Thursday morning Bill drives the couple miles to ACT Campground to stalk the people currently in what will be our spot the minute they pull out. We have another trip planned with Gay and Joe just as soon as we get moved!
I get the "come on down" call just before 10:30 and get backed into our very tiny space, hooked up to electric, paid for two nights, and meet our pals at the gas station before 11:00.
After yesterday's precipitation we start out with mostly blue skies. A few hours later we'll turn around under dark clouds.
|The other side of the river from where our Tuesday drive began.|
|The Birthing Rock sits below the dirt road with rock art on all sides.|
|One of the more dramatic petroglyphs we've seen.|
|Styles date from the Archaic to the historic Ute period.|
|The desert is still green along the river.|
|From the end of a fin, our view is wonderful!|
|In all directions.|
|She's doing it again!|
|Piper's color is called Mango Tango everywhere else. In Moab it's called Camo.|
|But Mom, Gay does it!|
|The potash pools shine in the distance.|
|Mother Nature having fun.|
|Up and over Hurrah Pass|
|The trail winds through rougher terrain so I don't get more photos of the last section.|
|We can't thank these two enough for showing us another part of their beautiful Moab - we had a great time!!|
Friday morning we once again wait for our new site to vacate. This much larger pull-through has sweet views of the red rock all around. This is a small park, but it's very clean, and although they look very sloped, we're able to get level on both sites. Nice outdoor kitchen and fire pit for group gatherings, and very helpful staff. FHUs with 50 amp and the park WiFi works well.
Bill and I are voracious readers and the more we travel the more fun it is to read about places we're now familiar with. One series we read before we got there was the Manny Rivera mysteries by Rich Curtin, set in Moab. One of the stories is about a cult that lives in houses built into caves just outside of the town.
When I read John and Pam's blog about a Mormon settlement that sounded very similar, I knew we had to check it out.
Friday we're off to Rocklan Ranch. Their post also includes Looking Glass Arch on the same road. We stop on our way in, then again on the way out. It's a pretty and quiet spot away from all the crowds.
|A short walk along the slickrock gives us a beautiful view through the arch.|
|Between the arch and the ranch are these two "rustic" cave houses.|
|No change in furnishings since John and Pam were here :-)|
|A Mormon "camp" with several large houses.|
|I'm amazed by the number of solar panels above and in front of the community.|
|These are not small shanty homes!|
|Additional caves have been opened, likely for storage, garages, etc.|
|After turning before we got to the homes (the pics are all with zoom), we followed these foot prints back to the main road where they disappeared. They are small prints of bare feet. It was strange.|
|The homes all have expansive views.|
|Looking Glass Rock with what we now see is more than a single arch.|
|A small ranch road takes us to the other side. Over more slick rock and through small brush we find the "back" of the arch.|
|And this outstanding amphitheater. It's so quiet, we spend time just appreciating how blessed we are.|
|Although the temps are nice where we are, the La Sal Mountains are getting more snow.|
Saturday morning we get on the road with a thunderstorm over the red rock surrounding Arches National Park. Rain starts as we cross the Colorado River and head up the hill. Soon it's like driving up a water fall. Water is streaming down the slickrock, rivulets form along the road. It's easy to see how flash floods form so quickly in the desert.
Twenty minutes and we're out of the storm. Clouds crisscross our 150 mile drive, but we don't get more than sprinkles. South of Hanksville we enter a dramatic canyon, and soon we're in Capital Reef National Park.
Out the other side, we find Wonderland RV Park in the small town of Torrey, Utah, and get set up. What a beautiful little park! We love having real grass that is lush and well maintained. A few trees provide some shade, but our satellite connects easily. The owners are wonderful - he's cutting branches at the site next to us to accommodate the slides on a 5er :-). Level gravel sites with FHUs, 50 amp, and the park WiFi is strong.
We like it here!!