild burro’s that walk through the town.
The next morning, the river started coming alive at 7 am. When Kathy looks to see what is making the loud noise, we are surprised to see a sea plane whiz down the river right before taking off.
Country Roads and a Beautiful Drive
The town of Oatman, AZ is on historic Rt. 66. It was a very beautiful drive through desert mountains with flowers in bloom. There was a long distance bicycle race in progress with a couple hundred bikes spread out over ~ 50 miles so we had to keep slowing down to pass the bikes on the two land road.
Lots of Burros and Tourists in Historic Oatman, AZ
The burros in Oatman were used in the mining days and when the mines closed, the miners left behind the burros. Now the burros have become a main attraction of the town. The burro’s wander into town each morning to get fed and then go back into the mountains in the evening. We fed the burro’s blocks of alfalfa which we bought for $1.00. The burros were so full; we couldn’t even get rid of our bag of feed! The lady selling it, said to be careful the burros don’t take the whole bag from you.
There was a plaque in Oatman that said, if it weren’t for the burros, you wouldn’t be here! That about sums it up!
We also watched a gun fight and spent about and spent about an hour walking around the town and were ready to move on. It was hot and there were quite a lot of tourists.
The only way out of Oatman was a steep, windy and NARROW two lane road up and over a 6000’ mountain. Yikes – it was intense! However, at the top of the mountain there was a beautiful view with a large pullout, so we ate lunch there.
We took a walk and found an old cemetery and memorial site with both people and animals remembered.
Laying over in the Kaibab National Forest
The day went by fast and about dusk we pulled off I-40 at exit 151. To our surprise as soon as we exited, we were on a dirt road. This was the Kaibab National Forest. How strange to exit off an interstate onto a dirt road with nothing but forest and fields.
We had hoped to make it a little further, but it was getting dark. We found a really nice campsite next to a cottonwood tree. Although, it felt a bit eerie camping so close to the interstate and being the only campers in this roadside wilderness!
Soon after we settle in we watched a beautiful sunset!
The next morning the moon greeted us at sunrise!