We visited with friends and family for a week in Vegas. As you well know, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! I have a few photos of the Hoover Dam as I took the tour, but the rest of the fun isn’t my story to tell. I will share that there were plenty of sights to see and a few I wish I could un-see. I know I am getting older because I was confused by quite a bit that I saw, thinking, why? more often than why not?
The last group of big photos I took sat in the camera for awhile. I was feeling like the blog was becoming more like a job, than simply sharing our views and excitement. Below you will see a small place and wide open spaces outside of Washington, Utah called Little Black Mountain and then Zion National Park. We may be going back to Zion after Thanksgiving. Most of the year, you can only see part of the park in a private car. 20 years ago, you could see all of it in a private car all year long. Now, the park is so popular, they take people on giant tour buses and you hop off and on at different spots.
Fair warning, I took 252 pictures in this park, I know some of them will look very similar to everyone by the time I am done posting. I was here once before about 20 years ago. The memory is a funny thing. I remember that I liked other areas better, but the first time I was here, I was also in charge of a 6 year old. I may have more appreciation this time around as well as more of a singular focus.
Let me start by saying our pictures and travel of Salt Lake City are very limited. There is quite a bit to see here and wish we were staying another, we got ahead of ourselves and booked another campsite near Zion National park for tomorrow night.
Again, Park City is a quaint ski town with coffee shops, eateries, and a very good distillery. Worth the time to see for yourself, about 35 minutes outside of Salt Lake City.
We went a little off the beaten path today and saw some things. There is a geyser that isn’t predictable, one of the owners of the campground we are in, says he has seen it go off 3 times. Today it made a little noise, but was still interesting to me to see.
That’s all for today, we will be heading up toward Salt Lake City in the morning so we need to straighten up the RV for another drive. Looking forward to what’s next!
I have taken about 99 pictures a day, more than I have in the last few years combined I bet. I love it, I see something I like and I take a shot. Some turn out, some don’t but I think it gives you an idea of this area of our country.
We are off to a great start on our Adventure. We stayed until the 7th of October in Broomfield, Colorado. We visited and enjoyed friends and family and then off to Gleenwood Springs. Beautiful drive west, yet the weather had other plans for us staying another day to enjoy the city and a soak in the hot springs. We moved on to Green River Utah where we will spend yet another night, maybe more. We went to a museum the day before last that featured the trip down the Green River into the canyons, where it meets the Colorado River. Expedition spearheaded by Major John Wesley Powell. The man which lake Powell is named. One of his team kept a secret journal, his name is George Young Bradley. A good read if you feel like googling him. Yesterday, we visited Arches National Park and today we visited Canyonlands National Park. Must Sees if you are ever in the area. Before I post any pictures, remember, I am an amateur photographer. I feel that many we’ve taken just don’t do the locations justice. You really need to stand there and soak in the views. The depth and range of beauty in this area is beyond words at times. I found myself humming America the Beautiful and feeling like a spoiled brat for the opportunity. I am extremely grateful for the people that set aside the land thinking others need to see this too. As much as we fuss about our government, the national park service is something they absolutely have gotten right. All photos in this post are from Arches National Park.
For some reason, probably a format thing, I couldn’t post the video our friends took of us leaving. In less than a week, we’ve driven through, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and are now in Colorado to visit Jeff’s sister and family.
In West Virginia, we stayed in a little campground in Gauley Bridge. Twenty bucks, not a bad deal. We then headed to Loveland, Ohio to see Uncle Ray and Aunt Kathy for a night. They treated us to dinner, I had my first Impossible burger at a nice little restaurant and then the boys beat the girls at Euchre. The next day we landed outside of St. Louis, we didn’t stop to see The Arch, but oh well, who needs to go sideways in an elevator anyway?
Our next night was spent in Junction City, Kansas. Nice little campground. Only thing that was a bit unnerving was the tornado watch that turned into a warning. The campground told us the nearest approved shelter was at a car wash equipment room down the street. I got a “go bag” ready and thankfully the weather never turned nasty enough for us to leave. A neighbor camper said if the sirens went off he would take us, because of course, our battery was dead in the tow car. Rookies, we have since learned how to avoid that happening, charging it over night or running the car during a lunch stop or both.
Last night we stayed just in the Colorado border a small distance in Stratton. Small town but big enough for a night.
More photos to follow, it takes a while to upload them with my internet connection at the moment. Maybe after dinner.