Kent and Carol - Mobile travel blog

Monument Valley from a distance.

Monument Valley from a distance.

On the road on the way to Moab, Utah

Climbing up into Arches Nat. Park - Moab in the far distance.

Arches Nat. Park

Arches Nat. Park

Arches Nat. Park

Arches Nat. Park - Look for people.

Arches Nat. Park - Look for the people.

Arches Nat. Park - Look for the people.

Arches Nat. Park- Look for the people.

Arches Nat. Park

Arches Nat. Park


Saturday, Sept. 18, we left Page, AZ and took highway 98 further south and then highway 160 north to Kayenta, AZ. At Kayenta we took highway 163 toward the Utah boarder. At the boarder is the entrance to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. We stopped there to eat lunch in the RV and took some long distant photos of the monuments. We decided not to go into the park but to head on to the RV Park in Mexican Hat, Utah. This little RV Park was out behind the local bar in town. All this area of Arizona and Utah has very fine grain desert sand and this park was no exception. By the time we arrive there the black Jeep has a light tan front end, from all the dusty sand. This was a very inexpensive (cheap) RV park so we just use this time for some R & R and I updated the web page.

Monday, we took highway 163 and then 191 north to Moab, Utah. This was a very scenic route with many hills and interesting rock formations. In Moab, we stopped at the Slickrock RV Park, which also has the dusty sandy terrain. Tuesday, we visited the Arches National Park, which was just a few miles north of Moab. Entering the park there was several switch back roads to climb up to the beautiful red rock formations. We drove the total 18 miles of paved roads within the park and took many photos. We saw many neat red rock canyons, spires, fins, balancing rocks and some arches. It seems that the larger more famous arches, you need to take some small hikes to see. Carol and I were not up to that task but it is very unique National Park. Tuesday evening we took a boat cruise of the Colorado River, which runs along the southern boarder of Arches Nat. Park. This boat ride started with a cowboy-style Dutch oven dinner, which was all-you-eat and delicious. We then loaded into a barge-style boat with theater type seating. We cruised up the river and then when it was dark they turned on the boat sound system. On the road along the river was a truck with large lights, which they shined on the large rock gorge formed by the river. The light truck followed us back down the river. The light and sound system told the story of how this area was formed and settled.

Wednesday, Carol was too tired to go to Canyonlands National Park and besides it rained that afternoon. That was the first rain they have had here in quite awhile. That was also the first time that rain has changed our sightseeing schedule. I did some laundry and worked on the web page update. We arrived in Utah on August 25th so we have been here almost a month minus five days we were in Las Vegas. We visited three National Parks and three National Monuments along with many other places. Utah has some very beautiful places to see but we are ready to move on to some different terrain. We are “green”: folks and enjoy green grass and green trees. Utah is full of scrub brush and sandy soil or hills and mountains. They have been having warmer than usual weather but it has not been too uncomfortable because of the low humidity. They typically have a humidity of 20% or less, which is really low compared to back in Missouri.

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, we headed for Durango, Colorado. Guess what activity we will be doing in Durango?



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