NO CAMP!

As we travel on along Hwy 150, the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, we miss maybe one opportunity for a campsite. It’s been a long day and I would like to find a camp, but all I see is private property on both sides of the road.  Eventually we leave the Unintah Mountains and that gorgeous drive behind us an the land levels out into ranch country.

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The Wildflowers are in bloom down here
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Evanston, WY lies ahead

Looks like a Wally night, but that’s okay.  We took one of the most beautiful scenic drives in  America, and a night at Wally is perfectly fine with me.

Thanks for joining us!

Over the Top on Hwy 150, the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway

On Monday, May 21st, we break camp at the beautiful Sulphur Campground and head out to enjoy the remaining miles through this stunning area.

We head even higher in elevation.  At every turn and mile it seems like there is something spectacular to see.

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SLATE GORGE
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PROVO FALLS
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THE POOLS AT THE BOTTOM OF PROVO FALLS

We climb higher and the  landscape changes.

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The road is clear, but the lake I had intended on walking around with the boys is frozen and the ground is still covered in snow. There will be no hiking.

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Hayden Peak

As we tip over the top, a few snow flurries begin to fall , but it is evident that the snow is losing its grip on the land.

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We search for a camp …

Our Second Day at Yellow Pine, Hwy 150, and a New Camp

We are up at first light, and it’s a crystal clear morning; bright blue sky and clean fresh air. I begin the usual morning routine: A quick potty run for the boys, get coffee going, their breakfast, a cup of coffee, and then my breakfast, the usual; oatmeal with chopped fruit (this morning that’s dried apricots), coconut, and a few walnuts. All that seemingly done while still in the sleep coma.
While enjoying a second cup of caffeine, the boys let me know that it’s time to get outside. I leash them up and we take a walk through bushes and grass trying to get to the river. It becomes too wet so we hike back up to the dirt road and meander from our camp up to the highway and back and make several rounds around the loop that signifies the last places to camp in this dispersed camping area.

 

Big puffy white cumulus clouds—sheep wool clouds—begin to form in early afternoon. The boys are napping. I work on the blog, read, and take a short nap myself. It’s just a laid back day, like most of my days are now, and I feel very blessed.

Sunday

We move camp today, ending up in a beautiful spot in an improved, pay-but-not-yet-open camp. There is no one here, but there’s no gate and no sign saying to keep out so I choose a spot. It appears it is kept open so travelers can use the vault toilets and there are a few who drive down into Sulphur Camp Ground to do just that.

The boys check out their new back yard, and it’s gorgeous.
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Hey, Charlie, look at our new digs!!!

A beautiful creek—Provo Creek I think—burbles and laughs its way through the campground. Creek through our Sulphur Camp. Bear River I think

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There are many wildflowers in bloom here. It’s a beautiful spot

The day is pretty much a threepeat of our enjoyment along this scenic byway. It’s definitely laid back, and much the same routine as the two previous days, but I do manage to get a few minor things done, marking them off my to-do list, and I also get some photos on the computer put into albums and older ones removed from the hard drive and onto a thumb drive. Several long walks with the boys.  Nothing too strenuous!

Thanks for stopping by 2Dogs!

HWY 150 MIRROR LAKE SCENIC BYWAY

From Heber City we head north (is there another direction?? 🙂 to find and travel Hwy 150, the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway. We pass some beautiful country along the way.

The Jordanelle Reservoir and the river that feeds it.

Our 4-day visit along Hwy 150 from Kamas, UT to Evanston, WY is unbelievably breathtaking. High in the Uintah Mountains this Scenic Byway winds through three national forests.

We don’t travel far our first day as I was told by the clerk at the Forest Service office in Kamas that although the road is “officially”closed, the road is clear of snow, however, there are still patches of ice here and there, and if we choose to go on, they are not responsible. She suggests finding a camp within the next 13-14 miles and waiting until Monday to travel on.  This sounds good to me!

We find a dispersed campsite right off the highway, just 10 miles or so out of Kamas. Sounds awful, but this time of year traffic is sparse. This time of year in these high mountains, I don’t want to be way out back in the solitude of the forest with three days of storm predicted: 60%, 30%, and 30% respectively. Probably will amount to nothing, but why take the chance?

Yellow Pine dispersed campground has 8-10 campsites with a fire ring, some sites with shade, some in full sun.  The site I covet has already been taken, but we find a decent spot and settle in.

This Friday, May18, 2018 the weatherman is pretty much spot on. We arrive in partial sunshine, and I get the dogs staked outside while I make camp.

DSC_0008 (2) I roll out the mat that is used as our outdoor staging area, put all the extra water jugs on it along with the lounger then hop back in the van and have a bite to eat.

Belly happy I remember that I need to get the solar panel off the top of the hitch tray box and get it out where it will catch a few rays today. I had the vehicle-battery-to-house-battery plugged in while we were driving (thank you C. It’s awesome!!) and the house battery is fully charged by the time we arrive, but now it’s mother nature who will do the work of keeping it charged . . . as soon as the sun comes out again. Thunder is rolling. Time for all of us to nap, me thinks, and I bring the Chiweenie Brothers inside and they curl up straight away and close their eyes.

We awake to a brightening sky and honking Canada geese. The boys and I take a walkabout, and I snap a shot of the mountains across the way.

I can visualize what this looks like in the fall with the gold of the aspen shining bright against the green of the pines.  It’s hard to do Utah justice anywhere within her scenic places.

The wildflowers are beginning to bloom, and an attempt is made to get good shots against the pull of the wild wiener dogs  against their leashes and a camera that takes the same shots whether in landscape mode or close-up … yes, there are still problems, but thankfully it still works! Focus is iffy at times.

We have no cell or internet signal, so I read the rest of the afternoon. The evening is filled with a movie and a TV program selected from what I have downloaded to watch offline for just such occasions.

Goodnight! Hugs, Shawna

CURRENT READ:  Off Season by Anne Rivers Siddons.  An excellent book!