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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. One of America's newest National Monuments, Bears Ears has been the subject of intense debate since it was first proposed. No matter your position, no one can argue that Bears Ears encompasses one of the largest collections of Ancient Puebloan, or Anasazi archaeological sites in the nation. It also entirely surrounds Natural Bridges, one of the nation's first National Monuments. So as we go camping in southeastern Utah, boondocking right within Bears Ears, we bring you along hiking to explore both:
  2. Our big 100th episode of Grand Adventure was supposed to be about both Canyons of the Ancients AND Hovenweep National Monuments, but our RV had other ideas. While camping at Mancos State Park, and en route to another camp at Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, we visit the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum, tour the Lowry Pueblo ruins that date to the 10th Century, and hike to more ruins in the National Monument's Sand Canyon before our RV left us on the side of the road:
  3. While camping in nearby Mancos State Park, we take a ride aboard this famed heritage coal-fired steam-powered railway that dates to 1882, and has been designated a National Historic Landmark and Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. This is one of the most sought-after attractions for travelers and RV'ers in all of Colorado.
  4. Canyonlands encompasses over 337,000 acres of high Eastern Utah desert including colorful canyons, mesas, buttes, fins, arches, and spires. Water and gravity have been the primary architects of this land, sculpting layers of rock into the rugged landscape you see today. While boondocking on state land for free camping along Dalton Wells Road, we explore Gemini Bridges, travel Island in the Sky, descend the precipitous Shafer Trail, visit Thelma & Louise Point, check out the climbers along Wall Street, grab a burger at Milt's Stop 'n Eat, and preview the BLM campgrounds along the Colorado Riverway Recreation Area:
  5. Moab is home to two of Utah's "Mighty 5" National Parks, and in this video we explore Arches National Park while camping for free by boondocking on state lands along Dalton Wells Road, a place with its own very unique history from World War II. We hike to both Delicate Arch and Landscape Arch, share the quirky story behind the mis-naming of both, visit Park Avenue and Balanced Rock, and check out both the Devil's Garden Campground within the park and the nearby Utah desert town of Moab:
  6. Southern Idaho is a virtual playground in summer, with a surprisingly diverse geology and climate. It's also not as crowded for camping or as well known as it is in some other Western states. In this video we share 5 of our favorite campgrounds in Southern Idaho, ranging from a glacially-fed mountain lake to hot springs, from a summer lakefront paradise to sand dunes and even rock monoliths along the historic California Trail:
  7. 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!
  8. 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.)
  9. 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.
  10. 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:
  11. 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:
  12. 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:
  13. 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:
  14. 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:
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