For Behind the Shot Part 6, we are featuring photos and stories from Bishop, California, Salmon, Idaho, Surfside Beach, Texas, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia and more! Click here to participate in the 2024 Truck Camper Magazine Calendar Contest and be considered for a Behind the Shot feature.
Buttermilk Road near Bishop, California
2018 Lance 650
Camera Used – iPhone 13
This was an inspiring place. Being an artist, I was awestruck that there were views in every direction. I stayed four nights at this spot next to a babbling creek with an incredible starry night sky and painted quite a few studies.
Lemhi Pass near Salmon, Idaho
2014 Ford F350
2016 Eagle Cap 1165
Camera Used – Samsung S22 T Mobile
To escape the 100-degree heat in Texas, Vicki and I decided to tour cool Idaho. I had driven I-90 before and became enamored with the Coeur d’Alene area and lake. This picture was taken atop Lemhi Pass, near Salmon, Idaho, where Sacajawea led the Lewis and Clark Expedition in search of a waterway to the Pacific coast. It was 42 degrees. The backroad going up was extremely rough and steep, but a very beautiful, slow drive.
Navajo Nation, Arizona
2019 Four Wheel Grandby
Camera Used – Phone
Here is a shot of “Big Betty” in the Navajo Nation, Northern Arizona.
Dry Fork Bull Canyon, Moab, Utah
2022 Ford F-150
2022 Scout Yoho
Camera Used – iPhone
Heading to Dead Horse Point, Utah, we were looking for a quiet remote location on BLM land, where our dog could have some fun too. When we could not go further with the pickup, we observed the great vista all the way to the other side of this small canyon. Great weather, snow could be seen on distant summits.
Ruby Mountains, Thomas Canyon, Nevada
2021 Ford F450
2017 Host Mammoth
Camera Used – Samsung Galaxy S22
The Ruby Mountain range is one of the least explored and majestic ranges of mountains in America. Over a span of 25-plus years, I worked in constructing projects in a number of mines in this area. I crossed the Rubies several times.
On our trip to Oregon for repairs on our Host Camper at Dan Penington’s shop, we decided to camp in Thomas Canyon. The National Forest campground of 40 spaces was booked. It is nearly always booked. We were lucky to get a spot and stay there one night. The following morning we decided to take our jeep up the canyon to find a place or places to hike. We encountered the snow cut and stopped. We looked and measured the width of a few sections and moved one huge rock. Then, we made the choice of, “Yes, we can make it!” We drove back to the camper, packed up, and drove up. Chris drove through first and guided our 8-foot, 6-inch camper through as narrow as a 9-foot 8-inch gap in a few spots. It took a few minutes, but no rubs! We made it! FYI, the top of the canyon is stunning. We hiked nine-plus miles over two hikes and about a 5000 feet rise over both.
2004 Dodge Ram 3500
2023 Northern Lite 10-2EXCD LE Dry Bath
Camera Used – iPhone 7 Plus
This is our Northern Lite 10-2EXCD Limited Edition truck camper on a 2004 Dodge Ram 3500. We enjoyed the views and smells from our Harvest Hosts stay at Trinity Gardens Lavender Farm in Quincy, Washington.
Surfside Beach, Texas
2022 Ford F-350
2013 Arctic Fox 990
Camera Used – iPhone
This was the day we picked up our camper in Houston, Texas. We had driven two days from Minnesota to purchase it, sight unseen. We drove straight to Galveston and camped for free near Surfside. The weather was perfect in April for our first-time beach camping!
Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
2021 Toyota Tundra SR5
2022 Phoenix custom
Camera Used – iPhone 12 mini
While traveling and camping all around the Pacific Northwest my wife and I decided to include a visit to a mountain I had climbed earlier in my life and had promised to return to one day. So we returned to Mount Rainier not to summit, but to hike around and camp on the flanks of this incredible and formidable mountain. Lush with wildflowers and streams and rivers raging with spring runoff, this place never disappoints.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
2016 GMC Sierra 2500 HD
2016 Palomino SS-1600
Camera Used – Google Pixel
Salar de Uyuni is the biggest salt flat on the planet. We knew you could take good perspective shots so we came up with lots of ideas. Some of them were bad and some of them were hilarious. We decided to take a shot of a toy dinosaur attacking the camper. We dismantled the camper table for the swords. Needless to say, we are very happy with how the result turned out.