25th trip – days 129-131, Aug 20-22, 2021 Provo Canyon “Resort”, Wallsburg, UT
As I mentioned in the last post, I started getting headaches and very dizzy. The headaches were debilitating. Along with the dizziness, I was getting vertigo while laying down. Two days before this camping trip, I went to the doctor. He referred me to get an MRI.
I didn’t write anything in my travel blog for this trip. I just didn’t feel well enough. But I was able to snap a few pictures. I was glad to be out in the beauty and nature. I figured, headache and dizziness at home or headache and dizziness out in the beauty of nature. 🙂
Kevin cooked delicious steaks and veggies on the Black Stone.
24th trip – days 126-128, Aug 13-15, 2021 Mountain Valley RV Resort, Heber, UT
We picked this campground because Kevin is on call this weekend and we know the internet is great here. When we were here before, we enjoyed the luxurious campground and the adults-only heated swimming pool and hot tub.
Friday, 08/13/21 Got a little later start this evening due to Kevin needing to do some more things for work. But that was just fine; didn’t bother us at all. We knew we were camping pretty close to home. Ah, this place is luxury personified. 🙂 Lots of green grass, picnic tables and our site backs up to beautiful trees with great shade. When we checked in, Kevin asked if there were any entertainment things going on this weekend. She said, no, because the guy who does it (setting up the movies, for example) broke his collar bone and some ribs. Ouch! Poor guy. While I was helping Kevin back in to our site, a worker driving a golf cart came up and started talking to me. I said, “I am deaf, please talk to him.” I was using our walkie talkie and so Kevin knew what was going on. The guy said they had two trailers booked for this spot and to wait. I saw the second trailer behind him. So we waited in the road for a few minutes. Then he came back and said everything is fine, He misread the paper and the other trailer goes in F3, we are in F2. No problem at all. He was very nice. We got backed in no problems. The F3 trailer is from Sandy and they are here for their boy’s 8th birthday, Grandparents were coming over to celebrate. We ate a simple meal of pasta salad that I made this morning. We also had a roll with it. We realized that we didn’t bring Diet Dr Pepper and Diet Coke and there was only 1 each in the fridge. After reading and playing on our laptops for awhile, we drove 5 minutes away to Walmart. As we went to check out, we saw there was 0 cashiers and no check out lanes open. Not one! The line of people was waiting for the self check out. How weird is that?! Of course we didn’t have cold drinks, so a stop at Maverick was a must. Kevin said inside there was only one person working. Made us wonder, is there not enough people working at Walmart and Maverick? Must be due to Covid. Back to HOWE, we sat in the shade under the trees at the back of the site and property. We didn’t feel like swimming but plan to tomorrow.
Saturday 08/14/21 I had been feeling dizzy at times. It seems to be getting worse. Sometimes I have to take a step to the side to balance myself. Today we just rested. Kevin was on call and ending up on the phone for quite a while to help out some people. I enjoyed the time reading.
For lunch we went to Chick’s Cafe. My dad drives 40 minutes to eat here a couple of times. He said the Chicken Fried Steak is delicious. I tried it and he is right.
We ended up not swimming. The campsite next to us had a boy who was turning 8 and he was having a party with his family and friends. One of the family friends had to leave quickly because Parley’s Canyon caught and fire and they lived near there. Later, the parents offered us food and cake and ice cream. They said they had plenty because so many had to leave to check on the fire. They were so very nice. We had just eaten. Kevin cooked sausages, peppers, onions, and zucchini on the griddle. I was too full for dessert but Kevin had some. 🙂
Sunday 08/15/21 I woke up at 5:00 AM with severe vertigo. I ended up sitting up in bed and not moving my head at all until the sun came up. I felt nauseous, too. Thankfully, I didn’t throw up. We headed home around 11:00 am.
Last part of our vacation trip Glacier National Park.
Thursday 07/29/21 Slept in and then got all packed up. I looked at the map and we decided to go east on I-90 for a ways and then head south, following the Lewis and Clark trail. Oh, we are glad we took this route and it only added about 15 minutes or so. We aren’t in a rush so this was nice.
We found a historical site and stopped. So glad we did because this told of how this whole Beaverhead area got its name. The Indians named a rock formation Beaverhead because that is what it looked like to them. This became a marker for Indians and later other people as to where to go when they reached it.
We drove on to Dillon and to our campground. It is a former KOA with nice lots and green grass. Outside on the door was taped everyones name and site number on a campground info paper. We drove to our pull through and set up under a nice shady tree. The gravel site was a little unlevel and we had to add a block or two under the wheels on one side. Kevin and I debated how many blocks we would need. I thought it was good enough but he thought one. So we put one down and Kevin drove HOWE on it. I looked at the level on the bumper of HOWE and saw it was perfectly level. I can’t have this because he is right! So I grabbed a pebble and put it under one side of the level. Then I stood in front of that side as Kevin came back to check. The look on his face was so funny! “How can that be? Completely bubble off?” HAHA I couldn’t help it and started laughing as I moved away. He chased me and tickled me. Note: the next stop, he looked for pebbles under the level. 🙂
By this time it was 12:30 and I was hungry. We took our picnic lunch a mile down the road to Clark’s Lookout State Park. There wasn’t much there but we read a few signs and then walked a small trail to the top. You can see for miles, if there wasn’t wildfire smoke. The signs talked about how detailed Clark was with his maps and the equipment he had with him to know where he was (compass, sextant, etc.). They also had a Log Line but didn’t use it much. Sailors would use this to see how fast they were going. A log line had a piece of wood with a rope. The rope had “knots” at certain intervals. The rope was fastened to the ship and the wood and rope thrown overboard. As the line got pulled in the water, the sailer would count the number of knots that went past in 30 seconds. The time was done with a sand glass. Thus, the speed in “knots”. After this, we stopped in at the local visitor center. We got some pamphlets for later. Then it was back to HOWE to write in the travel journal and relax. Dinner was eaten outside on the picnic table – rotisserie chicken and fresh string beans. Yum.
Friday 07/30/21 We didn’t wake up until 9:15. Kevin offered to “cook” this morning. Nice. That means McDonalds. We haven’t been able to cook outside at all this entire trip due to the thick wildfire smoke. It grosses us out to think of cooking food in it. You can see the ash falling everywhere.
