Well we don’t have a Magic 8 Ball, but we do have a son, so we sent him the weather conditions for both Driggs and Flaming Gorge and said you be our Magic 8 Ball and tell us where to go. This is the conversation we were having with our son as we were emptying out our black tanks at the Maverick down the road from the Flight Park. He said definately Flaming Gorge. So off we went, headed east, made it into Wyoming and then back into Utah. Flaming Gorge is technically in both Wyoming and Utah but our campground was in Utah. After a series of serious, not kidding mountain passes we made it to our campground, Jug Hollow Dispersed. We decided to not scope it out and just go for it, because we could see there was a way to turn around at the end from Google Maps, so off we set out to what would become our home for the next week, actually 10 days, as we were not leaving on Memorial Day or before.
The campground was amazing the road in was cow filled (cow jams were not out of a question) and the road in, while it was only 5 miles back took every bit of 20 minutes. Our piece of paradise was at the very end on a penisula and while the ride back was a bitch it was worth every bit of it. We were surrounded by beautiful water on three sides. We had beautiful weather almost every day we were there, cool to cold in the morning and warm and pleasant during the day. The rain that looks so ominous never came to us.
While boating and fishing are favorite past times in the area we enjoyed just hanging out at our site and chilling. The closest big town to the area is Rock Springs, Wyoming, while it was only about 50 miles, with getting out of our area and driving the scary mountian passes it is easily and 1.5 hours to get there. But we did it a couple times, once for groceries, and laundry and another because I needed some running shoes.
Since we were there a week before Memorial Day we felt like we would be protected from people camping too close to us and as there are no and I mean NO facilities at the campground we honestly didn’t figure on it becoming the place to drive down to for the weekend, but we were wrong and am glad we have plans to be at a friend’s mom’s house for 4th of July and established campground for Labor Day. It started with 2 vans, with their dogs and kids, the were mostly quiet but let their dogs run loose. We set up a tent near our camper thinking for sure this would deter anyone further from intruding or getting to close to our camper, no such luck, we went to bed at 11:30 one night and woke the next morning to 3 huge tents (almost on top of our tent) 4 or so kids and 4 or so off leash dogs, however, Eris now has a boyfriend. Well he liked her but not sure how she felt about them. Honestly, they were quiet though so except for letting their dogs run loose they were all fine. But my question is where, oh where are they using the bathroom. Anyway, by Monday afternoon all peace was restored, they all left. We spoke to one of our other full time neighbors and they said she actually had to park her truck behind her rig because multiple people tried to set up behind her. Anyway, our time in the campground was amazing and we will definately go back again.
Now all about Flaming Gorge, established in 1968 is a National Recreation Area. There is over 300 miles of shoreline, boat ramps, marinas compgrounds and lodges. As I mentioned it is a water paradise with the fishing, swimming and boating. As a Floridian I can tell you I was not getting in the water as it was 42 or so degrees. There is dam and the Green River below it is world renowned for its trout fishing and rafting. The area was named by John Wesley Powell in 1869 after he and his 9 men saw the sun reflecting off the red rocks. In the 1870’s ranchers moved into the mountain valleys near Flaming Gorge. There are remenents of Swett Ranch stil present today. Apparently, many outlasws and fugitives would hide out in the isolated valleys along the Green River, Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch were among them.
There is a ton of hiking and as it is a National Recreation area, most of the trails are able to be used by dogs. So Eris did get to go hiking with us. We hiked the Rim Trail. Not sketchy just beautiful. When in the area we will return to here. It was amazingly breathtaking, if you don’t believe me go check it out.
At our campground we had amazing cell service so I was able to work. Which get’s me to my favorite addition to our camper this week and that is our WeBoost. It gives us just that little bit extra when needed. Also, I might want to add our two hotspots, one AT&T with 100 GB a month and our Verizon, doesn’t give us nearly as much but works good when needed. Right now and most times, I use my phone as a hotspot we are able to do most with it but sometimes we just need that little bit of boost and we now have our WeBoost for that.
So that’s all I got for this week, again put The Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area on your bucket list and if you liked this blog, give it a like and consider following us for a weekly dose of our travels as we head towards Grand Teton National Park.
Until next week, and keep Exploring, Discovering and Dreaming,
Hope, Mike and Eris, the lowrider camping hound