Tuesday, 28 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day 23 Mineola, MO to Nashville, TN
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We made it back home safely after a 495 mile drive. We made one stop at Eddy Creek Resort & Marina in Kentucky to visit with friends there. Mavis took the photo of the arch at St Louis from a side window. We crossed the Mississippi on I-64/55. We had dinner at McDonald’s and I tried the new Premium Wrap which was very good and better than a Big Mac. Our next trip is at the end of August where we head for Grand Marais on Lake Superior to attend a View/Navion rally and visit the grandkids in Woodbury, MN. Click here to start at the beginning of the Utah Loop.

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The Utah loop was about 4,000 miles. We filled up with diesel 16 times using 249 gallons at a cost of $944. The average cost per gallon was $3.79. We averaged 16.1 mpg getting to and from Colorado doing 62 mph and fighting the wind most of the way. We averaged 18.1 mpg in Colorado, Utah, and Arizona where our speeds were slower.

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Posted on 05/28/2013 8:51 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 26 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day 22 Salina, KS to Mineola, MO
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At Mineola, MO (Lazy Day Campground) we are now 1,141 miles from Moab. We have endured high gusty winds on our passenger side the entire time except for the last 100 miles. It is so nice to get out of the wind. Today’s highlight was a visit to the Eisenhower Museum in Abilene, KS. President Eisenhower was a remarkable leader the likes of which we haven’t seen for some time. His childhood home is in the center of the property and is exactly the way it was when his mother died. All the furnishings are the originals. It used to be in the middle of a residential neighborhood with a school. All the property was acquired by the museum and torn down leaving the home. He never lived there after going off to military school at West Point.  The museum opened in 1953 right around the time he became president. Both the republicans and democrats tried to get him to run for their respective parties.  The WWII exhibits in this museum require far too much reading and the graphic design is weak with dark blue text on dark backgrounds.  The WWII Museum in New Orleans is much better, but then it just opened a year ago.  One interesting area contained all the fancy stuff he was given by world leaders at the time such as the Shah of Iran.  A whole section of the museum is devoted to Mamie Eisenhower. She came from a well-to-do family and owned an early 1900’s Detroit Electric Car. In those days electric cars were bought by women and physicians because they started up instantly without cranking.  Tomorrow we head for Nashville with a stop at Eddyville, KY for dinner.

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Posted on 05/26/2013 8:18 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 25 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day 21 Strasburg to Salina, KS
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We are back to boring interstate driving.  It’s OK in the morning but around 10AM the wind starts to blow and I have to constantly correct for the gusts on our starboard side. It is also noise. I have always enjoyed visiting attractions called “Visit the World’s Largest ____”.  You just know it’s going to be a rip-off of some kind. To break up the boredom today, we stopped at the World’s Largest Prairie Dog Zoo.  I paid nearly $10 to get in and there was the sorriest zoo I have ever seen. I am glad I didn’t have to pay for Mavis as she wasn’t so keen on seeing the World’s Largest Prairie Dog. The entire area of the zoo was pitted with prairie dog holes with the odd dog popping up every now and then. The largest prairie dog iwas made of plaster and hidden behind a high fence so the secret would not be given away to drivers on I-70. The barn was good looking  but in sad condition. The aviary section was a cage of pigeons. I can see all of those I want to see in Nashville. There was a coyote sleeping in a cage. I can also see those in our neighborhood at home.  I forgot to look for the 5 legged cow. Leaving after 10 minutes, I was not surprised to see the zoo is for sale.  I didn’t ask about the price. As a public service I am showing my photos of the zoo on this blog and sparing readers from having to travel to Oakley KS to see this "world famous attraction".  Tomorrow we will visit the Eisenhower Library in Abilene and then on to a few miles west of St. Louis. We should be home on Monday or early Tuesday.

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Posted on 05/25/2013 8:34 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 24 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day 20 Moab to Strasburg, CO
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We are on our way back to Nashville now. To get things started we drove 420 miles to get past Denver and avoid the holiday crowds at RV parks. The traffic heading west into the mountains was stop and go for miles. We had no problem with traffic as we were heading east. I-70 has some spectacular scenery but it’s a tough road to drive through the mountains at high speed in lots of traffic. There are two points that got us higher than 10,000 ft. The Loveland Pass is the continental divide at over 11,000 ft. The Eisenhower tunnel built in 1979 saves having to climb another 1,000 ft or so. Tomorrow we will take it easy and drive just 317 miles to Homer, KS.

