My destination for the weekend was to hit up the open dispersed camping areas along the dirt roads of Verde Valley west of Sedona, and west of 525.
On Friday night I ended up on 9549A just off of 525C.
I found out that my cookstove fits perfectly onto my bike rack! Holly and Clawdia have never been given table scraps so camping with these two is MUCH different than camping with my food-crazed Boojum and Joopiter. But... I was missing my two old kids.
I got up around 1:30 to shoot the Milky Way over lights of Sedona to the left. VOC lights to the right were back lit by the clouds.
I was quickly dumped by the Over the Edge bike ride on Saturday, but was lucky enough to run into this youngun' David (azorr on MTBR). He's a fairly new rider and didn't mind riding along with a gal who is his mom's age - plus he got his picture taken!
We only rode about 8 miles, but that was enough for me on that very hot day.
Off to camp again on Saturday night - Brian Cherry joined us.
Off 525 proper there were lots more people on Sat night than I saw (or didn't see) on Fri night on 525C. But we found a spot, shared a beer, and quickly hit the sack.
No star shots as sleep was more important for me that night.
Brian took off before 6 to catch the big loop ride. Dogs and I explored around camp till about 8.
It was a lovely cool day so I decided to do a bit of exploring. This is the turnoff to 525D where we must camp next time....
Fantastic spot for camping up on a knoll with 360 degree views! Planning another weekend soon with my telescope-lovin friends for stargazing and star photography on a clear moonless night...
Picture perfect! What a spot.
Ruins didn't open till 9:30 so dogs and I hiked down and back up the two roads leading from the knoll.
We went first to the Honaki site, at the northern end of the 525.
Dogs are not allowed on the ruins trails, so the cool day was perfect for leaving my tired doggums in the 4Runner.
Next we went to the Palatki site...
See the finger prints in the clay mortar? Those are original!