Thursday, May 19, 2016

Among the Hopi

It was a drizzly day as I headed up highway 87 out of Winslow. But mellow music happened to be randomly shuffling on my old iPod. It put me in the right mood as I drove through the rolling grasslands dotted here and there with buttes and volcano cones. What a great place to be a grazing animal, I thought.

I was headed to the Hopi nation. I'd discovered there's free camping next to the Hopi Cultural Center at Second Mesa.

The campground itself isn't much. Some concrete tables and grills scattered among junipers. No water, no toilets. But that's fine. The location is a good hub for further exploration. And it breaks up the drive.

There are four grills at this site for some reason. I used none of them.

I was the only one in the campground last night

It's sunny today and I'm off to see some ruins and local artisans.


  1. Do you find your van comfortable to drive? How is it on long trips?

    1. Comfort depends on many things. Your personal preferences, your personal dimensions, your expectations, what you're comparing it to... Driving a van is somewhere between driving a sports car and driving a garbage truck. Where between the two is up to you. Personally, I'd like a better seat, something similar to a Recaro. But over all, the Rolling Steel Tent works for me. As for long trips, that's all the past three years have been.

  2. Wait, wait, don't answer yet I have another question, is it an extended bed van ?

    Thanks for the reply.

  3. I drove a Chevy Express van for a few years and it was one of the most comfortable vehicles i've ever driven.