Whitehorse Lake

Whitehorse Lake

Spending three nights at Whitehorse Lake Campground gave us the opportunity to try “dry” camping in our new Winnebago Via 25T. To get to the campground required traveling 10 miles on a dirt washboard road. The driver’s side view mirror jangled loose and was of no use the rest of the trip. Before leaving we filled the 28 gallon water tank. Somehow we used all of that water and needed to use a six gallon container to add water (three times) before trying out the shower. We used the house batteries for lights and TV. Although I didn’t have cell coverage, we were able to received several TV channels. We used the generator when we wanted to use the microwave and a plug for coffee. We need to learn more about the inverter and how to use it. As we departed, we used the dump to empty our black water and gray water tanks.

Our campsite in B26 put us adjacent to the lake. There were a few other campers, but no one on top of us. We hiked the Whitehorse Lake Trail #33 in both directions. The Forest Service has posted two signs for the Whitehorse Trail, however, they are reversed. Someone didn’t look carefully at what they were doing. On the second hike we followed the Nature Trail, learning at each of the 12 sign posts.  The next day we hiked the Whitehorse Trail #33 to sign #9 on the Nature Trail where we followed the Canyon Overlook Trail #70 for 1.25 miles for views of Sycamore Canyon. We passed two groups of three. One group had a young daughter whose stroller we had passed near the trailhead and another group had a dog. We passed though a meadow with four cattle who eyed us closely. In another section of trail we observed in the distance two deer before they scampered into the woods. On our return trip we spotted a large yellow spotted egg that may have been from a wild turkey. Back in camp I discovered a small cream colored snake outside the door of the nearest outhouse. It may have been a groundsnake. It has been some time since I’ve been without the Internet for three days. We filled our time reading, playing cribbage, and watching college football games. My wife did an excellent job planning our meals. We made use of a small barbecue grill after we spent some time putting it together. Another three night trip was good, but I will need to adjust if we decide to travel on longer trips in our RV.

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