I’ve been a little quiet these past few months for many reasons…school, work, social life…but I also went on a little roadtrip. I had planned on going alone as an empowering sort of adventure, but instead I invited the dark horse to be navigator and he accepted. So a different kind of trip altogether, but still quite empowering.
The route was as follows:
Portland to Salt Lake City (12 hours)
SLC to Moab (4 hours)
Moab to Chaco Canyon (10 hours)
Chaco Canyon to Santa Fe (6 hours)
Santa Fe to Escalante (10 hours)
Escalante to SLC (5 hours)
SLC to Twin Falls (3 hours)
Twin Falls to Fruitland (3 hours)
Fruitland to Portland (6 hours)
It was a mix of camping and hotels, never more than two nights camping in a row (which I happen to think is a good rule of thumb). Lots of driving in the sexy little silver fox, but the car did well and managed some very rough terrain. Long bumpy dirt roads exploring canyons and campsites. The French tourists praised my driving skills. Some great life lessons were learned….Google maps is not, it turns out, always right. Thank god for an atlas in the car.
It is a small world. The park ranger at Chaco Canyon was from Idaho.
Finally saw the Loretto Chapel and the miracle staircase. Bought a turquoise ring so I could come back and say, “Looks like somebody’s been to Santa Fe” which is marriage speak for bedazzled in turquoise and just a little bit tacky. Spent a brilliant afternoon swimming in the Rio Grande River and sunning on rocks near the John Dunn Bridge outside of Taos. Salt Lake City really does have streets as wide as I remember and the lights really do take forever to change. I miss Mazza, and Stoneground still has the best tiramisu in the world.
Moab has been built up in the eight years I’ve been away, but we managed to find a campsite waaay out of town where we were the only ones until some people arrived in the middle of the night and spooked us both. Thankfully we were not knifed to death and drove out safely the next morning to live to camp again in Escalante.
The slot canyons are better without dogs. In fact, there’s a sign at the top of the canyon posted “This Hike is Not Appropriate for Dogs.” Ha. Turns out, the maker of that sign knows what they are talking about. I miss the red rock desert. The sky is bigger here and full of stars.
And finally…sun on your skin feels good until it doesn’t.