Rolling out of base camp at the grand canyon wasn't easy. Beautiful forest, splendid weather, and dark quiet nights made that place boondocking heaven. Heading east towards Mesa Verde park is our next goal. We'll see what we can find along the way.
Horseshoe bend shows up on our map searching as we travel. In my mind it's this pristine lookout with a few cars parked on the side of the road. The reality is that the parking lot is extremely cramped and haphazardly thrown together. There are multiple tourist buses unloading mass hoards of people.
Hundreds of people walk the 3/4 mile trail down to the bend and back. It's actually quite disappointing for both of us. We like to think everything in the USA is made for us too see. Having to wander through a crowd of a thousand people to look at a river bend really takes the intimacy out of the experience. We find a piece of viewpoint and snap a quick couple of pictures.
We travel on and see that the nearby town of Page, AZ has a dam that we can tour. Glen Canyon dam holds back the water that is lake Powell. We spend a couple of bucks and take a little walk with the tour guide.
500 ft down to the base. Crap that's a long way to the deck.
One big ass turbine for the hydro power plant
On our way out of the dam tour we spot a brown sign on a gravel road. Shirley points her nose that direction and we read the sign for "Beehive Campsites". Wait a second. Campsites with no fee station? Holy crap this is a free place to stay. We hustle back to town and grab Penny. After a few minutes of driving Penny is perched at her new home for the night. Our view from the windshield is Lake Powell and the rest is Utah countryside. Life could be worse.