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Grand Adventure

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  • Birthday 01/30/1966

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    Cottonwood Heights, UT
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    RVing (of course!), skiing, hiking, kayaking, biking

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  1. We've just wrapped up the finishing touches on two new videos featuring RV travel across different parts of Utah, and felt compelled to share them here.First up, when many RV'ers think of Utah, they think only of the Mighty Five National Parks: Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef. However, there's a whole lot more to see in our home state, and in this video we share some of our favorite spots throughout Utah: The Uinta Mountains, though, deserved their own video. The Uintas are home to the highest peaks in Utah, and are notable as one of the few east-west oriented mountain ranges in North America. This is the home of 13,000-foot peaks, innumerable small lakes and ponds, and countless hiking trails -- including some of the very best in Utah: If you're headed to Utah this year, we hope that these two videos can help with your planning!
  2. Camping in the mountains is one of the best ways to enjoy your RV. If you're not accustomed to mountain driving, however, towing a heavy camper up and down steep, long grades can be intimidating, or even unsafe. As Utah residents who do a ton of mountain driving and towing, we put together a video to share our top 10 tips for safely driving across big mountain passes, with or without a trailer. If mountain driving or towing is new to you, some of this stuff could prove incredibly helpful: https://youtu.be/1QHxyjnmJFo (Sorry, don't know why it's not displaying inline this time.)
  3. Absolutely true, and that's one topic addressed in the video. Also discussed is that while they can prohibit taking off and landing on their land, they cannot regulate the airspace over the National Park or State Park in question as US airspace is solely within the jurisdiction of the FAA. Therefore, should one launch from and land on unregulated land outside of the park, but happen to fly over a portion of the park, that is entirely legal, no differently than if an airplane takes off from the Moab Airport and flies over Canyonlands National Park, or even a Delta flight from LA to Atlanta. Now, by contrast BLM land, or non-Wilderness Areas of National Forests are all fair game.
  4. According to a survey conducted by the Recreational Vehicle Industries Association (RVIA), 61% of us go RVing with our four-legged companions. After an entire season on the road in 2018, in our latest episode we've assembled our tricks and tips for traveling in your RV with your dog:
  5. Are you thinking about buying a drone to film or photograph your travel and camping adventures? We recently aired an episode to show you just how we use our versatile, compact and incredibly portable DJI Mavic Pro drone to capture stunning footage while camping. We also show you how easy it is to fly and use, so it may help with your decision making:
  6. I don't want to insult Escapees' experience, but if you're new to boondocking (or if you just need a refresher), you might not understand that there are some unwritten rules of etiquette while RV camping in the backcountry. This video explains 10 "dos" and "don'ts" for successful boondocking in your RV:
  7. Now that 2018 is in the rear view mirror, we reflect on what was a huge year for us -- 25k miles, 12 states and 58 campsites. In looking back, we award our favorite RV campsites of 2018 in top 10 categories:
  8. Snow Canyon is a true jewel of the Utah State Park system, just north of St. George near Zion National Park. Electric/water sites are available, with an RV dump on site, but you really need to be careful which site you pick -- we show both the great, and the not so good. Come camp and hike with us from our visit in November as we explore petrified sand dunes, lava tubes and arches, before taking the pups to an amazing dog park in Washington City:
  9. In Episode 81 we leave Joshua Tree National Park behind, and instead boondock in the midst of the world's most dense Joshua tree forest with no one else for miles around. On Veteran's Day, and the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended WWI, it's only fitting that we're camped right next to the Mojave Cross, aka the White Cross Memorial, which was the subject of a contentious battle over the placement of a religious symbol on public land that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court:
  10. After leaving Quartzsite we decided to head west to southern California to Joshua Tree National Park. We got truly lucky and scored a secluded spot in the park's famed Jumbo Rocks Campground at the last minute to explore Joshua Tree, then moved on to Catalina Spa RV Resort in Desert Hot Springs to take a ride on the engineering marvel that is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, see the Salton Sea, and hit up an all-you-can-eat lobster and seafood buffet at an area casino:
  11. Quartzsite may well be the most famous small town in America among RV'ers. It's where RV dwellers spend their winter months boondocking on BLM land, and attend the Big Tent RV show and RTR in January. We chose to visit in November before the big crowds arrive to check out the camping, the town, and the nearby memorial to the Japanese WWII internment camp in Poston:
  12. Lake Havasu is a turquoise jewel on the Colorado River separating Arizona from California. We boondock on BLM in Craggy Wash while visiting both Lake Havasu City and the town of Oatman along Historic Route 66, which is positively overrun by a herd of wild burros:
  13. It's the hottest, driest place in North America, and the lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere. Yet if you look hard enough, you can spot signs of life everywhere in Death Valley, life that has adapted to this harsh climate. While we're not the biggest fans of national parks, we loved Death Valley, and Episode 77 is our most ambitious video undertaking yet. Just by leaving asphalt, you can easily leave the crowds behind and have a solitary experience in this spectacular desert landscape. We camp at the luxurious Nevada Treasure RV Resort in Pahrump, Nevada while we visit Dante's View, Twenty Mule Team Canyon, Furnace Creek, Badwater Basin, Artist's Palette,Titus Canyon, Leadfield and The Racetrack in Death Valley National Park to see the famed Sailing Stones, as well as the ghost town of Rhyolite and wild burros in Beatty, both outside the park:
  14. Located in southeastern Idaho, Lava Hot Springs is a destination popular with Utahans thanks to its natural mineral hot pools right in the center of town. At the end of September we discovered and stayed at the wonderful brand new Lava Campground, which is only a half mile from the hot pools. We got a chance to explore this lovely little tourist town, population only 400, and go for a nightly soak in the springs.What made Lava Campground special for us is that it's right on the property of its owners, a delightful young couple who converted part of their ranch's alfalfa fields into a defacto campground complete with water and electric hookups, plus we were the only guests in the entire campground. It's like staying on someone's Back 40, which we literally did.
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