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Posted on 05/24/2013 9:05 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 23 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day 19 Arches NP and Dead Horse Point SP
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The photo above is a panoramic view of the Colorado River from Dead Horse Point. You can see the river top left and bottom right. Arches National, Park is well worth seeing. As Memorial Day approaches traffic in the park was fairly heavy.  We saw all the arches we needed to see driving about ½ way north in the park. It was interesting to learn that these arches were caused by salt beds dissolving around the sandstone. Then wind and rain gradually caused the arches to form. The arch beside Lake Powell was caused by rivers breaking through an already eroded sandstone river bank. In the afternoon we drove 31 miles to Dead Horse Point State Park. You get a dramatic view of the Colorado River as it winds around from 2,000 ft up. The view compares to Grand Canyon. There is a mysterious bright blue area with white lines across it that can be seen from the point. It appears to be about 1,000 ft higher than the Colorado River. If anyone knows what this is, please comment.  For sure it’s not natural.

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Posted on 05/23/2013 11:38 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day 18 Bryce Canyon to Moab, UT
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I always thought interstate highways were boring. Well I-70 is anything but. Check out the photos above. We took the interstate because it saved nearly 200 miles over the “direct route” through Escalante and Canyonlands NP. We got a good campground in Moab with no reservation. With Memorial Day weekend everything is booked solid. Our best bet is to head for the prairies on Friday.

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Posted on 05/22/2013 10:24 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day 17 Zion Canyon to Bryce Canyon
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We left Zion on US98 which goes to the East Gate of the National Park. A series of switchbacks takes you up a 1000 ft or so and then you enter a tunnel. Two way traffic is stopped for motor homes like ours because of our width I was told by the warden. It also costs $15 extra. After Zion we were on a high plateau until Bryce Canyon National Park.

Just when you think you have seen about everything there is to see in canyons after Durango, Lake Powell, Grand Canyon, and Zion Canyon, you come to Bryce Canyon and are surprised once again..

Tomorrow we will head for Moab.

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Posted on 05/21/2013 9:51 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day 16 Zion Canyon
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We took the shuttle bus 15 miles or so into the canyon and then hiked ½ mile to the point where you have to ford the river with its 50 degree water. Pictures are better than words to describe Zion. Click here for a slideshow or Click here to see  slideshow in Picasa

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Posted on 05/21/2013 7:22 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 19 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day 15 St. George to Zion Canyon
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Our first stop was Brigham Young’s winter home. We were personally guided around the home by a member of the Church of the Latter Day Saints.  Many of the objects in the home belonged to Brigham Young. He was the second president of the church and led his followers to Utah after incidents in Illinois made it unsafe to stay there in Nauvoo. Suffering from arthritis he needed to escape the cold in Salt Lake City and bought this property in St. George. His portrait hangs over the mantle in the drawing room of the home. I was amazed that the photo turned out so well as you could hardly see the picture in the dark room. Wikipedia says he had 55 wives and 56 children; 46 of his children made it to adulthood. For a time he was governor of the Utah Territory. He died in 1877. St. George is a beautiful town with tree lined streets and flowers everywhere. It’s a short 36 mile drive to Springdale, nestled in the canyon at the entrance to Zion National Park. We were camped at the Quality Inn RV Park overlooking the Virgin River until two busloads of kids arrived for a 2 day camp. They parked the busses between us and the river. The park moved us up the hill to a much quieter site but no river view just mountains on either side. What makes Zion different from the other parks so far is it’s a canyon surrounding a small river. At the visitor center we watched a 45 minute IMAX movie of Zion’s mountains made in 1994. It was well done. Tomorrow we will hike beside the river to where the canyon narrows.

