Day 43: Rest Day in Craig
Today was a catch-up day. I needed to sit down and do as much work as possible so that I didn’t get behind. The service for Verizon in this town wasn’t as fast I had hoped, so I ended up staying at the McDonalds again for 4-5 hours. I focused in and got to work. Once I was finished I sat there and tried to figure out what I should do next. It was already about 2, so there was no time to get ahead of schedule and move on to the next town, and it was too early to head back to Bears Ears Campground where there was no service.
I looked on my phone for things to do in the town and couldn’t find much except… bowling. Luckily, I love bowling and it was a good way to pass the time. I ended up playing 7 games total which was overkill but I managed to achieve my highest score of 187 with 7 strikes. All in all, not a bad day.
As I’m on this trip I tend to forget that every once in awhile I should take a few hours for myself. I’m photographing and editing an average of 12 hours a day, seven days a week. Having these few hours to just relax and bowl was a much needed break.
Day 44: Craig to Helper
Off to Helper, Utah. For the most part, today was a typical day of driving and photographing campgrounds. One of the best parts of this job is that I get to drive across the country and scout out areas that I would like to travel with my family someday. I get to see the good parts of each state to visit, and the not so great parts that I should stay away from.
Tonight I stayed in a USFS spot named Avintaquin Campground. The campground was really awesome. It was pretty large, had over 20 different sites, and each site had a ton of space. Discover campgrounds near Helper, Utah.
After I raised the top of the van, pumped up my air mattress, and set up my work table, I started editing. While I was working on campground photos, I started hearing cows in the far distance. Just messing around, I decided to moo back at them and they just kept going! It died down for about 15 minutes then I started hearing rustling in the woods. My first thought was, “Oh no, there was a sign on the campground board stating bears were in the area,” so I poked my head out a little to see where it was coming from. I hear more rustling and look to my left. Cows. Everywhere! There had to have been close to 20 cows just roaming and grazing around the park. Then I started thinking…I mooed at these cows pretty loud and they kept mooing back. Maybe I called them over! Though that was highly unlikely, I still found the whole situation comical.
Day 45: Helper to Salina
Today I got to drive from Helper to Salina, and that was a wild drive. The first part of it was absolutely beautiful. I went down 10 and turned right onto 29 near Orangeville. I took this road to go and drone USFS Seely Creek Campground. Past Orangeville is this beautiful canyon with extremely high walls and a very deep creek. when I came to the end of the creek, I noticed the canyon walls divided into an opening with a dam at the base of it. I came through the canyon opening to a beautiful lake called Joes Valley Reservoir. This place was awesome. The lake was so big and surrounded by cliffs, and the water was a variety of blue shades. I feel like I could have stayed there for weeks, but of course, I needed to continue on.
After droning what I could before a storm rolled in, I continued on 29 only to discover that it is a muddy, dirt road for close to 20 miles. The storm was pouring down some heavy rain and I was driving on nothing but a muddy dirt cliff with about a 200 foot drop off and no railing. It was not exactly my favorite thing. It took a good 2 hours on this road to get through it with all of the mud, abundance of rocks, and rain. I was so happy to get off that road and finally be back to pavement. From that point, it was only 20 minutes to Salina and I couldn’t have been happier. Discover campgrounds near Salina, Utah.
Day 46: Salina to Green River
Today I drove from Salina to Green River, which is just outside of Moab, Utah. The drive was mostly highway with various viewpoints showing different types of rocks and geology areas. I stopped at a few of them before I realized they were all pretty much the same.
Once I arrived in Green River, I could tell that the place was packed. Every Campground I visited was completely full from RVs and tents to cabins and lodges. After speaking with one of the campground owners, I found out that it was “Melon Days” in Green River. Melon Days is a yearly tradition in Green River. There are tons of events, games, and competitions that revolve around melons! Vendors from all over come to participate in the event and it looked to be so much fun for everyone there.
After I got some dinner, I ventured over to AOK RV Park. The manager was very kind and allowed me to stay there for free. The park had many sites and full amenities such as bathrooms, showers, and laundry facilities.
Tomorrow I get to venture into Moab and visit Arches National Park. Discover campgrounds near Green River, Utah.
Green River is a great destination for outdoor family fun. Popular attractions include Goblin Valley State Park, River Running, the John Wesley Powell Museum, Crystal Geyser, and Green River State Park. There are three national parks near Green River that are ripe for exploring – Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef.
Day 47: Green River to Moab
Wow. I was not expecting Arches National Park to be this amazing. When I had first heard of this place and saw photos, I had thought “Seems alright, but doesn’t look that interesting.” I was wrong. There are so many hikes you can go on and you can walk right up and through almost every arch in the park! It is amazing how these arches come to be as well. Each Arch has a sign before you get to it stating how that arch came to be with photos displaying its corrosion.
One thing that literally blew me away about the arches was the wind. It was a rather windy day throughout the whole park, but when you get up and under the arches, the wind is about 10 times stronger than anywhere else. I feel like this is where the Dyson fan got its inspiration. At one section of the park, it was so windy that I could put my arms out and lean forward and the wind would support me. This entire place was absolutely fascinating. I wish I had more time to explore the park and go on the hikes, but by the end of the day, I was exhausted.
One of the coolest parts about Moab is the amount of USFS campgrounds there. All throughout the canyons, you will find more than ten campgrounds located along the river. You would think that this would make it easy to get a spot, but everyone gets their spot early so if you go, make sure to find a spot, pay for it, and leave something there to hold it, or else you will be like me, looking for a campground from 6pm-11pm. No Fun! Discover campgrounds near Moab, Utah.
Moab is famous for its outdoor recreation. Families love hiking at Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Dead Horse Point State Park. Mountain biking is extremely popular here, and the great selection of trails is never-ending. Climbing and river rafting are also favorite activities in the area.
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