So for this visit, we figured we’d keep our free in 2014 streak going and stay at Snyder Hill on San Joaquin Road at Ajo Hwy 86.
We arrived in the early evening while the sun was setting and though there was some street noise, we thought our new spot seemed pretty great considering the proximity to Tucson.
The next day we got a clearer picture of our surroundings. There are your typical snowbirds in big expensive RV’s, but there are also a few homeless people.
We always find it pretty cool that people from opposite ends of the financial spectrum come together as neighbors when you’re camping, but here, I think because we’re so close to the city it feels a little bit different.
Our closest neighbor is a lady in her truck. Yesterday she told Brian her starter wasn’t working and could he come over and stick a metal rod into her truck and knock on something while she turned the ignition. While he was trying to help her he learned that she needed to get the truck started so she could go visit her boyfriend in jail. Unfortunately, it didn’t start.
A few hours later, she asked him for a jump, that too didn’t work. She’s still there, sitting in the drivers seat. She has celery and bananas on her dashboard. I’m not sure what she’s going to do.
We talked about leaving after a week, but have decided to stay. She and the one other homeless couple we’ve noticed are harmless, though we are dead-bolting the door at night.
Dinner Last Night:
We still had some extra potatoes in the pantry so I made a repeat recipe: Warm Lemony Olive Potato Salad.
2014 Cost of Camping:
0 nights paid camping
26 nights free camping
26 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $0
Daily average cost of camping: $0