Needed to do a recon of a potential future campsite as well as a test of the new camping gear and multiple upgrades to the vehicle, so a solo camp off Old Durr Road was in order. South of Ellensburg, WA the Old Durr road area is an easy-to-access area with your basic dirt track leading south towards Yakima, WA. The newly graded dirt roads beckoned me apply just a little more gas pedal … drifting a bit through the gravel turns. Reminded me of my teenage years doing much the same thing in a Pontiac 2000 in Michigan.
Finally arriving at the gulch on Old Durr Road, I sent up camp. The area is a stream bed that cuts through the plateau, forming a wide, flat, grassy area hundreds of feet below the surrounding terrain.
The new camp gear included a ARB tent, coupled with the existing awning, and a Ozark kitchen table and some other odds and ends. A short review of each: The ARB is near impossible to set up alone but once that’s done there’s plenty of room and the construction is very sturdy. Be fastidious in setting the guy ropes as a light breeze can flip the awning/tent up and destroy the connecting pins. The Ozark kitchen worked well, lightweight, hardy, plus 4 neato heavy-duty zip up bags for various kitchen items. (Link is to a Camp Chef Sherpa kitchen, which is exactly alike the Ozark model. The Ozark Trail camp kitchen may be discontinued.) Biggest drawback is that it takes up a lot of space in the vehicle and is cumbersome to set up and take down.
As dinner was prepared, the sun set slowly along ridge of the west-east ravine the camp was situated in.
Overnight, it had gotten down in the 40’s so the next morning was slow going. The Costco-special Kelty sleeping bag kept me warm enough but just didn’t get a lot of sleep due to the uncomfortable cot and as a result, my body was stiff and sore. Going to have to come up with a better sleeping plan. After a bit, finally got camp stowed in the vehicle and I set off southward towards Yakima.