Wednesday, October 7
In the last episode of RVSue and her canine crew, Bridget, Reggie, and I break camp after three days at Minersville Campground,west of Beaver, Utah.
The Perfect Tow Vehicle carries us a few miles westward on Route 21 to the junction with Route 130. Then she turns southward and takes us through Parowan Canyon as it bisects the Black Mountains. Fifty more miles and we arrive at Cedar City.
Then it’s westward again through 700 trillion junipers to Newcastle.
A shortcut on Bench Road, bypassing the town of Enterprise, and we’re on the last leg of the day’s journey, Route 18 south to Baker Dam Recreation Area!
Immediately before we reach the dam and reservoir (above), we turn into the campground. The sign at the self-pay station informs us the regular camping fee is $12 and with a senior discount pass it’s $6.
As usual, the crew is very excited to cruise the campground loop, knowing soon they can explore their new home!
Out of 16 campsites, only two are occupied. Later I’ll show you the campsite we choose.
I step out of the Best Little Trailer with my camera when, all of a sudden, Bridget and Reggie tear out of the campsite, barking like maniac dogs. They rush to greet the dogs belonging to Steve, a fellow camper and rancher whom we met yesterday.
I burst out laughing! Reggie is oblivious to the camp chair he’s dragging behind him on his tether!
He’s thrilled to see his new pals again!
I unhook the chair and the rancher and I watch the canine circus.
First, a quick greeting for Lucky, the springer spaniel, and for Dexter, the black lab-blue heeler mix.
Reggie playfully nips Lucky.
Dexter and Reggie take a short break, all except the tails!
He, his wife, and family raise Dexter cattle on their ranch nearby.
“The breed originated in Ireland. Our cattle are grass-fed, organically raised. We have a waiting list of people wanting our beef,” he states proudly.
The scene below shows the size of Dexters. (Photo from tcpermaculture.com)
This is how “Mother Earth News” describes the breed:
“Pound for pound, no bovine can match the diversity of Dexter cattle, one of the smallest cattle breeds. Standing just 36 to 44 inches at the shoulder, Dexters are the perfect old-fashioned, family cow. Gentle, versatile and economical, Dexters efficiently turn pasture into rich milk and lean meat, if you’re so inclined.”
Okay, end of cow lesson . . . .
Most of the sites at Baker Dam Campground are huge. The picnic table in the photo below goes with our campsite, but we don’t camp near it. I choose to camp on the far end of the site in order to have a better view of the mountains. We’re actually in the “road” of the pull-through.
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