After spending a couple of awe-inspiring months in the deserts of CA, AZ and NM, we had three weeks of geographical respite in Golden, CO. It’s not that we don’t like desert — every new mile seems to draw another “ooh!” from us — but it just isn’t our natural habitat. At any rate, we moved back west again from “The Gateway to the Rockies” to Moab, UT, where we got to check out the absolutely hyperbolic peaks (Arches) and valleys (Canyonlands) that millions of years of geographic changes can cause. It’s one of those places that’s a little too massive to really grasp in full.
Our stay at “Riverside Oasis” was… noisy. No fault to the RV park, but there was major road construction happening on the highway this park sits on. The kind that doesn’t stop until like 11:00 at night. To make matters worse, the park, and the highway sits under a massive concave wall of red rock, which not only amplifies the noise but warps it into a low-pitched pulsing vibration that makes you feel like the aliens are about to land. Too bad, because it would have been a really pleasant stay otherwise.
Tomorrow we’re off to Escalante, UT, in the middle of desert-nowhere but close to lots of sightsee-y stuff. We’ll be staying at “Shooting Star Drive-In” — an Airstream park where the owner has refurbed a bunch of vintage Airstreams and done each one up in the theme of an old-time celebrity — John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Billy the Kid, etc. For those of us who have our own Airstream, there are places for us to park and hook up as well. Not only that, but he’s set up a drive-in movie theatre, replete with restored vintage convertibles for your movie watching pleasure. To top it off, we’ll be arriving the night of the solar eclipse, and there’s going to be an eclipse party, viewing glasses provided. What? I have work to do on Monday? Please.