An alpine meadow in central Utah at nearly 10,000 feet

“As soon as I finish with these dishes, we’ll go on an adventure.”

Bridget and Spike are antsy.  Too many days at camp!  I know what will make them happy.  A ride up the mountain to a place where they can roam around. 

Following the advice of readers, I drive slowly, breathe deeply, and make frequent stops.  I get out to take a photo of where we just were.  We continue winding our way up, up, up.

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We pass a few campsites along the way.

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Oh wow. . . snow! 

I don’t think I’ve ever seen snow this close in June before.

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I park the PTV in a pull-out next to this lovely alpine meadow. 

What a pretty spot!  And a good place to stretch our legs and look around.  I let out the crew, and, while they’re making preliminary sniffs, I walk over to read the informational signs.  Apparently these signs were put here for the benefit of people who have trouble keeping their facts straight.

People like me.

“You know, Delbert?  I’m sick n’ tired of people coming up here and then running around givin’ out false information.  We gotta’ put up a sign.”

I read the sign and learn that the little, creekside buildings I’ve been calling pump houses aren’t pump houses at all.

1-P1050674  And then I read the other sign . . .

“And another thing, Delbert . . . If I hear one more fool call these here trees firs, I’m gonna’ jump right off this mountain.”

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Okay!  Okay!  They’re spruce trees!

I can hear water across the meadow so that’s where we go.

See the snow?

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Bridget and Spike love this kind of adventure!

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I think this is a weather station. 

Given my track record, I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.

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We find a stream with bunches of white flowers hugging its banks.

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Spike likes the look of this!

This is a good place for all of us to pause and rest.  Walking at this altitude is tiring.  I take some deep breaths.

1-P1050681Two of my favorite things to photograph . . . water and flowers. 

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Spike and I cross the stream.

Tag-along Bridget has no choice but to ford the stream, too.

“C’mon, Bridget!  You can do it!”

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Spike takes a moment to smell the flowers.

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 After exploring the other side of the creek, we go back to the PTV. 

Bridget, as usual, hurries ahead of Spike and me.  She’s proud to be the leader and the first one back to the PTV.

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I slowly drive us up the road, keeping aware of any changes that might signal an adverse reaction to increased altitude.

Again I see the San Pitch Mountains across the valley.

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Right before reaching the very top at about 10,000 feet, I start to feel strange. 

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I pull over.  My hands and feet tingle.  A flash of dizziness and nausea strikes.  A weight bears down on my chest.  Uh-oh.  I turn the PTV around and slowly drive back down.  Bridget starts to whine.  Gee, maybe she’s not feeling right either.  But, then again, she does  whine a lot . . .

On the way down we come to a very short spur leading into a campsite.

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I park and open up the side door. 

“Jump out, guys.  We need to move around.”

I want to show this campsite for those of you who wonder how to pick a boondocking site in a national forest.  You want to find an established site like this one.  It’s a clear, tamped area in which to park and there’s a fire ring.

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This particular site is secluded and quite lovely.

A big rig would have plenty of room to park and to turn around.  Of course, you’d need to have enough power to haul your rig up this far.  It’s less than a mile further up the road from Camp Bluebell.  If I come back to this part of the Manti-La Sal forest in the future and find Bluebell not available, then we’ll come up to this site.

Spike finds a tiny stream running next to the campsite.

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(Yes, he takes another soak.  I didn’t catch a good photo of the event.)  Aspens and a few SPRUCE trees border the site. Bluebells grace a slope.  It looks like a walk down the path would lead to an overlook of the valley and San Pitch Mountains, but we don’t have the energy to hike it.  Other than lack of energy, I feel fine now.

I see that view again from the road.

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Well, soon after returning to camp,  Bridget and Spike crash on the bed.  They’re both sleeping as I type this.

Reflecting on our excursion up the mountain, I rank Camp Bluebell as one of the best we’ve experienced so far.  It’s great for the hot summer months.  Up here it’s comfortably cool in the shade and just warm enough to make you feel good when in full sun.  If it weren’t for the 14-day limit, I would camp here for several weeks, exploring the many trails with the crew and taking photographs of the creeks and wildflowers.

