April 2013

Most of April we camp around Prescott, Arizona.

April Fools Day finds us at Juniper Hill Camp (NF, free) on forest road #732 in Prescott National Forest.  This camp is east of Dewey at Highway 169 and Interstate 17.  Friend Rusty and Timber join us here.

On April 12 the crew and I move to Camp Drake (NF, free) north of Prescott off of Highway 89.  This camp is also in Prescott National Forest (forest road #680).  Rusty and Timber join us at Camp Drake.

An impending heat wave sends us on April 26 to the cool breezes and scent of pines found at an elevation over 7,200 feet, namely Sunset Crater Camp (NF, free) on forest road #9125F in the Coconino National Forest north of Flagstaff.

On April 29 we journey to northeastern Arizona and camp above red rock canyons at the aptly named Canyon View Campground (NM, free), Navajo National Monument.  Bridget, Spike and I are enjoying this quiet campground with its spectacular vistas when May arrives.

Another complete month of free camping!

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Financial Summary (Avg. daily expenditures: $29.73):

Camping fees:  $0 — Avg. daily camping fee (30 days):  $0, “Zero fee” days: 30

Dump/water fees:  $4.50 for drinking water from vending machines (free dumps and tank water fill-ups all month!)

Gas:  $110.31 — Avg. daily gas expenditure:  $3.68

Propane:  $13.75

PTV and BLT Maintenance/Repair:  $104.98 (inc. $74.10 toilet flush repair/move power cord, and $30.88 for wiper blades)

Equipment/Household furnishings:  $4.39 (camp toaster)

Groceries:  $270.57

Sundries: $32.64 (inc. $12.00 laundromat and $14.15 toilet chemical)

Clothing:  $0

The Crew:  $30.98 (price of dog food keeps going up!)

Entertainment:  $0

Out-of-Pocket Expenditures:  $572.12

Recurring Expenditures:  $319.81

Total Expenditures:  $891.93

Total Soc. Sec. and Pension Income:  $1,554.58

Savings:  $662.65 (42.6% of income)

Amazon Income (February 2013 sales):  $692.72