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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:  Do Your Part

Do you love to boondock? Did you make a New Year's resolution for 2015? If you answered “yes” to the first question and “no” to the second question, then make a vow to do your part to leave each bookdocking campsite better than you found it in 2015 and beyond. What does that entail? For starters, it means taking everything that you brought to the site with you when you leave (aka Pack it in, Pack it out). That includes things attached to trees and other vegetation, making sure you pull all of your awning and patio stakes out of the ground and, most importantly, taking your garbage with you. I am sure most of you reading this blog practice what I just detailed. However, if we want to continue enjoying the freedom of boondocking, doing your part also includes picking up after less thoughtful people that left their garbage behind, stuff hanging in trees and just a general mess. If we fail to take care of our public lands, then we are very likely to find access restricted the next time we visit. 

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Adventures in RVing:  Can't Trust the Weatherman

The Pacific Northwest is once again experiencing a mild winter. Little snow in the mountains, above average temperatures and warm fronts that roll through every couple of weeks melting what little precious snow that may have fallen in the mountains. If you enjoy getting out and taking part in winter sports it kind of puts a damper on winter fun.

 

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Adventures in RVing: Mackay Hill Boondocking

If you have followed this blog over the last 6 plus years, you know my wife and I like to visit old mining camps, ride ATVs and boondock among other things. When you find a place you can do all three it is the trifecta of RV adventures. We found such as place and even wrote an article about it which is entitled A Drive Through Mining History which you will find in the January issue of RV Life Magazine.

I made brief mention of boondocking in the article, but didn't provide exact locations. For those that like to camp off the grid in the boonies you will find two boondocking sites with relative easy access.

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Adventures in RVing: The Frenchman

In the last entry we looked at "Clingers" and why they choose to cling to other RVers out in the boondocks. As I shared in my last post, my wife and I had several unwelcome clingers descend upon us during our most recent foray into the wilds of southern Utah. So while we were enjoying the twilight hours of another beautiful day from our campsite in the Utah outback and I watched as a passing motorcycle on the nearby highway spotted our lights and slowed to a crawl then stopped, I went on the defensive fearing another invasion from camping clingers. Seeing the bike had saddle bags and was loaded with gear furthered my concerns that we might soon have neighbors.

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Adventures in RVing: Clingers!

I follow a blog called RV Sue and Her Canine Crew.  Sue is a full time RVer who spends her time camping in the western states. She is quite frugal when it comes to camping fees, staying in low cost BLM or forest service campsites, when not parked in the boondocks. Clinger is a term RV Sue uses now and then, I am not sure if she coined it or borrowed it from someone else, but it is appropriately descriptive. Her definition, "A Clinger is someone who crowds your camp when there are plenty of other campsites available." Doing a little online research I also found the following description of the word Clinger from one of RV Sue's followers,

"What is an RV Clinger???  Oh, just another RV’er.  Except, one that “Clings” to another RV’er.  In the RV world, there are many people who live full-time in an RV. They will often camp, or boon dock in or near BLM lands, National Forests, Parks, or even a Wal-Mart parking lot. If they are loners, or shall we say, if they want to be alone… you will most likely see them camped out in the distance, or tucked into a cove of trees.  They are by themselves, without any other campers parked near them. They are alone, by choice. A “Clinger”, like I said, is another RVer who will arrive in the same area, the area can be 100,000 acres, or 1 acre and that new arrival will instantly migrate right over to park next to the existing one. They won’t bother to ask the existing camper if he/she minds that they impose and park next to them. Nope, they just move themselves right on in, and get right down to setting up their camp. This, folks, is what we call Clingers." 

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Adventures in RVing: Christmas Giving

In just a couple of days millions of Christians will celebrate Christmas and the eternal gift that was given thousands of years ago. Regardless whether you are a believer or not, I encourage you to count your blessings and think about those less fortunate this Christmas. As RVers, we are blessed to be able to own a RV and the great lifestyle that comes with it. When we tire of RVing, most of us are blessed enough to be able to return to the comforts of our own conventional stick and brick house, while others across the United States can only dream of home ownership, let alone the hope of ever owning an RV.

RVers are in a unique position to assist those dreaming of home ownership while enjoying the RV lifestyle and there is no better time to commit to do so than this Christmas. God showed his love to us by sending his son to us at Christmas, so what better time to show our love to others. 

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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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