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Posted on 05/19/2013 9:19 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 17 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day14 Kanab to St. George UT
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The 100 degree panoramic photo above is from Day 13 when we visited Bright Angel Poiint on the North Rim of Grand Canyon.  We decided to spend a couple of days in St. George so as to avoid the weekend campers in the National Parks. The trip to St. George was not very photogenic. We are camped in a large commercial park, Temple View RV Resort, with 270 spaces. Over half are park homes jammed together in long rows. The rest are 40 ft motorhomes. I think most are extended stay folks that come here in the winter. Our site is pretty good with a lot of grass between us and Main St. I thought the Temple was the mountain the Resort shows in its ads, but it is the Mormon Temple a few blocks to the north we could see on our way in. Brigham Young had his winter home here. Tomorrow we head for Bryce Canyon NP. We will now begin our trek heading north and east to Denver, St Louis and Nashville.

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Posted on 05/17/2013 12:10 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 16 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day13 Kanab to Grand Canyon North Rim
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We picked a good day to visit the canyon. It’s an 80 mile drive and we were there in under 2 hours. The description that follows was written by my father of our family's 1950 visit and is much better than anything I could write.

"A three hour drive brought us to the north rim of the Canyon and there it was, the most beautiful panorama that can be imagined. It has a hazy unreal look, differing from every viewpoint, a natural kaleidoscope of color and formation. Unlike other eroded areas it has a great forest of Ponderosa pine at the crest. There are The high altitude (9100 ft.) and clear pine-scented air all contribute to its beauty. The Grand Canyon Lodge on the bank of the Canyon provides a variety of accommodation from tent and trailer camps to luxurious suites. Our log cabin near the main lodge was not more than 150 feet from the Canyon edge but built in among the pine trees.

As the Grand Canyon was one of the main objectives on our trip we decided to forget Mr. Abbott (Canadian Minister of Finance in 1950) temporarily and celebrate by having a grand dinner and to hell with expense. For this purpose we lined up outside the dining room of the lodge and waited for a half hour until the curtains were drawn back revealing the waitresses all lined up against the backdrop of the view of the Canyon through the huge windows. The setting couldn't have been more appropriate for such a special celebration. The waitresses sang a chorus and then the guests swept down the grand staircase into the dining room and were placed at large round tables. The other guests at our table were very pleasant people, one couple from California and the other from New York. Then the anti-climax came in one of the poorest meals we were served anywhere on the trip. Poor Bob, after being warned that this time he was not to demand a hamburger, found he had meat that defied the most aggressive efforts of the knife. After dinner there was a good musical show in the auditorium that the children enjoyed while Marion and I gazed at the Canyon under brilliant moonlight.

The lesson here seemed to be that Grand Canyon Lodge is long on scenic grandeur and entertainment but short on food. Best results there are obtained by taking your own food and eating it under the pines in the beautiful park, which is well equipped with fireplaces and fresh water."

The good news is that we had lunch in that same dining room and the food today had improved greatly after 63 years.  We couldn’t get a cabin or campsite so we drove back to Kanab. The big surprise was a travelling carnival opened in the evening right beside our campground.

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Posted on 05/16/2013 8:05 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day12 Page to Kanab, UT
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We went back to the overlook for Lake Powell’s Wahweap Marina to get a better photo. I estimate there are slips for 400 large houseboats. It is the largest marina on all the US inland lakes. There are many more slips for small powerboats but I only saw one megayacht. Lake Powell is a very different boating experience than any of the other places we have been to. I am glad we went out once, but I would not be too keen on doing it again. I’ll stick to the Tennessee River. Kanab was 75 miles from Page.  We went past the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument which is a 1.8 million acre geological territory of multicolored cliffs, plateaus, mesas, buttes, pinnacles, and canyons. It occupies most of Southern Utah and was declared in September 1996 at the height of the 1996 election campaign by President Bill Clinton under the Antiquities Act (which saved Mesa Verde), and was controversial from the moment of creation. The declaration ceremony was held at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and not in the state of Utah. The Utah congressional delegation and state governor were notified only 24 hours in advance. That November, Clinton won Arizona by a margin of 2.2%, and lost Utah to Republican Bob Dole by 21.1%. (credit Wikipedia).  The park is managed by the Bureau of Land Management rather than the National Parks. No doubt that ruffled a few feathers. However, in our view there is little to see that is different or unusual from what we have seen already and the visitor center was closed as it was Wednesday. Kanab was a town we stayed in on our 1950 trip. We stayed at Parry Lodge and it is still there today. There have been about 5 different owners since then I was told at the front desk. The restaurant now only serves breakfast and lunch so we missed out on that.

