We Took A Vacation to Glacier National Park. Part 1.

22nd trip – days 105-122 July 16-Aug 1, 2021 VACATION Glacier National Park, Montana, Idaho, and Washington

We planned this vacation back in October. We thought it would be fun to see Glacier NP. While there, we could swing over to our great friends, Cathy and Dave, in Spokane. I had read from a blog that their favorite campground was West Glacier. Kevin and I looked at it online and booked it.

Friday 07/16/21 As usually, we left after Kevin got off work. We got into really slow traffic between Farmington and Layton, the same slow downs as last fall. Once we passed Ogden, it was smooth sailing and hardly any traffic. The sky looks yellowish due to wildfires in northern California and a big one in Oregon. But at least we can see the mountains. That would changed the farther north we go. Around Malad we got under some storm clouds. It didn’t rain on us but it cooled us down as the temperature outside had been 104. Just past Pocatello, ID, we entered the Indian Reservation named Fort Hall. Just off the freeway was Buffalo Meadow casino, hotel, and RV park. We were told to check in at the hotel main desk.

Fort Hall, ID open gate for a shortcut to the casino!

After checking in, we drove to the edge of casino and turned into the RV Park. This park only has about 17 spots. There was a beautiful green space, probably 2 acres, with a large Pavillion and picnic tables. We saw a large bathhouse but didn’t use it. We got parked easily in the pull through. The sites have dry grass and are narrow but a very good place to stop for the night. The site was so level, we didn’t even unhook the truck. Right behind us was the opening in the fence to go to the casino. I thought our friend, Cathy, would get a kick out of that!

Delicious food at Buffalo Meadow Casino

We decided to go in for dinner as we saw a bill board advertising the sports grill. We both thought it very clean and better than other casinos we have been in. Dinner is the sports bar was fried bread with stuff on it (in Utah it is called a Navaho taco). Delicious! Oh, when we were ordering, I pointed to what I wanted and said, “I don’t know how to pronounce this, how do you pronounce it?” And the nice waiter told me. Apparently. I am deaf and still don’t know how to pronounce it. Why do I forget and ask?! Deaf moment. 🙂 We were asleep by 9:00 pm because we both woke up at 4:30, 5:15, 5:30 etc this morning because we were so very excited for this trip.

Saturday 07/17/21 We woke up at 6:30 am and had a good sleep. With it being so smoky outside, we slept with the windows closed and the A/C on. Kevin said he would hear it kick on sometimes but other than that, we slept well. I wasn’t hungry but fixed a bagel for Kevin to eat in the truck. We pulled out, got gas and a drink at a gas station right next to the park. Then we were on the road by 7:00 am.  It was fun for Kevin to see a whole new-to-him state. The farther north we went, the smokier it got. We stopped at Dillon for gas and to walk around. Along the way, the actual interstate had gravel on it for miles. I remember this part I-15 being under construction clear back when I first came up with my friend to her parents, probably 6 years ago. There wasn’t a lot of vehicles on the road but a few passed us and boy did the gravel pelt the truck! The windshield even got a ding. 😦 On to I-90. The land is beautiful: dry with sage on one side and green pine trees on the other. Kevin listened to a book on tape and I just looked at the scenery. The day of travel time seemed to fly by.

Jim & Mary’s RV Park, Missoula, MT.

Our campground for the night is Jim & Mary’s RV Park in Missoula and we pulled in at 2:00 PM. Let me tell you, so far, our most favorite one. We are bemoaning the fact that we can’t stay here longer. We have never seen so many flowers, plants, statues, and garden displays. Kevin asked at the office and they said there are 4 couples who “workamp” (camp for free or discounted in exchange for doing work) here just on the grounds. 8 people. I can see how it would take all of them. There is even a green house here. We pull into our pull through site, C-10 and start setting up. I saw what I thought was a reflection in the big window. I continued doing my duty and then came back and looked and discovered the window was broken and about 1/3 of it was gone!

Thankful it wasn’t something worse than a broken window!

We knew exactly what happened. It was the gravel on the long stretch of I-15. Well, we both know that there are a lot of worse things that could happen. We went to the office to see if they knew of a window fixer but they didn’t.

