Wow! It already seems like it has been a fairly long Journey but it has really only been a couple days. Goodness! I am sure part of that is just missing being with my bride! Love you babe! :o)
The Road Trip Journey from CO has been full of
every kind of weather this season can throw at you. I did not get very far in CO before South Park threw increasing clouds and eventually snow crossing over Monarch Pass and rain, sleet, and snow following me most of the way to Grand Junction and eventually on into Utah. Spring in the Rockies is like that so, no worries; right?!
A Road Well Traveled
The road travelling west from CO to Utah was not lightly traveled at all! I joined many of my fellow Roadtrip friends heading West towards warmer climes. I had debated about taking along some of my “heavier” coats/clothing for space in the car, etc. but I was very happy to have my nice long duster along for helping hold back the cold winds and weather trying to assert themselves on the remaining vestiges of Spring.
I chose to stop in Moab in mid-May and that road is heavy with everyone looking for a chance to get away from the cooler climates and either bike, hike, or use some sort of vehicular contraption to get out and about in the area surrounding Moab. There were bicycles, motorcycles, ATV’s, dune buggy “thingy’s”, and of course, plenty of hikers, joggers, hard core runners and rock climbers to be had throughout the area! Me – I was just a Roadtrip guy passing through, enjoying watching everyone prepare for their adventures whilst I feasted on the lovely food my bride lined out for me and planning the next leg of the Journey!
You Just Never Know
While the road trip to Moab involved crazy weather; I was hoping for better weather westward from there. Awakening in the morning I saw the early light of dawn with very few clouds and hope sprang forth for Thursday’s travels. Indeed, I was not unhappy with how things started out and the pictures and memories that were implanted from the gorgeous vistas from that amazing part of the US.
I felt like I could have and was (somewhat) stopping every few “pullouts” for yet another picture of a better view into the landscape of Utah. Quickly, I realized that I would never get anywhere (forward) if I kept stopping to take, yet another photo, versus watching, enjoying and trying to drink in the scenery as I traveled along. I was wishing for more eloquent words to help convey the grandeur of the landscape and the feeling of getting lost in its hold.
Before long, Utah had a few different ideas about how the day was going to end up. It involved complete white-outs from snow, then fog, lashing rain, craziness of folks driving in weather they were not accustomed to or happy about, the desire to pull off and try to capture the snow storm and not to get creamed by the folks not paying attention, the desire to ensure I get to see my bride again by just moving on and not mucking about with pictures covered in snow and sleet and crazy drivers…
So be it…That is the way it goes this time of year, right? OK; so let’s move on to the lower elevations and all that they hold. My brother-in-law had been telling me about visiting Kolob Canyons area of Zion National Park and I was intrigued. From the maps and his description, it sounded grand! :o) There was NO disappointment as we arrived earlier this morning to the park. The views and vistas were really quite
breathtaking! I have a TON of photos to share and am looking forward to the next stop as well. Can you guess where I am now? I did spend a bit of my life there once upon a time and I can’t wait to get back tomorrow and take a stroll around. Watch out for the rattlesnakes!!
So: What is The Next Stop?
Regardless, it’ll be grand!