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Posted on 05/15/2013 10:21 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day11 Page & Lake Powell
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Lake Powell is named after John Wesley Powell the first known person to explore the Colorado River in 1869. The lake was formed by the Glen Canyon dam dating back to 1957. Not since Lake Mead in Nevada had we seen anything like it. The best way to see it is by boat (of course) and we took the Rainbow Bridge tour that travels 50 miles upstream. The boat was 92 ft long and made of aluminum. There were 112 passengers and a crew of 4. Between Mavis and I we got over 250 photos a few of which are shown above. It is hard to take a bad picture, but it is impossible to capture the immense scale of the towering mesas and buttes.  Look for the people nearest to the Rainbow Bridge in the photo. Just click on any photo to enlarge it. The only way to see Lake Powell is in person and by boat.  The route we were to take to the Grand Canyon North Rim today has been closed since a February landslide. I only discovered this at the Glen Canyon Dam visitor center where signs were posted. Instead we will go 75 miles today to Kanab UT and then south to the North Rim tomorrow.

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Posted on 05/14/2013 10:57 AM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 13 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day10 Monument Valley to Page, AZ
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It is 126 miles from Monument Valley to Page. We left early as Day 10 means it’s laundry day. The scenery changed all the time from the Monument Valley mesas, buttes, and spires to really twisted and spun rock formations near Page. There were two coin laundries across the main street from each other so we took the one with the easiest parking. It was a good choice as there was a Safeways, a Post Office, and a bank to get rolls of quarters at. We ate lunch at Subway while the clothes were drying and then headed for the campground. We got one of the last 4 sites. This afternoon I booked the 7:30AM boat trip on Lake Powell (Colorado River) that goes 50 miles upriver to the largest natural rock bridge on earth called Rainbow Bridge National Monument. This is the first really hot day with 90 degrees in the campground.

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Posted on 05/13/2013 6:46 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 12 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day 9 Mesa Verde NP to Monument Valley, UT
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I had a pancake breakfast at the campground restaurant. There is a gas station at Morehead but the price for diesel was $4.42.  I bet we could do better in Cortez just 14 miles away and filled up for $3.79. The next stop was the actual Four Corners where Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico meet. The only photos I had previously seen showed a concrete pad with an X marking the spot. I am sure there were numerous shacks selling Indian jewelry in that location as well. Today it’s different; almost all but a couple of shacks are gone and replaced by a four sided structure with 14 stalls per side.  A bronze plaque marks the spot and the main event is to stand on the dot and be in four states at once.  I had hoped to get a panoramic view of all four states from the spot but the new stalls completely block the view.  I went outside the rows of stalls and got pictures of each state. Colorado had the most junk in the picture, Arizona had two porta- potties, with Utah and New Mexico having the best views of the natural landscape. Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is a small part of the 29,817 square mile Navajo Nation. There are ancient mesas, buttes, and spires scattered about the desert. There is a magnificent visitor center attached to a hotel with great views over the valley. We had a good dinner in the hotel restaurant to celebrate Mother’s Day. We are staying at Goulding’s Campground. Harry Goulding bought a large plot of land from the Navajo’s in the 1920’s. During the depression they convinced a movie producer to film westerns here. John Wayne starred in Stagecoach in 1939. They still show this film here every night.

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Posted on 05/12/2013 10:00 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 11 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day 8 Durango to Mesa Verde National Park, CO
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It was a short 36 mile drive from Durango to the Visitor Center at Mesa Verde (green table). Then it was almost the same distance in the park to the cliff dweller Pueblo Indian homes. We took the ranger tour at Cliff Palace which is the largest of the ancient towns in the park. It was built and occupied in the period from 1190 to 1270AD. Today it has been greatly restored. Our tour guide, Jo, put on quite a performance explaining each of the different buildings and what life was like. Couples married at age 12, had children at 14 and died at 35 from tooth decay. After the tour we drove alongside Soda Canyon and stopped at view points. You could look across the canyon and see the remains of cliff dwellings including one named in honor of Mary Hemenway who advocated for the protection of these sites and got Teddy Roosevelt to pass the Antiquities act in 1906. Not all the natives lived in cliff homes, some lived on the mesas. We walked around Far View which was occupied by Puebloans from 750 to 1300AD.  I was most impressed with a 200 ft diameter reservoir that was named a National Historic Engineering Landmark by the American Association of Civil Engineers. It’s one of the oldest engineered public works in the USA.  We camped at Morehead Campground in the park and were lucky to get 1 of 15 sites with power out of 235 sites total. There was no Verizon cellphone/internet service at the campground. Tomorrow we cross into Utah and head for Monument Valley.

