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Hoodo Trail Guide

Potash Phosphate Fields

Colorado River

Drive Into Moab

The Boy!

October 6, 2019

Awoke to 50 degrees and tried out the heater. Works well. Another beautiful day.

We now know why the lines in the GJ Main Street Bakery were so long. The bread is delicious and $4.80 for a large loaf. Bob will try the bagel tomorrow.

Another word about camp. They have a place to wash dishes but no real estate around the sink to place dishes. And, they were not kept clean. You’d think a relatively new camp with nice amenities would pay attention to details campers think are important. Give me a NZ camp!

We drove 35 miles to Dead Horse State Park on the scenic Hwy 313. Got the last of the few RV parking spots. We are no longer a car parking space vehicle! Very good movie on the history of the area. According to legend, Dead Horse Point was once used as a coral for mustangs roaming the mesa. Cowboys rounded up the horses at the narrow neck of land ( 30 yards wide) onto the point. There was a natural corral of branches and brush surrounded by cliffs. The cowboys took the horses they wanted and left the rest to die of thirst overlooking the Colorado River 2,000 feet below.

We hiked the East Rim to Dead Horse Point, a dramatic overlook of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park sculpted pinnacles and buttes. (4 miles return which took us about 2 hours with stops for photos etc.). Very few people on the trail so we really had to rely on the hoodo trail marks. Beautiful walking temp of 65 degrees.

Had some tuna and sweet jalapeno salad sandwiches on great bread in the parking lot before we drove a short 4 miles to Canyonlands NP. The Visitor Center at Island in the Sky has NO RV parking and we were so lucky to be able to back into an end space. The movie was not very good but learned some things we may have forgotten! The entire area receives only an average of 9 inches of rainfall a year and in summer temperatures range from over a 100 degrees down to 50 degrees at night. Thus, many animals are nocturnal or are endemic to the region. We didn’t realize that the entire region only came into being when uranium was found near the town (now known as Moab)in the early1950’s. Today, construction is everywhere with many new hotels erected in the last 7 years since we last visited.

Back to camp about 4 and are hunting for where we put all of batteries!

Taking Lyft into Moab for dinner at the Desert Bistro. More tomorrow!

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