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108 Responses to An alpine meadow in central Utah at nearly 10,000 feet

  1. cinandjules (NY) says:

    Googled “Manti La Sal Forest” and there are lots of folks who get altitude sickness.

    Snow? Weather station?? Uhhhh….pretty soon you’ll be above the ozone layer! Looks like you were right at the tree line. Pretty flowers and Spruce trees.

    Spike is sooo funny………………….. Bridget is becoming a photogenic princess.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I think we’ve gone as high as we’re ever going to go. When I see snow, that’s a clue to stop!

      The photos don’t begin to show the beauty of this mountain. Walking across the meadow, we couldn’t help but crush small sage plants. To stand by a creek lined with flowers, the scent of sage mingled with peppermint in the air, my two pals having a great time in the sunshine… It’s a wondrous experience.

  2. Diane says:

    Oh Sue Glad to see you back to yourself now. You and your crew are in such an awesome area! Great photos! Thanks for letting us enjoy it with you guys.
    Take care.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It’s my pleasure to share this with you, Diane. Yes, I always feel better when I get back to enjoying nature.

  3. Marg says:

    I am not sure of this, but couldn’t you go to the other camp for 14 days and then 14 days at this spot. I know I am totally ignorant of the laws and regulations but I sure want to learn. Thanks ahead of time. I am such a gypsy wanta be though that I might have to have 4 days and 4 days and 4 days, etc.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Glad you brought that up, Marg. Usually the rules go like this: After 14 days you have to move at least 25 miles away (some places it’s 30 miles) and stay away for 14 days. Then you can come back. I read online recently — I believe it was the national forest website — that in this location you only need to move 10 miles away and stay away for 14 days.

      Unfortunately these camps aren’t 10 miles apart.

      • Patricia O says:

        Woow, Sue. 14 days seams to me a long time without the need to empty the tanks and refill water. I guess you can drive to the nearest town to get groceries and fresh water. Yet… 14 days… how do you do that, if you don’t mind sharing?

        Must be difficult to leave when you live in a postcard 😉 the green slopes, clear water creek (Spike, is it really cold? maybe not, since you seam to love it and even Bridget walks in it), pretty wild flowers, clean air. Makes me dream… Patricia (marooned in awful Phoenix).

  4. Eddie says:

    The tingling you felt is a symptom of hypoxia.

  5. Ladybug says:

    Well, I’m glad we have those answers settled; I’ve been losing sleep over them! 😉 And as for that weather station, I really do think you need to call up the forest people and tell them they need a sign there too. Of all the nerve!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ha ha! You’re so funny, Ladybug. I can see this practice running amok. Signs everywhere… “This is grass.” “That up there is the mountaintop.” “The white stuff is snow.” etc.

  6. Reine in Plano says:

    I can’t remember if anyone has mentioned it but dehydration can mimic Mountain Sickness. If you’re feeling dizzy or weak the first thing I would do is to drink some water. You’re in an area with extremely low humidity so your body can loose moisture without you being aware of it. I had headache issues on the Utah Tour until I started carrying a bottle of water with me all the time and refilling it frequently. With the cooler temps and low humidity I didn’t realize I was getting dehydrated until I noticed I wasn’t needing potty breaks as often as usual and the headaches started. Dehydration also saps your energy. Get to feeling better.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I appreciate the reminder, Reine. I did bring a bottle of water with me (left it in the PTV when we played in the meadow though). It’s always good to check the color of your urine, too. The darker it is, the more dehydrated you are.

      You’re right about the cooler temperature fooling you about the low humidity. I’m feeling pretty good right now, but I don’t want to go hiking!

      • Reine in Plano says:

        Sue, Bringing the bottle with you won’t help unless you actually DRINK it. 🙂 And you probably need to bring three bottles so the crew can have some also unless they drink out of the streams.

        When we were at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon they had a big sign about dehydration and how deadly it can be to hike without adequate water.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I treat Bridget and Spike better than I treat myself. They had a full water dish available throughout the drive and, of course, they drank out of the stream. They do that all the time and I can’t stop them, short of keeping them on-leash every minute. So far they haven’t shown any bad effects from it.

