Moab in March

Moab in March is much nicer than Moab in May! Last year we visited Moab in May and it was a bit warm (hot), especially for boondocking. The weather is lovely this week, sunny and warm in the day with cooler sleeping temps at night!


We spent our first night at OK RV Park. After several days of boondocking we wanted some hook-ups and a long hot shower! This campground is on Passport America and a great deal at the PA rate. It is a well-maintained basic RV park with really clean bathrooms and good WiFi!


From there we spent some time boondocking on some great BLM and state trust land. We found the best cell reception at Klondike Bluff Road. Of course, cell reception varied greatly depending on location on Klondike Bluff Road or BLM 142. Some great views, too! Speaking of great views, we also enjoyed Willow Springs Trail. We found cell reception to be a bit more challenging there, plus it was more crowded.


And last, but certainly not least…we are enjoying a night at Portal RV Resort.  We stayed here last year and are back again (we wrote a review on Campendium last year…it is even better this year!). Great place to get ready for some more boondocking! Tomorrow we’ll be attending Xscapers Moab Area Convergence! Seeing old friends and meeting new ones!


Favorite breakfast in Moab: Sweet Cravings ~ Organic coffee, locally sourced produce, baked goods from scratch…it is all good! They have lunch, too.

Boondocking Near Cortez, Colorado

In between Cortez and Mancos Colorado resides this boondocking gem. With a simple name and great views, County Road 34.  There are 12 sites. We found cell reception was better in the lower number sites. At first we parked in site 9, which is a pull-through and had some awesome views. However, the cell reception there was not enough to work.  We moved to site 3 and had much better reception.


Then this happened…


“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.” ~ Robin Sharma

One thing you can count on in life is change. RVing and change go hand in hand, especially as in “change of plans.” Basically, when someone “signs” up for a nomadic life they need to be open to all sorts of change, some are exciting and somewhat more comfortable and others are a bit more stressful.

As I have recently shared, my mother-in-law fell and broke her hip requiring surgery. Scott went to be with her in Texas. I did the solo RV thing for a while. Then Scott flew back late one night and his mother passed away suddenly the next day. It has been a sad stressful time for our family.  As we were preparing for him to fly back to Texas to bury his mother, this happened…

Without any notice they sprayed a chemical on the roads in the RV park we were staying at…being chemically sensitive this is somewhat of a nightmare for me. Even those who are not sensitive had some reactions to this spray…wheezing, coughing, eyes tearing, headaches, etc. Thankfully, we became aware of it through a phone call and I never had to personally be around it. We waited until the spray had settled for a couple hours and then Scott went in to see if he thought I could be around it. He had reactions to it, hooked up our Shasta and moved it out of the RV  park. Which left us scrambling to find a new place to stay about 7 P.M. the night before we had to leave at 2 A.M. to fly to bury his mother. Not the best situation. We had planned to stay at this RV park for a month. In fact, the first time we had ever planned to stay anywhere in our RV for a month. Anyways, we ended up at a state park that had two nights available and got settled around 10 P.M. Scott took the car at 2 A.M. and headed to airport. I stayed with our RV without a car at a state park.

After he returned we were thrilled to learn that some of our camping friends were boondocking up near Snoqualmie Pass. We joined them up there for a much needed weekend of friendship, laughter, good food, nature, and getting away from RV parks!


Bridge near Tinkham Road



Upper Teton View

Upper Teton View

This is one of best boondocking sites in the United States! The views are totally amazing!! Add to that meeting up with some fun friends we had met in Moab and many new friends and it all equals an incredible experience! Not to mention this camping area is right next to Grand Teton National Park with scenic wonders and wildlife that go on for miles and miles!! You can even use this site as a base camp to explore Yellowstone and the Jackson Hole area! Life is good!!

Oh, and this happened…


If you plan to boondock in this area, here are some things we found helpful…

Signal Mountain Campground inside of Grand Teton National Park has a dump station, water, public showers, recycle bins, and laundry. The shower rooms are clean and have some of the best water pressure we have experienced in months!

