|Thursday we decided to travel to Moab by Highway 89, I-70 and Hwy 191. We gave thought to going by Capital Reef NP but decided not to go the extra distance on this travel day. Later we heard from a lady that is making the rounds of all the N.P. in Utah that Capital Reef was her favorite. Oh well maybe we will see it next time. We arrived in Moab late in the afternoon. We decided to pay extra for a 50 amp service so we could run both air conditioners, as people tell us, ‘oh, it’s hot there now!” And, they are right!! It was a good decision with the near 100 degree temperatures. We went to the store to buy water and a few misc. items after smelling the chlorine in the tap water. We have not ‘acquired the taste’ for chlorinated coffee.
Friday morning we decided to explore Hwy 128 along the Colorado River. About 15 miles from Moab we came to the Castle Creek Winery at Red Cliff Lodge. What a neat lodge and restaurant along the Colorado River. We stopped to check it out and had the western buffet lunch on the patio overlooking the Colorado. This would be a great place for a family retreat. All the cabins are overlooking the Colorado River or a side creek. On the way back to Moab we took advantage of several pullouts to stop and take pictures of the rock formations along the river canyon.
We took a late evening drive thru Arches NP to take advantage of the shadows and sun in the west plus the cooler weather. We stamped our NP Passport book at the visitor center and got the basic information before going into the park. We stopped at venues that took advantage of the western sun and decided to come back in the morning for additional photography. One of Judie’s favorites is Park Place with the tall thin walls of stone. We stayed in the Park until dark taking all the pictures the light would allow. Back to the trailer to download the photos and to bed for an early morning back at the Arches.