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Posted on 05/11/2013 9:42 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 10 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day 7 Durango to Silverton and back
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The train ride was well worth the time and cost. Everything about this railway is done right. It’s owners are running it as a labor of love with no expense spared and great staff from the ticket agent to the attendant, Ellie, and the considerable crew it takes to run the train. Ellie is a geologist that spent many years in Alaska before moving to Durango and becoming one of the senior attendants. Her talks about the geology of the area were like going back to first year engineering. In Canada because mining was so important to the economy, all engineers had to take one course in geology. It’s one of the few courses I remember much of what was taught. The railway was built in 11 months and opened in 1882 to take the silver and gold out of the mines in Silverton. It has operated continuously ever since.  There are businesses along the route that can only be reached by the railroad. One is a hydroelectric power station and the other the Tall Timbers Resort. The route runs alongside the Animas River with spectacular views of the river from high up in a canyon. We returned on the bus which takes a different route. The driver spoke interestingly and continuously all the way back. We learned a lot about aspen trees which are the first to grow back after a forest fire. They grow in clusters with connected roots. For many years one Colorado aspen grove was the largest living organism on earth. Recently a French mushroom has claimed the honor. Tomorrow we visit Mesa Verde.

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Posted on 05/10/2013 9:21 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 9 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day 6 San Luis Lakes SP to Durango, CO
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The drive to Durango was an easy 174 miles over mostly good roads with one mountain range to cross.  We drove beside the Rio Grande River for a time and crossed over at South Fork. This river starts in the mountains north west from South Fork and flows south though New Mexico, passing Albuquerque, crossing a corner of Texas and then forms the border between Texas and Mexico.  We had our first snowflakes as we climbed over Wolf Creek Pass at 10,600 ft. The temperature at that altitude was 33 degrees.  Durango is a prosperous town with lots of fancy shops and restaurants on its long main street. The big attraction is the Durango & Silverton narrow gauge railroad. The station was beside the restaurant where we had lunch and after studying the brochure for the tours we went over and bought the first class trip up to Silverton and the bus ride back.  We will be in an observation car on the back of the train. We will stay in Durango one more night, then on to Mesa Verde National Park on Saturday

Correction:  The Grand Sand Dunes highest point is 950 ft above the desert floor, not 3,000 ft as stated 2 days ago in my eyeball estimate.

 

 

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Posted on 05/09/2013 10:55 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day 5 Great Sand Dunes NP to San Luis Lakes SP, CO
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Today was kind of a rest day. I checked the house batteries when we got up and with our watching a two hour movie, and the heat going all night, we still had power.   We turned on the generator and Mavis cooked sausage biscuits for breakfast in the microwave. Two of those last all day.  We hiked out to the sand dunes accompanied by lots of school children on a field trip. When you get to the top of the first dune, you see another and another. Then it was a 22 mile drive to San Luis Lakes State Park which is 11 miles straight south and 11 miles straight west. The sky became very exciting especially when you can see storms coming from miles away. We got a picture of a tornado forming but Mavis says it was a dust devil. Then we got some rain and even a little hail. We are in a beautiful state park surrounded by snow capped mountains and power at each of 51 sites. Apparently we are ahead of the season as we almost had the entire park to ourselves. One other rental RV showed up later in the day. I was cold and windy so we stayed inside and I got some work done as well as finally planning the rest of the trip.  Tomorrow we head for Durango, CO.

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Posted on 05/08/2013 6:47 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 7 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day 4 Garden City to Great Sand Dunes NP, CO
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We had most of another day on the Santa Fe Trail. When you think about it the route follows the Arkansas River. Man first walked on the Prairie beside the river to find a way west. In the 19th century wagons traveled the route. In the 1880’s the railway was built on the route, then finally in the 20th century the road was built. All 4 modes of transportation followed the river. Unfortunately it was not navigable. Leaving Garden City the route changed to US50. Crossing into Colorado we stopped in Lamar to get maps and directions at the visitor’s bureau. Its 72 miles From La Junta (The Junction) to Walsenburg. The road slowly climbs until we were at 6,000 feet. It was the most desolate part of the trip so far.  There were no stopping places along the highway, so we wound up going into the driveway for a cell phone tower and had lunch. 

