2017 Western Spring Fling travel blog

Today's Route

Buffalo at the Lodge at Red River Ranch

Scenes along UT 24

Another blinking warning sign

Long climb to first summit along UT 24 - Elevation 8,385 ft

More scenes along UT 24

There's oil and gas in these hills

Tropical scene in desert Utah

The second summit on the route

Scenes along US 50

State Police asked us to move to should for wide load approaching

Here comes the wide load

Camel at a Flying J Station

Winnie at Antelope Valley RV Park

View at the rear of our site

Pizza and beer for dinner after grocery shopping

Sue enjoying dinner while we soak up some warm weather finally

Ringo watching through the screen door

Sunset in Antelope Valley


We left Torrey and traveled northeast across Central Utah along UT 24 and US 50. US 50 is another of those US highways we've traveled before on previous trips, but never this section through Utah. We'll be retuning to US 50 later in this trip when we get to Kansas in July.

Just before we got to Delta, we saw a Utah State Police car with lights flashing coming up the middle of US 50 forcing us to stop. He was the lead car for a wide load traveling east on the highway and asked us to pull of the road as far as possible to allow the 20 ft. wide load to pass. Shortly a flatbed with a large excavator came toward us. After it passed we were on our way.

We pulled into Delta, UT mid-afternoon and will be staying a couple of days at the Antelope Valley RV Park. After grocery shopping, I had a taste for pizza for dinner so we went in search of a pizza restaurant. We found the only one in town. The pizza was okay (crust was kind of doughy), but it satisfied the urge. We had dinner sitting outside enjoying the warmer temperatures in the Antelope Valley. Two things we noticed by sitting outside - long freight trains pass behind us about a half-mile away (noisy) every couple of hours, and we're not far from a cattle operation (down wind by the odor we noticed). Other than those two reasons, the RV park is not bad.

Delta is the location of the Topaz Museum established to commemorate the Topaz War Relocation Center from WWII. We'll be visiting the museum and the site of the camp about 15 miles from town. We've been to about 7 or 8 of the 10 sites of relocation centers in the western states since we've been traveling. The area around Delta also seems to be a focal point for "rock hounds" i.e. people who search for semi-precious stones. The area is volcanic in origin and is apparently rich in these types of stones. There are some sand dune area, a hot spring, and old charcoal kilns. We'll see if we can visit a few of these areas before we leave on Sunday. Stay tuned.

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