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Old 05-02-2019, 11:56 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by NCBill View Post
We stayed in Catalina State Park in Tucson and it was very nice.

Also stayed at the Cracker Barrel on the west side of El Paso. Decent free over night stay. We much prefer Cracker Barrel over Walmart. Tend to be more conveniently located (Cracker Barrels are built to serve travelers, Walmarts are built to serve locals), quieter at night (close at 10PM). Catch dinner and breakfast in the AM. Lots of road construction in El Paso.
We also prefer Cracker Barrel to stay (and Beth really loves shopping there as well as eating) over Walmart. On our recent trip home from GA, first night in Tupelo MS at CB there were others camping there with whom we chatted. Next night at the Walmart in West Plains MO they were most particular about where to park. One older motorhome which looked like he was camping there, toad was not attached. When Beth walked our dog close to his unit (she thought unoccupied) his large dog nearly escaped growling at ours. He didn't seem pleased they were too close to his motorhome.

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Old 05-02-2019, 01:18 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Vermilye View Post
...Dry camping, and the only vault toilets I've seen that don't have a roof!...
Roofless vault toilets are quite common on some of the back country canoe routes that we paddle. Imagine the view from this throne!


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Old 05-02-2019, 01:53 PM   #13
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Here's another on the Thompson River near Spences Bridge.
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Old 05-02-2019, 02:11 PM   #14
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You can also overnight for free at some NM rest areas.

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Old 05-02-2019, 07:51 PM   #16
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Old 05-03-2019, 05:54 AM   #17
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Joshua Tree

I would love to camp in Joshua Tree - heading home in August, and the daily high temp is 99 degrees - maybe next winter.
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Old 05-03-2019, 07:11 AM   #18
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During our Grand Canyon River trip we had two options for facilities. A tent for privacy and one for the scenic view of the canyon. The view was a bit further down the trail usually in a descreet area. To indicate if a facility was in use, spare life jackets were left a the start of the path towards the jouney. You took one with you indicating "occupied".
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Usually referred to as the "groover", from the early rafting days when it was a tall rectangular ammo can. before someone got the bright idea to make a toilet seat that would stay on (didn't take long, i bet), you got off the "throne" with groove marks in your backside. you can see one next to the aluminum potty in the righthand photo.
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Old 05-03-2019, 10:48 AM   #20
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As long as we are including photos of open air toilets, here is the one at Red Rock Canyon:
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