Cross Country Trip (Day 10) – Helper, Utah

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A day of big change, 30-70 in 4 hours and the 80/20 rule

Yesterday in Pagosa Springs, Colorado it was in the high 60s in the afternoon, and probably in the upper 40s when we turned in. When we got up around 7:00 this morning, Fay looked outside and said “it froze”. It was in the mid-30s. We caught up on a few things (like laundry, bill paying, etc.) and by the time we left the campground it was 70.

Frost on the truck when we got up this morning!

Frost on the truck when we got up this morning!

We headed out across southern Colorado and into Utah. This was our first time in Utah and I must admit that we were a bit overwhelmed by the scenery. What started out with mountains that kept getting bigger and bigger, turned into crazy rock structures unlike anything we had ever seen.

The town of Monticello, Utah with one of the day's big mountains in the background.

The town of Monticello, Utah with one of the day's big mountains in the background.

We ended up in Helper, a small town about a hundred miles southeast of Salt Lake City. Today’s scenery was incredible, but for us it followed the standard 80/20 rule I believe applies to most things...80% of the benefit comes from 20% of the effort. While we were amazed with what we saw, after 3 hours we found ourselves getting tired of all the rocks.

There are a couple of great national parks near Moab, but we are on a bit of a mission to get up to Vancouver, so we’ve not taken much time to explore things along the way. We are planning to concentrate on exploring places on our way from Vancouver to Michigan in a couple of weeks.
Onto Idaho tomorrow!

In Helper, we stayed in one of our least desirable RV Paks of the entire trip; not somewhere we'd look forward to staying again.
Click here to view our personal review of Blue Cut RV Park

May 13, 2016 - Helper, UT

May 13, 2016 - Helper, UT

Denny Johnson

Denny Johnson

After having spent most of our adult life in Orlando, my wife Fay and I moved to Knoxville, TN in 2020. We are loving the change of seasons and being near the mountains. Plus, this part of the country is loaded with great places to camp. 
 
We camped years ago with a pop-up camper, but got serious about it when we purchased our Casita in 2014. There was a lot to learn as we started traveling with it, and a lot of conflicting opinions on line. That's when I decided that creating a website would be a good retirement project. I started tinyTowable.com to share things we've learned along the way that have worked well for us in hopes that the information would be of help to others.
 
However, since moving to Tennessee, I've gotten involved with new hobbies (you can check some out on my personal website at https://www.softrite.com) and we haven't camped very much. So, at the end of 2023, I made the tough decision to stop updating this website.
 
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