Archive for the ‘Utah’ Category

2007 05 22 – Big Trip – Day 22 – Utah to Colorado – The Four Corners

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

KOA RV Campground, Cortez, Colorado. Tachometer – 2251 miles

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Happy Shavuot!!!

We woke up to a cold and cloudy day. At 5:30, when my alarm went off, it was still raining, so I killed the hike plan. Bummer. Back to sleep. Heaven. It rained till about 7:30. We left the park around 10am and started a long sunless day of driving.

Our first stop, just a few mile outside the park, was Newspaper Rock. (more…)

2007 05 21 – Big Trip – Day 21 – Canyonlands National Park – The Needles

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Squaw Flat Campground, Canyonlands National Park, Utah. Tachometer – 2060 miles

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We are spending the night inside the park in a beautiful campground with a fantastic spot for our RV. Too bad it is raining outside now. We drove out here from Moab in the morning and arrived around noon. It is 75 miles from town. This part of Canyonlands is lower than yesterday’s so we are looking up at rock formations and not down into canyons.

The first thing we did when we got here was to get a spot in the campground. As in many national parks, it’s a first come first serve system. (more…)

2007 05 20 – Big Trip – Day 20 – Canyonlands National Park – Island in the Sky

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

Canyonlands RV Campground, Moab, Utah. Tachometer – 1970 miles

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Green River Overlook, Canyonlands National Park

Today we moved back to the first campground which is much nicer. Why did we move in the first place? they did not have room for us last night. Our day’s travel took us to Canyonlands National Park. This park is divided in to 4 parts or districts, each has its own personality. For RVs, only 2 are accessible. Today we visited Island in the Sky which is “trapped” between the Colorado river on the east and Green River on the west. (more…)

2007 05 19 – Big Trip – Day 19 – Arches National Park

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

Slickrock RV Campground, Moab, Utah. Tachometer – 1862 miles

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Fiery Rurnace, Arches National park

Today we had to leave our nice campground and checked into another one before heading off to Arches once again. It’s amazing how in a few short days the place seems familiar, almost like the streets of your hometown. We drove to the “windows” part of the park where there are a few easy walks up to some arches that look like elliptical holes in the rock walls. There were a lot of stairs to climb so after a few minutes we left the stroller on the trail and continued all 5 by foot. Orr for the most part walks on the trail, fast pace and gives Paola and me a hand when asked. Shir on the other hand, is the free spirit. She refuses to hold hands, defines the trail as whatever is interesting to her, and can spend many long minutes staring at a rock, some ants, or whatever seems to amuse her. (more…)

2007 05 18 – Big Trip – Day 18 – Arches National Park – Our Hike to Delicate Arch

Friday, May 18th, 2007

Canyonlands RV Campground, Moab, Utah. Tachometer – 1821 miles

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Delicate Arch

We slept the first full night since we began our trip without child interruption tonight. The kids, having gone to bed late last night, woke up only at 9:30am! What a treat. We lazed off to the campground swimming pool before the sun will get too high in the sky. Unfortunately the water was really cold. That did not stop Orr though. After her came Ron and even Shir for a bit, but no one really wanted to get their whole body wet, just the bottom. (more…)

2007 05 17 – Big Trip – Day 17 – Arches National Park

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

Canyonlands RV Campground, Moab, Utah. Tachometer – 1775 miles

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Rainbow at Arches National Park

The RV needed fixing this morning, so I spent 2 hours at the local garage while Paola and the kids stayed in the motel room. Most of the issues were resolved except for two, so tomorrow I have to be back there again after some parts will be special delivered. Bummer. The repair guys are real nice, but that does not help us enjoy the trip. I just hope that tomorrow will be the last time we see a mechanic on this trip.

After the garage, I got back to the motel and we checked out. I had to take care of some phone calls and then we had lunch in a local diner. It was actually pretty tasty. (more…)

2007 05 16 – Big Trip – Day 16 – Goblin Valley State Park

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Best Western Greenwell Inn, Moab, Utah. Tachometer – 1723 miles

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Goblins in Goblin Valley

Hi. After several days of relative wilderness (no Internet or cell phone coverage) we have changed to the opposite extreme and are staying in a city; at least the biggest town for around 200 miles – Moab (after the biblical Moav?). We have a few minor problems with our RV (leaky kitchen sink, shower hose problem, and worse of all, the toilet fluch mechanism is not working). I have an appointment at an RV garage tomorrow morning to fix everything.

To celebrate our arrival in civilization, we are staying in a motel, and we also went to a nearby restaurant for dinner. There is a thunderstorm outside so perhaps we chose a good night to be sleeping under a concrete roof. (more…)

2007 05 15 – Big Trip – Day 15 – Capitol Reef National Park

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Fruita Campground, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah. Tachometer – 1535 miles

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Watching a Movie

I got up at 6:30am for a hike that started just across the road from the campground. It was a climb up to Cohab Canyon, from there to Frying Pan Trail for a few miles and then a beautiful side trail to Cassidy Arch. This is quite a large arch that can only be really appreciated and seen by doing this hike. Click here for hike pictures. Legend has it that famous bank and train robber Butch Cassidy (partner of the Sundance kid, see the movie with Robert Redford) hid nearby when escaping from the law. (more…)

2007 05 14 – Big Trip – Day 14 – Capitol Reef National Park

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Fruita Campground, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah. Tachometer – 1525 miles

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Panorama Point off Highway 24, Capitol Reef National Park

When we got up this morning we were still the only RV in the campground but at least the “grocery” store was open and I paid the nice lady $18 for the night’s stay. We drove up Highway 12 for another hour or so through great views, reaching a height of 9600 feet (2900 meter) at one viewpoint.

We then took highway 24 West and entered Capitol Reef. This is a long and narrow park North to South along a geological water pocket. (more…)

2007 05 13 – Big Trip – Day 13 – Kodachrome Basin State Park and Grand Stairs Escalante National Monument

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Noname RV spot, Boulder, Utah. Tachometer – 1450 Miles

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Ron at the Panorama trail

We woke up easy and relaxed this morning and departed rather late from Ruby’s complex. Aside from the RV park they have a hotel, general store, gas station and restaurant. We bought some groceries at the store, what a ripoff.

We continued east on beautiful highway 12 and then cut south to visit a small state park called Kodachrome basin. It is very colorful (mostly red and brown) and is known for it’s unique 67 pipes standing erect in various shapes and sizes. (more…)