High Altitude Camping

A couple of weekends ago we took the kids up to one of our favorite places to camp in the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Just off of Cleveland Reservoir is a small section of primitive camp sites that we like to stay in. We spent two nights there. Saturday we took a walk around the lake. It was beautiful around the back side of the lake, we explored the tail water and I wished I had brought my Fly Rod to do a little fishing. as we were walking around the lake the clouds started rolling in. We attempted to hurry ourselves but had to walk carefully through some extremely muddy areas where the inlets to the lake are. At one point I had to stop and pry Esperanza’s shoe out of the mud where it had gotten stuck after she jumped a small creek. As we turned to go around the north point of the reservoir the clouds opened up and the rain came showering down on us, the lightning strikes moved closer and closer to us. Inez and I found a grove of aspen trees where we hid from the lightning dancing off the surrounding peaks and huddled together to stay warm as we tried to wait out the storm. The weather in this area changes frequently, only for us it went from wet to worse as the hail started coming down. At that point we decided to make a break for it and hurried as fast as we could back to camp. Gratefully the tent was dry and our sleeping bags were warm as we spent the rest of the afternoon napping and enjoying the sounds of the storm going on outside.

Sunday morning we packed up our camp before the storms had a chance to join us. I don’t mind rain when camping, I had packing the truck in the rain though. We got the truck packed up and left to go home. On the trip home I decided to take the scenic route back to Highway 6 and drove down Skyline Drive. It is a 30 mile drive down a dirt road. Most of the road was in relatively good condition. We took the opportunity to get pictures on the way home. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as we enjoyed getting them.

2 responses to “High Altitude Camping”

  1. We share a lot of common things. Guess it must be that Mormon upbringing, and the desire for family. The pictures and story are of nature, family, and beauty. I really enjoyed it. My family liked camping a lot too.

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