25 May, 2023
My GPS added a waypoint that took me off route!
I had checked out all the steps along the route and made sure that the end-point was the campground; but I wasn't really paying attention to anything but the scenery as I drove. By the time I realized that I was off-route, there was no easy place to turn around with a trailer. Checking the detail on the GPS, I realized that somehow it (or I) had added a way-point that took me off the main route and onto some hairy little county road winding through the mountains. It started to pour - making the dirt road even more problematic for turning around - then the county road turned into a forest service road. Checking the road atlas, I thought it was shorter to keep going than try to backtrack (once I got to a turn-around spot) - but, boy howdy! was that an afternoon that I don't want to repeat! From now on, I will have a paper copy of the route in hand to double check along the way!!
Sharp Creek Campground
Just outside Payson, AZ, this is a small Forest Service Campground with a large group area and 3 small loops. There are other campgrounds nearby, as well as lakes, a trout fish hatchery, the Mogollan Rim Visitor Center - fishing, hiking, boating - a real camping destination area!!
I was camping in one of the group areas with RVW (RV'ing Women) and, after a very strong drink when I arrived (even with the detour, I got there before dark) and some rain on the first day, it was a lovely weekend.
Willow Lake Paddle
Willow Lake was lovely to paddle - only electric motors allowed, so it was quiet. We got an early start so it wasn't too crowded (the boat ramp was getting crowded as we finished up).