  7. Pleinguy says:

    Looks like you’re up above Ephraim. I lived for six years just a few miles away in those mountains outside of Spring City. There are many beautiful spots in that area. Every town has a road going up the mountain. Have fun exploring.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pleinguy … I’ve been thinking about camping in the mountains outside Spring City or Mt. Pleasant. The ladies at the forestry office weren’t as positive about that option, saying the mountains are steeper up that way. If I don’t find another camp in that area, I face a long drive to the next camp.

  8. Sherry says:

    That might not be a weather station it could be one of Obama’s spy stations!!lol
    Love to see Spike rolling in the water.

  9. Gene in Ohio says:

    Hi Sue. I love following your blog and the crew every morning. I wanted to let you know of my first experience with altitude sickness and thought it was normal until I visited my cardiologist a while later and he told me that I had four blockages and needed immediate surgery. Not to scare you, but altitude sickness can be a warning of something else more serious. I was only 48 at the time.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yikes! I don’t know what to do with that information.

      Four blockages? Thank heaven you got past that!

    • Eddie says:

      It simply meant that your poor circulation made you more prone to hypoxia since you were already half way there.

  10. mary ann (pontotoc ms) says:

    i think it’s really neat that someone took the time to put up those informational signs. you had a lot of little surprises on your outing, at least most of them pleasant: the signs, flowers & stream~it is so beautiful there! glad you recovered quickly from the sinking spell!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Mary Ann . . . .Overall it was a wonderful little outing for me and the crew. I remember, back before I retired and hit the road, looking at photos and dreaming about finding wildflowers in an alpine meadow.

      • Mary Ann (Pontotoc MS)) says:

        You’d almost expect to see Heidi and her grandfather in this setting, tending their herd of goats 🙂

  11. mockturtle says:

    My grandparents in Colorado climbed Longs Peak [el.14,259 ft] several time with some other relatives and friends back in the 1920’s and 30’s. [Some of the women, including my grandmother, wore dresses!]. My grandfather said he experienced some altitude sickness once and an uncle never was able to make the summit because of altitude sickness. I’ve experienced mild nausea at about 12,000 ft. Since many seasoned climbers have suffered from it, it is probably just a normal reaction and not a dire warning. Getting to lower elevation ASAP is imperative.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I don’t know how they could do that! They must have trained for that climb, acclimating themselves to high altitude over time.

      You come from adventurous stock!

      • mockturtle says:

        Well, they lived at about 6,000 ft., which probably helped. When you live at elevation, your body produces more red blood cells to better carry hemoglobin which carries oxygen. That’s why climbers acclimate their bodies in stages prior to a climb.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          No wonder I had a problem. I’ve lived as a flatlander for most of my adult life (FL and GA)!

          • Donna D. (stickhouse in CT) says:

            My guess: They were walking and also they could not have moved all that fast wearing long skirts. They had a lot more time to acclimate as they walked. A lot different from driving up.

  12. Rattlesnake Joe says:

    Sue are you having jaw pain, or pain going down your arm or sweating and maybe feel clammy? You need to see a Doctor if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. But if not, it is probably just altitude sickness. The best thing to do is hop in the PTV and go down in elevation a couple of thousand feet. Get out and walk around and drink plenty of water. You may have to go even lower in elevation to snap out of it. Once you get back to normal you can try driving up again but this time do it in spurts. Walk and breath let your body accilmate and get use to the higher elevations.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Nope. I’m not having any of those symptoms. As you know, at first I thought I picked up the flu at Wal-Mart. Now that I know more about the effects of high altitude, I’m sure it’s the elevation. (Good job, Mick… You mentioned it right away!).

      Your advice helped a lot, Joe. As soon as I got out of the PTV to walk the lane to look at that campsite, I started to feel like myself again. Coming down to 8,975 feet has me back to normal. Apparently I’m almost used to this elevation. Sleeping a bit more than usual, but who wouldn’t with no schedules and duties, just the sound of birds and a rushing creek, sunbeams through the window. Yawn.. .

