Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Moab, Utah

We left Grants and drove 200 miles to Cortez, Colorado. We drove up the same highway we did last year but this time we had no blowouts. YAY!! In fact, the whole drive was uneventful and really boring. We actually pulled out of the campground before 10:00 (it was 9:53). LOL. We arrived at the campground that Rod had called and it was pretty disgusting. We drove on down the road where we saw a KOA. Not exactly one of our favorite places to stay (too expensive) but they had room and it was decent. Sites were very close together but nobody was parked on one side of us. It was only for one night so it wasn't too bad. This gives us a new state to add to our map too.

We left the KOA and headed for Moab, Utah for a few days. It was a much prettier drive than going through New Mexico Indian land.

We got set up and then called Howard & Linda who are camphosting at Arches National Park. Howard & Linda were instrumental in our decision of buying the right kind of 5th wheel to fulltime in. We are so grateful to them for their guidance. We had not seen them since we were all at the Daytona Rally in 2006. We had SUCH a good time with them last night. Suzanne & Brad (who are readers of our blog) were also in the area and camping at Arches. We chose not to camp there because there are no hookups whatsoever. No electric, no water, no sewer. Not even a place to take a shower. It's a beautiful campground though if you can get by without those amenities. They joined us at Howard & Linda's little cabin and I have to tell you, I haven't laughed that much in a long, long time. In fact we were having such a good time that the camera never left the kitchen table so no pictures. Suzanne brought over appetizer stuff and Linda prepared an impromptu dinner of burgers, salad and baked potatoes. We had nothing to contribute because we weren't planning on staying so long. We are camped in town at Moab Rim Campground and it's quite a long and twisting road in and out of Arches. We left about 9:30 and had to drive on those twisty roads in the pitch black of night. We actually met some cars going up to the campground.

Our weather really turned last night. It was so windy that I decided to stow our satellite dish. The park has free wifi and cable so it wasn't a big deal. We rocked all night long in the wind and most of today. We decided to go into town and do laundry and pick up a few things at the grocery store. We ran into Suzanne & Brad there. They asked if we were going up to the campground but we decided against it. We were in the middle of an incredible dust storm. The dust here in Moab is reddish orange and it completely covered everything. Then the rains came. What a mess!! Our rig is covered in the red mud. We were planning on leaving here tomorrow but a snow storm is predicted for tomorrow and Friday so AGAIN we'll be staying for two extra days. We have mountains to go over to get to Salt Lake City and don't need to be driving through snow. Saturday is supposed to be clear and beautiful so we'll leave then.


Chuck & Kathy said...

Oh, can I relate to the mud rain, we got hit in Albuquerque. Ours on last for a few minutes and the wind was blowing so hard, just one side of the RV was messed up. Hope you finally get to Salt Lake, tired of this @#$#$$# wind.
Hugs, Kathy

Joe and Sherri said...

Well we don't have any wind here. Sorry you did not get any pictures to show us. I was looking forward to them. Oh well I will just have to retire and get out there and get my own. Have fun and stay safe...glad to hear you are not trying to drive in the snow through the mountains.

Joe and Sherri

Karen said...

WE have not been to Moab yet, but hope to get there this year. The pictures I have seen of Arhes NP are beautiful.