For the last few years, Julie and I traveled to Las Vegas for the annual Home Depot Store Managers meeting. This is an amazing meeting where over 2000 store managers and leaders come to get excited about the company’s previous year’s performance, goals and strategy for upcoming year and the most exciting part, the product walk. The product walk is where all the newest and most innovative products are featured for the stores to get them excited about the next year. This is truly exciting as a Merchant because we got to spend days talking to the stores directly and getting to see our peers in the field who we work with day in and day out.
We love Vegas but we can’t wait to get out by the time the week is done and luckily, Zion National Park is only 3 hours away! For the past 2 years, we have taken the trip, rented a car and stayed in a Motel (yes, we love the old school, outdoor motels!)
This year, we figured we should go ahead and test out our future lifestyle. Some boon docking (staying off the grid) in BLM and driving around in the same size RV as we bought.
Day 1: Get the F out of Vegas
Uber to RV rental facility, fill out lots and lots of paperwork and finally a few hours later, we’re on the road to Springdale, UT in search for Boondocking/dispersed camping locations. We wanted to see if we can do this trip truly off-grid, without the comforts of a campground as that is a big part our plan while we are on the road. We downloaded a few apps and found some websites that had helpful information and also stopped in at the office of BLM (Bureau of Land Management) to check in about those spots. This is what the Public Lands debate is all about, truly… anyone can use these lands and you can stay for free. Incredible!
We got in a bit late but had not trouble finding a spot only about a mile off the main road with a great location and the closest neighbors were about 300 ft. away.
Day 2: Flat Tire on RV and riding the Guacamole trail
The second day of the trip we roll into town to pick up our mountain bikes to ride the famous Guacamole trail (separate post to come on this) and we thought that the outside tire looked a bit low on air and found that the inside one was flat. Luckily, we found a tire shop right across from a restaurant and a bike shop, Zion Cycles so we spent the time renting our bikes and enjoying a lunch while the annual St. Patty’s parade rolled by.
The Guacamole.. this is what we came for!
We made it back in time to ride the Guacamole trail which was the highlight of our trip. Amazing views, hearing coyotes and beautiful trail features. The climb up the Mesa from our campsite was challenging but completely worth the effort, you’re rewarded by beautiful views right away.
We finished off the day with a nice long ride, a hot shower and then an amazing vegan meal that we ate under the stars.
Day 3: Hiking the Kanarraville Creek Canyon and new camping spot
We hiked the beautiful Kanarraville falls, 2 sets of waterfalls that are a few miles into the hike. Be prepared to have COLD feet for hours!