Durango, Colorao

Hey

I am so sad to leave Durango.

After driving that exhausting 45 minute drive from Mesa Verde, we arrived at Westerly RV Park and was greeted by Cook (yes, his name is Cook).  Really nice, I set up and went to check in and talk to him, it was fun, learned so much about him and he gave me a couple hints about what to do, see, etc.  This is really active, he was telling me about a backpacking trip he was planning on taking in a couple weeks, he is in a band or two that play a bunch of places and a bunch more stuff, he asked if I wanted to go to his favorite brewery as I mentioned I liked beer.  I said sure, and we set Friday night, always depending on how tired I was though.  By the end of the conversation we were talking about age and he said he just turned 70 a couple weeks ago. I knew he was older but I wouldn’t say that much older (and don’t worry, I wasn’t think of him romantically, just cause he was so active).  He thought I was in my mid-30s, when I corrected him, he was surprised then within the conversation I told him my mom was 70… His look went from, hmm she is a little young,  to wow I could be her father…

The next day, we went on Million Dollar Highway (Durango to Ouray through Silverton).  Wow, that was an amazing drive.  Cook said to do the drive rather than the train and Sofie loved it.  There was still snow on the ground so she was loving jumping in and out of it, running and all.  We went through some summit passes that were just breathtaking.  Here are a couple pictures from it.

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Near Purgatory, Colorado
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Molas-Pass, San Juan National Forest
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Weminuche Mountains Pass

We didn’t really stop in Silverton, it was a bit early for lunch, it looked cute and just not too dog friendly.

By the time we arrived in Ouray, it was lunch time and we found this great little burger place where Sofie could sit out with me. The sun was shinning and it was just beautiful.  I couldn’t have felt more content.  After lunch, I thought of going on a couple hiking trails out here, so we went to Lower Crescent Falls and Baby Bath-bowls… I think Sofie found her spot with this altitude, she was in front of me the whole time, trying to hurry me up… I am panting of course cause we are at about 7600 elevation….

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The next day, I decided to just hang around Durango and see what was here. Instead of paying 42 bucks for a sitter for Sofie, I brought her with me, called my sister to wish her a happy birthday, found a dog park where she can run in the Animas River and play with so many other dogs.  After that, we went to another recommendation from Cook to a lunch place.  Then headed to another hiking trail which was a little deceiving.  It was Havalis Lake Trail, and the trail was going around a mountain next to the lake, we never saw the lake on this trail.  No matter, Sofie was loving it, and we relaxed by the lake at the end of it.

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So it was night before I was supposed to leave, I saw no sign of Cook so I figured, no going for a beer, which was fine cause I had already had one and was feeling it.  The night was good, I had packed up most of my stuff to leave and was ready.

The next morning, I am packing up, dumping the ugly waters, messing with the water hose which every time I tell myself, I have to get a better solution for stowing this and then I drain my toilet to make sure no water in in the piping and notice, the flush was different.  So I decided, its earlier than I planned to leave, let me fix this real quick.  Well without getting into gross detail, I decided to stay another night as nothing was working… Had to call Roto-Rooter and luckily I fixed it before having to pay for a dispatch to do the same thing I did.  I called the dealer where I bought my trailer and asked if they had encountered this problem before, they had and told me how to fix it, and now I own an auger and I can fix things… 🙂

IMG_2553Unfortunately though, it was 11 am and I was exhausted just by the stress of doing what I was doing, not having a toilet to use, so I was driving across the main highway to the grocery store every time I had to tinkle… After going to Office Depot to finish a print out, I walked into Wal-Mart and found an amazing aisle… Bronco crap – everywhere… I was in a happy place…

Finally getting back, I spoke with another neighbor and she recommended I go to the Hot Springs across the street.  I wanted to go before, just didn’t; I wanted a massage but then told myself you are unemployed, you don’t need to spend the money!!! That all went out the door after the morning I had.  Looking down, I needed a shower cause somehow I also had grease all over me, no idea how I did that, but it was there – on my legs, my calves; my forearm, even my forehead… Laughing a little cause apparently I looked exactly like that in Office Depot and Wal-Mart and no one looked or said anything weird to me…  I locked Sofie up in the trailer, praying she didn’t destroy it, and walked over to shower and soak.  While talking to the people, I noticed the hot stone massages were 50% off and another 10 bucks today only special… So I booked a 4:45 and went to shower and soak for 30 min. 🙂

That night, I thought back in the day, and as horribly wrong as the morning had been, it was on purpose, I wasn’t meant to leave on Saturday… If I had, I would have not have found my Broncos lap blanket I am snuggled in right now, I wouldn’t have sent my tax papers in or experienced the wonderful hot springs there which felt like it just rejuvenated me and that night, I slept like a baby.

