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Photo of The Day: The Quest for the Ultimate Campsite Continues

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Camera: Canon 5D | Lens: EF24-105mm | Setting: f/4, 1/50 sec, ISO 400

"If there's a picnic table there," insists Sinhue Xavier, "you're probably car camping." He's commenting on the difference between an adventure and something of a lesser adventure. Maybe he's right, but maybe there's more to it.

I picked a spot on the map, gave my friends the coordinates, and told them to meet there on a Friday night. It's 12 miles from the highway using a rarely used Jeep road that skirts a formal wilderness area, cruises through a sandy desert wash, ascends a nasty loose hill and a couple of switchbacks. Then down an equally nasty, loose hill where you have to keep the eyes peeled for a small eastbound twisty path that squeezes between ocotillo, creosote and saguaro, then snakes up a short hill and ends at a small pass. At the pass resides the singular lonesome open piece of planet Earth we could find to set up shop, light the fire, and commence the important business of popping the tops off of cold beers, tossing a frisbee, and telling tall tales to one another.

A little smaller than we'd hoped — and there wasn't a picnic table for miles.

Nor was there a flat spot, the whole thing just slightly convex like a giant racquet ball, and every inch harder than concrete, but, as you can see, it had this view not available anywhere else.

If that hunk of desert had been just a little more level, and a little bit larger to give us some elbow room, I could give this one a 10 out of 10. Alas, it gets an 8 out of a perfect 10.

So the quest continues. Know what I mean?


PHP Operator
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# PHP Operator 2012-04-30 17:02
I couldn't mange ,how would you get down there in the first place. But it looks like it is all worth the work you have do to get there. The scene is beautiful.
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# Lindsey 2012-05-08 11:49
I don't know. Looks like a 10 to me. Great picture! And that's a lot of roof top tents in there... Maybe I need to give those a serious consideration.
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Mark Stephens
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# Mark Stephens 2012-05-09 23:31
If you had to pound stakes in that site, you'd rethink that 10 rating, too. :-)
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# VamaMama 2012-05-31 07:44
this looks amazing! wonderful views. i wish i was there;
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