Hammock Camping in Monsoon Season!

I’ve spent the last 2 weeks in and around Prescott, Arizona.  I can’t stress enough how much I LOVE the city of Prescott and the surrounding area!  I spent a few nights with my good friends, Emilio and Julie, enjoying their incredible hospitality and the rest of the time I spent camping in many of the beautiful forests that literally surround Prescott.  With in a 45 minute drive in any direction, you can be in at least 4 different State or National Forests.  The general landscape is rugged and extremely diverse throughout the region.  As  you climb from about 5000 ft in Prescott to over 7500 feet near the Blue Ridge Reservoir… the red rocks of Sedona and Camp Verde give-way to lush green pine forests!  Close to Prescott you can see so much…there are old mining towns like Jerome, Indian Ruins like Montezuma’s Castle, Green Riverbeds along the Verde River, Old US Military Forts like Camp Verde, Art Communities like Sedona and the list goes on and on….If you don’t know Prescott and the surrounding area, I recommend you visit… you will probably fall in love with the place!

A few days ago, my buddy Emilo and I decided to awaken the “Grizzly Adams” within us and go hammock camping in the Camp Wood area, west of Chino Valley.  We had a great time despite the monsoon rains that lasted from 3 in the afternoon to about 3 the next morning.  In the evening, the rain let-up long enough for us to make a quick dinner before hitting the rack.  All night long, the high-pitched howling of coyotes was only temporarily interrupted by the constant lightening strikes that hit close to our camp.  The numerous burned-out tree trucks nearby were reminders of the destructive force of lightening!  Lucky for us, “Thor” spared us a direct lightening strike and only gave us torrential-rains and high winds!  Thanks Thor… I did see your latest movie!  The occasional raindrop hit my forehead as the hammock gently  swayed in the wind.  As I dozed-off to sleep I though… “man this is awesome, it doesn’t get much better than this.”

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Camp Wood Area, West of Chino Valley.

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The Wild-Flowers have really enjoyed the 2014 monsoon season!

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Hammock camping in Camp Wood with my good friend Emilio.

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My good friend Emilio, enjoying some coffee in between the monsoon rains!

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Hitting the Trails in the Prescott National Forest.

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Hammock Camping in the Prescott National Forest.

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The riverbed trail to the Tonto Natural Bridge.

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The riverbed trail to the Tonto Natural Bridge.

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Tonto Natural Bridge from below. It’s hard to see the scale but the natural bridge is one of the largest in the world!

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Tonto Natural Bridge area.

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Tonto Natural Bridge from above.

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I am an adventure-loving American man, with a severe case of wander-lust and a desire to experience as much of this wonderful world as humanly possible. Every place I have visited or lived has taught me something about life and helped me grow. For me, traveling opens my eyes to how similar the human race is, yet at the same time, how unique we all are. I hope this blog will motivate you to put down the TV remote, dust off your backpack and decide to take a chance on an adventure. It can be a walk in a new neighborhood 2 miles from home or a trip to a far off distant land. I have lived in or visited over 50 countries during my life and hope to see many more. I want to share my experiences. I hope you enjoy the blog. -WAND3R3R, Somewhere on the Globe, 2014.