Last year at Capitol Reef National Park Campground
Every year for the past 26 years my husband has run in the Decille Memorial Relays aroung Lake Tahoe. The past 7 years we have traveled there in our motorhome, making it a 15-day road trip adventure, driving through the canyon country of the Colorado Plateau and stopping at night in some favorite National and State Park campgrounds.
Today we are cleaning the Motor Home in preparation for packing it tomorrow and Wednesday. June 2 we will leave. Our first night will be in Colorado River State Park just 5 hours from our home. It is our "test" night., making sure that we have everything before we leave "civilization." Nights 2, 3 and 4 will be in Capitol Reef NP where there are no stores for 32 miles so we must be gassed up, water tank full, LP gas full and fully equipped with food and gear because the next 5 nights will be "dry" camping--without facilities outside our vehicle, There are bathrooms and holding tank dumps in the NP but no showers. I am making checklists for everything--and still always forget something.
To the right are some campground regulars who visit every evening to the orchards in which the campground is located. These orchards were originally planted by the Mormon pioneers who traveled through these canyons and stayed for some years. On one side of the pole fence are grassy areas for tent campers and on the other are spaces leveled for motorhomes and trailers. It is one of our favorite places to stay and one of the reasons is that this park has such a variety of geological formations and all of them spectacular like the photo below, taken just outside the campground.
In just 4 days we will be here, in one of our country's most beautiful national parks, which many people miss because it is 30 miles off the interstate highway. It's their loss. I'd drive much further for this view. It is definitely worth it, in my opinion, even with the price of gas and the poor mileage we get in the motorhome. We tow our little Jeepito so we can park the MH and travel more economically on side excursions.