We went to Bannack State Park. This was near the top of our favorite sites this trip! Bannack was where the first gold was discovered in Montana on July 28, 1862. The town grew to a population of over 3,000 by 1863. The unique thing about this town is that there are 50 buildings still standing and you can actually walk through many of them. And, they haven’t been moved. We parked and walked to the visitor center to get info and pay the fee. On the door was a sign to watch for rattlesnakes because they had been seen in the town. Eeek!! I hate snakes, no matter what kind or size. We paid the fee and got the $2 information booklet. This was a big help because it gave a lot of information for each building and spot. We walked to the first building and looked inside the windows. As we turned around, there was a huge snake. I squealed and ran to the side. Kevin said he saw next to the snake a dead chipmunk; he is sure the snake killed it. Most of the buildings had walls of plaster and lath. You could see wallpaper peeled off and the boards. Some of the floors had laminate over the 3-4 inch wide floor boards.
It was a typical “old west town” with gun fights. At one point, a sheriff was a convicted felon who had walked out/escaped the front door of a jail in California. There was a jail but most people didn’t want to guard the jail because they wanted to be out getting gold. So a lot of people were hung. The gallows were in direct view of the jailhouse windows. HAHA Several people were even hung in a house. The saloon still has the old bar and it was beautifully carved. During the Civil War, the town was also divided and the northerners coming to the town stayed outside in an area called “Yankee Flats”. It took us about 2 1/2 hours to walk the town. We left the park and turned left to go towards Jackson, Wisdom and around Hwy 43 to I-15. We were excited to see several barn/garages with RVs parked there. It looks like home bases for full time RVers. Fun!!! We climbed to an overlook of 7000 ft. At the historical site, we read about a device that was invented in this area to lift hay up so it can be stacked. Incidentally, we saw quite a few of these in large farm fields. Do they still really use them? Do they use horses to raise and lower the fork? This was also along the Lewis & Clark trail and was the highest point in elevation they came, according to the sign. The view was of a Big Hole which has a large flat valley with mountains around it. There is a lot of cattle here and one ranch alone has 13,000 acres.
There is quite a bit of farming here. The Jefferson Valley, along the river was flat with what we think are mountains off in the distance. Smoke is too thick to see far. We saw hundreds and hundreds of cows and bales of hay. Not kidding. At one point, everywhere you looked you saw big round bales of hay. We wonder where the bales are stored. Some fields had two swathers working, two balers working, and several tractors. Another observation: places around here don’t have a lot of gas stations. Little towns, no gas stations. They must have to travel a long way to get gas. The landscape changed along the way. From large, open valleys to canyons lined with rock and trees.
At one point, we even went around a wildfire and could see the smoke from the trees. I spotted an eagle on some rocks. The rocks overlooked a large valley that is farmed. We pulled over and watched for a while. Kevin said it is a bald eagle and looked to be over 2 ft tall. Back to Dillon, we stopped at a auto parts store to get some fuses. Kevin discovered the horn didn’t work nor our truck camera. Pull out the fuse, put it back in and it worked. HAHA Well, we have extras if needed. The store listed in The Traveler’s Quilting book didn’t have fabric, just yarn. Back to HOWE. I heated up BBQ sweet pork for nachos. The mosquitos are horrible at this camp. We guess because it is by the Beaverhead River and the river moves along slowly through here.
Overnight camping at Blackfoot, Idaho. The city lets you camp in the Sports Park parking lot for just a few days. Even had water and electric hook ups.
This trip was really nice and of course we enjoyed it. We saw Glacier National Park. It was a bit disappointing but perhaps it was due to the thick wild fire smoke and all the crowds of people so we couldn’t even park and hike. We learned fabulous history and stories from locals that we would have missed out on if not asked for recommendations of places to see. Historical markers offer insights to the past that makes you get out your iPhone, look up for more information, and marvel at what you learn.
07/01/21 Today I felt so very relaxed that I was almost comatose. I did some things with the timecards for work, read, sorted and edited pictures, read, pictures, and napped. For lunch I heated up the second bag of sloppy joes. Later, we took a drive. This drive we hit the jackpot! We like to take the side roads and this didn’t disappoint. Kevin is getting really good at spotting the “historical” markers on the sides of the road. 🙂
The first we saw was at the split of I-80 and I-84. The marker said, “The Battle of the Signs”. It told about how the people in Coalville wanted the Lincoln Hwy to go past them on I-80 but Ogden wanted people to go to their town on I-84. One side would put up a sign and the other side would turn it, or paint over it, or knock it down. Oh, this made us roar with laughter. Kevin said it reminded him of a cartoon. Both ways boasting it was the best way to go to Salt Lake City.
We then continued north, to the side of I-84 and ended up in Henefer. The road was closed and we had to detour. We went on West Henefer road and then came to Highway 65 (just a pave, 2 lane road) and we decided to turn right. Soon we saw a marker and shocked of all shocked – it was the Hastings Cutoff!!! (Read the Donner Party).
Farther down we saw where they turned. Continuing down the mountain, we saw East Canyon Reservoir. There is a lovely campground and resort there and we kept it in mind to camp there. (This evening we looked it up and it is a members-only place. Oh well.)
Steep mountains, green pines and green grass everywhere. At the summit, we read that the pioneers were so discouraged as they looked and saw the taller, steeper, and rougher Wasatch Mountains in front of them. At Big Mountain Pass (the summit) there was a parking lot and trails.
We stopped and admired the beauty. Kevin heard this loud banging and I kid you not, on the side of the mountain, next to a building, was a guy playing the drums! You could hear it a long ways. And he was really good. We got such a kick out of that. We decided to not continue on to Salt Lake but turned around. Driving through Henefer, we looked for a little cafe to eat but didn’t see any food places. Back to Coalville we decided on Annie B’s Pizza. But nope, it closed at 7:00 and this was 7:30. We walked on down to Mom’s Place Diner which was a converted house. We were surprised at all the take out orders that came through. We ate there: Kevin had patty melt (said Polar King was better) and I had chicken strips. We talked about the towns of old and how they had to have everything in each town and if the stores didn’t have it, they would order it (think Sears catalog, Wells Fargo, etc.) Then we realized it was the early “Amazon” or order online. Why did that end and then now, that is how people shop. I think it is a cycle where people don’t want what they grew up with. Just a thought. HAHA On our campground walk-about this evening, we saw that the campground is really full. Lots of groups having fun, it looks like.