Kevin calling places to see if they would come fix the window.

Kevin tried calling Safelite but was told to get online. Online we saw they only do windshields. By this time, we were hungry (we had snacked on peanut butter pretzels) and so we went in search of what the office recommended. First, we went to an RV parts place and got a cover for the back bumper (where you put the stinky hose) because we also noticed that the cover was gone today. HA He got the covers but they didn’t have anything to repair or tape up a window. We went to Iron Horse Bar & Grill. Kevin ordered fish & chips and I got nachos. The service was very bad, they brought my nachos out with japelpenos, I had requested none of those. I had to track down our waiter and tell him because he didn’t check on us after the kitchen brought out the food. We had to flag him down again for refills of drinks. And, the food wasn’t tasty at all. Disappointment. After we eat, we found an Ace Hardware, got gorilla tape and plastic and we both said we wanted to get back to HOWE.

Taping up the window with Gorilla Tape.

Kevin taped up the window inside and out. He decided to wait on covering it up with plastic.

The screen held all the pieces. That is fantastic! Outside all taped up.

We are very thankful the screen held all the pieces. Nothing came through inside! We drove down the road for gas, drinks and ice cream.

Relaxing and reading.

Back at the campground we sat in our chairs and enjoyed the tall pine trees, grass, and shade. Later we walked around this gorgeous flowered campground. Back when we first were coming into Missoula, I asked Kevin to watch to see if there was anything he wanted to go and do, since we were here so early. Then we discovered the broken window. He said I have to chose what to do next time. HAHAHA

Which Road? The War Of The Signs

Mirror Lake Highway, UT

Continuing on from last week…

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.

The Battle of the Signs – made us laugh!
This sign leads you one way…
This sign leads you the other way!

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).

We stumbled upon Hastings Cutoff – A big problem for 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.)

On top of Utah mountains

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.

Loud banging from just left of the building HAHA

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.

Training area in Park City for Ski Jumping

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.

Beautiful rain

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. 🙂

The Longest Picnic Table We Have Ever Seen!

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.

Gorgeous view of valley below, Heber Valley, on our way to Park City.

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.

HOWE all set up at Wasatch State Park.

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.

Kevin is ready for his nap.

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.

That tablecloth is 84 inches!

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.

Antique vehicle show.

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.

All set up for the 4th of July.

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.

Long road and beautiful drive on the top of mountains.

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).

Boundary marker for Wyoming and Utah.

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.

He got his Patty Melt.

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.

Bricked and curved ceiling at No Name Saloon in Park City.

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.

My menu for this trip. “BS” is Black Stone Griddle. “FS” is Food Saver.

(More about this trip in next week’s blog.)

Thank You, Readers. Welcome, New Year

Kevin and I are very thankful to each of you who take the time to read about our travels. We enjoy sharing our entries from our travel journal. We started the travel journal for ourselves when we bought our travel trailer in September, 2020. We had so many friends and family who wanted to know more and to “come along with us” so we decided to post our journal on this blog. I posted a lot of the stats when we marked our 1 year, in September. Today I want to share a highlight or two from the year 2021.

7 quilts have been made this year while traveling in HOWE. (HOWE is the name of our travel trailer – Home On WhEls, pronounced How-ee). This one pictured is called “Carpenter’s Wheel”. I have since finished the border and am in the process of doing the binding.

This shirt I got Kevin really sums up all about us! HAHA

Thank you, again, for coming along with us through this blog. In 2021, we camped 138 days, so there is still a lot to share with you. Keep checking back. You can even sign up for email alert when a new blog is posted. We try to add a new post on Fridays.

With a Campsite Slope Like This…

19th Trip- Days 87-89, June 11-13, 2021 Jordanelle State Park, Heber, UT

Back 1/2 of HOWE – what a campsite slope! Jordanelle SP, Heber, UT June 11-13, 2021

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.

How can I get on that first step? It is higher than my knee!

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.

Can’t reach the door handle!

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!”

Safety chain so I don’t worry. 🙂

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.

