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Squirrels

13th February 2011 by Helen

After taking a short break at the KOA campsite in Flagstaff it was time to move on again today.

spot the squirrel in the middle of the campsite

spot the squirrel in the middle of the campsite

The campsite has been lovely and peaceful and we have enjoyed watching the plentiful squirrels and ravens that are right throughout the site.  The squirrels are a little unusual looking in that they are grey with a red/brown stripe down their back, and a white fluffy tail.  That makes us think they are Kaibab squirrels, found mainly on the Kaibab Plateau in the ponderosa pine forest of the Grand Canyon.  The site is only a little south of the Grand Canyon and has its share of ponderosa pine.  Even though it’s still very early in the season and I would have thought the squirrels would be hibernating still, the Kaibab neither hibernate nor lay by a store of food for the winter.  Instead they eat the bark of the ponderosa pine, seeds from pine cones, weeds, mushrooms and any other vegetation that’s available.  Including some strawberries we left on the table! 

Back on the road again it was a short drive from Flagstaff to our next planned stop of Sedona, in what is known as Red Rock Country.  We arrived early enough to pick up local maps and brochures at the Visitor Centre.  What was quickly apparent was that while the scenery had changed only a little, the upscaling of commercialism was enormous.  Including the cost of camping – $18 per night for the use of a pit toilet, fire pit and concrete bench.  No water, no nothing else.  More than twice the cost of a similar campsite in the more beautiful Canyonlands.  The only difference here was a man on site to take your money to make sure you paid (rather than leaving it to the honesty of the campers to leave their money in an envelope in a specially constructed collection box). 

Cheers

Cheers

We ended the day by enjoying a campfire meal and a bottle of wine in an early celebration of St Valentine’s Day.

Campsite – Manzanita campground, Sedona

Distance travelled – 68 miles since Flagstaff