Sights passing through Utah

We left Colorado driving into Utah on Hwy 491 toward Monticello.  The vistas are awesome and you see views of high desert dotted with green areas of irrigation.  Then we turned north toward Moab on Hwy 163.  On the right side of the highway was a spectacular rock formation called Church Rock where we stopped for a photo shoot and then we passed through some steep canyons on the way into Moab.  After we went through Moab we were in familiar territory from our trip in 2010.  We passed through the canyons near Price and saw railroad tunnels cut into the mountains.  We had stayed in  tiny, old motel in Helper last trip and did not want to have to do that again.  We watched as the smoke from wildfires got thicker as the day warmed up.  You can see how bad is was in this shot of a windfarm as we leave Moab.  Lots of places and mountains to the west were pretty much obscured.  We had set Provo for our destination that night so we pushed on.  As we came closer to Provo there was more highway road construction with exits blocked and traffic was crazy.  If there was another way to get north of Salt Lake City we would have done it but some routes are not that great with a big rig.  Our stop for the night was a big RV park next to Lake Utah called Lakeside RV Resort.  They have an interesting arrangement here as the pull-through sites are set up back to back.  Makes it kinda neat since you share a grassy lawn area with folks across from you then the other neighbors are at your back facing the opposite way.  We were lucky to meet “front neighbors” Hank and Roberta from Arizona and spent the evening sharing stories, having cocktails and then pizza.  They were on their maiden voyage in a new Class A motor home and had some cute tails to tell.  Helped relax us after a hard day of driving!

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