desert sunrise

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Moved To Moab!

After 3 nights and 4 days at Goosnecks State Park Utah we’ve moved North a bit to Moab, Utah. 

But since the internet signal was weak at Goosenecks and I didn’t get a chance to do a blog update, I’ll begin there and get to Moab later.  

Goosenecks is a great boondocking spot with spectacular vistas in every direction.  A mini Grand Canyon and just like the larger natural wonder, every time the sun moves you see perspectives and colors that weren’t visible before. 
The park sets on the Navajo Reservation and the improvements are sparse, which doesn’t suit some folks, but is A-OK with us.  In my mind it allows the natural landscape to stay the way it’s meant to be without the who-ha of trinket shops and tourist knickknacks.    

There was one Navajo lady who showed up every day in her minivan & set up a small display of jewelry, a small observation point for day visitors, a covered picnic space and a glorified outhouse.  The camping is free and that’s probably because of the minimal improvements.   

The road to the park is narrow but paved and the road to the camping areas has some rocky spots but the space for larger rigs like ours is right off of the parking lot so with some careful maneuvering to dodge the sharpest rocks it’s not too freaky.  We settled into a spot looking off the edge into the 1000 foot deep canyon carved by the San Juan River.   

We were going to get the bikes out on Saturday for a ride but decided to take the pickup instead and venture into some areas that weren’t bike-friendly.  Sure glad we did because some of the most breathtaking views we’ve seen so far were from a spot called Muley Point.  

Going through a little town called Bluff we stumbled across a museum/replica frontier village where a local organization has done an excellent job preserving and sharing the story of a brave group of Morman settlers who traveled through some of the roughest terrain in the country to create the tiny town of Bluff.  What amazed me the most was nobody died on this unbelievably difficult journey AND 2 babies were born, so their troupe actually grew by 2 souls.  They certainly were made of tougher stuff than me!

The rest of the time has been spent taking walks, catching up on some much needed sleep, taking pictures, 5 P.M. cold beer happy hour and whatever else tickles our fancy at the moment!  Life’s been frantic so it was a welcome break.  I even slept til AFTER the sun came up!  For someone who usually is at the computer working between 3 – 4 A.M. that’s nothing short of a miracle.  It’s going to be a harsh reality when I have to go back to my usual schedule.

The weather has been perfect, highs in the 70’s and 80’s, lows in the 50’s, a bit windy on Monday but we’ve had worse winds in AZ.   Couldn’t ask for better!  

We’re planning of hangin’ out in the Moab area until Friday and where we go from there depends on the weather.  Dodging snow and early spring cold as we make our way to Whitefish!

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