We woke up in Hanksville at Stan’s Burger joint and convenience store. We got cleaned up in the restrooms and filled all our water jugs. Stew got coffee and I got hot water from my Dandy Blend morning drink. Perfect little spot for the night. Heading east on Rte 24 we drove through the Canyonlands. We decided to do a few hikes while in Canyonlands: Mesa Arch Trail and the Whale Rock Trail among others. We debated whether to camp and do Arches National Park…Continue Reading “Canyonlands and Arches National Parks”

We left Kim’s with lots of tears and hugs and down the road we went. We drove right past Las Vegas without even a glance and headed for Cedar City Rest Area where we stayed for the night. This was our first time car camping in a rest area but I did not want to head to the hills and all that dust. The rest area has facilities and the car would stay cleaner without all the dust blowing around. We made some dinner and…Continue Reading “Our Drive through the Grand Staircase”

We left our campsite by 7:00 to get into the park and get a parking spot at the visitors center. It was already packed and had to drive around a few times to find a place. We lucked out and found one with a picnic table!!! So, we could make some breakfast! We were parked right next to a Palomino truck camper. While we were making our breakfast they came back to get ready for their hike. We got to talking with them and got…Continue Reading “Zion National Park”

After breakfast we headed to Zion National Park. It was just a few hours by the backroads. We took Rte 12 and 89 which are very scenic routes in Utah. We drove right past the Red Rock Canyon area. We stopped in Mt Carmel at “Terry’s Food and Drug” which was a grocery store and hardware store in one. Looking at it from the outside it looked like a hole in the wall. But it really had quite a lot of inventory. We finally found…Continue Reading “On the way to Zion, a spectacular campsite”

We left Grand Teton National Park around lunch and enjoyed the scenic drive to Idaho Falls. We stopped briefly in Jackson to take in the Elk Antler Arch in the middle of town. We stayed in Idaho Falls with my cousin Ed and his wife Becky. We camped with them in West Yellowstone over the weekend. They provided us with a nice bedroom ensuite in their basement that was so wonderful. We took showers, did some laundry, cleaned the car, and relaxed for a few…Continue Reading “Idaho Falls to Utah”