Hiking Camelback Mountain

On Thursday we were joined at our awesome boondocking location by Cassie and Kris. Yesterday we all went on a pretty challenging hike. (Yes The Watson’s were there too). We had been wanting to go on this Geocache called Stop Being A A-Jo, which was pretty appropriate, since we’d been deliberately mis-pronouncing the name of the town all week.

The hike was to the top of Camelback Mountain where there is a giant cross that gets lit up at night. The problem is that pretty much all of the surrounding land is private property so we had a hard time figuring out where to start out our hike.

We finally went to the back of the mountain and found a place to park. We walked through a ton of broken glass and over a small ridge. When we got to the other side it opened up into this awesome view of the mine.

There wasn’t a real trail, and there was a ton of loose rocks. Tim played medic a few times when we got attacked by Teddy Bear Chollas. They’re my new favorite cactus (pictured below).

The hike was awesome and exhausting and maybe even a little scary. Amanda found the cache in a spot that I considered to be kind of dangerous (hopefully her mom doesn’t read this blog).

Yesterday was our last day with the gang and our last night of free camping for a week. I do have one more post about the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument that I’ll do tomorrow, and then I’ll start my week-long coverage of Alumafiesta happy hours. Meanwhile, I really wanted to get this one up because I’m still pretty impressed that we got to the top of that mountain.

Dinner Last Night:
We had a pot-luck dinner after our hike. We brought spring rolls with a peanut dipping sauce, Amanda made veggie fried rice and Cassie made a lentil loaf. It all went together perfectly.

2013 Cost of Camping:
6 nights paid camping
27 nights free camping
Total spent on camping this year: $183.04
Daily average cost of camping: $5.55

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  • Reply amanda February 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I am impressed we made it up there too!

  • Reply Cassie February 4, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Great hike, great meal, great company!

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