Jordanelle SP, Heber, UT June 11-13, 2021

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. 🙂

Look at all slope of the campsite. Even had to block up the table. 🙂

Saturday 06/12/21 We slept in until 8:30! For breakfast, Kevin made pancakes on the griddle.

Kevin in the kayak on Jordanelle Reservoir

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.

Sitting on the grass reading a book. Jordanelle SP, Heber, UT June 11-13, 2021

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.

Jordanelle Dam, Heber, UT June 11-13, 2021

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.

Jordanelle SP, Heber, UT June 11-13, 2021

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

Jordanelle SP, Heber, UT June 11-13, 2021

“Sure, You Can Fit Here, Just Follow Me!”

18th Trip- Days 84-86 June 4-6, 2021 Pleasant Creek RV Resort, Mt Pleasant, UT site, 106, well 66, no 68! HA

You know it is an exciting place when you drive through a town and it tickles your interest to know more. This is how we ended up in the small town, population 3,418, of Mt Pleasant, UT. If you have been reading our blogs, you will remember a few weeks before that we had driven through here while camping in Nephi. It intrigued us so much that we quickly made campground reservations at Pleasant Creek RV Resort. So this day we pulled up to the check in. As we have always found where we camp, the staff was very friendly. We were told to follow a man on his golf cart and he would show us our campsite. As we came up to it, we had to make an impossible right turn into the site. Kevin will explain: With a long bed truck and a 26 ft HOWE (our travel trailer we named for Home On WhEels), we take up a bit of length. The guide led us to a beautiful campsite, however, we could not make the bend to get into it! There was a large rock on one side and trees on the other. After trying several times, the guide offered us another site. We made it in there in great shape. Lessons learned: you are responsible for your rig. The guide thought we could make it, but we could not. Always look and trust your spotter (my sweet wife) as you cannot see all angles from the drivers seat. It is a beautiful campground, but was laid out in a weird way.

The evenings were perfect sitting-under-the-stars times. This campground has a lot of tall trees and we even saw deer on several walks.

On Saturday, we did our exploring. We started at this museum in Mt Pleasant. They were having a yard sale in front of the museum so we had to walk in-between the things they were selling. This is a small museum and we could only go on the first floor.

Google showed us another museum that looked interesting. It is Fairview Museum in Fairview, UT. It used to be a school. When it was still a school it had a fire. You can still see the black burn marks on some places on the outside walls. It was fun to go through, as it reminded me of the middle school layout I attended. This museum has not only local and area history, but it is also very patricotic.

Old trucks.

I have a hobby of sewing (making quilts) and my eyes went right to this machine. It is a Singer Sewing Machine with Mother of Pearl. I noticed the inlaid pearl looks like quilt patterns! I wonder who used this machine. Did it get passed down generations?

The museum host told us about this “house” down the road. We had to drive past. It was an old granary that a person bought and turned into a house. What an idea!

After lunch at Home Plate Cafe, we walked the length of downtown. Most every building has a historical marker like this one. We stopped at each one, marveling at the architecture, the stories behind each building, and how they would have different businesses through time. The Sundance Kid??? Wow.

Along the outside wall of this building it says, ” To Honor Those Who Left Our Midst To Fight For Freedom.” The statues depict the different uniforms throughout time.

That evening we had our walk-about. We saw more deer and then this beautiful scene.

Part of the thrill of our camping/traveling adventures is finding small town gems. Off the beaten highway there is history made, both old and new. So when you travel, be sure to stop and see the little things, get out and read the historical markers, and in this, you will be enriched by the stories of those who have gone before us.

X Marks the Spot if You Have the Wiggles

Howe (our trailer – Home on Wheels) has the wiggles. With proper chocks under the wheels, and the stabilizers down, it still feels wiggly when walking in it. Stabilizers on smaller travel trailers are not levelers. They are designed to stabilize the trailer once it is leveled. Even with Howe leveled and stabilized, you can tell when someone is walking in the trailer. I did in-depth research (watched several YouTube videos) and decided to order X chocks.

These are jack like devices that fit between the tandem wheels of the trailer and pushes against the tires. This will greatly diminish the front and back movement of the trailer. This does not replace wheel chocks. It just enhances the stabilization of the trailer.

