March 2012

In March horses and cattle frequent our home in the desert of central Arizona.

The crew and I camp in a free BLM area off Ghost Town Road at the edge of the town of Congress.  Al and Kelly of Travels with the Bayfield Bunch invite us over to camp near them on free BLM land south of Congress off Highway 95.  We take them up on their invitation, make the short move, and find we like this boondock so much that we stay until the 27th.

Our next camp is Wikieup, Arizona.  We find a spot to boondock on Chicken Springs Road (BLM, free) which overlooks and is within walking distance of the town.  On the 30th we discover delightful Burro Creek Campground (NFS, $7), south of Wikieup, and move our home there so Spike can soak in the creek.  (Well, that’s what he thinks.)

Notable for the month of March are the low out-of-pocket expenditures due to boondocking and little travel. 

This results in a savings of close to half the monthly income.  Yet, looking back, I’m struck by how very much I enjoyed those relaxing, reflective, thirty-one days in the desert with my crew.

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Financial Summary (Avg. daily expenditures: $25.60):

Camping fees:  $14 — Avg. daily camping fee ( 31 days):  $0.48, “Zero fee” days: 29

Dump/water fees:  $7.50

Gas:  $99.25 — Avg. daily gas expenditure:  $3.20

Propane:  $29.00

PTV and BLT Maintenance/Repair:  $15.98 (polish)

Equipment/Household furnishings:  $0

Groceries:  $244.82

Sundries:  $38.19 (includes $3.00 laundromat)

Clothing:  $0

The Crew:  $59.96 (includes dog bed: $19.99)

Entertainment:  $0

Out-of-Pocket Expenditures:  $508.70

Recurring Expenditures:  $284.77

Total Expenditures:  $793.47

Total Income:  $1,523.45

Savings:  $729.98 (47.9% of income)