With weather expected for late Monday, and worse on Tuesday, we get out Monday morning while we can.
Camping World in Bellemont is just up the road - we go to pick up a new water pressure regulator, and check their availability for an oil change.
A nice size facility, and we're able to get a very convenient appointment for our travel day. Coming out of the store the wind is up again, with clouds threatening to the northwest.
We pass several large homes in a new-looking gated community, and then the pavement ends. Yay - more back roads to explore!
There are numerous boondocking locations here - we're again in the Coconino National Forest. Investigating one of the spots, we come upon a small herd of prong horns. They don't stick around for many photos. Not quite as well camouflaged as the mule deer, they still blend in with the gold grass.
|Already on the move|
|Still see you.....sort of|
|Mt Humphreys our constant companion|
While on that little side trail we find a small bank of snow. Tessa uses it to make red dirt tracks :-)
|The white zone is for loading and unloading of passengers only......|
|Tracks of the Tessa|
|That stuff's cold - I'm outta here!|
|Clean fire ring at one of many primitive campsites|
|Large, lichen-covered boulders add variety to the forest|
We find more patches of snow, including a small area we have to drive over. What we don't find is access to the road that would make this a loop, so we return the way we came. Sadly we don't see any other wildlife, and the prong horns have moved on. There are several birds, but they are all moving so fast we can't really see what they look like.
|An old rock wall in the trees|
|Lowell Observatory, also in the trees, on our way back|
The rain comes during the night, heavy at times. And in the morning it is snowing! It's sticking and within an hour we have a pretty good coating all around us.
By 10 AM it's melting and there is intermittent sunshine. The wind is still up, moving the clouds quickly past the tall, waving pines around us.
Doesn't feel much like Spring.