  13. cinandjules (NY) says:

    Altitude sickness is so prevalent with many who visit the upper elevations at Manti La Sal…..some campers even mentioned their pets experiencing noticeable effects.

    If you feel better once you’ve descended under 8K…………I wouldn’t worry.

    Take care of yourself…………..because the crew depends on it!

    Have a wonderful evening.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, cinandjules. The crew seems fine. Spike is outside waiting for ATVs to come by so he can bark at them. Bridget is napping but that’s not unusual after all the walking today. They both have their appetites.

      You have a wonderful evening, too.

  14. Just looking at your photographs the look down over the valley, gave me altitude sickness! hahaha Still a bit dizzy! Just kidding! Glad you are feeling better. Wind shifted away from T or C today and the smoke is gone from town! Still out over the Black Range mountains though! Please say a prayer for the firefighters there, 3+ weeks, 181,000 acres involved and only 20% contained! You know they gotta be hot and tired and wanna go home!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good to hear you aren’t breathing smoke any more, Geri. I don’t know how firefighters can do what they do. It must take incredible strength and stamina.

      • gingerda says:

        My son-in-law is a firefighter here in the desert and you are so right, it takes a lot of strength and stamina in this extreme heat to fight a fire, with the equipment they carry and the clothes they wear. (not to mention lack of sleep at times)

  15. Mick says:

    I searched for a hour to find information on that weather station with no luck. I did find one a bit farther north on Skyline Drive near Fairview at 9300 feet. Maybe that station is inactive or “secret”. I am interested in that brown pole with the array of “sensors?” in a horizontal circle. Anyone know?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Mick . . . You may not believe this . . . As I was taking that photo I was thinking, “Mick will be interested in this.” LOL

      On my Benchmark map it shows an Alpine Experimental Station. Maybe it has something to do with that?

      LATER… I took another look at those brown things hanging down. Brown fish, salted and hung up to dry.

    • cinandjules (NY) says:

      Maybe the brown pole with the hanging things is an old time wind gauge. If it spins at the top….dunno.

      I know…it’s a solar powered..rabbit ear antenna missile silo.

      I’m surprised no one has snatched that solar panel. CalTrans uses them in Calee to power the emergency roadside call boxes. They get snatched all the time…

    • Mick says:

      I found it. The station is at Sanpete,UT. or Danish Knoll.
      http://www.getamap.net/maps/united_states/utah/sanpete/_alpine_experiment_station/
      There was no good description of the function but it may have been used for environment studies related to the Pine beetle attacks.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Whoa! Take a look at that road we were on! (scroll down to the map)

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Mick… On that link you can click on Bluebell Flat which is where we are camped!

      • cinandjules (NY) says:

        That’s determination 2 1/2 hours…..and we’ve had another interesting learning course.

        Them damn beetles eh?

        Thanks Mick.

        • DeAnne in TN says:

          I feel so stupid when I look at these maps. I can’t find anything! Guess I need lots more practice.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            If you’re talking about Bluebell Flat, it’s in the list in the righthand sidebar on that map.

    • Rattlesnake Joe says:

      Mick that pole is standard for electronic use. Like Micro wave and stuff. I see them down in Arizona all the time. Even have one across the freeway from Valley of the Rogue State Park, where I hang out a lot. There is sits not doing anything, nothing hooked up to it at all.

      • Mick says:

        Hello RsJoe, I think we are talking about two different poles. The triangular antenna tower is in the fenced off area. The brown pole is outside the fence, to the right and somewhat hidden. It has a horizontal circular array, on the top, of dangling something-or-others. I believe this is some kind of a precipitation gauge.

  16. Rita from Phoenix says:

    I’m like a mountain goat…climbed high elevation in Colorado, Montana and Oregon..never got sick. At Glacier NP, we went traveled Going-to-the-Sun Road to the saddle & the visitor’s center. We encountered a snow blizzard in mid-July…cold and windy! Even then, I hiked to Hidden Lake with my tennis shoes in snow cuz I didn’t think I’d run into blizzard conditions. It was a little scary…no traction w/tennis shoes but I had my hiking poles which helped a lot. Don’t know if you still plan to visit Glacier but it’s a tourist trap but some areas are very secluded. Bears are around tho.

