Red Rock Canyon SP-Spring 2016

After a long drive from Northern California. We made it into Red Rock Canyon State Park in the late afternoon and luckily we were able to get one of the last remaining campsites. It turned out that the park was holding Easter Morning Sunrise services and we had happened into one of the busiest weekends of the year.

I had selected RRCSP thinking that it would be difficult to make it to Joshua Tree National Park in the daylight and it looked like an interesting place.  The park campground was full but the campsites are dispersed enough to provide privacy from each other.  The site we were able to get was right on the loop road but we were able to position the truck to provide a buffer for the sitting area.  The camp area quieted down and we slept well.

Red Rock Canyon

Easter morning and activity of a sunrise hike to the cliffs above filled the campground.  We opted for a quite, quick breakfast so we could explore some of the 4WD areas in the park and then make our way to Joshua Tree National Park.

Red Rock Canyon

I’m sure we will make our way back to this park and explore the area a little more.



Custom Pullout Kitchen

Custom Kitchen
Preparing dinner at Basin and Range National Monument

We designed a custom pullout kitchen for our 4runner. It was designed to store our stove, a cutting board, and ARB fridge. All can be fully extended, individually or as a group, from the truck. The 500 lb rated full extension slides that lock in and out were purchased from Dunn & Watson. When fully extended the stove cantilevers a full 6 feet in front of the lowered tailgate. The 3-foot long cutting board provides a fantastic work surface.

The kitchen was completed and installed just prior to a recent 3-week long adventure through Nevada, Arizona, and Utah.  It performed fantastically and while it was the prototype there are only a couple of changes that I would incorporate.  It is very versatile and makes camp set-up and break-down very easy.  Roadside lunches are also a snap.