Friday 07/02/21 Beth came up to visit around 2:00. It was nice to catch up with each other. We played games (Qwixx & Golf) outside and then Kevin cooked Green Chili Smashburgers. Oh, so delicious. After dinner, we walked around the campground to show Beth. She was impressed. It was warm out and we decided we wanted some ice cream so we loaded up in our truck and went back to Polar King in Coalville. It was the first time we saw it packed, which is good. A lot of people looked sunburned and tired from boating all day on Echo Reservoir. We took our shakes to go and ate them at the campground. Soon Beth left. It was a nice day. Oh, one thing I saw on the Facebook RV Community group made me sad. It was a lady that said, “we’ve been traveling full time for a year now and can’t stand being together 24/7/365 even with breaks from each other. So we’re considering trading in the rig for two smaller rigs and travel separately.” Then she goes on to ask if anyone does that. I thought that was so very sad. However, now Kevin and I are joking about traveling separately and I said I would have my trailer fully decked out in yellow, pink, light green, and light blue. HAHAHA
Saturday 07/03/21 We slept in. Then Kevin made pancakes on the Black Stone Griddle.After breakfast, we drove to Park City Museum on main street. The museum cost $15 each and it was worth it.
Next we went to the 2002 Winter Olympics Museum. It is free and so nicely done. There is something about “us” in Utah hosting the world just months after the terrorist attacks on “9/11”. The pride of our country, of our state, of our president sitting with the athletics, of the SLOC putting on the best and most successful winter games to date and the remembering of being there at the events…still brings a tear or two to our eyes.
I didn’t write anything more in our travel journal for this trip. One day we went to Wyoming Downs! We had never been to a horse race before. It was very fun to watch but we quickly got bored with the waiting between each race (that is when people place their bets). We didn’t know anything about it and how it works. We learned all about it. 🙂
21st trip – days 94-104, June 25- June 27, 2021 Wasatch State Park, Midway, UT, site 49, June 27-July 5, 2021 Echo Island, Coalville UT, site E41
This trip started out as two weekends but you know us! We want to camp/travel as much as we can. So, we decided to add a week in-between.
Friday, 06/25/21 As we got on the freeway, we both commented to each other that there was hardly any traffic. Reasons why abound and we came up with several possibilities: a bit later than last weekend but before the evening rush? Everyone was already gone for the weekend? There continued to be very few cars. Later as I looked at my Twitter news, I read there had been a motorcycle accident behind us that had completely shut down the entire freeway. Sad for the guy who passed away and his family.We drove through Provo Canyon. This is the third time we have driven up this canyon in three weeks. 🙂 We went to Wasatch State Park. Thankfully I had looked at the map the day before because it turns out the park is huge.
We found our campground, checked in with the friendly camp hosts and then parked at our site. It was a pull in site that is curved like a C. I asked Kevin if he likes those and he said he does, if it fits our trailer. Our site has lots of trees around and can’t see past ourselves, which is nice. We actually like both kinds of places to camp: closed in with lots of trees AND wide open, great view sites.
As soon as we were set up, Kevin took his chair down a short path to take a nap. Pretty soon he came back to HOWE, signed in American Sign Language (I lost all my hearing 03/19/20) to be quiet and to follow him. There was a large young deer just eating away. He would look at us and then just go back to eating. We watched him for probably 10 minutes before he slowly wandered off. After Kevin’s nap, we got in the truck and drove around a little bit. We discovered we had no cell service so we thought we better let a few people know. We ended up at Heber at the Maverick Gas Station for drinks (diet Coke and diet Pepsi). Then we went back to HOWE for dinner. I had made a roast in the crock pot at home and used my Food Saver and then froze it. So I just plopped a bag of roast in some water to boil. When it was hot, I took out the pasta salad I made at home and we ate outside.
Oh, picnic tables! I am so very happy when campgrounds have them. But, I never knew they came in all different sizes. Not kidding! On this one, I set my 84 inch tablecloth on the table and it barely covered 1/2 the table. The funny thing is, the campsite only allows 8 people so Kevin and I were laughing at how big the people must be to fit only 8 people at that table. (Of course we know that family and friends will often camp together and so the large table would be needed.) That evening I read another book in the fiction quilt book series that Marsha, our sister-in-law, gave me. Kevin started reading “The Lincoln Conspiracy” on his kindle. I had read it a few months ago and wow, it is so good. Kevin was hooked reading it, too.
Saturday, 06/26/21 Breakfast was muffins I had made at home. Then we decided to go to an antique show in Wallsburg. We saw an advertisement for it on an old thrasher by Deer Creek Reservoir. We thought we would be there just a hour or two, but no, we were there the entire day. They had everything from tractors, tractor pull, all sorts of vehicles, plus odds and ends. We were glad we went.
When we got back to HOWE, around 5:30, we got out some homemade sloppy joes that I had made at home and sealed with the Food Saver. Chips and homemade molasses cookies finished off the meal.
Sunday, 06/27/21 MOVING DAY! We had originally planned to go home this day but we added the week. When I looked at the next campground, low and behold, the exact site we had reserved for July 1-5 was available. 😁 Check out at Wasatch State Park was at 2:00 which is so nice! We hung out, reading our books until it was time to go. Kevin saw a hummingbird and decided to stop at Walmart for a feeder. It is so nice to have cell service again. Not that I need to check Facebook or text but just to look up things that come to mind: planning a trip, look up the weather, what is the news, etc. I feel the same way on a cruise ship.
We got backed into our site which is very nice. Trees behind us and to the side, with a tiny stream running past. Behind the trees is an open, green field. Kevin says he can really hear the traffic on the freeway but it doesn’t bother him. The evening we sat outside and read our books and people watched. We also watched our favorite Youtube RV channels.
Monday 06/28/21 For breakfast, I heated up some gravy that I made at home and cooked some biscuits in the oven for biscuits and gravy. Still getting use to the oven; it works great but takes just a little bit longer than normal. Then I did some work. Then I did research and booking campgrounds which took me about 4 hours. We decided to extend our Glacier National Park trip. By adding 3 days to Kevin’s PTO, we get 5 more days of traveling. So I figured out how far we want to go, used my document of places and things to see that I have been keeping, and got our camping stops planned and booked. I really do like doing that and planning it out. After that, I read.