    Love the tour of mountain with Spike and Bridget…what did they think of the snow? I see Spike is starting to soak in deeper water covering his belly completely. He’s a little water dog. Any birds around?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Rita! You never cease to amaze me with your life experiences. About Glacier… That’s been my goal all through the winter months into spring. At this rate I may not get there. I don’t like tourist traps, but surely it’s big enough that I can find some solitude.

      I may come across some of my favorite camps on the way there and not make it all the way to Glacier. Remember the crew and me floating down the Madison River? And the herd of horses running by Brooks Lake?

      There are birds around our camp, but I didn’t notice them at the alpine meadow. Too wide open, I guess.

      Spike and Bridget didn’t notice the snow and I wasn’t about to take them up there to see it.

  17. Reina says:

    Sue, what a lovely area to visit. Views, wildflowers, dependable company, taking time to stop and smell the flowers. What else one needs to feel that Life is Good? These white flowers look like Marsh Marigolds. They grow in moist places and bloom often right after snow melts. The picture of Spike smelling the flowers makes me feel nostalgic about slopes along Beartooth Highway in WY covered with wildflowers. I love this photo of Spike, crystal clear stream, white blooming marsh marigold, purple shooting stars and you with Bridget somewhere close by. What a lovely day you’re having. I remembered one article in the USA Today about altitude sickness and I finally find it. http://traveltips.usatoday.com/prevent-altitude-sickness-1535.html
    Please read it and remember to drink lots of water. One bottle of water is simply not enough. Avoid heavy food, soft drinks, alcohol and coffee. You need to take care of yourself because many of your followers are addicted to your blog. What would we do without you?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I really enjoyed reading your comment, Reina. You described our day very well. So the white flowers are Marsh Marigolds. I’ll have to look them up. The word marigold makes me think of those stinky gold and orange flowers sold in garden centers. I used to plant them in my garden to keep pests away.

      The Marsh Marigolds do like damp soil. They grow in wide swaths along that stream. I don’t recognize the name Beartooth Highway. I love Wyoming so I’ll look that up, too.

      Thank you for the advice and the link. I haven’t looked at it yet, but will do so. I can give up those things you listed except my morning coffee!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      All the photos I found showed bright yellow-gold flowers. Maybe the whites are a variation?

  18. Reine in Plano says:

    I saw one line in the article that Reina suggested that you need to keep in mind on your travels: “Altitude sickness is not based on age or physical shape; it’s genetic. The only way to predict if you will get it is if you’ve gotten it before.” Sounds like you may be susceptible to it so allow time to adjust as you travel and camp.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Interesting, Reine . . . I’ll keep that in mind. I guess I’d better open up that link!

  19. Donna D. (stickhouse in CT) says:

    Another wonderful post to make me envious. I’m taking notes for the future.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Donna. You’ll probably turn into an expert boondocker and find many more, even lovelier, camps. 🙂

  20. John says:

    That is a nice place, I rode through there last year on a motorcycle trip. That weather station is a SNOTEL site. Measures precipitation and snowfall. I think this might be the one you were at:

    http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/nwcc/site?sitenum=572&state=ut

    John

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It looks exactly like the one I photographed. However, the link says it’s in Grand County on Lasal Mountain. This is Sanpete County and I’ve never heard of Lasal Mountain. Well, at least we know what it measures! The one I saw also measures wind I presume by looking at those cups that twirl around.

    • Mick says:

      The station is the same type but the location is wrong. That station is over near Moab.

    • Mick says:

      The brown sensor must be a Druck 100 inch Transducer… duh!

      • blueyedcin says:

        Your not giving up on this are you!

        Phyllis from Oklahoma

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        A Druck 100 inch Transducer — OF COURSE!

        I reread my previous reply and burst out laughing at my scientific description . . . “the cups that twirl around” . . . otherwise known as an anemometer!

  21. gingerda says:

    Gorgeous scenery. You do such a great job of taking good pictures and describing everything so well.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Ginger. This blog and the pictures I put into it give me purpose when the crew and I are wandering around this part of the planet.

