Accidental Snowbirds

What the Frick is Wrong with Utah?

If you’ve been to Utah, specifically northern Utah, you might have asked yourself. “What the frick is wrong with Utah?” While we found the Hill Air Force Base Fam Camp absolutely perfect, it was outside the gates that things got interesting.

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Even the fence posts are strange.

Instagram in Real Life

So, I had never been to Utah before. I’m always excited to cross a new state off the list. Saint George and Zion (click here to read) were amazing. And Beaver (click here to read) didn’t disappoint so, I was excited to see more of the state. Something struck me as “off” about the Salt Lake City area. 

In the neighborhoods, all the yards were well kept. Houses had near perfect paint jobs. They all looked very Stepford-like. If I have learned anything, it’s that nothing is as it seems. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. We did see a LOT of opioid addiction billboards there, but I can’t help but wonder, what else is hiding? Again, I asked myself, “What the frick is wrong with Utah?”

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We had no idea what Utah had in store for us!

Unsociable People

While lamenting about how unfriendly people were at the grocery store, a man turned around and filled us in on his colorful take of living in the Salt Lake area for 20+ years. He stated he can’t wait for his retirement to get there and it’s nearing. He suggested to avoid human interaction if possible and mentioned the Stepford-like feeling too. Lance isn’t an approachable looking guy; however, this happens quite often to us. I don’t get it but we always get some amusement out of it.

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My super approachable husband.

Coffee Date

We went up to Ogden to Kaffe Mercantile for a morning coffee date. We make an effort to go out on dates a couple of times a week where we will turn off our phones and talk with each other. Putting the effort into making and going on dates has strengthened our relationship and helps because we live in such a small space. The coffee was delicious. We both had bagel breakfast sandwiches that were amazing! This is a place we will be going back to if we ever find ourselves in Ogden again.

 

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Hill Air Force Base Fam Camp

I always call around to Fam Camps along the way for pricing. This place had $15 for dry camping and $22 for a full hook up site. This seemed very high for dry camping, but in Salt Lake City, we couldn’t be too choosey; there were no other bases for quite a while. As we have said before (click here to read), we love staying on base. We have a free gym, and cheaper gas and groceries. This one even had a rock wall!

Friendly Camp Hosts

This was an amazing find. Their after-hours check-in has a neon sign and is safely housed inside an old bus stop. We didn’t have reservations but they had open sites posted as well as how many days they would be available. We wandered around and checked out the available sites. There was a big train thing that weekend so the sites weren’t open for very many days.

There was a nice man sitting on his patio. We asked him if there was a camp host we could talk to and he said that his wife is the boss. Smart man. We discussed our planned length of stay and he directed us over to a site with just water and electric near the restrooms. That’s really all we need since our black tank can last us about a week; so, we took it. We were literally a few steps away from the bathhouse anyway.

Hill AFB: Home of the Cleanest Bathhouse

The bathhouse! This was the cleanest RV park bathrooms that I’ve ever been in. The showers were spotless and hot! The toilets were always sparkling clean. And the sink area looked like nobody ever used it. I can’t rave about this enough. If you’re a full-time RVer, like we are, you know how important this is and how excited I was.

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Didn’t Jeff Foxworthy have a joke about having to put on a coat to go to the bathroom?

Helpful Even Before We Got There

Their website clearly stated which gate to go in. This is important information that most Fam Camps forget to include. We prefer to avoid getting the trailer stuck, thank you very much. The site also stated that the internet was available in the clubhouse and spotty in the park. Again, this is information we find helpful. I hate going into a place expecting the internet, only to find out that it’s spotty at best. First world problems, I know. But, when our money is made online, it’s kind of important.

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Another day of blogging.

Office Away From Home

The clubhouse was fantastic! There were comfy couches and a big TV. They had hundreds of DVDs to borrow. Also, there was also a small room in the back with a desk. This is where the three of us posted up most days and got to work. Z, of course, was there to supervise.

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The headquarters of the Accidental Snowbirds for the week.

Did I Miss Anything?

We didn’t explore much of Salt Lake City because we were a little too far north. Most of the results I came across on Pinterest (click here for our Pinterest) were for Temple Square and breweries. 

We did hunker down and get our workouts done. Our trainer, Benny (check him out here), scheduled another grueling week for us. This base has the typical gym as well as a CrossFit type gym. Like the rock wall, the CrossFit type gym was a huge bonus.

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Fun on an Assault Bike!

Overall, the Fam Camp made this trip to Salt Lake City amazing. Scott and Debbie in the office were always out and about checking on the park and sharing laughs with guests. Have you had similar experiences in the Salt Lake area? If not, what is the most “interesting” place you’ve traveled to and why? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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