Tuesday, July 15 (continued)
After the brilliant blue of the reservoir, Highway 191 northward takes us away from Flaming Gorge Reservoir across a stark and drab landscape. The remnants of a forest fire can be seen in the lower half of the photo below.
Soon we approach Antelope Flat Overlook. I park the PTV and get out to read the interpretive signs and to photograph the distant reservoir beyond the dismal plain.
A road stretches about five miles out to the point of a peninsula. This is Route 319 (and can be seen in the Utah Benchmark atlas).
The “flaming” rock appears!
The sun plays hide-and-seek behind a dense cloud.
When the sun appears from behind the cloud, the rock responds with a supernatural glow that is mesmerizing. I’m anxious to see the campground that resides in a perfect location for watching the light show on the rock.
The campsite shelters indicate this can be a very windy place.
Heck, yes! It’s windy today, but not annoyingly so.
At the entrance to the campground, I pause at the pay station to read the bulletin board.
A notice announces the fee for one of the 46 single campsites is $14 ($7 with Senior Pass) and $85 for one of the four group sites.
I drive past the camp host’s site and into the campground.
No one is here! Hmm . . . completely empty. Anarchy reigns.
“You’re in luck, guys. I’m letting you out without your leashes. Be good puppies!”
I carry two poop bags for the inevitable result of two nutcakes let loose after a long ride in the PTV. We stroll around one of the loops and stop to sit at (or under) one of the picnic tables. From the campground I see the peninsula I noticed previously from the overlook.
I analyze the landscape.
That looks like prime boondocking over there. (See photo below… Not the immediate spit of land, the peninsula in the background.) Finding a site with shade over there wouldn’t be easy. (Camping within 300 feet of the reservoir is prohibited and that’s where the trees are.)
We resume our stroll.
The campground is pleasant. The views can’t be beat. It has a dump station, restrooms, water, and trash bins. A few reservation tags for the upcoming weekend. It’s nice here . . . when it’s empty. With people and their generators and the leash rule, I’d much rather boondock.
“This is enough walking. How ’bout a drink?” Refreshed, the crew stands in position for a toss into the PTV. I drive us over to the boat ramp, group sites, and day area.
Several tents of different colors cluster around a large shelter with picnic tables. People roam about the site and on the narrow beach below. This doesn’t look like a family gathering. Maybe it’s a kayaking group or some club . . . . They’re having fun in the waves . . . .
In order to get down to the water’s edge, one takes several steps from the parking area. No soak for Spike. What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him. He’s probably half-asleep by now anyway . . . .
I contemplate Antelope Flat.
The air temperature with this constant breeze is comfortable. However, it’s still morning. If the same pattern applies here as we experience back at our camp, the breeze will pick up throughout the afternoon. Then around four o’clock it will stop. At our forest camp the air is still comfortable when there isn’t breeze. Here at this lower elevation — in mid-July — it might be too hot without the cooling of the wind.
It’s lovely, but we won’t camp here on this trip.
On our next visit to Flaming Gorge at a cooler time of year, we’ll travel on this side of the reservoir and I’ll look for a wonderful boondock.
NOTE: In response to the recent bear episode, our engineer friend and technical advisor for this blog, Mick’nTN, came upon the idea of equipping the Best Little Trailer with dual air horns mounted outside and triggered from inside. Clever!
To read more about the development of the BLT’s “Dual Air Horn Bear Skeedaddle System,” click on Air Horn in the header. Please use that page for any discussion regarding this new feature for the BLT. Thanks.
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