Now I am ready to venture off to New Mexico.

Mesa Verde, Colorado

Hey my dear

I can’t believe it already has been two days since I left here. Mesa Verde was on purpose and slightly a mistake at the same time… The on purpose part was that Papa suggested I go and check it out as he knew I would like it (we went when we were younger).  The mistake part was, when I was making the Durango RV Park reservations, I was driving and was staying in Natural Bridges – so the cell service was less then ok.  So, when the lady asked which days I wanted to stay, I said the 25th not knowing which day that was, I reserved Wednesday – Saturday and not Sunday – Wednesday… Which meant, I was staying in Mesa Verde (36 miles from Durango) for three nights to make up the difference.  A good mistake… 🙂   Guess I really should pay attention to the date and days…

I feel kinda bad, but not really. My drive from Natural Bridges was about 130 miles (2 hours) and then my drive from Mesa Verde to Durango (46 miles) was about an hour including getting gas… Oh well, I feel like I will have some days where I will have to make the long drives, so I can’t complain then, which I probably will anyway.

The Mesa Verde RV Park though, I can’t say enough about it, the site management were great, they guided me to my spot and helped me back up that 5 feet I needed to not hit a tree which apparently is a bad thing… He of course had to tell me to turn my wheels the other way… and then adjusted a couple times and then finally I was in my spot.  🙂 Since I had been traveling about a month and have no idea about how much propane I still had, he filled them up for me (2.5 gallons with both 5 gallon tanks)  I guess I haven’t been using as much as I thought.

After a couple hours of me being there, I decided to do laundry, the bag was heavy so the site manager went and got his golf cart, drove my laundry to the building – so nice.  I noticed the son (24 yrs old) was helping out, by 3 pm I could smell the beer (Coors) on him. While I was doing laundry I could hear him talking to his mom (site manager’s wife) and it was just funny… Oh to be 24… After a couple more hours, I could tell he kept drinking, he came over and was playing with Sofie. It was fun, talking to a young kid reminded me of talking to my nephews, refreshing.   He apparently is a big deal out here in Durango, tours with a band as the singer and all.  Looking him up in Facebook, he wasn’t making it up!  It was great talking with him and he helped me with a couple things just cause he was just a sweetheart like my nephews!  Missing my nephews!

Since I wasn’t able to bring Sofie on any Mesa Verde park trails, I left her in the crate and took an adventure tour, the way the Ranger described it, I thought I needed to be certified in rock climbing… This was kinda the jist of it (paraphrasing): “Ok, this is our adventure tour, in this tour you will be climbing a 32 foot ladder with no supports, (eyes get wide) then you will be in a place where the Pueblo tribe lived hundreds of years ago, sacred land.  Then after about 30 min, you will have to go through two tiny tunnels about 2.5 feet wide and about 3 feet tall, so if you are claustrophobic, you will just have to breathe, and you are small enough – you should be fine getting through the tunnel – even if you have to contort yourself a little and shimmy through…  (smile) Then after the tunnel, you will be cliff side about 600 feet high with no protection and you will have another ladder, climb some stone rock with toe and foot cutouts, then another ladder 2 feet wide to climb another 20 feet… Are you interested?” – LMAO UMMM Yeah – sign me up… climbing ladders with no protection… why not!!!

As Sofie was comfortable in her crate in Harry I did the hour drive to get to the site, a lot of switchbacks and insane climbing… Waiting for the tour to begin I met a couple couples, one of them the wife was deathly afraid of heights and the other wife was 72… The husbands were the ones that signed them up… Of course.  They were so sweet, encouraging me on this trip I am taking, so while we were climbing up the ladders, the 72 year old was above me, taking her time, I was encouraging her while we were going up… It also gave me time to stop and look out, it was a good thing I wasn’t afraid, I told myself there was no need to be and I would be so happy that I did this… So I was pretty much hanging off this ladder looking out while I wait and the other wife was next to me almost freaking out, I was talking her through it, encouraging her as well, knowing she would be so proud of herself.  Both of them did so great, the 72 year old said breathless – not bad for a woman my age 🙂 She was so proud.  I loved it… Missed my mom as both of them reminded me of her.