Then we drove on a road that I found on the map that goes east of Coalville. What a beautiful drive. The landscape along the paved road is very green with lots of trees and bushes and a lovely river (good size for Utah standard). There were lots of farms with cattle, horses, and hay fields. Some huge houses, too. The road went past large natural gas sites (we think where they compress the gas).
Soon we saw a marker and it is the corner post of the southwestern corner of Wyoming. We went past it until the road turned to rough gravel. There isn’t anything out there except the gas lines and signs talking about snowmobiling. Back to town and we stopped at Polar King. We thought this would be the normal “burgers and shakes” place but it was more than that. They had indoor and outdoor seating. We ate Navajo taco and cheeseburger inside. Kevin looked at the menu for a patty melt but didn’t see it. After he ordered his cheeseburger, he saw a white board with the special of the day: patty melt. HAHAHA I told him we might have to go back. The temperatures are perfect here and we haven’t ran our A/C at all. It is about 10 degrees cooler here than at home. When we got back to HOWE, we walked around the campground. It is really quite large. There is a good-size fishing pond and we saw a grandpa teaching a boy how to fish.
Tuesday 06/29/21 This morning I was busy with work things. This kept me busy until about lunch time. For lunch I used the second package of gravy for biscuits and gravy. I found the cutest little Pillsbury biscuits at the grocery store before we left; they have 5 biscuits instead of 8. Perfect for the two of us. The rest of the afternoon I worked on editing and sorting pictures on my laptop. I have so many and have fallen way behind in weeding out some, editing some, tagging and putting them in albums. I like doing it but sometimes it is overwhelming because I have so many. HAHA After work, Kevin watched a couple of shows while I read.
Then he decided we need to go back to Polar King in Coalville so he can get a patty melt. So off we went. This time had a chicken fried steak, mash potatoes and salad. Kevin got his patty melt and said it was so yummy. Of course we had to finish it with a shake. Went back to HOWE and was cold cold cold from the shakes and the weather had dark clouds. We wished it would rain (we are in a severe drought) but not one drop. We walked around the campground for our walk-about. Up until this evening, we have had the entire front part of the campground to ourselves. It is nice because we can see “incoming”(we like to see all the different types of RVs coming in and out of a campground). There isn’t an office at the front of the campground, it is way in the back. There is a gate where you punch in a code. Many people don’t have that code and have to call for it (as did we when we first go here). So that is interesting to watch as the RV’s pile up in a train clear out onto the main road. After our walk-about, we just settled in with movies and relaxing.
Wednesday 06/30/21 Perfect weather continues for us here. Highs in the 70s to low 80s and 50s at night. Sunshine. In the afternoon, we headed to Park City. We tried to visit a fabric store from The Traveler’s Quilt Book there but it was gone and a distillery was in it’s place. We drove to Historical Downtown Park City. We have been here several times over the past years. We walked along but didn’t see any stores we wanted to go into, except for Mountain Town Olive Oil. We went in and Kevin bought me two bottles. This is my favorite place to get olive oils.
We looked for a fun place to eat and ended up at No Name Saloon. 🙂 Kevin had the special, Philly cheesesteak and I had fish and chips. The building is very old and unique with curved ceilings covered in bricks and a motor with a belt that turned the ceiling fans. After dinner we were done and went back home to HOWE. Echo Island RV Campground sent a text that they were having a food truck and showing the movie “Up” tonight. We thought that was a fun idea. We walked around but didn’t stay for the movie.
19th Trip- Days 87-89, June 11-13, 2021 Jordanelle State Park, Heber, UT
Friday, 06/11/21 I realized something this week. I am not joking one bit. Literally, there is more food in the fridge in HOWE (our name for our travel trailer – Home On WhEels) than in our house fridge! (Minus the extra condiments.) This cracked me up! I am so thankful we can keep the fridge on while HOWE is at home so I don’t need to bring the cold food in and back out of the house. Makes it so nice. As Kevin was packing tonight, he said he didn’t need to pack any clothes because he has enough still in HOWE. That made my day! 🙂 I have never been to Jordanelle Reservoir except in passing. Kevin camped here for the Winter Klondike a few years with Boy Scouts when we was a leader. From our house, we could go two totally different ways but we decided to go the south way through Provo Canyon. The truck pulled HOWE with no problems at all up the mountains. Passing Deer Creek Reservoir, we saw more than 10 people kite-sailing on the water. It looked like they had enough wind to really get going. We marveled how the city of Heber has grown. We got to the campground and was told “take a right and then a right” into our loop. So easy.
As we pulled up to our campsite, we started laughing, kind of in shock and kind of in wonder. The site is so steep! Thankfully it is just a pull off. We got out and as we set up, literally the jack in the front is all the way to it’s lowest point. The back is so high, the bumper is almost to my shoulders. And let me tell you….I can’t reach the bottom step to get in! I am 5’0” and I can’t get in.
Thankfully I am able to come at it from the side and swing myself up to grab the safety handle. There is no way I can open the door latch. We laughed as I said, “short people problems!”
I knew I would be worried so Kevin kindly hooked up the safety chains to the truck. Otherwise, I would worry about rolling down the hill, even though we have the chocks. Dinner was pulled pork sandwiches, chips and potato salad. Then we walked around the campground loops.
This is a great campground! And the reservoir is just a bonus. The sites are huge huge huge with paved roads, paved parking pads, concrete patio with concrete fire pits. The campground host told us campfires are allowed here, if we don’t let them get too big. I was surprised because the state banned them the other day. So that is nice. The walk was enjoyable, perfect weather with no wind. Kevin talked to someone camping here on our walk and he said it was 36 degrees last night and very windy. Burrr. The lake has several sail boats and I think they are beautiful to watch. We also saw every other kind of boat craft. It cooled off pretty quickly so I came inside and read while Kevin read outside. Now a little snack of cookies and more relaxing. 🙂
Saturday 06/12/21 We slept in until 8:30! For breakfast, Kevin made pancakes on the griddle.
After breakfast, we drove over to the marina. There were quite a few boats being launched. I always like watching boats. We then drove to where the kayak rental is, a place with a sign that said, “sup kayak” with an arrow to the road. For some reason, that cracked me up. Very cute. Kevin rented a kayak for 2 hours and off he went. I didn’t go because I get very dizzy if anything rocks too much.
