Pioneer Day, The End is Near and Trip Planning

Posted by on July 27, 2016

This past weekend was supposed to be quite busy due to it being a state holiday here in Utah.  Pioneer Day (July 24th) commemorates when Brigham Young and the first Mormon pioneers settled in the area.  It was busy….but about the same as the 4th of July weekend.  Everyone seemed to have a much better handle on their areas and it wasn’t nearly as chaotic as it was over the 4th…thank goodness!

Besides watching over the ‘A’ Loop (which has 15 sites plus a group site that holds 100 people) and monitoring the boat ramp we also monitor about a quarter of a mile of beach area.  We walk the beach in the evening after the sun goes down and pick up any trash or items left behind.  You wouldn’t imagine the things people leave behind…balls, shoes, fitbits, sand toys, gas cans full of gas, clothing items, sunglasses, keys….it’s crazy!

We checked the Recreation.Gov website to see what the reservations in our loop look like over the next few weeks.  We’re still pretty well booked through mid August but come the week of August 22 when the area schools are back in session it’s pretty much just weekends that are reserved while the middle of the week has no reservations.  We also noticed that after Labor Day weekend our loop is all ‘walk in’….no reservations.  Interesting.

I’ve been doing a little ‘trip planning’ over the last few days.  The plan is to leave this area September 27th.  We’re hoping to be able to leave the park a week or two before that to get some down time and to spend more exclusive time with the Utah Barnett’s before we leave.

Our destination when we leave here will be Glendale, Utah where we’ll attend the Heartland Utah Chapter Rally and visit Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park.   We’ll be in that area for 5 nights.

From there we’ll head over to Vegas where we have reservations at the FamCamp on Nellis Air Force Base. We’ve been to Vegas several times so we won’t be doing a lot of the normal touristy stuff but we do plan to take in a couple of shows along, visit the Red Rocks, a Neon Sign Boneyard and maybe even a Las Vegas buffet.  During the time that we’re there the Heartland National Rally will be going on…but we won’t be attending…but maybe we’ll be able to see some of our friends who will be attending.

After a 6 day stay in the Vegas area we’ll move west to Barstow, California.  Michael visited Ft. Irwin, California’s National Training Center several times during his military career and has always said he wanted to show me the area….so we’re gonna do it!  We’ll visit some places on Ft. Irwin and the graves of Dale Evans and Roy Rogers!  We’ll spend 6 nights in the area.

After our California visit (new sticker for our map!) we’ll start our journey east:  with stops in Wikieup, Arizona and Willcox, Arizona (we were there back in 2013)…both for just a couple of nights.

We’ll spend 3 nights in Alamogordo, New Mexico at the Holloman Air Force Base FamCamp where we’ll visit White Sands National Monument and White Sands Missile Range as well as the town of Cloudcroft. When our time in Alamogordo is up we’ll be moving to Brantley Lake State Park near Carlsbad Caverns for a couple of nights.

That will pretty much be the end of our big ‘hoorah’ as we’ll head to San Antonio with a quick stop in Ft. Stockton, Texas for a few nights.  We’ll stay at the Ft. Sam FamCamp, as usual, for a week, taking care of any doctoring etc before we make ourselves available for gate in the oil patch.

6 Responses to Pioneer Day, The End is Near and Trip Planning

  1. Nonna

    Our son was stationed at Fort Irwin a few years ago. It’s out in the middle of nowhere. The base housing is awesome though.

    • Kelly

      Yep….not much in the area…but Michael’s excited to show me his old stomping grounds!

  2. Frances D Everitt

    We have good friends who just moved to Cloudcroft. You will have to look them up. Wish we could be there too.

  3. Dianne

    Hi! I found your blog and love it! We hope to go full time in about 8 months. I loved reading about your gate guard experiences, too. Would you do it again?

    • Kelly

      Hi Dianne! We’re glad you’ve enjoyed reading about our adventures. We’ve been gate guarding about 6 months a year since January 2014 and we plan to go back again this fall…sometime after November 1st.

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