New Camp at Clints Well

Today we moved up the mountain to Clints Well Campground. The elevation here is about 1500′ higher than Payson, so it’s correspondingly colder….like lows in the mid-20’s! I decided I could handle it; I really love it here and didn’t want to miss staying here. I was even resigned to having to drive about 30 miles to get cell and wifi signals! But I was very pleasantly surprised to have a good wifi signal here!! Verizon must have added a new tower since last April. Thank you, Verizon!!  Even the phone has a decent signal here, so it’s way better than Payson.

The Happy Jack post office is in Clints Well for some reason, and it’s the smallest post office in the U.S. It’s housed in a little metal storage building, about 10 x 16′.  I stopped to mail a card and they don’t even have a drop box for mail! I guess you have to go when they are open.

I was also very surprised to find the campground nearly full. There are only 7 or 8 sites here but I was here for two weeks in late April last year and never saw it this crowded. I got a good site with full sun in the afternoon, though I’m parked very close and parallel to the road. When someone leaves I might change sites.

I really love camping in the towering Ponderosa pines. We’re likely to have elk and deer visitors too.

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Our campsite at Clints Well Campground

If you are following other blogs by people who are in Arizona, have you noticed that they all are boasting pretty photos of desert flowers in bloom?  I haven’t had a site with pretty flowers yet!!  Back in Pine I went looking and only found two dandelion plants in bloom, and I don’t think they count. Sigh.

I’m very excited that after a lot of planning and scheming, I’m going to be able to meet up with my friend Jeanne later this month! She’ll be headed to AZ and I’ll be headed back to NC so we’re going to meet in New Mexico for 5 or 6 days and explore Taos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque together. I’ll have to break my rule and camp in a PAY campsite, but it’s just $10 a night and includes electric hookups, and is between Santa Fe and Taos. There are some nice free sites up near Taos but due to the elevation, they don’t open up until May and we are meeting up on April 20-26.  I started researching good restaurants and where to get the best ice cream, etc……the important stuff! It looks like almost all the restaurants are Southwest or Mexican food. Hmm. I’m not a fan but I may have to learn to like it. To make up for it, there’s a “Chocolate Trail” in Santa Fe that looks very very interesting! ALso Bandelier National Monument and a place called Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. It’s filled with fantastic wind and water-sculpted rocks. I won’t say what *I* think they look like but they’re supposed to look like tents.

tent rocks

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4 Responses to New Camp at Clints Well

  1. Tom & Deb says:

    The wildflowers have been beautiful in the desert this year. Dandelions count…I personally think they are quite beautiful.(Though I have a feeling I am in a small minority.) The Ponderosa Pines look beautiful but the temperatures sound a little bit colder then Tom and I want to be in. We are going to try and stay south and warm as long as we can. Enjoy your time…stay warm and stay safe.

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    • janispaqu says:

      I think dandelions are pretty too but not something I need to take photos of to show people, LOL! Yeah it’s cold here…28 last night, but I didn’t want to go any farther from Winslow & I-40 for when I head East in a couple weeks. We stayed nice and cozy last night with the Wave 3 heater on high!

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  2. Michael says:

    New to your blog, I wonder why you are in the north of Az. when the south is so much warmer?

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    • janispaqu says:

      Hi Michael, welcome! I’m in the north because I hate heat! It’s already too warm in the south. My last site in Payson was perfect weather! Also I’m getting ready to head back to Asheville and don’t really want to go much farther from I-40 than I am now.

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