  22. John says:

    Woops, you are in a different part of the state. I was thinking La Sal NF over southeast of Moab.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You commented as I was writing my reply above. 🙂

      • John says:

        La Sal is another very nice spot. Great views and lots of places to camp. I had a van like yours, we really enjoyed traveling in it. Very comfortable.

  23. Looks like a perfect day for all…water for Spike, paths for Bridget to lead, and beauty for you to photograph:) Glad you enjoyed yourself!

  24. lourley says:

    Sue i love the flowers next to the stream with spike awesome pictures and bridget trying to be at the water it is so lovely. And snow in June amazing . I live in Texas and it is hot over here. Take care and hugs to you and the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It was fun for me to catch Spike at the exact moment he put his nose to the flower. Bridget is tough to photograph, even when she’s not acting camera-shy. She twirls and scoots around so much, and she stops what she’s doing to look at the camera. But Spike has his way of striking a pose.

      One thing I love about Bridget is she often chooses a beautiful spot in which to rest her butt. . . like in the field of dandelions. She’s like a cat that way.

  25. Phyllis Frey says:

    Why am I not receiving your emailed blog posts any longer? They quit showing up in my inbox about a month ago.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You aren’t receiving the emails because I am now self-hosted and the WordPress plug-in did not transfer. There’s a link in the sidebar you can use to sign up. I’m sorry for the inconvenience.

  26. Allison says:

    This is a cut and paste from Wikipedia. Acclimating to high altitude just takes time. Cutting to the chase, the last paragraph sums up how long it will take.

    The human body can adapt to high altitude through immediate and long-term acclimatization. At high altitude, in the short term, the lack of oxygen is sensed by the carotid bodies, which causes an increase in the breathing rate (hyperventilation). However, hyperventilation also causes the adverse effect of respiratory alkalosis, inhibiting the respiratory center from enhancing the respiratory rate as much as would be required. Inability to increase the breathing rate can be caused by inadequate carotid body response or pulmonary or renal disease.[1][24]

    In addition, at high altitude, the heart beats faster; the stroke volume is slightly decreased; and non-essential bodily functions are suppressed, resulting in a decline in food digestion efficiency (as the body suppresses the digestive system in favor of increasing its cardiopulmonary reserves).[25]

    Full acclimatization, however, requires days or even weeks. Gradually, the body compensates for the respiratory alkalosis by renal excretion of bicarbonate, allowing adequate respiration to provide oxygen without risking alkalosis. It takes about four days at any given altitude and can be enhanced by drugs such as acetazolamide.[24] Eventually, the body has lower lactate production (because reduced glucose breakdown decreases the amount of lactate formed), decreased plasma volume, increased hematocrit (polycythemia), increased RBC mass, a higher concentration of capillaries in skeletal muscle tissue, increased myoglobin, increased mitochondria, increased aerobic enzyme concentration, increase in 2,3-BPG, hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction, and right ventricular hypertrophy.[1] Pulmonary artery pressure increases in an effort to oxygenate more blood.

    Full hematological adaptation to high altitude is achieved when the increase of red blood cells reaches a plateau and stops. The length of full hematological adaptation can be approximated by multiplying the altitude in kilometers by 11.4 days. For example, to adapt to 4,000 metres (13,000 ft) of altitude would require 45.6 days.[26] The upper altitude limit of this linear relationship has not been fully established.[9][17]

  27. Ron says:

    Sue
    Something to look for. When I hunted the high country for two weeks I always felt like heck coming back down to the low country for a few days . I guess it was to much oxygen.
    Love the type country you are camping in.
    Ron

    • Eddie says:

      Have you ever thought about a google map link so we can easily find where you have visited. You could post it after you move if it concerns you.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Yes, I have, Eddie. I think about setting one up and then some other technological task takes over like all the plug-in struggles I had or simply keeping up with the writing and managing of my blog. When tech stuff consumes a large part of my day, I put off adding anything. It’s in the file “One of These Days.”