I spread a blanket under a tree and read my book. And I people-watched, which was very fun. Lots of families getting together for meals under the canopies and all were reserved. When it was about time for Kevin to be done, I walked on down to the beach and watched him come in. He said he liked the kayak and the water is nice. He would like to kayak through a river sometime. Back to HOWE we went for lunch. It was a different kind of lunch for us than I normally make. We had chips and a 5 layer dip I had bought at the store. Well, we both said that my homemade layer dip is much better. 🙂 Then it was nap / reading time. We had a nice large tree in our site and it provided nice shade. Kevin took a nap in his outside chair and I read.
Soon we were off for a drive. We drove to the Jordanelle Dam and learned it was built in 1993. The surface area of the water is equal to over 3000 high-school football fields. The height of the dam is 400 vertical feet and is about 100 feet below the stream bed. It is built to withstand a 6.5 earthquake directly below the dam. The reservoir’s average annual yield is enough to take care of about 400,000 individuals in addition to supplementing irrigation.
We drove on up the mountain to Kamas. We saw a humungous sign someone had posted in their yard about “Slow down” you blank, blank, blank. It seemed the homeowner had had quite enough of people driving too fast. Poor guy. That evening we walked round a different side of the campground and saw several deer.
This is a great State Park and we want to come back…but maybe get a more level campsite. HAHAHA
17th Trip- Days 77-83, May 25-31, 2021, Utah Lake State Park, Provo, UT
What do you do when you want to camp but Kevin’s work requires him to work at home? You camp close by. We came to Utah Lake State Park, which took less than an hour, and then he would drive home to the “office” every day. HAHA Kind of in reverse order of “going to work” but it worked out for us.
This campsite is really nice. We are on the very end and have lovely views all around of the lake and mountains.
Looking out towards the lake and mountains. It is a nice evening for our walk.
A nice morning with a good book, yummy breakfast of homemade muffins and a Diet Dr Pepper. What more is needed? 🙂
What more is needed? Sewing, of course. Here I am piecing together a quilt top. HOWE (our travel trailer we named Home On WhEels) is an easy place to sew and I have plenty of room for this. If you read past posts, you know I am using a sewing table from SewEZi. I recommend it 100%. It is very sturdy and holds my machine perfectly. It also folds up and fits in the storage under our bed.
When Kevin got home, I mean, to our campground, HA, we enjoyed a walk around the marina. It is fun to watch the boats go in and out.
Across the lake, you see Mt. Timpanogos. It is 11,753 ft above sea level. It is common to still have snow this time of year.
Who is ready for some veggies on the BlackStone Griddle? Me!
Kevin brought our hummingbird feeder from home. We were entertained by watching them. In the picture, below the feeder, you see a small airplane. We are close to a small airport. I can’t hear them (I am deaf) but Kevin says he can hear them in a distance. I guess we are easily entertained…we like to watch boats, planes, birds, people, etc. etc. 🙂 Oh yes, and add campers because they are fun to watch, too. Especially when they are backing into a campsite. HAHA
See the paddle boarder?
Chicken Nachos, anyone? These are suppose to be foil packets cooked in the fire but this area is under fire restrictions. No problem for us! We cooked them on our small gas grill and it worked perfectly. I will add the recipe at the end of this blog.
Sewing pieces for a quilt…outside! it was so nice being able to see the lake, enjoy nature and doing a craft I love.
Pancakes for breakfast cooked on our Black Stone Griddle. Kevin does a lot of our meal on that device and it works so well.
Another awesome camping trip. Here is the recipe:
1 bag tortilla chips
2 cups shredded cooked chicken (When I cooked it, I added taco seasoning)
1/2 cup red enchilada sauce
15 oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies OR cilantro, drained
1 cup black beans, drained
1 1/2 cup shredded Mexican-flavored cheese
Got four large sheets of tin foil and place the chips in the middle. Then add all the other ingredients. Fold the long sides of the foil, leaving a little space on top. Then roll up the sides of the foil. Place on grill until all is heated through and the cheese is melted, around 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!
16th Trip- Days 74-76, May 14-16, 2021, Castle Gate RV, Helper, UT
Friday 05/14/21 Kevin and I decided to come back to this campground. We want to explore more of the area. Last time we were here we went to the museum and learned so much in the 3 hours we were there. What did Helper Help? This trip we want to explore 9 Mile Canyon. Now, a little bit about 9 Mile Canyon…it is 74 miles long! HAHA Cracks me up every time I think about the name. I hope to discover more about the name tomorrow. Today I went shopping and to lunch with my sewing friends. When I got home, Kevin already had the trailer hooked up and ready to go. I grabbed a few things and we were out the door. We stopped at Maverick for gas where gas prices have gone up. Now (May 14, 21) it is $3.39 a gallon. On the freeway, we had a gust of wind shake us. My eyes went huge, I am sure. But Kevin handled it greatly. Nice ride up Spanish Fork Canyon. Things are nice and green. It won’t be green for long, this is desert-y and the area is in a drought. It is pretty right now.
Our friends, Larry and Marcia have joined us on this camping trip. Kevin and I already had it booked when we invited them along. As luck would have it, they were able to reserve the camping spot right next to us. On the way to the campground, I got a text from Marcia saying it is so hot at the campground. I knew it would be hot in the summer but this weekend is extra hot. As we drove in, they were sitting outside in the shade from their trailer. This is a newer campground and the trees have not grown up yet. While we were eating, we saw a train pass. It had 6 engines in front and 2 at the end. Wow. Larry and Marcia fixed dinner tonight. They grilled potatoes and thick tenderloin steaks, salad, rolls and apples. Delicious! Kevin and Larry made a fire for us and we enjoyed sitting around the campfire. Hey, I just felt a rumble at me feet…Kevin said a train is going by. I am deaf but I can feel! 🙂
Saturday 05/15/21 Speaking of feeling the train go by, I woke up this morning and was enjoying the morning in bed. I felt another rumble and told Kevin, “I felt somethings. Is it a big truck or a train?” He starts laughing his head off….”em, no, I farted.”
