On day eight of our tour we boondocked in the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge east of Arivaca and on the border of Mexico. Many of our LTV owners had never wilderness camped before so we took them a little out of their comfort zone to experience something new, hoping to inspire them to unplug from electric and city water once and a while.
MaryAnn and I love boondocking, also known as dry camping, in national forests and on Beau of Land Management (BLM) land. Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge is one of our favorite places to camp, it’s close by our home and it’s wilderness. There are designated campsites that are a half a mile or more apart from each other, nothing but peace and quiet.
Since many of our group had never done this kind of camping before, they’re were many questions about the house batteries, solar panels, and generator use.
Buenos Aires is one of those places where if you didn’t bring it with you, then you have to do without it. There are no convenient stores, no gas stations, no sewer or dump stations, nothing but you, your rig, and the wilderness…
In southern Arizona and throughout the southwest, pack rats are prevalent. Pack Rats are attracted to our RV’s because the wiring in the engine block are made from soy beans – they eat soy beans. To discourage the pack rat from coming into the engine block we open the hood and turn on lights under and inside the engine block area.
There are two things pack rats and other rodents don’t like – open skies above them, because of predator’s like owls and hawks and lights at night, the dirty rats prefer to lurk in the darkness.
Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, the best kept secret of southern Arizona! Shhh… let’s keep it that way! Our tour of southern Arizona continues next time at Gilbert Ray County Campground in the Tucson Mountains.
(The picture above is of the Pecos River in southwest Texas.) My name is Terry C Barber, I am a disabled veteran, retired military and retired pastor. MaryAnn’s a retired special education teacher. Our Next Chapter, the open road – we call it “the Barber Road.” You're invited to join us as we explore North America in our Leisure Travel Van with two Shitzu pups.