360° View: Lake Havasu Campsite

 April 5-11, 2017

 Lake Havasu City, Arizona (34.423, -114.19799)

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 As I drove along Highway 95, I found several spot where people had set up camp. I chose this spot because it was relatively close to the city (~10 miles), yet far enough out to feel like and camper and not a tourist. This location is close to the road, so you will encounter a bit of noise. Still, it is not offensive. There were a couple of bumps along the way, but nothing too severe.

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360° View: SARA’s Crack (crack in the mountain trail)

 April 10, 2017

 Lake Havasu City, Arizona (34.431, -114.275)

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 To reach the crack, hike from SARA Park and follow the wash area down to the canyon. The trails are not very clearly marked, so keep your GPS handy to make sure you’re headed in the right direction. There are a couple of areas that are a bit challenging, but other hikers had left behind gear (see pics).

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Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail hike

I have loved waking up most mornings with no clear path in front of me. Yesterday was no exception. The day ended up taking me to the Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail.

The 3.7 mile trail runs from the trailhead, near the Lake Mead visitor’s center, to the Hoover Dam parking garage. I decide that I just wanted to focus on the area along the lake and the tunnels, since I had been to the dam a couple of days earlier.

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Tent camping full time… not so fast

I had such a good time camping last month at Lake Lanier that I began to question if buying a Scamp was a necessity. Is a toilet and shower really required? Do I need to pull 2,000 pounds all around the country?

To help me make the decision, Patrick and I loaded up Mindy and headed for Amicalola Falls. The plan was to spend a couple of nights there before heading on to another site for a couple of days. I figured this would allow me to test the Coleman instant tent, including the ease (or lack thereof) of setup and take down.

Pat rolling in the dirt and gravel
Pat rolling in the dirt, gravel, and leaves

I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of setup for the tent. Was it a “60 second instant setup” as touted on the marketing propaganda? No, but it was fairly easy… especially considering the size of the tent (14′ x 10′).


The two nights at the campground were great. Pat and I had quite the setup… LED lights and a fan overhead, an electric cooler stocked with beer, and even a hot plate for breakfast and dinner.

The second night did prove to been interesting when I awoke at 3AM to find that Patrick had managed to pry open the zippered door with his paws. 😮

Pat looks perplexed... daddy cooks?
Pat looks perplexed… daddy cooks?

After two nights at Amicalola Falls, it was time to take down the tent and move on to Yonah Mountain Campground. Since our new home was only about an hour away, I decided there was no need to store the pop-up polyester pad in the carry bag, so I stuffed our gear into Mindy and off we went.

my new home?
my new home?

Although the initial setup and take down of the tent was painless enough, the second setup would prove to be a bust. It seems that I bent one of the poles while loading up the Jeep. I only realized this after struggling through the reassembly for about 45 minutes.


Although Patrick’s tent break at 3AM and the actual tent breaking are not apocalyptic events, they have led me to re-evaluate full-time tent living. In fact, they have led me to also pause the order of the new Scamp. So… Mindy will just have to wait for Mork.

I still love camping and the outdoors, and I plan on doing it a lot more. Check out the pics from my Amicalola Falls hike.