We slept with some of the windows open and the cool air felt nice. But we are in a dirt/gravel campground and I noticed everything is covered in a layer of gritty dirt. OH well, I can clean. Kevin had set breakfast with Larry and Marcia for 9:00. At about 8:30, I had a “feeling” to get on the government website to check for tickets for Glacier National Park. See, there are so many people traveling the country now, and especially the national parks that several have instigated a rule that you have to purchase a ticket to get in. This is different from the entry fee. We looked it up a few weeks ago and yes, Going To The Sun Road in Glacier National Park requires this ticket. We got online a few days ago when it first opened. 60 days worth of tickets were sold out in minutes. I don’t think it is fair to not give the people with reservations to the campgrounds there first chance. We booked our campground last October. Well anyway, I had a feeling to get on this morning. Wouldn’t you know, the only date available and open this entire summer, 60 days out, was July 14. Well, we will be there the 18th. The ticket is good for 7 days so that will work for us to go on the end of those dates. We grabbed it and paid the $2.00. Whew! It was kind of scary. I have researched a lot of places in Montana and we could have gone to those places if Glacier didn’t work out for us. But glad it did.Grabbed the blueberry muffins I made at home, along with bananas and apples and went outside right at 9:00 for breakfast. The morning weather was calm and sunny. After breakfast, we got into Larry’s truck and drove to 9 Mile Canyon. Now just so you know, 9 Mile Canyon road is 74 miles! No one can tell me why it is named 9 instead of 74.
The road is paved and unique because it has quite a few petroglyphs along the way. I picked up a free guide at the campground and we were able to learn a lot at each stop.
Besides the petroglyphs, there was a huge “balance rock” that looked like it could tumble at any time. I would guess it was the size of a truck. There was a lot of ranching and private property along the way.
If walls could talk!
We drove as far as Daddy Canyon, got out and walked the trail looking at more petroglyphs. There is also covered spot with 2 picnic tables. We ended up eating our lunch of sandwiches, chips and fruit.
This picture above shows Kevin and Larry. They think they are interpreters…not in the American Sign Language way, but in telling us the stories that the petroglyphs are saying. They were both very animated and the stories went on and on and on. Finally, Marcia and I just sat down. HAHAHA
I love how this our friends, Larry & Marcia, love each other. We see them holding hands whenever they are side by side. A beautiful sign of their love story.
We got back to camp around 3:00. All but me took naps. Later Marcia sent me a text that they were at the picnic table by the river and they had ice cream treats. Kevin bolted out of bed! HAHA We ate ice cream and played a few games. Then it was time to get dinner ready. It was my turn to fix the meal. We had green chili smashburgers, baked beans, zucchini and carrots, and funfeti cookies. Next was a campground walk-about for Kevin and me. Larry told us there were two Aliance travel trailers here and Kevin wanted to scope them out. Once back at our site, we joined Larry and Marcia in some games. At dark, we sat around the campfire. We started s’mores but the wind kicked up in a big way and us ladies went to our trailers.
Sunday, 05/16/21 Larry and Marcia made a delicious breakfast for us on his camp chef stove: eggs, bacon, and all the trimmings. Kevin and I got packed up afterwards and headed home. Larry and Marcia planned to leave the next day. We had a great time with them.
The weekend was great. We enjoyed good friends, good food, good campground, and good exploring.
14th – Days 67-70, Apr 29-May 2. 2021, Antelope Valley RV Park, Delta, UT Please note, these blog post are from my travel journal and the “funny” towards the end is really how I wrote it. 🙂
My brother, Ben, has a birthday this weekend and he picked Delta, Utah for the place to go camping. The mountains are still too cold and too much snow for camping yet so we went to the desert. When I had this camping trip idea, I shared it with Ben, our friend Beth, and Kevin over dinner a few months ago. Ben said yes, Beth said she would rent a Cruise America motorhome and Kevin helped her get one rented online. We also celebrated Beth’s birthday.
Thursday 04/29/21 Beth found out she couldn’t pick up the rental until 2:00 PM. That morning she got things ready for her part and I got things ready on my side. Since we have HOWE at home now (for the winter we would store it where it is warm and then take it out for camping from there) it was so nice to have HOWE’s refrigerator stocked and cold already. The rental was easy to pick up and they had a brief “where everything is” tour. I rode with Beth in the motorhome and Ben followed. From the motorhome place to Delta took 2 hours.
At one point, I thought, “I don’t remember seeing where the oven is.” I turned around in my seat and then turned around even farther to see….no oven! I couldn’t believe it. And not even no oven, the microwave isn’t a convention oven. I started laughing and told Beth about it. See, she made stuffed peppers for dinner this night but they have to be cooked in the oven. Thankfully, HOWE has an oven. HAHAHA
This campground is one that you email for reservations and the man was always nice. When we pulled up to the office, he greeted us, walked us Into his tiny office and handed us papers to fill out. It is old-fashioned and it work great. He even has a white board where he writes the names and the dates of people staying in each site. (Reminds me of when I volunteered at the hospital and we used a white board like that at the nurses stations.) We got sites together, 11 & 12. There is a nice size of green grass with an equal size of concrete. The RV goes on firmly packed gravel.
Ben helped Beth back in and then they got the outside things set up. Well, thankful for Google as they had to watch YouTube to see how to do something. (We have all been there, I am sure.) At 4:00, Kevin got off work, at home, and brought HOWE down. We quickly get it set up and cooked Beth’s peppers in the our oven. We ate outside and it was truly the perfect weather. Shade from trees across the street, sunshine out, temp perfectly comfortable and no wind. Kevin and I did our walk-about and we saw an Alliance travel trailer. Kevin got really excited and talked with the owner who said it is the best trailer and service ever. After dinner, Kevin drove the truck back home to Riverton since he “has to work AT home” for his work. Boooo. Beth, Ben, and I played a few rounds of the game Qwixx in the rental and then I came to HOWE for the night. I watched a movie and then went to bed. Ben and Beth said they heard a train go by and someone running a generator or diesel truck for 30 minutes in the middle of the night. Me, I didn’t hear a thing, I am deaf. HA
Friday 04/30/21 It was a nice slow morning waking up. Went to Beth’s rental for Harmon’s Grocery Store cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Since this is Ben’s birthday trip, we let him decide what to do. We got in his car and drove to a place Beth found called Clear Lake which has a wildlife refuge. Right after Ben said to let him know if we wanted to stop, I saw a long line of a tall mud wall.
