We're having great fun with the car camping experience. We stayed lower on the slope of Mount Lemmon, at mile 11 at the General Hitchcock camp ground. Admittedly, Amy does the lion's share of the work
I brought 6 bundles of wood, the packages you see when you enter gas stations or stores in southern AZ. But I also scour the surrounding area to find kindling and once again, also got lucky finding stumps at which I could hack to gain additional fire fuel.
Our campsite was next to a dry creak bed and across from it, a rocky slope that Amy climbed.
The fire is the focal point of the experience. I found a very long limb and placed it over the fire. Eventually it burned in two and became a nice, continuous source of fuel.
Oh if Jack could talk....
The temp was around 60 when we arrived. Starting the fire is one thing, keeping it going while building a nice base of embers is another but soon....
....we were able to heat our dinner. It's such a pleasant experience to sit by the fire, it crackling, throwing off heat, we're talking while Jack simply stays warm in his own chair.
Ohhhh, the morning. I'm first out to restart the fire. Soon after, Amy emerges from the tent and prepares hot tea and breakfast. Today, scrambled eggs, bacon and ham.
The surrounding area is interesting with all the boulders and not a good idea to walk in the dark at this campsite.
I did some exploring, crossing the creek bed next to our site. I was surprised, with all the recent mountain rain, the water was not flowing here. This site, and all others above us, close 11/1 for the winter but a couple others open on that date, below us so we'll be back to do it again.