This year’s big road trip started in Ventura, CA with a quick detour to sunny San Diego for nephew Owen’s 3rd birthday party. (Happy birthday, buddy!!) From San Diego we traveled east.
- San Diego, CA
- Valley of Fire state park, NV
- Fishlake National Forest, UT
- Utah Lake State Park, UT
- Colorado River Recreation Area (Moab, UT)
- Arches National Park, UT
- Canyon Lands National Park (actually just outside the park), UT
- Kaibab National Forest, AZ
- Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
- Mojave National Preserve, CA
From there we traveled east towards Las Vegas, NV. We slept in the truck for the first time with Mia at a rest stop somewhere in the desert. No pictures from that stop but it was a successful first use of the new truck/camper shell setup. More on that later.
After waking up at the rest stop we continued on to Nevada for an early stop at the Valley of Fire. A very neat spot to learn about some geology and do some fun hikes. Mia enjoyed lunging after the lizzards.
Here we learned that Mia likes to sit in camping chairs. We also tested our skills in “dispersed camping“ or camping in the wilderness not in a proper campground. Brian designed and built the amazing stone fire ring. We also had a near encounter with a bear! After some panic caused by what sounded like deep growling and hurrying to lock ourselves in the truck, we realized the “bear” was snoring away in the truck with us. Oh Mia....
Utah was well into the fall season for this trip. The colors were spectacular but the heavy rain all night really tested our camper shell setup.
Truck camping turned out to be a great way in involve Mia in everything we did. We cooked tortellini with pesto sauce on the camp stove.
On Monday we left the Fisklake forest and headed up towards Salt Lake City for Brian’s Geothermal Resources Conference. We found a campground with heated showers but more importantly we found a Sprouts grocery store and experimented with a few camping recipes. Huevos Racheros and Pizza! Both turned out really great and were repeated during this trip. They will probably become our regular camping meals.