It’s been a quiet few months photography wise. After my trip to Bosque in early December, not much has happened, at least with a camera in front of my eye. Between the shutdown and our busy live, we canceled our Bryce Canyon and Zion road trip.
Instead of a pretty epic road trip through Utah with the teardrop, we went to Mt San Jacinto state park in the mountains northeast of San Diego. Instead of 10 days, we cut it to three. It ended up being a good shakedown of the nearly finished teardrop camper.
One of the reasons we wanted to venture into the red rock wonderland of southern Utah was the hope for snow. A landscape without snow seems a little naked to me now…
We didn’t go here ↓ this year. 🙁
Your Forecast: Slush
We didn’t have the red sandstone, but we did have a little snow, and rain, and sleet. Our trip started on Christmas eve. Christmas day, we woke up to slushing. Eventually it changed to wet fluffy snow and back to sleet, circled around to rain and skipped straight back to snow.
I haven’t finished blogging the build of the teardrop that got us to this point, but needless to say, it was quite rushed. The trailer wasn’t fully finished yet, but was good enough for a maiden trip. I wasn’t confident in the door or galley seals yet.
We set up a Kelty Noah’s Tarp 12 over the doors to provide shelter for us to enter and exit and keep water away from the door seals. The other corners of the tarp protected the top corners of the galley hatch and the heat pump connections.
On a side note, this Noah’s Tarp has been the single most useful camping item I’ve ever bought. We bought it about 9 years ago and I’ve used it pretty much every single trip. It’s an all around problem solver. It’s shade, rain protection and wind shelter all in one. And, it is a handy shape.
Back to the trailer. The galley was a success. We were both happy with how it performed. Eventually we’ll get a countertop induction cook top for use on shore power like this. The old coleman propane stove worked fine, but, you know, propane.
Just 1 Hike
The weather Christmas morning wasn’t great (see: slushing) but by mid-afternoon it had let up so we did a little exploring. About 1/2 of LA had the idea to come look at the snow so we mostly just gawked at people playing in the snow on the side of the road. (Note: I’m a terrible journalist… I didn’t even think to get photos of this.)
On boxing day (that’s the day after Christmas) we had blue skies and great weather. We set out on a hike. Not much narrative, but a dump of photos…
The total hike was just over 6 miles and 1800 feet of elevation gain. There was even some snow left along the shaded sections of the trail at the higher elevation.
It wasn’t the trip we had planned, but as a shake down it worked out well. With everything going on it was probably for the best that we only did a 3 day trip close to home.