Tuttle Creek Campground

Just 3 miles away from the Alabama Hills is the Tuttle Creek Campground. The lower loop gets AT&T and Verizon, so we moved here on Sunday.

Unfortunately, to get the best cell service, we had to go with a spot next to another rig that had all of the tell tale signs of a bad neighbor. Lots of stuff outside of their rig, including a gigantic generator and a huge wood pile.

I was on day 2 of a cold and didn’t have the energy to drive an hour north to Bishop and hunt for campsites. So after leveling (4 blocks high again), we settled in and I finally got to lay down.

It was warm, but comfortable with the windows open and fans going. Some of you may have seen my rant on facebook, but as soon as I got comfortable, campfire smoke started blowing into our trailer. A huge pet peeve of ours, nevermind that it’s hot out and I’m sick.

Lucky for us, the wind blew in the other direction for most of the day and we were able to dodge the smoke by closing our door and one of the bedroom windows. That was Sunday. Yesterday, they didn’t have a fire. We’re crossing fingers that the rest of the week stays smoke-free.

Oh, I forgot to mention. We’re paying to be here. !!! With our National Parks Access Pass, it’s $2.50/night, normally it’s a whopping $5.

Dinner Last Night:
Beluga Lentil & Farro Kale Salad. I couldn’t find enoki and bunapi mushrooms at the Whole Foods in LA, but figured there was enough going on in this salad that I could skip them. This recipe make a ton of salad, we didn’t miss the mushrooms and Brian asked for seconds.

2013 Cost of Camping:
20 nights paid camping
99 nights free camping
Total spent on camping this year: $505.75
Daily average cost of camping: $4.25

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  • Reply John and Pam Wright April 30, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Sorry to hear you are under weather. Seems like a lot of colds going around. Take care. Hopefully the neighbor will cooperate.

    That Lentil Salad sounds wonderful, especially the dressing. How on earth do ever manage to have these ingredients on hand? I can understand when there is some real civilization around. You must do a lot improvising. Did you use the mango (since you just left the city) or have something else?

    • Reply Leigh April 30, 2013 at 7:50 am

      Hi Pam! I shop the weekend before each week. So I had the mango. I also jumped on the beluga lentils when I saw them, because they’re impossible to find outside of a city.

      I’ve planned to be away from decent markets for the next month, so we are stocked up on dry goods, and this time I bought a lot of frozen organic veggies just in case it gets bleak.

      • Reply John and Pam Wright April 30, 2013 at 8:12 am

        Thanks, Leigh! Being in the wilderness can be testy for our cooking creativity. Torrey, UTah is really out there. There is a SMALL grocery store two towns away about 20 mins. VERY little in the produce section because it isn’t tourist season yet at Capital Reef NP. But on the bright side, there is an organic farmer here in town that has a Farmer (1) Market on Sat. I loaded up…dinosaur kale, baby arugula, red mustard greens, field greens, radishes, and his own fresh made goat feta. I was in heaven!!! I’ll load up next Sat. before we head to Bryce Canyon which is worse.

  • Reply Tim April 30, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Are you sure your pass gives you a 50% discount? Any place we have been it is only the golden oldy and disabled persons pass that gives the discount.

    Or maybe Brian is older than we thought.

    • Reply Leigh April 30, 2013 at 8:11 am

      Haha! Yes, at the bottom of the pay stub it states Golden, and any other national access pass. We chatted with the camp host yesterday, he probably would have said something if we underpaid. I can take a photo of it for you later if you want. 🙂

      • Reply Tim April 30, 2013 at 8:15 am

        Good deal. We will have to keep it in mind when we down 395 southward in the fall.

        • Reply Leigh April 30, 2013 at 9:55 am


          We’ve seen this same envelope whenever we’ve had to pay for BLM camping (AZ, NV, CA). See field #11 for passes eligible for discount. I always find the “purpose of visit” field funny.

          • Tim April 30, 2013 at 10:19 am

            I could be wrong, but I think you are expected to pay full price. If you have what we have, it is the annual pass not an access pass. Looking at your link in the blog, the access pass is only for disabled folks.

          • Leigh April 30, 2013 at 11:02 am

            You might be right, but this is our 3rd time doing it and no one has said anything to us about it. I’ve also used it online and the 50% discount was applied to my reservation – but it was at a National Park rather than BLM.

  • Reply terrie April 30, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Always have said you guys are golden!!!!

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