Luna Lake, Apache Sitgreaves National Forest – May 1
Jon enjoying a beer after collecting firewood and starting a fabulous fire.
Today was a very necessary resupply day. We really needed groceries, especially eggs and bacon. Unfortunately, it was going to require quite a drive.
We drove to Reserve for basic supplies. The best option was Jake’s General Merchandise, a store with the bare necessities. We were able to get bacon, eggs and milk. Fortunately we still had some vegetables and meat in our freezer.
We stopped for lunch at The Adobe Cafe and Bakery outside of Reserve. It was rated highly in one of my Guidebooks. It also gave us a chance to catch up on our email and such since they offered Wifi. The food was really good. We also picked up a few extras for the road like a loaf of Green Chili bread, pecan fudge and a slice of artichoke-cheese strata. We met a young European couple on a dual recumbent bicycle. They are biking through the Western states. We wished them well especially since it looked like it was about to start raining again.
We decided to continue heading west for camping tonight. That meant that we wound up at the Luna Lake Campground just over the Arizona State line in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. I was grateful that it was May 1, since the campground is only open from May-Sept.
The campground has 51 sites and is located on the other side of the lake from the road. It is a very well laid out campground with lots of space between campsites and an overall pleasing aesthetic feeling. There were already a couple of other campers there, but we just kept going and found a nice spot with a view of the lake and no one nearby.
Jon picked up dead sticks, tree limbs and leftover firewood from the area around our campsite. I found a large area covered in deer or elk droppings no more than about 10 feet from our camper. I fixed dinner and collected a little wood, too. Jon started a nice roaring fire and put out our chairs and side table by it. It was still quite cold and fortunately, the rain clouds had passed on.
Note that you can see Jon and his fire at the right side of the photo with the lake behind him.