Thursday, October 5 (continued)
“Leeds. Oh, shoot. I think that was our exit.”
The crew and I cruise south on Interstate 15 on our way to a new camp. At the next exit we roll down the ramp. This puts us on the highway that goes to Hurricane, Utah. I don’t want to go to Hurricane.
I look for a place to turn around.
Before I find one, I spot a sign “Quail Creek State Park.”
Hmm . . . Might as well take a look.
As you can see from the next photo, the name “Quail Creek” is misleading. The state park sits along the shore of a lake.
I drive into a parking area near the boat ramp, beach, and entrance to the campground.
A sign says “Campground Full.”
NOTE: Contrary to what my previous post would lead one to believe, we didn’t make an early start this morning. Our departure from Minersville Lake was late because I wanted to complete and publish a blog post first. I also stopped in Salina to buy a rotisserie chicken.
I park the Perfect Tow Vehicle and Best Little Trailer next to a picnic table in the shade.
“C’mon, guys. I need some lunch.”
I get out the rotisserie chicken. The crew and I enjoy a quick picnic. Quick because I’m concerned about securing a campsite at Red Cliffs due to it being a small campground that’s convenient to the populations at St. George and Washington, as well as to the hordes visiting Zion National Park.
My Utah Benchmark atlas shows how I can correct my exit error.
“If we continue on this same road past the lake, it goes to Harrison and to the other side of the interstate and eventually to Red Cliffs.. I remember reading about tunnels to get there.”
Oh dear . . . Here it is one o’clock already.
“We’d better get a move on.”
Sure enough, soon we are going through the tunnels (height limit 14 ft.) and reach the entrance.
And soon it’s apparent this is an uncommonly lovely setting for a campground!
I stop to read the board at the fee station.
Camping is $15 regular which means it’s $7.50 for those of us with a senior discount pass. There are water spigots, toilet houses, and trash bins.
After passing a few campsites we cross a small bridge and continue through the campground.
Seven out of the eleven choices are occupied.
One is too short and sloped for the BLT. Another is too sunny with its shade structure too far from where one parks one’s rig. The third choice is too close to a neighbor. The fourth site is laid out well and has charm. Unfortunately it is terribly sloped also.
I like the site in the next photo (taken a day later). It’s occupied this morning.
Having made one tour through the campground, I drive through a second time.
While walking to check one of the campsites a couple towing a pop-up camper call me over to their driver’s side window.
We discuss the choices. Fortunately they don’t want the site I want and I don’t want the site they want. (They choose the “short and sloped” site.)
I choose the fourth, described above.
In order to level the BLT I put a block of wood and the cone under the jack and then crank the jack up as high as it will go. I don’t like a set-up like this, but it’s necessary to obtain level on this slope.
Immediately I put out the awning because the afternoon has become hot.
Our view from our “outdoor room” and the shade shelter is very nice. The next photo was taken later during the glow of the sunset hour. It looks like “there’s gold in them thar hills!”
Remember those two green Crenshaw melons? The ones I bought on our way out of Green River?
They’re long gone.
While we camped at Maple Grove, they turned yellow-ripe and I ate them up. Luscious!
I did have the foresight this morning to buy a watermelon in Salina.
Heh-heh. Come to mama.
This melon is from California, not Green River, Utah. I wrap up half of the watermelon and pop it into the fridge.
I take the other half and a fork over to my lounger.
This is a nice site. I like this. Mmm . . . good watermelon.
“Yes, you can have some.”
I hand a watermelon chunk to Reggie and one to Roger.
The crew wouldn’t know what it is like to watch me eat without getting some, too!
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In the next post: The boys hike Red Cliffs!
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