Wednesday, July 10
Today’s photos are from our new camp!
This morning I hitch up the Best Little Trailer to the Perfect Tow Vehicle. As much as I like Tinney Flat Campground east of Santaquin, Utah, I need internet. I also don’t want to be here over the weekend because the camp hosts say it fills up. Wednesdays are a good day to move to a new camp.
Usually I’m excited about a move.
Not this time. The mega metropolis beginning with Payson, north to Provo, and on to Salt Lake City looms before us. I can’t face the pressured driving of rush hour traffic on Interstate 15, so I take a round-about route.
For my fellow map-nerds, I drive west through Santaquin on Route 6 through Goshen, then due north on Route 68. This detour swings us around the west side of Utah Lake, thus avoiding the stretch of interstate to Payson, Spanish Fork, Provo, and Lehi.
Not a particularly scenic route, but the road is good with hardly any traffic.
Not so when we hit Riverton, turn right onto Route 71, and merge onto the interstate. From then on, it’s grueling pressure driving until we’re well away from Salt Lake City.
You don’t want to read about this trip. If you’ve driven interstate for six hours covering about 350 miles, you don’t want to relive it here, I’m sure.
No air conditioning makes it an especially tiring day. The crew seems to understand that this is something we have to do and there is no benefit in fussing about it. Bridget and Spike are super all day long! The PTV experiences a few, minor hot flashes, but overall runs like a loyal horse all day.
So where are we now?
Well, we’re only eight miles from the border of Montana, that’s where! More specifically, we’re at Stoddard Creek Campground in the Targhee National Forest. It’s about fifteen miles north of Dubois, Idaho, and about five miles north of the tiny village of Spencer, Idaho, which is noted for opal mining.
I drive up to the campground entrance just as the camp hosts, Lynn and Velma, are driving out. Lynn stops the car to help me find a campsite. I don’t like the looks of RVs lined up like sardines in a can off to the right.
“I’ve been driving all day and really prefer to be by myself. Is there a site like that?” I ask.
“Oh, yes. You want site #14. Drive to the upper area, keep to the left, go around behind the group area restroom, and you’ll come to it.”
I agree it’s the best campsite for me and my crew.
I have a bit of a struggle to back the BLT into a position where it doesn’t require a lot of leveling. I manage to run over my favorite drink container in the process. At this point, who cares! I just want to settle in and call it a day.
Yes, I have internet! After two campgrounds with no internet, I’m thrilled to have four bars, thanks to my Wilson antenna on a stick.
You’d think I’d crash. However, I’m so wired from the long haul that I stay up late with my face in the laptop. I missed my blog readers!
There’s no place like home!
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