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Old 08-28-2015, 01:21 AM   #183
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Lucy is still camped in Moab. We took off today and headed up to the north end of Canyonlands National Park.

The sights were great and we took a lot of pictures. We came back to Moab and got Fred some more diesel before going back to Lucy's campsite. We made it back to Lucy before dark, and got settled in for the night.

We are planning to head down to the Grand Canyon, but are having trouble finding Lucy a campsite, so we may stay here longer.

Today's pictures include:

- Scenery along roadway in Park.
- Mesa Arch.
- View through Mesa Arch.
- Another view through Mesa Arch.
- SuEllyn at Mesa Arch.
- Green River Overlook.
- Buck Canyon.
- Grand View
- Totem at Grand View.
- Grand View.

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Old 08-28-2015, 09:38 AM   #184
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You aren't far from Monument Valley and the slot canyons near Lake Powell. Both are worth visiting. Hopefully campsites should become more available after Labor Day weekend.
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Brian, I suggest you see if you can get into Blue Mountain Trading Post and RV Park
1930 S Main St Blanding, UT 8451. This is a nice campground to use as a base camp to explore Monument Valley, Goosenecks State Prk, Natural bridges National Monument, and Hovenweep National Monument. They are all must see if yo are in the area. Take Ethel and stay in in the nice campground at Hovenweep and hike the trails arround the monument. Another great place is to camp on GRANITE rocks on the Colorado River(Hite Marina Campground) just off of HWY 95 by Hite. We have camped there with both the AS and a 35' 5th SOB. We spent almost a week in that SE corner of Utah before we headed down to the Grand Canyon.
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Old 08-29-2015, 12:37 AM   #186
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You aren't far from Monument Valley and the slot canyons near Lake Powell. Both are worth visiting. Hopefully campsites should become more available after Labor Day weekend.
Thanks for the tip. We visited Monument Valley and Four Corners last summer. We are heading to the South Rim. We have been there before but it has been many years.

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Old 08-29-2015, 12:40 AM   #187
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Brian, I suggest you see if you can get into Blue Mountain Trading Post and RV Park
1930 S Main St Blanding, UT 8451. This is a nice campground to use as a base camp to explore Monument Valley, Goosenecks State Prk, Natural bridges National Monument, and Hovenweep National Monument. They are all must see if yo are in the area. Take Ethel and stay in in the nice campground at Hovenweep and hike the trails arround the monument. Another great place is to camp on GRANITE rocks on the Colorado River(Hite Marina Campground) just off of HWY 95 by Hite. We have camped there with both the AS and a 35' 5th SOB. We spent almost a week in that SE corner of Utah before we headed down to the Grand Canyon.
Thanks for all the information. We went through Blanding today and took a look at Blue Mountain. It looks really nice. We had already made a reservation in Williams.

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Lucy broke camp this morning in Moab, Utah. She got on the road pretty early as we had a long way to cover today. We wanted get her down to Williams, Arizona, so that we could be position to visit the Grand Canyon. The vast majority of the trip was on two lane roads and we needed to cover 350 miles. We routed ourselves through Mexican Hat, Utah to see SuEllyn's favorite rock formation.

We crossed into Arizona on US 163 on the Navajo Indian Reservation. We continued over to US 89 where we encountered a one hour construction delay. We broke even on time in that when we entered Arizona, we gained and hour. Arizona does not participate in Daylight Savings Time and, as such, is effectively on Pacific Time this time of year.

Lucy finally arrived in Williams at about 6:30 PM. We got her settled into a very nice campsite just as it was getting dark. We had a nice dinner at home in Lucy, and got ourselves settled in for the night.

Today's pictures include:

- Lucy at CG on Moab
- Tesla Chargers at Tourist Info Center in Blanding, Utah.
- San Juan Theatre in Blanding.
- Road out of Blanding.
- Rock Formations near Monument Valley.
- Formations along US 191.
- Mexican Hat.
- Along US 163.
- Formation near roadway.
- Moon rise at campground in Williams.

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Welcome to AZ from a Arizonan. Still hot down the hill but you should have nice temps in Williams. Enjoy your visit we have been enjoying your travels vicariously.
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We stayed at the Williams campground near the scenic train there, very early in our retirement travel.

Took the train ride, which was beautiful and enjoyable, and gave us a glimpse of our first elk in the wild.

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Lucy is camped in Williams, Arizona. Williams is about 30 miles west of Flagstaff, and due south of the Grand Canyon National Park.

We got a late start today, and lounged around Lucy most of the morning. We did a little grocery shopping and the toured downtown Williams. Williams is a small tourist town that has made its fame as the jumping point to the Grand Canyon. Williams also is one of the famous stopping points on the Old US 66 between Chicago and Los Angeles.

We took some pictures and a nice dinner at one of the local restaurants. After dinner, we looked around town some more before heading back to Lucy for the night.

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- Campsite in Williams.
- Coming into Williams.
- Old motel.
- Route 66.
- Main Street, Williams.
- Cafe 66.
- Old Grand Canyon Hotel in Williams.
- Old filling station.
- 1914 US Army railroad tank car.
- Single lane railroad underpass.

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Until winter you can't drive at the South Rim and have to take busses. Be sure see El Tovar, an old railroad national park hotel. The restaurant is good and we fell in love with the dinnerware used there. It was designed by the first US woman architect, Mary Colter. It is railroad china and thus very heavy and thick. It was inspired by Mimbreño Indian designs. We ordered a set online. Cheaper than at the hotel. Most expensive meal I ever had. Colter designed Hopi House across from the hotel and made it to blend with the local rock and use Indian designs. It is a gift shop, but not like any other gift shop. Of course, the Canyon is impressive too. Pollution often obscures views plus the noise from the helicopters is a bummer. Hope you have a clear and quiet view; best to get away from tourists and the North Rim is better.

I don't think any mooses will be there.

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Thanks for the info, Gene. SuEllyn and I are not big on the bus routine and being herded like sheeple. That's why we've never been back to Yosemite. The bus ride was so awful. I guess we'll go and try it out since we are already here.

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I think it's actually a lot nicer with the bus! It was really getting to be nothing but a smelly traffic jam of cars, all waiting in line in the street for the next parking space.

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We don't like busses either. If you wait in Williams until December, you can drive around the Park. We always try to go to Parks when the busses stop (if we can—can't at Denali unless you win the lottery for two days of driving in Sept. each year). There's no real good solution to the problem unless the entrance fee is raised to $500 except for senior pass holders—not a fair solution.

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We don't like busses either. If you wait in Williams until December, you can drive around the Park. We always try to go to Parks when the busses stop (if we can—can't at Denali unless you win the lottery for two days of driving in Sept. each year). There's no real good solution to the problem unless the entrance fee is raised to $500 except for senior pass holders—not a fair solution.

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Hi Gene. I don't think that we can wait until December, so we will try the bus. Our only past National Park bus experience was at Yosemite two or three years ago. It was absolutely terrible. We couldn't see anything from the bus, and it was packed and loud. When we got to the end of the line, there was not much to see. We had to wait in line for over an hour to get on another loud and crowded bus for the awful return trip to the parking lot. The bus had to follow two inconsiderate bicyclists all the way back at about 10 mph. The cyclists demanded to take their share of the roadway out of the middle. The bus driver told us that this kind of thing happened quite regularly.

We would have enjoyed our trip to Yosemite much more had we taken a couple of pictures of El Capitan from the parking lot and left.

We swore after this experience that we would never again get on a National Park bus, but here we are faced with it again. We are going to tour Flagstaff today, and try going to the Canyon tomorrow. Wish us luck.

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