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Old 05-22-2016, 09:57 PM   #15
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Cool beans. We are considering buying property in Moab. We've been here for 28 days now.
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Old 05-24-2016, 12:12 AM   #16
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Very cool. I guess it's no coincidence we've settled in a bit only a few hours away from each other - would we have guessed this back in 2014? Maybe Utah has a way of doing this to people and I think we sorta wanted the same thing - open space.

We've never hit Moab yet but will do so some day. I wonder if our respective towns, Moab and Escalante, correspond with our respective phases in life. I picture Moab as more high energy and progressive, whereas Escalante is slower and older. Still, it's fascinating to me as my wife and me wind ourselves into the fabric of this small town life. A couple weeks ago my wife quit her job at the restaurant and we thought we were heading to Glacier NP but the day before departure she found another job working for the local baker, who very much needed help. So now she's happy and I think we'll be here all summer and into fall a bit. I'm meeting more people, learning the characters and the lives behind the doors, and it's like finding gold - some really fascinating people and not just old generation Escalante folks but long-time transplants with stories. Relationships that can turn into roots - who knows?

Twenty-eight days in one area is a lot when fulltiming - that's enough time to get the feel of things. Your photos are amazing and I get it - it's intoxicating. We still want to explore but Escalante is a place in which I think we could live down the road. Moab seems perfect for your Jonesing for all things off-road. That would be amazing if you and the wife reach the same conclusion about the same location, at the same time. There are no time tables for these kind of discoveries.
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Old 05-24-2016, 03:26 AM   #17
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We were in Moab a few years back, and it is one of the most beautiful areas we had ever seen.

Glad to hear you guys are enjoying yourselves and small town life

Going to look Escalante up on the map and see if it is anywhere near where I will be this summer.

If you see a silver Interstate with Illinois plates and a rose hitch cover pull into town.......that would be Lily and me.


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On edit....Escalante is way south, but who knows where my trip back from the west coast will bring me...if you're still there.

I hope you're holding onto your writings, to perhaps publish them at some point, Jeff, and might even find a magazine to take them for you now.

You write beautifully, and I always enjoy your updates.

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We also fell head over heels for Utah and I was infatuated with two little towns in particular.

Panguitch Utah, just east of I 15, west of Bryce NP off the Sevier River on Highway 89.

Tropic Utah, just east of Bryce NP, on Highway 12, nestled at the base of the mountains.

Both towns relying on tourism to survive but seemed tug at my heart strings.

And as had been said, beauty abounds, glad we live close by.
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Old 05-24-2016, 02:03 PM   #19
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That's Utah... it sticks on ya. I moved here 30 years ago for "just a couple of years."

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Old 05-24-2016, 05:03 PM   #20
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My daughter got her first nursing job in St George a couple of years ago. She's transferring to Salt Lake City this month for job advancement. We aren't Mormon, she went for the job. I'm thinking St George may be a good place to retire but after looking at real estate probably too expensive. There is a lot of homes in St George that have spots for RVs including neighborhoods with HOAs!. Imagine an HOA that allows you to store your RV at your house.

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St George was another favorite. Beautifully located just below the cold hillside.

I also looked at Land For Sale in southern Utah and was surprised too.
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We will be doing a trip this fall pulling our Classic 25 with a '16 F150, going from Glacier down thru Yellowstone and then the Utah Canyons. We'll be taking Hwy 12 from Torrey to Hwy 89. I'm seeing a lot of steep, long descents, one being 14% for 4 miles coming into Escalante. I'm not going to be having much in the way of engine braking, so anticipate taking it slow, staying in the very low gears and possibly boosting the trailer brakes. Could you please comment on these grades? Is there typically plenty of shoulder to pull over on, etc.?
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We will be doing a trip this fall pulling our Classic 25 with a '16 F150, going from Glacier down thru Yellowstone and then the Utah Canyons. We'll be taking Hwy 12 from Torrey to Hwy 89. I'm seeing a lot of steep, long descents, one being 14% for 4 miles coming into Escalante. I'm not going to be having much in the way of engine braking, so anticipate taking it slow, staying in the very low gears and possibly boosting the trailer brakes. Could you please comment on these grades? Is there typically plenty of shoulder to pull over on, etc.?
I did Torrey to Escalante and back last year with my GMC Yukon (6.2L gas engine, 6 speed tranny) and 25FB Flying Cloud. It's definitely doable. I did manually downshift on the downhills.


Some great views, sometimes with pullouts. There are also long stretches with no passing zone and no shoulder to pull off, and one memorable stretch where the road has steep drop-offs on both sides at once.

I haven't towed west of Escalante.
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We left Escalante last year going the opposite way, towards Torrey. The spine on Hwy 12 and up and over a mountain pass is definitely worth the views. We pulled our 28-footer with our '12 Tundra and did just like you're planning on - took it slow and easy, downshifting on the down grades. I sorta remember the shoulders over on the 12 going up and over Boulder Mountain being decent in spots for pulling over (see photo). Once you drive through the small town of Boulder and go past Lower Calf Creek Campground it gets windy and a bit narrow along a spine. I remember plenty of spots where you can let traffic pass you by. No reason to hurry with all that spectacular scenery.
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Thank you both- makes me feel a lot better!
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Old 06-24-2016, 09:21 AM   #26
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We are entering summer here in Escalante and so have to be aware of the higher temperatures. Last weekend we hiked to Lower Calf Creek Falls for a swim and made it back to our truck in 108 degree temperature. My wife got close to having a heat stroke but fortunately we were hiking adjacent to the cool waters of Calf Creek. The higher temperatures also mean less crowds and that's just fine with us.
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Great photos - thanks for sharing. Hope to be through the area again in early August (tent. camp plans made, work permitting.) Plan to stay at higher elevation (e.g. Singletree, Pine Lake, Fish Lake) where it's cooler.
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Hey Utah Man, we did make a trip up to Lower and Barker Reservoirs with some local friends. We didn't realize there was an alpine climate up a dirt road about 15 miles north of Escalante. We bought our fishing licenses and caught some dinner. Escalante is truly an amazing town - it's situated between canyon marvels cut into the ground surface and forested mountains with creeks, lakes, elk, bear, and beaver. And you're right - the temperatures are much cooler up in the trees.
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