There are water filling stations throughout the park, look for the moose sign. At these you can refill water bottles and containers. The water filling station we went to was at the gas station/store on the way to Colter Bay.

We had a yummy breakfast at Buffalo Valley Cafe in Moran, which is probably the closest place to have breakfast in the area. Every morning about 7:30 (time may change depending on season) they let about 70 horses out…amazing to watch! Plus, if you drive further down Buffalo Valley Road you will find some amazing photo opportunities and even another place to dry camp.

The pizza is surprisingly good at Leek’s Pizza inside of Grand Teton National Park. It is located near Leek’s Marina, so you can eat outside and have a water and mountain view! Go around dusk, see wild life and eat pizza (they even have gluten-free)! They do also have salads, sandwiches, beer, wine, and ice cream.

There are many wonderful hikes around the camping area and in the park. We especially enjoyed hiking around Jenny Lake!

Be sure and enjoy the sunsets and fire rings at Upper Teton View!

We enjoyed our time there so much we are heading back in a couple days!!

Campground Reviews & Memberships


We often get asked about how we find our camping spots and what memberships we find helpful. We decided to write a blog post about these topics.

When we first started out RVing we used Good Sam and general Internet searches for reviews when planning our stays. We eventually wrote a few reviews on Good Sam. We are currently Good Sam members, however we will only be as long as we feel we are getting value out of our membership. We eventually started looking at other places for reviews. Our two favorite places are Campendium and RV Park Reviews. We also sometimes use

Our camping preferences are boondocking on dispersed land, state or national park campgrounds, or a small quiet basic RV park. Sometimes though for various reasons we find ourselves at an RV resort.

Sometimes we carefully plan our adventures and other times “serendipity happens!”

We are trying to get better about taking time to review places after we have stayed at them. It is a work in progress that depends on time and cell phone/WiFi reception/connection.

As for memberships…these are our thoughts based on our limited experience this past year…

Our most used membership is Passport America. It pays for itself in one or two stays! We have never had a bad experience at any of the campgrounds listed with PA. Some are nicer than others, it pays to read reviews carefully.

Good Sam  ~ Our first year we used this very often for the 10% discount, but have not used it lately at all. We will probably not renew next year. So far it has not paid for itself this year. However, it was a great place to start when first RVing. We still do use their trip planner from time to time.

KOA ~ Last year we found some deals at KOA campgrounds, used the membership discount, and had good experiences. We felt it was worth it. So far this year we are thinking it is not worth it. We had okay experiences, but felt we overpaid for what we got. Hoping we have better experiences in the future.

Boondockers Welcome ~ We did not renew this year. We had it all last year and never once did it work out for us to stay at one of their properties. We did try, but the people were not at home the dates we needed, the space was not available, or our RV was too large (never thought we’d hear that! Actually, it was the combination of our Pathfinder and our Shasta).

Escapees RV Club ~ We renewed this membership. We feel it provides great value between the information, discounts, and Xscapers. We especially enjoyed the Xscapers convergence we attended!

We recently purchased the following memberships, but have not yet tried them out…

Harvest Hosts ~ We feel this will pay for itself it one or two stays. We love the pictures we see of others’ stays at Harvest Host locations.

Thousand Trails ~ We have heard the good and the bad about TT. We purchased the 2 for 1 Zone Pass. We know it may or may not be our cup of tea. We will keep you posted on our experiences with TT.

Note: We are certainly not experts on these topics or anything pertaining to RV life. We are just fellow travelers sharing our experiences. There is no “one size fits all” or “right” way to do anything in the RV lifestyle!

Enjoy the journey!

Utah Adventures


Dead Horse Point State Park

We just finished our Utah experience…the Mighty 5 National Parks + 2 Amazing State Parks + a National Forest in two weeks.

Here are some suggestions based on our experience…

Zion ~ Places to Camp Around Zion

Do not miss seeing Kolob Canyons it is part of Zion, but not accessible using the West or East Entrance to the park, it is Exit 40 on Interstate 15, about 40 miles north of Zion Canyon.

