May 20-21st ~ Travel days – On our way from Los Angeles to Grand Junction
GETTING READY: After our recent road trip, Ellie Mae and Jethro both needed a good washing, inside and out.
I think I got the easier job!
Our route for the first two days:
Sunday – Heading out of the San Fernando Valley, we headed east on 210, then north on Interstate 15. We have traveled this road on numerous occasions on previous road trips as well as going to Las Vegas so we did not make any sightseeing stops or take pictures.
The scenery along this stretch of highway is mostly desert sand and scrub with some cacti scattered here and yonder to break it up a bit.
The scenery finally improved as we neared the end of day one, passing through the Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area. We had passed out of California, into Nevada, cut across the NW corner of Arizona and then decided to stop for our first evening.
VIRGIN RIVER CANYON RECREATION AREA
Just 20 miles south of Saint George, this BLM camping site is just right for one night if you are passing through and are self-contained. There are no hookups, but the price is right – $8 for overnight, but half price with the National Parks Senior Pass, so for us only $4! They even offer a monthly rate of $99.
There are also a couple of hiking trails right from the campsite, but we did not stay long enough to explore.
Monday – Continuing north on 15, passing through Saint George and eventually heading east on Interstate 70.
This was all new territory for me once we got onto 70, and I was not disappointed by the bountiful, enormous, multicolored, layers of rocks that splayed out in front of us.
There are numerous vista points along the way where you can take a break and with minimal effort walk down short paths to get some awe-inspiring views.
Here are our favorites from today:
Salt Wash of the San Rafael Swell
Spotted Wolf Canyon
Overnight: Grand Junction, Colorado. We stayed at the Junction West RV Park. It is just OK. Price was $52 for one night. Gravel lot, RV’s packed in, sewer hook-up is not screw on type, so some sewer odors leak. Location is convenient, near freeway and after a long drive we were ready to stop.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: We loved our previous two-week loop through Southern Oregon to share where I grew up with our long-time friends, Laura and Michael, but now I am super excited to be back on the road to see territory that is brand new for me. All of a sudden our 25 foot RV seems huge with just the two of us in here, LOL.
COMING NEXT: We are meeting our great travel buddies, Dick and Karen in Denver. They have a 32 foot RV and we will be traveling tandem through several National Parks in Colorado.
Hope you will join us!