 

Looking out –  it was breath taking, the Ranger spoke of being of Indian decent and spoke to us about how they lived, said a thankful prayer while we were there to the spirits of the Pueblo tribes.  Definitely a memorable experience.

The following day was more a rest day, WalMart run, Sofie was getting groomed (since she dove into a really stinky pond), Safeway to purchase Bronco paraphernalia, and organized my truck and Harry…

I had met one set of the neighbors there and that last night they invited me to have a drink with them. They were from northern Washington (living on an island).  She was a facilities project manager also laid off, so she understood what I was going through, she is now retired and they mentioned that their son was an IT PM as well working for SAP and would send him my information to see if he knows someone that might be able to help.  They also thought I was amazing and brave (of course) for doing this and invited me up to their island home when I get back for a visit… I tell you, the people I meet.  I do need to check one thing though, they also offered me food from what they have and they said, that is what RV’ing is all about, meeting people and giving you a part of them.  I have felt pretty bad so far, as all I have given away is some half bottles of wine and a book I finished reading cause she mentioned that she loved the author. LOL… I need to research and possibly up my game.

Now it is time to leave and the most I will miss about this RV Park is the amazing shower facilities they had… I mean, it was almost as good as my rain shower I have at home.

I really enjoyed my stay at Mesa Verde, so much to see and now it is time for Durango, CO for 3 days.

 

If not now? When?  ~  Keep traveling and be brave!

Blanding (Natural Bridges), Utah

Hey there,

When I arrived in Natural Bridges it was about 10:20 am and was able to find one campsite available.  Of course backing in was required and of course, I have not practiced much.  Sighing heavily, I took out my little cheat sheet and tried.  The whole experience went exactly how it was supposed to go.  When I turned the correct way, the trailer followed… The challenge was, there was not much space to make these maneuvers and though the trailer was turning the way I wanted it to, I was not getting it.  Almost at a full jack-knife position and 25 minutes later, I decided to unhitch and use my dolly (trailer valet)…  This dolly works ok, it’s hard to use and definitely tough to control when you are slightly down-hill or going over a small bump. I tried using my drill but the one I brought doesn’t have enough power so one hand felt like I was lifting the trailer the other tried to move it, good thing I have incredible upper body strength…

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In order to appreciate the full distance, the trailer was about maybe 1/3 of the way in the spot it needed to be in, which meant, it was blocking the one-way drive (luckily no one tried to pass while I was having this much fun). So, I would get it about 2 feet and then have to take a break, mind you I had to move it about 14 feet and turn it… Watching this would be like watching a comedy on how many times I started, stopped, adjusted, turned the wrong way, had to turn back the other way, taking a break, listening to Sofie bark saying “hurry up already”, finally after about another 30 min, I get it in the right spot… Then – Crap – its not level, I have to lift one side on a step leveler thing… sigh… trying to do this on the dolly was just me being tired.  Finally, I hitched it back onto the truck, moved it forward, way over the board, then had to back it up on it, went too far again… Finally the third attempt worked… This is a lot harder with one person, as I am running in and out of the truck needing to adjust and see where I am… After all of that, I had a very narrow area to park my truck… Double crap… So I start in head first, caught a large rock and said to myself: “backing it up it is, I can see better…”  With about 2 inches from a large rock that could puncture my tire and about 6 inches from my trailer, I nuzzled myself in this spot and finally stabilized the camper, Sofie is happy laying outside, I have tea as it is freezing outside.. And it starts snowing!  Welcome to Natural Bridges.

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If Sofie could speak, I think she would say: “Finally you parked and look – it’s snowing!”

The first day and night was great, cold but I woke up at about 11pm and saw so many stars, it was unbelievable.  This is why I came, not wanting to get up though I told myself the next night I will try the night sky pictures again.  I was able to take 2 – ok looking ones..