Our best meals in the Zion area were at the Whiptail Grill! They had Mexican, BBQ, and other choices. They make their own salad dressings and sauces. Two other notable mentions: Spotted Dog Cafe – good and quick $8.99 breakfast buffet and Cafe Soleil for food made with organic and local ingredients!

The Maverick in La Verkin has the best gas prices in the area. They also have free dump and water for RVs. We purchased groceries in St. George before heading to Zion.

RVs:  If you have a large RV, there is a tunnel in Zion Park, you’ll need to see if you need to pay $15 for an escort through the tunnel. There are also switchbacks. Zion does have RV parking near the West Entrance where you can park your RV (or car) and get on the shuttle for the scenic drive. Go early to get on the shuttle!

Bryce ~ There are several ways to get between Zion and Bryce. We took two different ways in our car (89/12 and on another day the 15 to the 143 to the 89 and 12) and went on a longer route with our RV. In between Bryce and Zion, we found the best gas prices at Panguitch.

We boondocked right near Bryce an it was amazing! This was not our original plan though, we had reservations at a well known RV park near Bryce, but when we got there our space was too small for us, which is saying a lot! Plus, the sites around us were packed with RVs, tents, and lots of people. We got a refund and headed to! We stayed in an area called George’s Gift, which was right near the entrance to Bryce!

RVs: You’ll receive information at the visitors center in Bryce about RV parking, which there is not much. You cannot take your RV most places in Bryce (at least most places you need to park). There is some RV parking and there is a shuttle bus to the main sight areas.

Do not miss exploring the Red Canyon/Dixie National Forest area around Bryce…very pretty red rock whoodoos! There is also some camping in this area, both fee paid and also some free areas.

Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe, Utah ~ A little out of the way side trip on your way between Zion and Bryce or Capitol Reef. They have sites for RVs and campers plus other unique places to stay.

Capitol Reef ~ Do not miss!! I know Zion, Bryce, and Arches get a lot of the limelight, but this park is well worth the trip!!

A note about cell reception – there is not much in the Capitol Reef area. We had planned to boondock on some BLM land, but could not do that and get any work done. We ended up finding some good WiFi at two places: Sand Creek Campground in Torrey, Utah and Capitol Reef Inn and Cafe ~ we ate here twice for the affordable yummy food and the WiFi. Sand Creek is a small cozy rustic campground. They are reasonably priced. We saw all size rigs there and tents.

We had been told about the cinnamon rolls and pies at the store near the campground in Capitol Reef. The cinnamon rolls tend to sell out by 10 A.M. We missed them the first day, but went back for them the next. Scott is a cinnamon roll expert and he rates them the second best in Utah. (You’ll find which ones he rated as #1 if you continue reading this long blog post.)

When you are driving down the scenic road (and not in a large RV) and you get to the end of the paved road (there is parking and bathrooms), there is a dirt road on the left, TAKE IT!! Amazing!!

Goblin State Park ~ In between Capitol Reef and Moab is this do not miss state park! It costs $13 to enter, unless you have a Utah State Park pass. There is camping there, both fee paid in the park ($25 a night) and some free BLM land nearby.

Moab ~ The home base for Arches, Canyonlands, and Dead Horse Point State Park.

We had planned to boondock here, but wow were the BLM places crowded and cell reception was not good in many of them. Of course, we did visit in May, which is a busy month in Moab! We ended up at Portal RV Resort and Campground and had a good experience there. Great WiFi most of the time.

DO NOT MISS Dead Horse Point State Park – it is like the Grand Canyon only less crowded! Canyonlands was also beautiful! And, of course, Arches is Arches.

Best prices on groceries: City Market (owned by Kroger) not to be confused with Village Market. They also will provide a list of placed to shower in the area…laughs. There was a sign in their bathroom that said, “Do not shower. Do not wash dishes.” Then went on to say that at their customer service desk you can pick up a sheet on places to shower in the area…so if you are dry camping, get this list!

