As we mentioned in our last entry, new friends are probably the best part of the work-camping lifestyle.

With the different jobs, there is the constant changing of scenery, geography, elevation, topography, geology, temperature, climate, weather – not to mention workplaces, situations, job descriptions and careers, but one of the most interesting things is the different characters we have met along the way.

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The work here is enjoyable, but the weekends are filled with trips to places like Canyon de Chelly, where we enjoyed more cliff dwellings and the amazing spyder women (rock formations) which are as tall as skyscrapers. Along the road to the canyon we visited the oldest  town in the US (Pollaca, AZ), which is just a more modern form of cliff dwelling. Thanks David.

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We also enjoyed a visit to the historic Hubble Trading Post which is completely full of interesting artifacts from the old west days.

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Living right on the border of Arizona and Utah makes for unlimited four-wheel drive DSCF5424adventures which our new-found friends Doug and Theresa are happy to provide narrated tours of. Both being tour boat captains and Doug being a Utah native, brings a level of local knowledge that we are thoroughly enjoying – not to mention the great growing friendships that we are all enjoying. So far, we have logged somewhere in the neighborhood of 700 miles off-road (250 in one camping trip alone) and it seems as if there are thousands more to explore.

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From overlooking Lee’s Ferry, which is where Grand Canyon Rafting Tours originate, to Kelly’s Grade, where you can drive to the top of a Mesa, to Smoky Mountain, where lightning struck the mountain some 30 years ago and ignited the coal which is still smoldering today, to places named Death Ridge, Box Death Hollow and Hells Backbone, to the beautiful Boulder Mountain in Dixie National Forest where you can enjoy camping in the cool mountain air while overlooking the desert.

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There is so much to see here that a lifetime of exploring would probably not be long enough. The only thing we can do is give it our best shot and get out every weekend and see all that we can – with National Parks and off-roading and everything in between all that we know to say is this is a great country with great people and we are so fortunate to be able to enjoy them both.

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