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15 min exposure
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20 min exposure

The days were full of hikes around this area, I made one where I was able to let Sofie run free. She was so excited, running circles around me running up and back, always looking where I was.  It was great to see her having so much fun.  After that hike, I drove to see Valley of the Gods and looking at the map to get there I saw one area with a lot of switchbacks… No big deal, this road was no joke, I had to drive the craziest switch-back, sometimes one lane dirt road with sheer cliffs. I cant remember when I held tighter to my steering wheel.  The views were breathless, or I was just so scared, I couldn’t breathe – who could tell… Scariest 3 miles ever…  I continued down the road, made it to Mexican Hat (named after the upside-down rock that looks like a sombrero) to get some gas and a couple apples.  Then off to Valley of the Gods, it was nice kicking my truck into 4WD, I drove through just a little.  Then back up that scary road…

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Scariest drop and no railing!!!

The next days hikes were a lot less dramatic, as the wind picked up, we set off to Mule on Fire Ruin… and then to Salvation Rock… Looking at the forecast, it will be windy, rainy and snowing the next couple nights, so I decided to stay one more night to try to get the clear night sky pictures again.

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Adoring my hat???
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Mule on Fire

Today it is snowing and am not sure what I want to do, hiking seems too cold, staying inside might drive Sofie and me crazy, taking a drive sounds like just a big waste of gas so alas it is 9:28am and I am relaxing. 🙂  After speaking with my new RV neighbor who seriously looks and laughs like Tim Allen from “Home Improvement” and “Last Man Standing”, he loved visiting with Sofie and providing information about the area and what tools I needed to for camper… I swear, I felt like I was on the show.

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It snowed, hailed, snowed, rained, snowed and then clear blue sky

Well, it is Saturday and it is nice and sunny. Just like the weather forecast. This morning I hiked down to one the bridges, it was beautiful, the pictures do not give it enough justice.

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Then Sofie and I went to Fish and Owl Creek, it was a 15 mile loop which we did 5 of it. 🙂  The scenery was beautiful, of course when we just start out the hike, Sofie is all about it, so excited to get out and here is a picture of Sofie at mile 3, she is less than enthused.  We missed the sign showing – turn here to stay on the trail, and we went about a mile out of the way, finally turning back we saw the “sign” clearly marked if you actually paid any attention to where you were walking… Then we climbed up that for a bit, it was an easier hike than walking on what looked like a dried out waterway… Again, really nice, Sofie trailing behind me wanting to stop every so often to rest under a shaded tree looking at me like “why you have to walk so fast, enjoy where you are” – when really she just wanted more water, which I obliged.  Finally, when she realized we were on our way back to the car, she got her 5th wind and she led me to the car.  It was really cool to see, I would say, follow the trail, take us to our car, she would look up, turn, smell, look at the trail and move on… LOL – When we finally got to the car, she passed it… LOL Good thing my GPS and my mad tracking skills work well.

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Sofie happy on this hike… LOL

So tonight is our last night, I am hoping to get some good night pictures, hope they come out ok. And now that I took the pictures, only one is ok… The other three, a dork decided to drive with his headlights on and ruined the picture and the other, it was so windy and the moon was so bright that it looks just bad.  The last one came out ok, not great though. Will have to keep trying,

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Blurry!
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Way to bright!

Now back to civilization and connectivity!

Bluff, Utah

Hey there,

Constantly pleasantly surprised on how cool and how much beauty America is.  I don’t know why I feel that way, it is no surprise really, just maybe take it for granted when you are not in it.  Living my life, working and loving my loved ones, taking care of the laundry and the dishes, wondering what to cook for dinner or splurge and go out.

Here, I sit on the doorstep of Hairy (my chateau) with no music and Sofie laying beside me thinking, wow, I saw 17 Rooms Ruin in Bluff, Utah (link) (A well-preserved Anasazi Pueblo ruin tucked beneath a desert cliff.) While I left Sofie off leash, she was running up and down the area, just loving it and I was climbing on my hands and knees and sometime my butt on the way down.  But when I was up there, I thought how people lived here, they raised families here, they loved here, the views were amazing to say the least, there is a river not far from the ruin, just simple life, no first world problems of not being able to upload my pictures for my journal, no wondering if I can buy Ziploc bags in the snack size in Bluff or will I have to wait until I am Durango, CO…

After pondering life and what values we put on things, I decided I wanted to be in 4 states at one time, so we trekked over to Four Corners and I did just that. Giggling at myself I thought, simplest things are making me smile.  I haven’t turned the TV on nor have I listened to what is going on in the world, this journey and adventure is about me and what is going on in my head…. Sometimes too much is spinning and keeping me awake, that is what I am working on slowing down.