At Walsenburg we were at the edge of the Rocky Mountains. The View took the La Veta pass to 9,428 feet at 54 mph without missing a beat.  We arrived at the National Park at 3:00pm CDT, 2:00PM MDT. It turns out we are early in the season so there were lots of good sites in the campground. There is pretty fair Verizon Internet access here but no power in the campground. The sand dunes are the highest in North America at 650 feet above the base Tomorrow we will climb the smaller dunes and then move to San Luis state park just few miles from here; no more 300 mile days until the return trip.

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Posted on 05/07/2013 6:56 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 6 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day 3 Fall River State Park to Garden City, KS
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Who would have thought we would drive almost 1,000 miles to see the world’s largest hand dug well . . .  and that’s not all; it is one of the 8 wonders of Kansas!  Well it turns out to be quite a story.  The city of Greensburg, KS needed water and dug the stone lined well in1888 to get water from the Ogallala Aquifer. The well is 109 feet deep and 32 feet in diameter. Over the years some three million visitors have descended the stairway into the well. On the night of May 4, 2007 an E-5 tornado wiped out the entire downtown of Greensburg including the water tower beside the well and the gift shop.  The town got together and began an amazing rebuilding program with new public buildings, energy efficient homes, and a beautifully architected museum with gift shop over the big well. After Greensburg we passed through Dodge City and really understood the movie statement “get the hell out of Dodge”. It is a regional meat packing center with a large area of plants as you enter from the east.  However, they have worked hard to create a downtown on Wyatt Earp Avenue beside Boot Hill.  Our last stop was to see the Santa Fe trail used by pioneers heading west between 1822 and 1872 when the railway was built. The trail went from Independance, MO to Santa Fee, NM. The ruts left by wagons are still on the prairie hills. There is not much to say about Garden City, but the RJ RV Campground is a retired KOA and the full service sites are level. Tomorrow we hope to get to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.

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Posted on 05/06/2013 8:39 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 5 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013 Day 2 Poplar Bluff to Fall River State Park, KS
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We drove 360 miles today arriving at Fall River State Park at 4:00PM. It took an hour to find the Corps of Engineers Campground that had full service campsites with a view of the dam out our front window. The host told us that this was the first time in 2 years they were letting water spill through the dam.  A most interesting place was our lunch stop at Avilla, MO. The town is clearly declining. While we were trying to take pictures of the cat on the porch it decided to turn away from the camera. A young man came along on his bike and asked what we were doing. I said trying to get the cat to turn his head. Right away I got my picture. He then proceeded to describe the history of the town as it is on Route 66 and his grandmother is the mayor. He went on to tell us that Ford Trucks were built in the factory building, and the building with the cat was once a hotel. He said he had seen an indoor pool in the building one time when it was uninhabited.  Tomorrow we will try for Garden City, KY after we “get the hell out of Dodge City”.

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Posted on 05/05/2013 8:07 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 4 May 2013
Utah Loop 2013, Day 1 Nashville to Poplar Bluff
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We drove the car to the shed in Murray, packed our stuff into the View, and headed for Kenlake Marina. We met with our marine technicians Tami and Rick. They are installing a new AC Unit in the main salon and had some questions about where to put the control panel. The 32 year old unit sounded like a diesel engine when it was running. We then took the Katy Leigh over to the pump out facility which is now working very well and put the boat back in its slip. It seems a massive catfish had passed away under our neighbor’s boat Harmony and was stuck under the stern. With some effort it was dragged out, floated to the channel, and hopefully will wind up under someone elses boat. I was tempted to take a photo but it would have been too disgusting for our audience so I forgave the opportunity. By 3:00PM it was time to get started on the road and we drove to Poplar Bluff arriving at 6:10PM. Today the sky formed the most exciting scenes on the trip (see photo). We are in a very good campground called Camelot. Tomorrow I hope to get to Falls River State Park near Wichita.

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Posted on 05/04/2013 10:26 PM by Bob Duthie
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