Feel free to mock my lack of attention and grouchiness below. I was wrong, and the correction is at the bottom.
my original rant
MIght not look so shabby at first glance, but the area is trashed out. There is a Dodge pickup front clip in the shadow of the shrub center right, and a (abandoned?) Sheetrock and other crap in the immediate area. RV with tarps over it in the background center left.
Note: I am not opposed to the tarped RV for aesthetic or class reasons; I interpret the tarps to mean the RV has been here longer than the 14 day allowance. To go further down the rabbithole, I am not opposed to lawlessness per se –
[I stopped at this point as things started to fall into place and I pulled out the US Public Lands app]
what went wrong
I was sniffing around a small chunk of BLM land outside Tucson. There were plenty of folks camping so I tried to find some solitude. North of the roadway was at least one more BLM marker so I explored in there. Turns out I went beyond the BLM land and was apparently on some trashed private land. Here’s a screenshot from the app – I am the blue dot and the BLM land is the peach overlay.
In this pic I’d be in the unpopulated rectangle of land in the background. To be fair, a strip across the roadway was still BLM:
I loaded up the doggo and headed into the safe zone:
Where things were much better. Lots of ancient broken glass, but nothing like the trash on the non-BLM area.
Muffin and I walked up the hill to get our hearts pumping; our van is in the foreground. We’re looking at the east side of the hill.
The west side was much more social:
So don’t be me. Check the BLM limits before setting up camp.