Let’s stop there. As we got out, a memory came to mind of a place like this. Where was it, I thought. OHHHH, “I have been here before!” HAHA It is Fort Deseret and Kevin and I stopped when we had Mom & Dad with us. We had stayed in St George for a weekend and then taking the side road home. It was a fort Mormon’s built and used for protection during the time of the Black War.
Down the road we read about a former place called Clear Lake Settlement. It was a train stop and the town of 3900 people built up. There wasn’t drinking water there so the train had to bring water in for the town and people. From the plaque “ For many years, the State of Utah wanted all the water in the Lake to be part of a wildlife refuge, so they took the water the town of Clear Lake depended on for farming (drinking water was always brought in by the railroad). In the end, the Bonds [name of a family living there] turned over their holdings to the John family in 1937; the Johns won in court but Clear Lake town lost its water—and died.”
We drove on to Clear Lake but there isn’t a lake anymore. There isn’t even a pond. It is more like a few large puddles. We saw ducks and geese in the water and on the ground. We continued on the good dirt road for 1 hr 15 min to Fillmore. We found online a little cafe for us to have lunch. It is called Cluff’s Car Hop Cafe. It is a cute red and white building with a covering over tables in front. The funny thing about this place now is there isn’t car hop service. You have to go inside to order but then they bring you the food. Doesn’t make sense to me. If they can bring your food, they can take your order. Hum. Beth and I weren’t very hungry so we split a blue cheese bacon burger. I didn’t really care for it. The fries looked and tasted liked cooked in old oil. Anyway, it was nice to sit outside under the umbrella and watch the wasps dance with a big pink flowered bush. We left Fillmore the same way we came in. Part way, we turned onto a small and rough dirt road to go see Devil’s Kitchen. Our visitors book said it has petroglyphs. The road was really bad with deep ruts in it. After probably 15 minutes, Ben wisely decided to turn around. But no way to turn around because of the unevenness and ruts in the road. So he backed out a long way until he could turn around. We continued on and went back to the campground. Ben and Beth took naps and I read. Kevin left our house at 4:00 PM and headed back down. I missed him so much. I told him I felt like 1/2 me was missing. He said he felt the same way, too.
Beth started the charcoal “volcano” and said this was the first time she had started charcoal because Kevin usually does it. He was still driving to here and was missed! She got the coals started and when they turned grey she then set the dutch oven on it. It worked out fine and she was able to cook her Apple Cider Stew. Kevin got here and I was so happy. We did another walk-about and he ooh’d and aaah’d over the Alliance travel trailer again. 🙂 Dinner was yummy and nice to again have the perfect weather conditions. I like eating outside when it is nice out. Ben bought a fun 3-in1 game that has ladders, bean bag toss and something else. It was a lot of fun to play and Kevin even played. Once it was dark, we headed into HOWE and relaxed the evening.
Saturday 05/01/21 Kevin made his delicious Blackstone Griddle breakfast. Again, a perfect weather day and we ate outside. After cleaning up, we all got in Ben’s car and we headed west on Hwy 6. We turned right onto a nicely maintained wide dirt road and followed it a long ways. The road goes to a “You dig” trilobite quarry. We heard it costs $50 a person and we didn’t want to do that. We continued on the road and got to 7000 elevation.
Up that high there were a lot of trees and it is very pretty. The road got steep and rough and we turned around and pull over. Got out and sat on a blanket for a picnic lunch of salami, cheese ball, crackers and apples. Very fun. On the way down we took a different road. This area is so different from the area around Delta. Delta is a huge valley of completely flat land. Reminds Kevin of Kansas. But 20 minutes drive and we are in mountains where I think it would be fun to camp. Sage brush around and rocks but plenty of walking space. Along the mountains are black rocks and some have sheer drop offs. We drove along Sevier Dry Lake (no water that we can see) and then turned off on another road that took us back in the mountain. We saw some people rock climbing on one of the sheer rock faces. It is interesting to wonder why these roads were built in the first place. Don’t know but they are nice and well maintained. On the backside of the mountain range we were heading towards Delta. 32 miles out and we got a flat tire. 😦 Ben pumped it full of something from a can and we drove a bit farther. But soon he stopped as that wasn’t helping. Of course we had to pull out a lot of stuff from the trunk including our…OH MY GOSH!!! I forgot to write about the best part of the day! I am laughing so hard, I am crying!!! My Quilter’s Travel Companion Book has one store listed in Delta and of course we had to go. So we went this morning at 10:00 when they opened.
This is a great store. It is called “Mom’s Craft & Fabric”. It is a large store, especially for the size of town. They have a huge variety and I was amazed. They have the regular fabric you would see elsewhere but then equally in size or more, unique fabric batiks, southwest, travel, America, on and on. The two ladies working there were very friendly. Kevin followed me around and kept telling me to buy more. He really is the best. I bought a beautiful black and mint green batik, a brown batik with stars and moon, picnic sayings in summer colors, American map with the names of the states where they go, and a water bottle that says “I live an active lifestyle…I quilt everyday.” After I got my normal “2 yards” of each fabric and checked out, I went looking around while Beth got her things cut and check out. Kevin and I found a fabric panel with the old railroad map from St Joseph, MO to the west. He said we should get it for Marsha since her dad worked on the railroad and I thought that was a great idea. As we checked out for the second time, the lady told Kevin that usually people check out two and three times. HAHAHA.
So, where was I? Oh yes, pulling stuff out of Ben’s trunk to get to the spare tire. Well, I have one large bag and Beth has 2 large bags of fabric that we bought that morning. They rode the rest of the way on my lap and on my feet. I jokingly told Kevin that I was hot since I had 5 quilts on me. HAHA
We went back to the campground. And everyone, but me, took naps. At 6:00 PM we went to Millard County Stock Car Race. I had found this event last week when I was looking at things to do in Delta. It opened up for the first time since Covid yesterday. Ben didn’t want to drive his car with the spare on so he said he and Beth would ride in the back of the truck. We felt like rednecks. 🙂 I had a blast at the stock car races. It is a small place and very few people watching so distancing was great. I could feel the cars when they made noise and it was exciting. I would go again. We all had a good time. Back to campground around 8:00. Kevin made Green Chili Smashburgers. This afternoon the wind had really picked up and so while trying to cook the burgers on the Blackstone, they didn’t get the “smash” well because the wind was blowing the flames around. No worries, it was still delicious. Too windy to eat outside so we ate in Beth’s rental. I also had a pasta salad, fresh carrots, cucumbers, and zucchini with ranch dip made. Ben and Beth were pretty tired so Kevin and I went back to HOWE and relaxed the evening. We went to sleep around 11:30.
