Driving Across a River, Finding an Abandoned Truck & More!

In this video I start the 60-ish mile Cathedral Valley Loop through southern Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park. I drive across a river, come across an old abandoned truck, and drive through some truly epic desert landscapes before finding a buggy campsite on national forest land.

Learn more about the drive here. (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)

The Most Beautiful Campsite Ever?!

In this video I head up into the mountains of northern Utah and find the most beautiful campsite I’ve ever stayed at. I talk about some changes I’ve made to my camping setup and show off some new gear, including what may be the world’s most compact camp toilet! (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)

This video is part 1 of the adventure. Part 2 will be up on Thursday or Friday.

Relevant Links

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Trying New Gear in the Mountains! (Overnight SUV Camping/Vandwelling Trip)

In this video I head off into the mountains of northern Utah to enjoy some peace and quiet and to test out some new gear. (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)

Here’s some of the stuff I go through in the video:

And here’s the map of the adventure (click here if you can’t see the map below):

Stunning Mountain Camping in Idaho!

In this video I head into southeastern Idaho for a quick overnight camping trip and see a handful of interesting sights along the way. (Click here if you can’t see the video below.)

And here’s a map of the trip that includes everything I saw and did in the video:

These are the places I go to in the video as shown on the map above. Links to relevant information elsewhere online are included where appropriate.

  1. Bear River Massacre Site (Lower) – Learn more about the Bear River Massacre on its Wikipedia page.
  2. Bear River Massacre Site (Upper)
  3. Pretty campsite I didn’t use
  4. My campsite in Caribou National Forest
  5. Standing Rock in Weston Canyon – More info here.
  6. Weston Reservoir
  7. Oldest Department Store in Idaho – More info here.
  8. Samaria Cemetery – Home of the “One Man, Two Headstones,” which you can find more info about here.
  9. Davis-Jenkins Cabin – More info here.
  10. Washakie “Ghost Town” – More info here.

Other places

There were also several things I saw and did on this trip that did not make it into the video. This is for two reasons: 1) The video would have been about 45 minutes long, but more importantly, 2) I felt that the video footage I had of these places wasn’t very interesting. But for reference, here they are:

  1. Casper’s Ice Cream Factory Store (Richmond, UT) – This company makes the supposedly famous “FatBoy” ice cream sandwiches, and the store has factory seconds and other cheap ice cream. I got an ice cream sandwich for $0.84, including tax. More info about the company on its Wikipedia page.
  2. Franklin, ID Historic District (Franklin, ID) – Franklin is the oldest town in Idaho and has a nice little historic district.
  3. Oneida Stake Academy (Preston, ID) – A neat old Romanesque building that used to be a Mormon school. Get an overview of it here on Wikipedia. If you want even more info, here’s a website dedicated to it.
  4. Napoleon Dynamite House (Preston, ID) – Napoleon Dynamite (Amazon affiliate link) is a weird cult classic comedy movie. Much of it was filmed in and around Preston, so I drove out to where Napoleon’s house is.