2017-07-12 On to Utah: Arches National Park

Got some sugary doughnuts at ColoraDOUGH donuts for breakfast which proved to be a little much for ALL of our bellies. We left Glenwood Springs going South on 133 thinking we would get a view of Maroon Bells (which we never did), but it was a beautiful road none the less. Again we found a great place to pull over and have lunch at the summit of the mountains.

As we crested the Mountains and came down the western slope towards Utah the terrain became more and more treeless and drier.

We stopped in a Visitor Welcome Center, got some info on dispersed camping, the low down on visiting the parks, and got out of Moabs crowded touristy atmosphere as soon as we could..
Ended up in the La Sal National Forest just South of Moab where there was plenty of “backwoods” camping, the elevation was higher, the temps were cooler, and there were even a few trees!

In the morning, we made an early run for Arches to try and beat the crowds and the heat.
Hiked a couple shorter trails and admired the other wordly landscape. Arches had just received their first rain in two months (though you couldn’t tell it, I cant imagine how it looked BEFORE the rain), and a few of the trails and roads were closed down “due to flooding”…. Flooding?? Hah, these folks don’t know what “flooding” is…

And. apparently, some of their tourists have a little difficulty with toilet training….

Really?

“Sit on the toilet during use”?
“Do not stand on the toilet”??
“Do not use the floor. Use the toilet”??
These are things people need a SIGN for????

 

2017-07-11 Colorado: Glenwood Canyon, Hanging Lake

We headed down the Trough road (some dirt) along the Columbia River and had lunch roadside in the Aspens near the crest of the mountains.

   

The Glenwood Canyon Highway is worth the trip in itself! Awesome Road built through a narrow canyon. Indescribable – the last major Highway project done by the federal government I am told.. This cost us lots of money – go drive it!

The trail to Hanging Lake is somewhere along the highway. The road department went to great effort to avoid destroying this natural wonderland.. again – go see it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer says it is still the favorite thing she saw during the entire trip. My pictures don’t do it justice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss the big waterfall just above the lake..

C’mon, you’ve made it this far;

you. can. do. it.

 

  After Climbing 1000 feet in a little more than a mile, and then descending back down the same trail, this is how I felt als0…

only I didn’t have the energy left to jump. 🙂

 Afterwards, we stopped at Glenwood Springs and took a natural hot mineral bath with live music playing in the background. The questionable weather kind of cleared out the pool, but the folks there assured us that in over their 100 year history, lightning had never struck the pool..

The town itself was fun too – going through a little bit of growing construction pains at the moment, but great shops, restaurants, and a beautiful downtown. We ate at “The Grind” in downtown, and afterwards as we were sitting in the van trying to figure out where we would camp, we noticed a sign in the parking lot that said “Max 24 hour parking”… Problem solved, pulled the curtains and we were all out like babies in our comfy little nest. I love this vehicle.
We will revisit Glenwood Springs.