Abby is a seasoned professional when it comes to camping. Where the Weasely One can no longer stay by herself at home, she got her first taste of camping this weekend. Friday evening we packed up and met hubby in a small town southwest of Phoenix called Gila Bend. The Weasely One slept most of the way but when the radio no longer came in and I was forced to put in a MGMT CD she suddenly woke up and felt the need to explore the car. She’s always been a fan of music. Luckily this was short-lived and after a drink and a snack she fell back to sleep for the remainder of the trip.
While Abby knows the whole camping drill, the Weasel had to adjust a bit. I had her barricaded next to my side of the bed in the camper. She woke up once in the middle of the night and was a bit restless. After a few scritches and cuddles she settled back down but was happy to cuddle in bed with me for the last two hours of sleep.
A nap appears to have won out. Ah, but fickle is the ferret mind. Two seconds later she emerged from her carrier and was parked in front of the food bowl.
We left for breakfast soon after and ate at a kitschy restaurant called The Space Age Diner that featured astronaut and alien decor as well as a giant spaceship on the roof. The girls napped in the car and got ready for the adventure ahead. We were visiting yet another petroglyph park!
The four of us were all set for a visit when we came across this…
Poor Abby. She was rewarded with a long walk in the desert though where she had to wait in the car. The Weasely One however, thoroughly enjoyed herself. There were no signs prohibiting weasels so we took full advantage!
Although she can no longer take in the sights through her eyes, I’m quite certain she could feel the sun on her back and the wind through her whiskers. She squirmed to be let down and she dug in the sand and sniffed everything around her. She enjoyed walking around the rocks outside the petroglyph area. I was half expecting a park ranger to come by and reprimand me for bugging the ‘ground squirrel’ ;-).
These petroglyphs were among the clearest I’ve seen. They were carved into the rock by Native people living in the area 12,000 years ago.
How many of these symbols can you see below?
This area is somewhat desolate and full of beautiful desert for miles and miles. We arrived home the next day full of a sense of peace and with a longing to go back. Next to the petroglyph park is a small campground. There are no hookups for electricity and water. This would be desert camping at it’s best. I see a future trip for man and beasts alike.