For Behind the Shot Part 6, we are featuring photos and stories from Sequoia National Forest, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Joshua Tree Tree National Park, Nebraska’s Sandhills, Hobuck Beach, Washington, and Salmon, Idaho.
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Sequoia National Forest, California
2017 Chevy Silverado 3500HD
2017 Northstar 850SC
Camera: iPhone 6s
We have been going to this spot for over 30 years. I have been camping here with a tent. I have truck camped with a shell.
Now I have a 2004 Chevy Silverado 2500HD diesel with a Northstar TC800, and all new gear. This is a place not many people know about. You can’t get trailers here, so truck campers work great.
Josh and Stephanie Papp
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
2007 Chevy 2500
2016 Lance 865
Camera: iPhone 5s
There is a very interesting road in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park called the East Portal Road that takes you down to the Gunnison Diversion Dam. The road has extremely steep grades (up to 16-percent), hairpin turns, and is limited to vehicles less than 22-feet in length.
My wife looked at me and said “Do you really want to drive down there?” My reply was, “With the truck camper we are right at 22-feet. Of course I want to drive down there! We got a truck camper to go to the coolest places!”.
So about 45 minutes later, with four-wheel drive low range engaged, we went down the 16-percent grades and made it all the way down to the bottom of the canyon. Going back up was just as interesting!
Near Salmon, Idaho
2001 Ford F250
2004 Lance 835
Camera: Samsung S6
We were on a trip to Idaho from Colorado. We went straight north to western Montana and from there across to the Oregon coast and back up through Washington along the coast.
We traveled almost 5,000 miles in fourteen days. We toured just about every national park along the way. Now we are two weeks back from our trip and are moving to northern Idaho.
Joshua Tree Tree National Park, California
2009 Toyota Tundra
2015 Hallmark Ute
Returning from the San Francisco Bay Area to Colorado after Thanksgiving, we drove through Joshua Tree, hoping to stay overnight. It took us a good hour of searching since the campsites were full. We finally located this site as the sun was setting and the clouds were glowing. I climbed on rocks across the road to take a picture of our camper during its maiden voyage.
Hobuck Beach, Washington
2005 Toyota Tundra
2006 Four Wheel Kestrel
Camera: Canon 6D with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
I took my niece, Georgie, on an exploration of Olympic National Park in search of whales and puffins. We found neither, but we had a great time. The best spot was Hurricane Ridge.
2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD
2006 Northstar TS1000
Camera: Nikon D7000
I had a great time viewing wildlife in Nebraska’s Sandhills, especially turtles.