I have found these to greatly improve the comfort when inside HOWE. It even stays stable when Charla does the high jump into our bed. (more details in another post). They work great with HOWE but will also work great with fifth wheels.

Sewing, Food, Lake, and Mountain Views

17th Trip- Days 77-83,  May 25-31, 2021, Utah Lake State Park, Provo, UT 

Utah Lake State Park, Provo, UT May 25-31, 2021

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.

Utah Lake State Park, Provo, UT May 25-31, 2021

This campsite is really nice. We are on the very end and have lovely views all around of the lake and mountains.

Utah Lake State Park, Provo, UT May 25-31, 2021

Looking out towards the lake and mountains. It is a nice evening for our walk.

Utah Lake State Park, Provo, UT May 25-31, 2021

A nice morning with a good book, yummy breakfast of homemade muffins and a Diet Dr Pepper. What more is needed? 🙂

Utah Lake State Park, Provo, UT May 25-31, 2021

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.

Utah Lake State Park, Provo, UT May 25-31, 2021

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.

Utah Lake State Park, Provo, UT May 25-31, 2021

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.

Utah Lake State Park, Provo, UT May 25-31, 2021

Who is ready for some veggies on the BlackStone Griddle? Me!

Utah Lake State Park, Provo, UT May 25-31, 2021

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

Utah Lake State Park, Provo, UT May 25-31, 2021

Serene setting.

Utah Lake State Park, Provo, UT May 25-31, 2021

See the paddle boarder?

Utah Lake State Park, Provo, UT May 25-31, 2021

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.

Utah Lake State Park, Provo, UT May 25-31, 2021

Sewing pieces for a quilt…outside! it was so nice being able to see the lake, enjoy nature and doing a craft I love.

Utah Lake State Park, Provo, UT May 25-31, 2021

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!

How long is 9 Mile Canyon?

16th Trip- Days 74-76,  May 14-16, 2021, Castle Gate RV, Helper, UT

If cabin walls could talk. 9 Mile Canyon, UT May 14-16, 2021

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.

Hanging out with friends. Castle Gate RV Park, Helper, UT May 14-16, 2021

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! 🙂

Moonlight and reflections on river. Castle Gate RV Park, Helper, UT May 14-16, 2021

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.

Petroglyphs, 9 Mile Canyon , UT May 14-16, 2021

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.

A balancing rock in 9 Mile Canyon, UT May 14-16, 2021

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.

Cabin in 9 Mile Canyon, UT May 14-16, 2021

If walls could talk!

Cabin at 9 Mile Canyon, UT May 14-16, 2021

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.

9 Mile Canyon, UT May 14-16, 2021

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

Larry & Marcia, 9 Mile Canyon, UT May 14-16, 2021

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.

Larry & Marcia, Castle Gate RV Park, Helper, UT May 14-16, 2021

The weekend was great. We enjoyed good friends, good food, good campground, and good exploring.

Helper, UT May 14-16, 2021

2 Quilt Stores, Pizza, and Spring in the Mountains.

15th Trip- Days 71-73,  May 7-9, 2021, Rollin’ Home RV Resort, Nephi, UT

Yearns Reservoir in Manti-La Sal National Forest, May 7-9, 2021

Friday 05/07/21 Wind. I don’t like wind. I know it is a necessary part of how the earth works but I don’t like it. There were all sorts of wind warnings in our area. As Kevin drove south to Nephi, we could feel the wind push against HOWE (our travel trailer – Home On Wheels). Kevin drove great and we made it with no problems. Rollin Home RV Park is a brand new campground. You can see it from  I-15 freeway and every time we traveled to St George, we would look to see the progress made on the building there. It isn’t finished yet but they are making progress. The check in is at a 5th wheel trailer parked along the parking lot. A sign says to knock and if no one answers, call a number. Kevin called and pretty soon “Kelli” was coming over to us on her golf cart. We got checked in while outside; she used an iPad. Then see gave us directions to our campsite. The campground has 44 sites, pull through, that are 85 feet long and 35 feet wide. They also have 13 back-ins that are 70 feet long and 35 feet wide. Spacious! Each site has asphalt for parking and then 3/4 long of grass and 1/4 long of gravel with a Lifetime picnic table. Each site also has 2 sewer dumps, plus water and electricity. They knew what they were doing when they planned this out! The sites are angled in such a way that you don’t even hardly see the people across the street from you. Seriously, great planning. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to sit outside too much because the wind was gusting to 30 mph. The second and third days were quite cold out. But that didn’t stop us from having fun. 🙂 On the way down to Nephi, I looked up fabric stores in Traveler’s Quilt Book but didn’t find one. So what do I do? Look it up on Google. We saw they closed at 6:00 PM that day so Kevin suggested we drop the trailer off and go back to town to the store. We decided to get everything set at the campground first, and then went.

