Just got back from an awesome camping trip to our favorite backcountry campsite near the Mt. Baldy Wilderness. After spending 2 weeks in paradise it was hard to come back home. We found the secluded little alpine meadow several years ago, and fell in love with the area. Since then we try to make it back every year. This is the one camping trip I really look forward to because there is so much to see and explore!
For those who love to watch for wildlife, you will not find a better place in the White mountains of Arizona. We have spotted large herds of elk, pronghorn antelope, whitetail, coyote, bobcat, foxes, turkey, redtail hawks, great horned owls, and lots of cute little chipmunks. One of the best things about this spot is its remoteness, and the awesome feelings of peace and tranquility one gets from being in total isolation from civilization. Nothing is better for the soul, than exploring the Wilderness!
View from camp overlooking the meadow! Didn't spot a single soul during our stay!
Part of the cliffs just below camp, where we have seen bats emerging from deep cracks between the rocks at dusk.
I love this shot, if only because I waited for the better part of 2 hours for a chipmunk to appear! Unfortunately the chipmunks weren't cooperating at the time. Sometimes you get the shot and sometimes you don't! Got to love it, though! LOL!
Finally! Not a perfect shot, but it will do!
Don was complaining that I don't post enough pics of our dogs, so I will try to do better in the future. Anyway, Breezy and Cricket had just treed a squirrel when these pics were taken. Being schnauzers, they are absolutely obsessed with hunting small rodents, lizards, and just about anything that moves. They would have stayed there all day looking up at that tree if we had let them, so after a couple of minutes, we tied both of them to trees on the opposite side of camp to allow the squirrel a safe escape route! After about 15 minutes of chattering and tail flicking, the little fella climbed down and ran up the hill towards the back of camp!
Beautiful thick grove of Aspens at the back of our camp was a great windbreak! Loved listening to the gentle quaking of the leaves when soft breezes blew through! So magical, almost as if the trees were talking to one another.
I couldn't get over how thick the trunk was on this perfect Aspen specimen, compared to its neighbors!
The following is a short video of small herd of elk we spotted in the early morning hours on day 4 as we were enjoying our first cup of coffee! That's little Breezy barking in the background! Every couple of days, we were lucky enough to spot elk grazing in this pristine meadow! Such an awesome place!
The following video, taken from a couple of years ago will give you an idea of the sheer numbers of elk we have seen in the area.
Another view from the top of the cliffs near camp!
The little stream running below camp was dry when we first arrived, but was running full after a storm blew through on day 3. With the exception of one rather wet 24 hour period, we enjoyed beautiful weather for the remainder of our stay!
The following is a pan from the southern end of the meadow looking north.
It can get a little nippy at night, but you can't beat the sunsets! Will be posting more about this amazing wilderness area in the near future!