We never had a bad meal in Moab and we ate out more than normal. Scott says the best cinnamon roll in Utah is at Sweet Cravings Bakery and Bistro.  We ended up eating here three mornings for breakfast! We also got sandwiches to go for lunch. Amazing customer service!! Other places for good eats: Moab Brewery, Eklecticafe, The Blu Pig (BBQ), Zax, and The Atomic (buffalo burger).

We loved our time in Utah! Some say they cannot believe we did all this in two weeks, but it was just enough time to see and enjoy it all! Of course, there is so much to see and explore you could easily spend a lifetime here!

Places to camp around Zion


Our campsite on the river at Zion Canyon Campground

We had some different needs this week than we normally do when picking out a place to stay. While we prefer to boondock (or dry camp), this week we stayed in two RV parks. However, we did spend a couple hours driving around checking out boondocking sites for future reference. 😉 These places are all close to the West Entrance to Zion.

Let’s start with the RV Parks. We stayed at Zion River Resort and Zion Canyon Campground. Both were fairly clean and typical of a basic RV park aka the sites are rather close together. Here are the differences:
Zion River Resort has a heated pool, laundry area, and path to walk along the Virgin River. We paid extra for a river site, BUT it had NO view of the river…just a wall of rocks (yes, I was extremely disappointed). It is about 14 miles to the entrance of Zion National Park. We had little or no cell reception with Verizon and T-Mobile. Their WiFi was mostly down while we were there. When it was working, it was decent.
Zion Canyon Campground will not guarantee you a river front site, but you can request one and we got one!! Yay!! The river front sites only have water and electric. The campgrounds are a bit more rustic than Zion River Resort. The entrance to Zion National Park is about a mile away and you can walk to most of Springdale. The one surprise here was when one of those Rotel (Rolling Hotel) buses showed up. They parked the bus next to the bathroom and it was hard to get into the bathrooms or showers without waiting and after they left there was no toilet paper left and the bathrooms needed cleaning. The people from the bus also would walk onto our campsite to look at the river. Thankfully, they were just there one night. As for cell reception, it varied, but overall it was rather good…2 bars of LTE on Verizon and 4G T-Mobile. During the day the Wifi was enough to work, at least most of the time. At nights, like most busy RV parks, you can forgot about trying to use it.
For me, even though I love heated pools, if I came back to stay at an RV park in the area, I’d go with Zion Canyon Campground. It cost less, has river views, better cell reception and Internet, is walking distance to town, and super close to Zion.  Oh, and I forgot to mention the amazing canyon views!

Zion Canyon Camground

Now for the boondocking…
La Verkin Overlook Road ~ We found this by accident. We were on a mission to take pictures of the sunset and ended up here. Only to discover tents and RVs at various places off the road. Most sites have 180-360 degree views! It was difficult to find very much information about this area online, perhaps you’ll have better luck than I did. I believe it is land trust land. There are at least five areas you could park RVs well and even more places for tents. Two of the areas are large enough a big RV or two or three could park. Did I mention the views?! Good Verizon cell signal, too! The Maverick in La Verkin has free dumping and water. This camping area is about 20 minutes to the entrance of Zion. I plan on coming back here someday!

Sunset from La Verkin Overlook Road

Some others:
Kolob Terrace Road ~ Lots of tents and smaller RVs.  About 2 miles up the Kolob Terrace Road, you will see a camping area with a sign saying “use by donation.” We also saw people camping other areas off this road.
Disclaimer: This is only based on the few places we have stayed and personally visited. Please check websites like and to see if details have changed before you attempt to camp at the “free” sites. Also, always check the weather and road conditions!

Xscapers Joshua Tree Convergence


We finally made it to an Xscapers Convergence! The Xscapers Joshua Tree Convergence was a blast! It is actually still going on, but we had to leave early due to my (Kimberly’s) grandfather being put in the hospital.

You might be asking, “What is Xscapers?”

“Xscapers is a support network geared toward a new generation of RVers who have not yet retired and who have already, or are aspiring to, hit the road pursuing a full-time or part-time nomadic lifestyle.”

We all boondocked on some BLM land south of the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. It was a lovely area. We had campfires and lively discussions. We met so many wonderful and interesting fellow Rv’ers!