Driving up into a picturesque valley of the Bear River Range in the Wasatch – Cache NF, I found this pretty little campsite. I’m still in Utah but getting close to the border of Idaho. This camp looks like a wonderful place to stay for a few days. I have been consistently moving north and looking for someplace warm to let the approach of summer catch up with me. For some reason this idea has not worked out well. I think I may be doing it backwards!
Last week, I fought cold temperatures day and night while I bravely boondocked a snowbank surrounded parking lot in the Uinta NF near Strawberry Reservoir. Snow covered many of the hills and meadows in the area and most of the side roads were not even plowed. Each night the temperature would dip into the 20’s. I never unloaded Honda and spent a lot of time burning propane inside Minnie. I didn’t feel like the only crazy person because another Class C was parked beside me all the time I was there.
Strawberry Reservoir is over 7200′, and even in this first week of May, winter is still very much in command of this high-altitude lake. I walked down to the visitors center one day and discovered it still closed for the season. There was a boardwalk close by to the center with signs telling about the foul in the marshes. Other than a few walks I spent time reading, watching TV, video games, Netflix, and renting a couple movies on Amazon. One night I rented the movie “Lion”. It was good.
My new camp is along the Blacksmith Canyon Fork River. I’m only 7 miles from the town of Wellsville where I found a free dump and water at the the Maverick service station. Three miles before I entered the canyon I passed by a large grocery store and McDonalds. I am tucked in out of the wind, and the elevation of 4900′ should make the nights about 20° warmer than Strawberry Lake. I should have everything I need for a few days. I might even unload Honda and go exploring tomorrow.