At the outset of exploring this website, we would like to encourage you to purchase a copy of The Utah Cure at Amazon.com for just $7.95. It is a concise, friendly discussion of the curative, rejuvenating, and inspirational effects of being in the great outdoors of Utah and elsewhere.
We are Darby & Sharon Checketts, the proud parents of eight and busy grandparents, too. We have been partners in life for more than a half-century. When the time came, we turned "retired" into "refocused." Always drawn to nature, we purchased a small motorhome and began to explore our great home state of Utah and the Intermountain West. In 2015, we decided that we needed our own campground, so we created one. See the family photo montage at the top of this HOME page. You can study the details in the PDF that follows on the RESOURCES page and enlarge the images on your phone. Our mission is to share what we have learned as we have made the Nature Connection with our family. Here you will find ideas and DIY tips as you contemplate a life-changing nature connection with your family.
In the soul-stirring words of Wallace Stegner, Pulitzer Prize winner and the "Dean of Western Writers"...
"We need to demonstrate our acceptance of the natural world, including ourselves; we need the spiritual refreshment that being natural can produce. We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope."