2015 Summer Camping

We did a lot of camping this summer so I'm just going to lump 
all our camping adventures together in one big post.

 American Fork Canyon - July 17

We headed up the American Fork Canyon Friday night after work. 
We were supposed to leave around 6pm but of course we didn't leave until 8pm.
We had planned on camping at the Salamander Flat Campground which is first come first serve, 
plus it's free to camp there. So we knew it would fill-up fast. 

As we got there we realized the site was completely full, and now the sun was setting and night was falling fast. Completely disappointed and not sure what to do next we lingered 
by our vehicles trying to figure out where we should go. 

Just then we realized an older couple with a camp trailer was packing up the last of their belongings. We asked them if they were leaving and they said they were and that we could take their spot.

We seriously lucked out! 

There is a ridge lookout just up the hill from the campsite, 
and the next night we caught the most beautiful sunset. 



Bear Lake- August 1

This camping trip was the yearly Groberg Campout. 
We went to Bear Lake and camped on the Idaho side.
 Unfortunately, we didn't have a motorized boat, but John had borrowed two of
 the pontoon boats from his brothers, so we still had a lot of fun out in the water.  

On Sunday we drove up to see the Minnetonka Cave.  
We got there right when they opened so we ended up being the ones there. 
It was really fun, because it made it felt like a private tour. 

         This is the first major stairway in the cave. There are 896 total stairs in the cave. (round trip)
We also saw a few bats flying around, which I wasn't excited about, 
but overall it was a super fun experience!

And of course, we caught another gorgeous sunset on the lake. 
I really wanted to have a fire on the beach, but it would have been difficult for 
some members of J.R.'s family, so we'll have to try that another time. 

Mirror Lake Highway - August 13

This was the camping trip J.R. and went on by ourselves. 
We wanted to try and redeem ourselves from the last years camping trip
 when we tried to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower. 
(You can read about last year's experience in the post called: Moonlight Camping

We headed back to the mirror lake highway to try and see this year's display of shooting stars. 
We hadn't made reservations or planned out exactly where we wanted to camp. Plus, neither one of us had ever driven the entire Mirror Lake Highway or even been to the actual Mirror Lake -  
which definitely made this trip feel more like an adventure. 

We eventually decided to stay at the Moosehorn Campground at site #4.
 And even though it was one of the only sites not reserved or taken, it was still a really good site. 

We loved everything about Moosehorn. There is a beautiful large pond and because the elevation is so high, the temperature stayed cool all day. 

We were worried about not being able to see the shooting stars because of the cloud cover, 
but around 10 pm the clouds cleared and we had the most spectacular view of the milky way.
We counted over 15 meteors, and didn't even stay up to see the peak hours. 
We were both so tired that we went to bed around midnight. 
Everything about it was absolutely perfect though. 

Not gonna lie, it took a few hours to get used to the elevation change. 
There was a point when we were setting up camp that we both 
started feeling light headed and dizzy, I never thought I'd 
get elevation sickness but it happened. haha

The next day we went to the Provo River Falls and explored some
 of the lookouts and cliffs around Bald Mountain Pass. 

Then we drove about two minutes from our campground to Mirror Lake. 
You guys - the pictures do not do it justice. This place is beautiful. 

There is a trail that goes all the way around the lake. 
It took us less than an hour and it's flat most of the way.  
As we walked around the lake, we counted six or seven people who caught a fish as we walked by. 
I don't know if we're good luck charms or if the fishing is just that amazing here. 

We can't wait to come back to this area. 
As we were leaving J.R. said, "Next to our honeymoon and our vacation to 
Disneyland, I think this is one of the best trips we've ever done together." 


  1. I LOVE THIS. You guys have such a rad camping life

  2. Haha thanks Em! We really do love camping. You've inspired me to try and make a list of all the places we go - It would be fun to share our lists and best tips after awhile.