It was dark as we drove through the outskirts of town. Stella and I had just finished going through a cheesy haunted house at a carnival in the strip mall parking lot and were on our way to a free campsite in Winslow, Arizona. Recognize the town? No? Maybe you recall the Eagles song “Take It Easy”…… “Well I’m standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona.”
My friends went on a road trip earlier in the summer and found Clear Creek Campground on freecampsites.net. It was their favorite campsite of the trip, as it’s located on a little lake and quite scenic. We rolled in to the park in the dark and found a spot on the water. However, the weather wasn’t looking good. We got out of the car and the wind was whipping. Stella and I furiously tried to set up the tent but the stakes came out as soon as we stuck them in the ground. As the tent was trying to blow away, we pulled out the poles, stuffed it in the back seat, climbed in the car, and yanked the doors closed against the wind.
Too tired to drive back into town and search for other accommodation, we made the most of it and camped out in the car. Stella sprawled across the backseat on top of our clothes and I lounged in the passenger seat.
Never. Again. Though we stayed warm, (unlike the camping in 30 degree weather that we did in Utah) my legs were sore for days from being cramped in the car.
However, if you should find yourself in Winslow, Arizona, I must say that this is a pretty camping spot. And it’s free!
Do you have any camping gone wrong stories?