Friday, September 29 (continued)
In previous visits to Ivie Creek near Salina, Utah, the crew and I boondocked at sites between the creek and the road that goes to Maple Grove Campground.
This visit I find those free sites are occupied or unappealing.
Instead I set up camp in Maple Grove Campground.
Maple Grove is a Fishlake National Forest campground.
At the time of this writing, the camping fee is $15 regular or $7.50 with the 50% discount for Senior Pass cardholders. The campground is first come-first serve (no reservations) and there are no electric hook-ups.
Amenities are vault toilets, shared water spigots, picnic tables, fire rings, and grills. OHVs are not allowed in the campground.
From our campsite we have a lovely view of Round Valley and the Valley Mountains.
(Round Valley isn’t round and the mountains aren’t a valley, but who am I to quibble?)
With cold weather spreading across Utah, it was against my better judgment to move camp to the elevation of Salina (5,160 ft) and especially to the even higher Maple Grove.
The air temperature is pleasantly cool.
When we first arrive, Reggie and Roger wear their harnesses for a quick walk-around before I set up the outdoor room.
Soon I put them in their fleece vests.
I switch to long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.
I expect the morning lows to be “challenging” without a working heater in the Best Little Trailer. I’m not concerned because we have the wonderfully efficient heater in the Perfect Tow Vehicle if we need to warm ourselves.
And we have each other.
A big attraction for camping here is the bubbly, cascading, clear, and cold Ivie Creek.
This is such a special place that I take several photos. Urging Reg and Rog to get together for a picture by the waterfall doesn’t work; they are totally uncooperative, too excited!
I give up and take individual shots instead.
Reggie has been here before, in September 2015, with Bridget.
All this is new to Roger.
If it were summer now, I’d be in this pool!
Wouldn’t that be fine?
On another note . . .
Before leaving our camp at Green River, I ordered an Olympian Wave 3 propane heater to replace the one I broke while slamming the BLT over rough roads for six years on our way to boondocks.
I should’ve thought to have it shipped here sooner.
Online tracking tells me it won’t arrive until Monday. The UPS Customer Center opens for pick-ups from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
That means we won’t leave Salina until Tuesday morning. We need to make it through the weekend and Monday. Cold is coming fast.
We walk to a place where part of the cordwood cabin is revealed.
This cabin generated quite a bit of interest from readers when I showed it in a post in May, 2014.
Follow this link to see better photos of the cabin: “A cordwood cabin built by father and son.”
Walking along Ivie Creek, we find an American Dipper!
It fascinates me how these little birds can stand confidently next to the comparatively powerful force of rushing water.
Learn more about “America’s only truly aquatic songbird” at Cornell’s website, All About Birds.
Saturday, September 30
This morning Reggie and Roger are in no hurry to emerge from the cocoon of warmth we’ve created by wrapping ourselves with the comforter and quilt. It’s really cold inside the Best Little Trailer.
Having dressed warmly for bed, I’m ready to slip outside upon waking.
I start up the PTV, turn the heater on full blast, and rush back to the BLT, stopping at the door.
Oh my, what a lovely sunrise. I need to get the camera!
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