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Four Corners

Sitting here, listening to the wind rustle through the trees  and a wind chime in the distance,  I am at peace and not worried about so many things I used to worry about.  As I spent yesterday reflecting on life and how I want to live it, I thought of loved ones who have passed years ago and just recently, trying to make sure I am living up to my potential – I think I am now.  Maybe not everyday – but most days.

In Bluff, there is a Fort and a long history of settlers.  I loved sitting in Sand Island watching the river and also seeing the Petroglyph Panel and the occasional wildlife…

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So many things to see and do and not enough time to do it. Tomorrow I am off to Natural Bridges where I will be out of cell service for the next 3-4 nights…

Next time you hear from me, I will be in Durango, Colorado.

Page, Arizona

Hello me dear,

HOLY COW! That about sums up the day I had in Lower Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend today.  When I first got here I was just about resigned to take walks around the Antelope Canyons, not wanting to leave Sofie alone in the trailer.  I found some pretty cool ones and thought it was perfect, until I met my new RV neighbor where she mentioned that there are some really good dog daycares around here and to have a look as missing out on Antelope Canyon (which is on my bucket list) cause of your loving pet, sounds unheard of… 🙂 I smiled and thought – you know you are right, what the heck am I thinking, sacrificing Antelope Canyon for this 4 legged fur ball, cute and all, but really.

Finding a well reviewed dog daycare, they were glad to take her for the day.  Yeah!!! She will have fun as well.  Then went to reserve my tour for Antelope Canyon, apparently in 2006 they had some fatalities with flash floods and vandalism, so the Navajo community passed some regulations and now you are escorted by a tour guide who can tell you so much information one would not know unless they read a story online. Our guide came with a bonus, he was our photographer at the same time.  He would take our phone so we can have pictures of ourselves and show us how to get some of the amazing colors done by the sun, rocks and angles.  I cant even begin to describe how cool it was to go through there and see amazing shapes after amazing shapes, and when you thought you saw the best one, another surprises you and you are in awe all over again.  It was truly a spiritual experience, one I will never ever ever forget and am so grateful to have taken this trip to see this.

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Lower Antelope Canyon
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Lower Antelope Canyon
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Lower Antelope Canyon
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Lower Antelope Canyon

After the 1.5 hour amazingness, I went over to Horseshoe Bend.  Unfortunately it was extremely windy, I mean crazy windy (15-20 mph), I am glad I didn’t take Sofie with me, she would have made me so nervous about falling.  Still was amazing to see, it made me laugh, there are definitely a lot of people who are not afraid of heights – they were right at the edge with the wind gusts. I am not that brave or crazy.

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Horseshoe Bend

All in all, two main bucket list items I was able to check off and I felt on top of the world and so thankful.  Then reality, running to WalMart and Safeway before I had to go pick up Sofie.  I will admit, though I feel slightly guilty, I decided to have lunch and a beer without her at a real restaurant, it felt like I was cheating on her going most the day without her, I am sure I will get over it and did within a minute of seeing her…

The next day, I decided to not ignore the huge elephant in my chateau “Hairy”… The water pump wasn’t working as advertised. Of course, I have been doing a couple things wrong, like not filling the hot water tank, putting the pump on when I was connected to city water, the list apparently goes on.  I went to a local RV repair shop and apparently the pump just needed to be adjusted, what that meant was getting to it and puling all the bedding and whatever I threw on the bed off so Mike from Southwest auto and RV could access it to put his finger on the pump thingy… He then (half scolding me) taught me what is it I was supposed to do to make sure this doesn’t happen again… Like – use hot water… LOL… Lame.

