Monticello, UT High 75 Low 43
I feel like we are trapped because the wind just won’t give up. The last two days the gusts were 40 mph and today they are predicted to be 60 mph. There is no way we will be out on the roads in that. I know some folks who keep going but we’re not in that big a hurry. We had thought this was going to be a one night stay so we didn’t unhitch. Well, we are still here and still hitched up so no sight seeing has been done.
(loved this silo) We are at the Old West RV Park and it is the type of campground that I prefer. Small, no paved spots, just gravel and a touch of grass or weeds. But well maintained. The owner, Jim, is the friendliest guy ever. He bought a big new grill on Saturday and set it up so anybody can use it. He is also a fast draw sharpshooter (Bill, you would love this guy) and gave us a DVD of his shooting. So we are really happy just relaxing and rocking and rolling.
We finally got to leave Monticello on Tuesday and our next stop was in Price, UT. Driving up through the Moab area is a treat for your eyes. Such a fantastic part of the country.
We stayed at the Price Walmart and did our share of helping out their economy. The lot is not very level but if you go back where the tire shop is, we were able to get level without having to use any boards.
Wednesday – oh what a drive. Leaving Price we headed to Vernal and then on to Flaming Gorge. It is an incredibly beautiful drive but I didn’t take very many pictures cause I was too busy helping Jim drive from the passenger seat.
Shortly after leaving Price, you start climbing from 5600 feet to over 9100 feet. It’s a two lane road with lots and lots and lots of curves. Most of those curves are marked at 20 or 25 mph and that’s pushing it. Not only do you have to pay really close attention to the road but you also have to watch for deer. We saw a really nice buck and a doe and I saw a female Elk.
Then you have to come back down on 8% grade curves and switchbacks. You drop back down to about 6000 feet but after you leave Vernal you start climbing once again to over 8200 feet. Curves, switchbacks, up and down and up and down. So even though your GPS says it should only take you 2 hours and 45 minutes to drive the 153 miles, don’t believe it.
We are at Flaming Gorge for a couple of days and are going to enjoy the peace and quiet of a National Park campground.