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Dave Helgeson

Dave Helgeson

Follow Dave's RV adventures as he travels the West in search of forgotten and unique places. For Dave, home is where you park it, the more remote the better!

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Adventures in RVing: What Would MacGyver Do?

By definition RVers that boondock are a bit more resourceful and self-reliant than those that camp in a campground with hookups. Boondockers spend a little extra effort to locate a campsite, learn to conserve water, batteries and holding tank space and be ready to deal with those unexpected curve balls life throws at us from time to time.

Like the late 1980's TV character MacGyver, boondockers must learn to solve problems that come their way with everyday materials carried with them or found at the campsite as there is no camp store in the boondocks.

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Adventures in RVing: Colonnade Arch Base Camp

In my last entry we looked at adventuring out to Colonnade Arch in the middle of nowhere Utah. However, I failed to list where you can set up base camp before you head out into the uncharted wilds in search of it.

I suspect that any RVer adventurous enough to head out to the arch prefers boondocking over a designated campground. If this is you, the boondocking options on either approach to the arch are numerous as the land is managed by the BLM with typical dispersed camping rules applying. Approaching from the north via the town of Green River and the Lower San Rafael Road (BLM 1010) less than a mile in, you will find a place to camp at: N38 57.178 W110 11.427.  If you choose to travel to the arch from the west end of Lower San Rafael Road (BLM 1010), places to camp along the first several miles of the road are limited. Your best bet is to stay close to nearby Temple Mountain, the campsites are numerous and scenic. Temple Mountain Road is just "across the street" from the west end of Lower San Rafael Road. You will find the first easy campsites traveling northwest on Temple Mountain Road at N38 38.718 W110 38.875. For something a little more "intimate", head a little further to N38 39.269 W110 39.563 (pictured).

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Adventures in RVing:  The Middle of Nowhere

There was an advertisement that popped up alongside last week's blog entry that proclaimed "Who Says There's Nothing To Do In The Middle Of Nowhere".  Since the middle of nowhere is one of my favorite places to RV, it made me realize I hadn't shared any of our adventures from the middle of nowhere for awhile.

Colonnade Arch (aka Five Hole Arch) in Central Utah definitely fits the description of the "middle of nowhere". This stunning sandstone formation is located high above the Green River on a side canyon known as Two Mile Canyon. The arch is unique in that it contains five openings, three overlooking the river and two portals in the roof overhead. The fact that it is in the middle of nowhere, Utah means it is rarely visited and you won't have to fight the crowds or others in your photos such as you would at Double Arch in Arches National Park.

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Adventures in RVing: Thanksgiving

This week we will celebrate Thanksgiving, a day which Americans set aside to reflect on the blessings of God which have been showered upon us. If you have never read the entire Thanksgiving and Praise proclamation issued by President Lincoln setting the fourth Thursday of November as a National Holiday, I encourage you to do so. It is posted at the end of this blog entry for your convenience. 

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Adventures in RVing: Natural Bridges Boondocking

In the November 2014 issue of RV Life Magazine there is an article entitled Four Favorite National Monuments which briefly covers Natural Bridges, Craters of The Moon, John Day Fossil Beds and Mount Saint Helens National Monuments.

I have visited all four of these monuments and highly recommend you do as well. However, there is one thing you need to be aware of regarding the campground at Natural Bridges National Monument.

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Adventures in RVing: Veterans Day

Today we celebrate Veterans Day.  A day to honor the men and women who have fought to establish and protect the freedoms we have in the United States. As RVers, we enjoy the freedom to roam this country unlike any other country in the world. As RVers, we can go where we want, when we want with all the comforts of home. Those of us that roam in the western states have millions of acres of public land on which to boondock without advance reservations, fees or excessive government regulations. 

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Adventures in RVing: Oops!

Looking for a place to camp and drop the RV while exploring the Little City of Rocks in Idaho, I came across a listing for Bend River near Gooding, Idaho on Freecampsites.net. Water and electric sites were just $15 per night. On the website were instructions on how to get there complete with coordinates. Entering the coordinates on Google Earth, I was taken to a dirt lot on the edge of a fairgrounds. The website mentioned that the campground was managed by the fairgrounds, so I figured the coordinates were close. Luckily the Google Earth car with the camera on the roof (aka street view) had driven through the fairgrounds. Studying the street view images I quickly located power pedestals in a grassy area on the fairgrounds and concluded that was the campground, saving the coordinates.

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Adventures in RVing: UEA Weekend

While I have shared before about the annual UEA (Utah Education Association) weekend, having just experienced one again, I can't help but warn RVers of the other 49 states to beware!

The UEA (Utah Education Association) weekend occurs annually in mid-October. Basically it is a four day (Thursday - Sunday) weekend for every school age child in the entire state. Typical mid-October Utah weather averaging in the mid 70' and sunny, equates to a great excuse for every family in the state to go camping! Having learned firsthand about UEA weekend several years ago and scrambling to find a camping space among the hordes of families, my wife and I got smart this year and grabbed a prime Utah campsite before the masses arrived.

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Adventures in RVing: Great Value! Willard Bay State Park in Utah

Those of you that follow this blog know my first choice of campsite is a boondocking site far from the hustle and bustle of an urban area. When boondocking is not an option my next choice of campsites are ones operated by a public entity such as a national park, forest service, state or county park. Public parks tend to have larger sites with better spacing between campsites than you will find at a private RV park. So the next best thing to a free boondocking site is a reasonably priced public campground.

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Adventures in RVing: USFS Topo Maps

Detailed maps are essential for adventurous RVers like you and I. They allow navigation to forgotten ghost towns, unique geological formations, back country lakes and isolated boondocking campsites. There are several privately run websites that provide limited access to topographic maps with the hopes that you will purchase a detailed or custom map from them: Helpful? Yes.  Ideal? No.  

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