        (In the meantime, I’m selling a lot of Benchmark atlases. LOL)

  28. Alison ~ pacific northwest says:

    Sue, you write so beautifully about your experiences, and I just LOVE that you don’t need the big, in-your-face, National Park. Type thing. (Although there are many parts of the psrks that have alot of solitude and are very pristine, such as the north section of Capitol Reef.)

    Today you just brought us with you right into the moment in that meadow. So wonderful! It sounded transcendent, you and your crew ambling blissfully through the meadows. . There is nothing in the world better than an alpine meadow!

    You may remember that I am a “weekend boon docker” and hiker. I love to stay in places like BlueBell, and then hike even higher. I love to be alone in the wilderness.

    And I love reading your observations of wilderness and also the characters you meet along the way. Thanks for sharing so freely with us!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Alison . . . I’m delighted that you felt as if you were up in the meadow with the crew and me. It’s a magical feeling to be so high where the air is pure and thin, the flowers fresh, the clear, cool water, green all around. No wonder you love it. . . I do, too.

      The national parks quickly overwhelm me. I find joy in the little things. I’m thrilled to find a new wildflower in bloom.

  29. Alison ~ pacific northwest says:

    Oh and also, drink lots of water at altitude! Very important, and its the first thing a mtn climber will do to mitigate effects of altitude. The change in barometric pressure at high altitudes actually dehydrates us, it’s not just that mimicking dehydration.

  30. cinandjules (NY) says:

    Sue and Crew,

    I just got a package from my mom as a “I miss you…and want you to be safe” present.

    It is called “flash flare”. I tried them out and they are bright and something you might want to add to your shopping link. She bought them at Costco but I looked and they are available at ……….Amazon.

    You never know when you need them and they are much safer than the old strike flame flares that last 15 minutes and are so dangerous. Two “C” batteries will run for 8-12 hours. Highly visible day or night. Cute little carrying case.

    There are only 3 reviews on Amazon but Costco has 24 reviews all 5 stars.

    See what you think:

    (NOTE: I removed the original link and replaced it with the link in my reply. rvsue)

    Come Christmas I know exactly what I getting my friends.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, cinandjules . . .

      I’ve added this item to the Shopping Links page. Scroll down to see it at “For the road and campsite.”

  31. Aerolite Steve says:

    I’m so glad you were able to drive (almost) all the way up. And thanks for the photos! I just love driving those mountain roads there and will be doing so in a few weeks.

  32. stan watkins says:

    This is a real greenhorn question but the 14 day camping limit,Is it for the area or the campsite.Could you move up to the other site?I also would like to know how long you must vacate before coming back.What you are doing is very much in mine and my wifes future providing the Government still allows it 14 years from now.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Think of it this way. . . Usually the 14-day limit is for the campsite and anywhere within a radius of 25 miles (some places it’s 30 miles). In this particular area of SanPete County, the radius is only 10 miles. And you can’t bend the rules by moving after a few days because the 14 day limit is within a 28 day period.

      So, no, I can’t move up to the other site when our 14 days are up next Monday. Our next camp must be at least 10 miles away.

      I do hope you and your wife have the opportunity to experience this way of life. Our public lands are precious. That’s why I pick up trash. It’s a small effort to eliminate an excuse to close these areas from campers.

  33. Elizabeth says:

    Altitude sickness is not fun. We only had just one day to take our youngest to see Yosemite from where we were staying with our son in Nevada at the time, prior to moving west. I remember feeling VERY bad when hubby was driving over the top of that pass….somewhere around 10,000 ft. or so. I felt ok when we got down to the other side and convinced him to drive back a different way. I did not say anything at the time however as I so badly wanted daughter to get to see Yosemite for at least that one day!! We have not managed to get back yet either!! It is not as awesome a place as when I was a kid…but still worth the effort to see, if you have not. Might want to wait till school starts however….it is not easy to get reservations to go in.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You took a big risk, Elizabeth! I’m glad everything turned out okay. I don’t know how you could do that. When that feeling came over me, I wanted to move to lower altitude immediately.

      I may give California another try next year… west of the Sierras and maybe Yosemite. You know how I hate crowds! And I’ve never made a reservation in my entire life . . . I like to change my mind too much!

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