Since the morning was wasted, I just put Hairy back in her spot and decided to take a smaller hike than I had planned.  It was beautiful,  after spending 30 minutes trying to find the office to buy a permit, I was ready.  Another hiker said it was worth the hike, it was like Antelope Canyon just free and I could bring the dog.  He was not totally wrong, though the didn’t go as deep as Lower Antelope Canyon, it was just as beautiful and colorful.

After meeting some great new neighbors and touring their 5th wheel (which was just beautiful), they invited me to a BBQ party they are having tomorrow night.  I am sitting here in my awesome chateau, my brother-in-law named Hairy, in candle light listening to Andrea Bocelli radio and drinking a glass of wine, I am happy where I am right now, mind body and soul. I try to stay true to myself and always think of the saying – Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, and right now – I truly believe that.

I wouldn’t have said that after the panic attack I had earlier today when I saw the balances of my bank accounts, but after I calmed down and remembered I am pretty much debt free (aside the house and Hairy), I can do this.

The last morning in Page consisted of Sofie waking me up at 5:30, went on a hike up the rocks behind our site. Then packed 95% of the trailer and headed to Upper Antelope Canyon.  The awes and oohhs were almost comparable.  It was so beautiful, I wasn’t able to get as many different colors, but the way it just made you feel in there, it was special.

Upon returning, packed, gassed up and now off to Bluff, UT for 2 nights then hopefully Natural Bridges.

This is the end of my comfort zone… and I am loving every moment! The easy and the hard.

Love you always!

Baker, Nevada (Great Basin National Park)

Hey there,

I hope your day was as amazing as mine was.  After taking a long time to get here (5.5 hour drive) I finally made it and of course arriving at the same time as three other people, so I just relaxed and waited for the owner to finish with all the others.  Since I had driven about 1.5 hours longer than I wanted to, I struggled putting the camper together, dropping things, forgetting to turn on the water and wondering why the water isn’t going…

But when I finally finished and made dinner, we took a walk while the sun was setting and finally the clouds parted.  It was a beautiful sunset and took to see some old deserted areas.  The mountains of Great Basin was to the left of me and the plains of Baker to the right.  Beautiful in there own ways.

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I woke in the middle of the night (10 pm) and saw the start night so excited, I couldn’t see many stars as the lights of the RV park disturbed that.  I made a pact with myself that the next night, I would go out somewhere to see them. So I did, and of course spoke with my sister and listened to the music the whole time. On my way there, I saw a herd of about 25 deer crossing the street, it was beautiful. Then I went to an archeological site (recommended by locals) and holy cow, not only was it cold and windy, but the amount of stars, it lit up the night.  I tried taking pictures of the stars and totally suck at it.  Need to work it more (maybe in Natural Bridges).  Regardless of my inability to take a good photo, it was so beautiful and stayed talking to my sister until I saw a shooting star, I was gone by 9:15, Sofie of course just stayed in the truck completely not interested in such beauty. I am still working on her excitement with all the things we see.

We woke somewhat early and was out to hike by 10 am, going to the visitor center first the Ranger said there were many walks I can take with Sofie, just not on any trails. As long as I stayed on a road it was just fine.  So taking a small walk through Grey Cliffs, I decided to go around the park and walk through Strawberry Creek.  Apparently there was a fire there in 2016 which pretty much wiped out the trees and as it was 2(ish) years later, you can see and appreciate the snow growth/rebirth of the area.  I took many pictures here are just a couple.

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Strawberry Creek
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Strawberry Creek
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Strawberry Creek
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Strawberry Creek
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Strawberry Creek
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Strawberry Creek
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Strawberry Creek

After about 5 miles of hiking, Sofie was done. We relaxed at the site and prepared to leave the next day.  Our RV neighbor was having trouble earlier that day and needed jumper cables, so I left mine with them and when I returned they were so thankful. They rented their RV and asked if I wanted a couple things as the RV rental company would just throw them away.  Not knowing what they had – I said, “sure”.  I made out like a bandit, new pots, utensils, can opener (which I was grateful for cause I forgot mine and was wondering how I was going to open my tuna cans), veggie peeler, better wine opener than I had… So much stuff.  They left early the following morning and made sure to tell me how grateful they were cause they would have been stuck out there missing their flight if it weren’t for the jumper cables – I saved their lives!!! Now for those who know me, I exaggerate a bit, and I am sure I didn’t save the world, but I was glad to help and I doubt I single handily saved them, but I took the compliment and pumped up my chest just a little more that day. 🙂

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Now I am ready to leave Baker on the America’s Loneliest highway 50 where I only saw 2 cars on the road for about 100 miles, cows passing the road, horses running free, unfortunately large road kill, and some of the prettiest country side. Some would say it was boring to drive through it… It wasn’t bad, the wide open natural space.  I loved it.

