Up to now, our boondocking – or drycamping – has consisted of overnights in Walmart parking lots and rest areas. We’ve always wanted to do more “real” boondocking, where we’re in some remote, beautiful area with no one around. But we’re always working! (Good problem to have, I know.) At first, we had to run all over the country for Mike’s training gigs and then the LiveWire tour, both of which required full hook-ups. Now, I have to be connected to keep up with my writing and social media business.
We were driving along I-10, en route to Austin for the #SmarterArtist Summit, when Mike mentioned that he’d always wanted to check out Burro Creek. Talk about perfect timing! He said it right before we saw a sign for Burro Creek campground. Sweet! One mile south of the Burro Creek Bridge, we exited the highway and followed a winding road down into the canyon.
This BLM campground’s mostly level sites cost $14 a night. Each has its own metal fire grill and a shaded picnic table. Up top, the sites are more spaced out, so there’s more privacy if that’s what you’re looking for. Most of the sites are back-in, but we camped in Site 13, which is a pull-through. There’s even a handicap-accessible site! Not to mention a group camping area and tent spots, too.
The restrooms have flush toilets and sinks. Yay! No showers, though. Boo! There’s drinking water and a dump station. Along with the hiking trails, there’s an desert garden to explore. It reminded me of those labyrinths. You know, where you walk and meditate? You could contemplate cacti in this one. It has a bunch of native plants, all identified with a brochure (you can pick up on site) if you want to know what you’re looking at.
Mike flew his drone, a Yuneec Typhoon Q500+, and got a couple of amazeballs overhead shots of the area, including the bridge.
The bad news? There was barely any cell signal. I was able to send and receive text messages on my phone, but I didn’t have strong enough wifi to do any work. Honestly, it was a welcome break. I work every day, even if it’s only a couple of hours. So a little forced time off was appreciated.
We ate dinner outside at the picnic table with a gorgeous sunset for our entertainment. Then we popped on our headlamps and walked the dogs. (Gotta see to pick up the poop!) After the exercise, and with utter quiet and no light pollution, we slept like babies.
In the morning, before we left, we took the dogs on a walk down by the creek.
Boondocking at Burro Creek was fantabulous! We’re looking forward to camping here again for a longer stay.