Paisley Patch Quilts, Nephi, UT May 7-9, 2021

The store is called “Paisley Patch Quilts” and I like it a lot. Oh, Kevin liked it too…in the front, right next to the front door, was a huge, over-sized fluffy chair. See, a husband doesn’t even have to walk very far into the store! 🙂 My eye was drawn to a fabric that goes from light pink through to mid-orange color. It has dots on it. I just had to get “2 yards, please.” We also found fabric with pictures of an old Farm-all tractor. We had to get some. I think my sister-in-law will like some of it. After the store, I had to pay my bribe…shakes at Nebo Queen. 🙂 It is like the old Dairy Freeze. I had butterscotch and Kevin had cookie dough. I truly think it was one of the best tasting shakes I have had. Back to HOWE, Kevin sat outside and I read inside. It was still just a blustery day. For dinner I fixed hot dogs, macaroni salad, and carrots. Evening time was relaxing with books and movies. We did a walk-about and boy was my long hair in a tangled mess from the wind!

Saturday 05/08/21 Another great sleep. The wind finally calmed down enough to stop shaking the trailer later last night. It didn’t bother us, though. Since it was 40s outside and with enough wind to make it uncomfortable, I made breakfast inside. I made breakfast burritos.

Ummm, for some reason I didn’t write anything else about this trip in my travel journal. It sure wasn’t from the lack of a great time, that is for sure!

Where does your road take you? Nephi, UT May 7-9, 2021

We decided for the day to take a drive up Nephi Canyon. For a few miles, it was a fun memory for Kevin. Years and years ago he worked for a place that located underground gas, electricity, phone, etc. He had marked several miles of the canyon road and then was called up back for an emergency – the phone company hit a line. We met up years later with the guy who did the phone line repair and he became a great friend of ours.

Spring with snow in the mountains Nephi, UT May 7-9, 2021

The entire day we drove only on two-lane roads which is fun. We saw a lot of horses, cows, sheep and turkey farms. As we drove through Mt Pleasant, we were interested in coming back to see the history of this place. When we got back to HOWE, we booked a campground in that area to camp in a few weeks. There is farmland all around this area. At one point we headed up a canyon into the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Even though it is May, there is still snow patches around.

Nephi, UT May 7-9, 2021

We found a National Forest campground up there but HOWE is too big to fit. Look at the beautiful water!

Gunnison, UT May 7-9, 2021

If you ever find yourself in Gunnison, UT, you must stop at Coach B’s Pizza. It is right next to the high school. It was as yummy as it looks! We couldn’t eat it all so Kevin put it in the tool box in the back of our truck. The black box kept the pizza warm the rest of the day. Boy, did his tools smell yummy! HAHAHA

Gunnison UT May 7-9, 2021

Of course, we squealed the brakes when I saw this cute little quilt store on the Main Street. Yes, of course, we had to check it out. 🙂

Gunnison, UT May 7-9, 2021

Next to the quilt store was this old theatre. Kevin and I were fascinated by the architecture on this building.

Gunnison, Nephi, UT May 7-9, 2021

Here is the history of that old theater.

Rollin Home RV Park, Nephi, UT May 7-9, 2021

The sites at Rollin Home RV Park are great. The site is so big, it makes our 26 ft HOWE look small. 🙂

Nephi, UT May 7-9, 2021

Spring in the mountains. Beautiful.

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