Given the initial description and pictures of the listing, we had very little expectations on our accommodations. We went into it with the mentality of escaping from the daily grind of the city.
Our host Dilek was very responsive with any questions we had prior to our stay. One thing to note is, horseback riding was listed as one of the activities that was offered for the listing. After inquiring about this the night before our stay, we discovered it is no longer available as the tenant who owned the horses had recently moved out.
When we got to the campsite our host introduced us to her three dogs (all were large breeds). They were so adorable and welcomed us with kisses and wagging tails. Dilek walked us around the property and gave us two recommendations on where to set up camp. We went with the first option which was a little further up from her house, and the ground was nice and flat. It also had a great view of the canyons.
There weren't a lot of options for physical activities nearby. We ended up walking out of her property and visited her neighbor's horses for a bit. We then set out to partake in the hiking trail nearby. (Hellhole Canyon Preserve Trail) If you exit out of her backyard through the fence gate, you would only need to walk for a short bit until you reach the trail. We were told it would be close to the end of the trail once we reached it so we hiked it backwards. We came upon a rocky plateau that was perfect to sit and enjoy the scenery. The trail itself is nice, just very dry so make sure you bring some water with you.
Towards the evening we explored the rest of the property. She has a cute dragonfruit garden that is located close to the front gate. We also came across a vintage looking school bus, which appears to be used as a storage unit from what we can tell. The dogs followed us around from time to time, but we loved it since we both are huge dog lovers.
We cooked dinner on our portable gas stove, and enjoyed the sunset at night. The only fright we experienced was in the middle of the night, the largest dog pawed at our tent out of curiosity. We woke up in a frantic thinking it was a bear, but once realized it was only the dog we laughed about it. He didn’t attempt to paw or enter our tent again after that.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay here. It satisfied our need to get away and be with nature for the night. We recommend this spot if you are looking for a relaxing time outside, with minimal needs. We made the most of our stay and it proved to be a memorable trip.
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