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Arizona camping is paradise – as long as you plan ahead (and know how to deal with rattlesnakes)

Paradise comes from happy hounds, good pizza and camping in Arizona — not necessarily all at once.

The hounds and the camping make a magnificent mix, but you’d be hard-pressed to get the crust of a DiGiorno frozen pizza to properly rise on a campsite grill. And to make sure the hounds-and-camping mix stays more like paradise than hell, make sure your planning consists of more than simply grabbing a tent and heading for the hills.

You should at least bring some water. Lots of water. It’s amazing how much water it takes to wash your hands, wash your face, brush your teeth, boil rice, hydrate two big dogs and have a sip or two left over for yourself.

Bring plenty of food. This includes dog food. For future reference, please note that the only dog food for sale anywhere near Roosevelt Lake consisted of three cans (count them) at the marina, or your choice of Old Roy or Purina several miles from the campsite.

Other amenities depend on how much or how little you feel like truly roughing it. Those who want the really rough can go as far as forgetting about luxury items, such as toilet paper. Those who like a bit of comfort in their lives will want to include fluffy sleeping bags, air mattresses and pillows—and dog treats to lure the dogs off the air mattresses and pillows.

Comfort items are especially important, so that you don’t end up being cranky, which can lead to becoming rude and obnoxious and starting fights with your significant other. Crankiness can also result in a devil-may-care attitude that makes you forget the rules of camping etiquette. There are several. Continue reading Arizona camping is paradise – as long as you plan ahead (and know how to deal with rattlesnakes)

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Arizona wilderness 101: Camping on Tucson’s Mt. Lemmon – PHOTOS part 2 of 2

 

Three fast facts about my first camping trip:

1. Mt. Lemmon has bicyclists and motorcycles that ride around like bats out of hell (well, the motorcycles do. Bicyclists can’t get the speed going up).

2. The dogs were wowed by the giant buzzard they saw eating their bowl of dog food.

3. The only other wildlife we saw was a wasp that got trapped in the tent.

Click HERE for Camping PHOTOS part 1

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Arizona wilderness 101: Camping on Tucson’s Mt. Lemmon – PHOTOS part 1 of 2

Three fast facts about my first camping trip:

1. Mt. Lemmon has pines, a nice switch from Tucson cactus.

2. The dogs spent more time in the tent than we did.

3. The dogs didn’t want to budge off the air mattresses.

Click HERE for Camping PHOTOS part 2

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