We tried dry camping Sunday and Monday - we found out we're really dependent upon electricity. The generator did not work (will try to get it repaired on Friday - $115 minimum!!), so we conserved battery usage in hopes it would last a couple of days.
We did pretty good the first day; not much that really needed power, except pump and lights - no internet access available. The Rolfe C. Hoyer campground has been recently refurbished; very clean and spacious (http://bit.ly/cZrIF0).
On Monday, we decided to see what Canyon Point Campground (http://bit.ly/dumPOo) had to offer. It was on the way home - not too far East of Payson. We arrived before noon and no "electric" sites were available. Drat!
We asked if we could look at the campground for future reference. The gatekeeper said "sure", but we had to give them a $3 deposit - refundable if we left within an hour. We wanted electricity, so we drove that loop first. Glad we didn't get a site - very crowded and many kids. Certainly not the quiet camping we had just left.
The next loop were the dry campers. Hardly anyone there! Huge sites, a very far apart. And, we could get 3G!! What the heck, let's stay.
Still, the main drawback was lack of electricity. Especially troublesome since I used the iPad a lot (Alltel broadband card with Cradlepoint hotspot). Next time I take some allergy drugs - not used to pine trees and wildflowers, and recliner-type chairs. I figure water/tanks could last 2 days, even with long showers. A working generator will make it right.
Temperatures at that elevation were very cool at night (mid-40s) and very nice during the day - 70s. Finished several books
We returned home to 100! I think we're gonna try dry camping in the mountains again.