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2024 Calendar Contest: Behind the Shot Part 4

For Behind the Shot Part 4, we are featuring photos and stories from Alabama Hills, Joshua Tree National Park, Toadstool Geological Park, and many more!  Click here to participate in the 2024 Truck Camper Magazine Calendar Contest and be considered for a Behind the Shot feature.

TCM Calendar Behind Shot 4

Bob Claycomb
Toadstool Geologic Park, Nebraska
2007 Dodge Ram 2500
2019 Northstar Laredo SC
Camera Used – iPhone XR

I got up early to take some sunrise photos in the park. I walked the loop trail getting a number of great shots. As I was finishing the trail I could see the campground with our Northstar in the back and a Northern Lite in the front.

Bryan Burgess
Indian Cove Campground, Joshua Tree National Park, California
2021 Ford F150
2018 Capri Cowboy XL
Camera Used – iPhone 13 Pro

I was touring Joshua Tree National Park in the early spring when an overnight snowstorm transformed the desert. I awoke to a near white-out in the Jumbo Rocks Campground. My next campsite later that day at Indian Cove was a winter wonderland where I got to build a Yucca-the-Snowman.

Jesse Caballero
Crested Butte, Colorado
2006 GMC Sierra 3500
2004 Bigfoot 30.10
Camera Used – iPhone 13 Pro Max

The start of a four week ski camping trip in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico.

Karen Lewis
Highway 395 near Boundary Peak, California
2009 GMC Sierra 3500
2008 Eagle Cap 855
Camera Used – Samsung Galaxy 13

Returning from a hiatus in Palm Springs, we decided to continue all the way back to the Canadian border on Highway 395. We were amazed by the amount of snow still left all the way through Mammoth Lakes and Tahoe/Reno. One month earlier, the whole area had been impassable and so much snow right down to the valley bottom through the Sierra Nevadas made for some interesting driving.

Steven Osburn
Alabama Hills, California
2019 Ford F350
2023 Northern Lite 10-2EX
Camera Used – Phone

We had always heard that boondocking in Alabama Hills, west of Death Valley, California was a destination, so decided to add this as a stop on our trip. Prior to arriving, we were talking with other campers in another part of the state, and they highly recommended stopping by the Movie Museum in Lone Pine, California, before heading into Alabama Hills. What a great recommendation! They made dozens of movies in this area, starting in the early 1900s, but still going on today. Knowing this really helped make this stop all the more memorable. Most of the Lone Ranger episodes were filmed here, as well as more modern movies like Tremors. We even saw a small movie company filming while we were there – something about zombies, but that’s not my thing…

There are several, marked boondocking campsites in the area. But, get there early or you will miss out. There are also nearby campgrounds, but not with the same views. Our camp was snuggled in between two large boulders, and had views of surrounding mountains. Mount Whitney, covered in snow, was an added bonus. The Alabama Hills area is relatively small but very worth stopping by.

Steven Osburn
Near Meadow, Utah
2019 Ford F350
2023 Northern Lite 10-2EX
Camera Used – Phone

We needed a place to break up our trip between Ely, Nevada, and Green River, Utah. We don’t like to drive a lot of miles each day. We found this small spring in the middle of a meadow near Meadow, Utah. It was a beautiful spot with mountains in the distance and small fish in the pond. Sunset was an extra treat!

Click here to see all of the photos entered so far in the 2024 TCM Calendar Contest.  Enter your truck camper photos today!


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