Sunday 05/02/21 Kevin and I slept in 9:15! We got dressed and took blueberry muffins over to Ben and Beth. They were drinking coffee and playing cribbage. At 10:00 they left. Beth has a lot of cleaning to do on the rental before we take it back tomorrow. Ben followed her. Checkout isn’t until 1:00 and Kevin and I plan to stay here until then. No other place we need to be. 🙂 On the drive home, we took Highway 6. At some place between Delta and Eureka, Kevin said, “I think people should hang a flag on every 5 or so posts.” “Wow”, I thought, “He is very patriotic!” “That way,” he continued, “I will know which way the wind is blowing.” I laughed so hard I was crying! Completely not what I thought he was thinking.:)
13th – Days 64-66, Apr 16-18, 2021, Snow Canyon State Park Campground
Before we left, I came up with this idea for spices. Since we bring all food back home with us when HOWE (our travel trailer, Home On WhEels) is park in a storage unit somewhere warm, I didn’t want to take the entire spice bottles with us just to lug them home. I have a lot of these small containers with lids and I just measure out what I need for the recipe and take it along.
Friday 04/16/21 About 20 minutes into our drive, I saw something flipping in the back of the truck. I got off the freeway so we could see what it was. It turns out to be a bag with something heavy in it was just flapping in the wind. Driving south on I-15 we always stop at the Fillmore Maverick gas station. It is 1/2 way between our house and where HOWE is stored. Since we stopped in Orem, we didn’t feel we needed to stop in Fillmore. I realized that the truck only knew to exit off the freeway there, go to Maverick, and then get on the entrance ramp. So between the exit and on ramp, I said, “Wow! We have never seen this area before!” HAHAHA It lasted the 1 mile from exit to on ramp. We picked up HOWE at the storage place and headed to Snow Canyon State Park. We were here back in Autumn and did some hiking. We really liked this place. We had tried to get reservations at the small campground inside the park but it was always full. Kevin found a website called Wandering Labs .
With Wandering Labs, you enter what park/campground you would like and it checks for cancellations or openings constantly. It will then message you with an opening. It is a really cool website that a lot of full time RVers would not like you to know about. B-) We have used it twice with success both times. A developer made it for his personal use, and realized a need for it. From their site:
“We find campsites for you at already sold out campgrounds. You know how it’s becoming harder and harder to book a site at your favorite campground, even if you try months in advance? You know how you got up at 5 am four days in a row and tried to get a campsite at Yosemite National Park for your family vacation, and still ended up at a dumpy, run down RV park 60 miles from the park entrance? Yeah, we know how you feel and we’re here to help! With campgrounds filling up faster than ever, we discovered that the best way to get a site is when someone’s plans change and they cancel their reservation. To do this you could monitor the website and refresh the page over and over again in hopes that a site opens. Or…you could tell us what campground you want to camp at and let us do all the work for you. Simply tell us the specifics of your search and we will scan the campground of your choice for cancellations and notify you when a site becomes available. No more getting up at 5 am.”
Our site is a pull through and on the end of the row. This is very nice because there isn’t anyone next to us on the “living” side. There is a cover over the picnic table, a grassy-dirt area, and some trees. The back of the picnic table cover is made from lava rocks and looks really neat. We, again, have no fire pit. There is a BBQ grill but we didn’t use it. When Kevin sets up the outside stuff, I set up inside. I got it done pretty quickly. I stood at the door and looked out. Now follow my thought process: That is a nice, solid wood picnic table. I should put the plastic red and white checker tablecloth on the table. Nope, it looks like the wood table is too thick for the tablecloth clasps that we have. I read on RV Community facebook group yesterday that a lady suggested using a twin fitted sheet over a picnic table. That is a really good idea. I need a twin fitted sheet. I need to…oh no! I forgot the sheets for our bed!!! They are in the dryer at home. (I start laughing so hard I can hardly tell Kevin my thought process.) We decided that if it was only one night, we could make do with the comforter and quilts we have. But since it is two nights, we better go into town and get some sheets. You know, all 8 miles. 🙂
We went on a short 1 mile walk through a narrow. This is where the red sandstone has a tiny path carved from water and wind and sometimes it is so narrow you can barely fit through. After the relaxing walk, off we went to town. We bought some sheets for our bed and a twin fitted sheet for the picnic table. Well then it was too late to cook, so Kevin took me to Cracker Barrel where we had a lovely dinner. Back to the campground we had a nice evening of reading our books.
Saturday 04/17/21 I woke up to watch the sun come over the canyon walls right behind us. It took a long time for the sun to “come up”.
We decided to walk a 4 mile, moderate trail called White Rock. It wasn’t hard at all. The trail goes along the lava tubes, which we saw before. The only wildlife we saw was a rabbit.
The trail goes over a lot of lava rocks, wind swept sandstone, and 3 inch deep sand. The Navajo Sandstone was made over many years from water and wind. Then sometime later, volcanos erupted leaving lava on top of the sandstone. It is beautiful: red rocks, with holes from wind and water, and then lava on top.
The lava tubes have openings and you can walk from one end to the other. It is a mile walk round trip. We weren’t able to do it, as part of it was closed, due to Covid restrictions and too close quarters.
The view, no matter which direction you look, is breathtaking. To see the sandstone, the lava, and what erosion has done makes Beauty all around,
Look at the different colors of rock and dirt. You can also see lines of different colors throughout the area.
For supper, Kevin made Smash Burgers. This time we added green chilies (from a can), some cumin, and onions and we liked this way even better!
Sunday 04/18/21 We took some more walks around the state park. Later we went over to watch the rock climbers. I don’t see that I took a picture, but they are mesmerizing to watch. Later I decided to take a picture of both of us. I set up my tri-pod and placed my iPhone and picked where we wanted to be for the picture. We got fitted and as I pushed the button on my Apple Watch that takes 10 bursts of pictures, a lady walked in between us and the camera. As she realized what was going on, she yelled, “sssssooooorrrrrryyyyy” as she ran through. It was so funny to us and got the best reaction.
After getting ourselves under control from laughing so hard, we tried again…
As we left, along our path we saw a cairn. You should read up on these, they are used for different reasons.