Smythe Family On The Road travel blog

We drove east along the Canyon rim as we headed toward Utah....

Jonathan pulled his camera out to take pictures too. We're taking pictures...

One more shot.

Deb and Jonathan standing on the rim.

Pictures don't begin to do it justice.

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Driving across the Navajo Reservation just east of the Canyon. This area...

You'll see that bug on the windsheild from time to time in...

I kept finding myself trying to imagine what this area must have...

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The No Passing sign puts things into perspective.

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This canyon eventually leads to the Grand Canyon.

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A shot out Tom's window.

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We are further north on the reservation now. You can see the...

The Little Colorado River. Almost dry.

This was very interesting terrain. At first it looked like they were...

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Now we're getting into the red dirt and rock.

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Beautiful!

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Welcome to Utah!

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Open Range! He walked across the road right in front of us....

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Coming into Bluff Utah. Just a few more miles to go until...

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Getting set up in Blue Mountain RV Park in Blanding Utah.

He's cool!

The Smythe guys. Resting for a few minutes before building our campfire.

This is the view from the front of our RV. The sunset...

King of the woodpile! We have plenty of firewood.

Enjoying the campfire.


Sunday, June 1, 2008.

Blanding, UT

A Beautiful Drive!

We said our goodbyes to the Swindlings this morning then drove from the Kaibab Forest along the south rim headed northeast up into Utah. The drive was probably the most beautiful one we have done thus far. We saw more of the Grand Canyon. We stopped a few times as we headed out of the park to take another look. Just gorgeous.

Once we got a little further east, we drove onto the Navajo Reservation. The scenery was different but just beautiful. It was different than anything I had ever seen before. The pictures just don't do it justice. When you look at them, try to imagine yourself completely surrounded by what you see in the shot. I had the camera in my hand all day long.

We stopped at a Sonic around 2:00 for a bite to eat then continued northeast to Blandon enjoying the scenery all the way along the route. There were signs along the way with a picture of cows on them that said "OPEN RANGE". They all had two bright orange flags waving from the top of them. We hadn't gotten too much further down the road and a steer walked across the road right in front of us. Tom hit the brakes and we let him cross.

The campground we had reservations at was in Blanding Utah. We checked in when we arrived and got settled in our campsite. The campground is often used as a stopover for people as opposed to a long term stop but since we were going to be staying for a while the manager gave us the site with the community fire ring on it. The first thing Jonathan asked was "Can we have a campfire?" We hadn't been able to do that for a long time so we told him yes. The campground even provided the wood so Tom threw a little charcoal in the bottom of the ring to get things started then we sat around the fire and just relaxed for the evening.



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