Many of my readers heading to Arizona for the winter may be familiar with Jim Kortsen West Pinal County Park near Casa Grande, Arizona. It's location just south of Phoenix has made it a favorite free boondocking stop for many RVers for many years.
It seems that a few changes have been made over the summer. The county has installed a couple of portable toilets, and is in the process of installing signage and a pay station.
This news was brought to our attention by a couple who were just there and were asked for payment from two (gun-toting) men who arrived at their RV. Since there was no signage to this effect, you can imagine that the couple felt rather intimidated.
An email to Mr. Kent Taylor at Pinal County got this response:
"To answer your question, camping is still available, but it is not free of charge.
You can view this information on our website at the following link: http://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/OpenSpaceTrails/Pages/Home.aspx
We are in the process of having an information kiosk and self-pay station installed at the park and I apologize that this was not in place when your friends visited.
I hope I have addressed your question, if you need any further information don't hesitate to contact me."
Kent A. Taylor, DirectorPinal CountyOpen Space and Trails
PO Box 2973Florence, AZ 85132
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Hello. My name is Josh and I’m a Producer at Raw TV (www.raw.co.uk). After reading your Boondocker's Welcome forums, I thought a show we are casting for might be of interest to your followers and members. Although I am sure many of your forum members would never consider giving up their RV lifestyle, the ideas of simplification and self-reliance may appeal to some as an adventure and break from the norm. If you like the idea of the show I would be very grateful if you would be kind enough to forward the casting call on, or even better post it on your forum. I’m not sure if this is the sort of request you usually accommodate on your site however drop me a line and we can start a dialogue from there. Also please feel free to pass on the casting call to any friends, colleagues or organisations you think might be suitable.
The basic premise of the show is that we will be providing a homestead for an American family to live in completely off the grid. The resources and systems they require will not be set up for them, so they will have to work a lot of things out by themselves or form relationships with the surrounding self-sufficient homesteads to ask their advice. Ultimately we want to prove that self-sufficient solutions can be simple and achievable, however by demonstrating the family’s hands-on difficulties, we would also like to draw attention to the wider ranging issues that face people who choose this lifestyle. Through this we hope to help and inspire other families to live great lives and transform neighbourhoods into real-self-sufficient communities.
The official casting call is as follows:
Sick of working for the man? Done with society? Want to leave taxes, rules and your boss behind? Want to spend time with your family rather than your co-workers? Do you have the family that could show America how to start again? Do you have what it takes to leave the regular grind behind in search of a simpler, freer and more rewarding life? Then it’s time to get out of the rat race.
The makers of GOLD RUSH are looking for a family with big personalities who are ready for a big challenge. No gadgets, no junk food, no neighbours. Just land, space, fresh air and freedom. If you want to grab this chance to prove yourself then get in contact.
We are looking for families or couples, ideally with children between the ages of 10 and 17 to show that Americans still have what it takes to live from the land. Please send pictures or even video. Let us know why we should pick you and how great a show featuring you will be.Contact email@example.com for more details!
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