Kartchner Caverns State Park

We’ve been camping for a few days with no internet access.  Although I hate that in some ways, the best camping always involves the remote sites for us.  We don’t want to camp downtown – the more remote, the better.  But, that usually involves some anxiety over our unconnected status.  Guess we better learn to live with it.  It’s just better that way.

So, we’re members of a yahoo group for folks with little T@B

T@B Trailer - our little brother.  Similar to ours inside, but no bathroom.  This T@B belonged to our California campers, Dick & Sue Lewis

T@B Trailer – our little brother. Similar to ours inside, but no bathroom. This T@B belonged to our California campers, Dick & Sue Lewis.

or T@DA

site 29, Kartchner Caverns SP - fabulous.  We are living large....

site 29, Kartchner Caverns SP – fabulous. We are living large….

campers like us.  tabtrailers@yahoogroups.com.  These people are all avid campers, who love the simple style of camping.  Tiny little campers, some with clamshell kitchens, and minimal stuff.  My heroes.  One of the California members decided to camp at Kartchner Caverns State Park in AZ for a few days, and invited everyone to join up.  We opted to do that, and found ourselves in a gathering of five T@Bs and two T@DAs.  It’s fun to see the different configurations and customizations that everyone has made.  Makes me feel like a lazyass for not doing more.

Kartchner Caverns is a wonderful camping destination.

sunrise thru the porthole - Kartchner Caverns

sunrise thru the porthole – Kartchner Caverns

The campground and facilities were fastidiously maintained.  Spotless.  The campground campground itself has many mesquite trees – short and gnarled.  Very sturdy – they don’t move much in the wind.  In the winter, without leaves, they look very eerie – almost like a Wizard of Oz scenario.  Fabulous.

We took a tour of the Big Room of the Cavern.  I’ve never been in a cave before, and was somewhat apprehensive about it, being a bit claustrophobic.  Not a problem.  Our volunteer guide was informative and fun. The cave itself is unbelievable.  To think that a couple of college students ‘discovered’ this in the 60’s and kept it secret for a number of years is hard to believe.  In a rush-rush deal with the state, it finally became an AZ State Park in 1988.  Photos inside the caverns are not allowed, and I mailed the postcards I wrote before I could photo them for this post.  But check this out http://azstateparks.com/Parks/KACA/index.html

Took a hike around the area on Friday afternoon.  Lots of interesting scenery, and a bit of elevation to make everything exciting.

we added a rock to the cairn at the top of the lookout.  Really nice hike at Karchner Caverns SP

we added a rock to the cairn at the top of the lookout. Really nice hike at Karchner Caverns SP

Friday night was horrible.  We had 30 degree temps with 40mph winds.  It absolutely howled!! The unfortunately people in the campsite next to us were camped in a tent.  The tent fly flapped and snapped all night long – we were astounded to see them still attached to the ground in the morning.  On top of all that, it snowed!

John covered in snow.  Surprise for our Saturday morning.

John covered in snow. Surprise for our Saturday morning.

Isn’t that what we got out of Michigan for?  Easy to smile about it when you’re inside, and protected from the howl.

We headed back to Green Valley Saturday afternoon.  Greeted by some friends from our Rapid Wheelmen bike club who have come to AZ for a week of biking and hiking.  We’re hoping to show them a good time.  Hope to post better photos going forward this week.

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