Now onto Zion National Park.

Always,  Haydee

Hagerman, Idaho

Hey there,

Wow, what a great day.  It started with my RV neighbor letting me know that he caught 10 catfish and asked if I wanted one.

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So, in the morning of course I call my brother-in-law and ask him how to clean it, then had him on the phone while I was doing it with gloves on. Wow, catfish have a lot of crap in them (normal body parts) – after about 40 -45 min I finally finished filet’ing the poor thing.  Then – took a nice hot shower, that alone was worth the RV park fee. Spent a good amount of time catching up with my Papa and realized – I was supposed to be checked out by 11 and it was 10:41… Nothing like not caring about time.  As I packed up, my RV neighbors brought over homemade pickled beets which looks amazing.  Then the husband came over and said “my wife forgot to give you my life changing baked beans”… WOW –  catfish, beets and beans – dinner!!!

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Drive to Hagerman, Idaho

IMG_1154I did the whole 135 mile drive to Miracle Hot Springs, I parked on top of the drive and headed down, they were sold out as was the partner RV park.  I remember seeing two other sites – one looked nice clean and promising and the other, just shady! I called the first one and headed back up there… It was beautiful, the waterfalls just gushing out from the rocks… I met some great people at this site, one couple and their dog Dixie were from the area and he gave me a bit of a history lesson about the area, the geological events, everything – it was great.

The other RV neighbors were funny, I saw them earlier peaking over their site looking at my “cute” trailer.  So later while throwing the trash, I went over to say hi.  They were on a fishing trip, caught 21 yellow trout.  Inviting me to hang out and try some, I couldn’t say no.  The trout was caught hours ago – so delicious.  They loved Sofie and Sofie obliged by giving the women there lots of kisses and leaning on their legs (she still is more shy around men, I assume cause I am rarely around them… hint hint…).

I met about 4 of them (men), two were with the women on the trip and the others were just funny. After about 2 hours of talking, I decided to allow one to be friends on Facebook, he reminds me of my cousin Ritchie. What cracked me up was he was talking about his ex-wife and said: “well you know how it is with ex’s…” I laughed, I said  “actually I don’t”, he quickly looked to my hand then I explained I have never been married, then he asked – “want to let me be your first ex-husband” LMAO – I just had to laugh. And some wonder why I don’t date…

I originally planned on staying in Antelope Island State Park however changed that plan to go to maybe stay in Wells, NV. When I arrived there after 2.5 hours, I decided, maybe I will just keep going to a park near Great Basin National Park.  I looked and there seems to be some pretty cool hikes so I drove that extra 3 hours. Driving more than 4 hours is torture for me.  The highway was a 2 lane, 70 MPH. It was gusty winds so I was happy at about 55 MPH, which every 18-wheeler did not appreciate and they would get so close to me then pass me going a good 70 MPH.  I get that, however, I was not about to chance it with my life and Sofie’s – so I just listened to my audiobook and zoned everyone else out.

In the middle of a Celtic war happening in Ireland with vampires and witches and a sorcerer, I get through the mountains and passes averaging about 7700 elevation. I finally get to Baker and the RV site.  The pictures, I think might have been taken a while ago as it does not look like the website, I started leveling the trailer, tired, I started making mistakes, redo’ing things a couple times (and that is why I don’t like to drive more than 4 hours). Finally, dinner is made, wine is good and Sofie finally ate herself, I took a small walk around the area and I see the beauty in the mountains and the area. The sunset was beautiful.

I will be here 2 nights, hope to reorganize the trailer, get rid of the stupid extra crate I have been tripping over a million times 🙂  It’s funny – getting ready for the trip, I tried to think of what I needed and what I didn’t.  Some of what I brought, somehow I don’t think I will ever use… I have a list of lessons learned and will share them at the end of this journey.

Well it is now 9:27 and it is time to be with myself 🙂 Night.

Love you – me