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Oct 26, 2012 - Utah Snow

We left Declo around 10:30 on Wednesday with sunny skies. Our concern was to get through Snowville without hitting snow with the colder weather. But we did fine - it was dry roads the entire way but with snow in the surrounding mountains. Our original plan was to just do an overnighter at a Sandy, Utah Walmart but with temps dropping below freezing we thought it might be wise to have hookups. So we made reservations at Mountain Shadows RV Park just a few miles further south. It was full but she said she could get us into a 'curbside' spot...

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Jun 22, 2011 - Draper, UT - Mountain Shadows RV Park

Our trip from Moab to Draper, UT was 258 miles of interesting scenery. We started by taking Utah 128 Scenic Byway which parallels the Colorado River East of Moab for about 40 miles. The scenery was great but our pictures are limited due to us looking into the sun a good bit of the trip. We then got on I-70 for about 40 miles, heading West, before getting off on US 6 and cut the corner, going up and over to I-15 at Provo. We filled the Mothership at Provo to the tune of $300 for 75 gallons of diesel and then arrived in Draper which is about...

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Sep 27, 2010 - Day 75 - Idaho Falls, ID to Draper, UT

Today we left Idaho Falls after enjoying Yellowstone. Need to come back when I can walk and go places. Down past Blackfoot, Chubbuck, Pocatello, and Malad in Idaho, and Riverside, Garland, Tremonton, Honeyville, Bear River City, and Brigham City in Utah. As we approached and passed Ogden, it seemed llike the city never ended as we went south on I-15. Odgen, Layton, North Salt Lake, Salt Lake, South Salt Lake and Sandy City, among others, seemed like one big city. The only differentiation was the city signs. Draper was on the south side of...

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Cope's Trek

Jun 18, 2010 - The final day, June 8, 2010

Our final night on the road. Thanks to all of the NGE'S (National Geographic Explorer's) who came along with us on our journey. We have traveled over 7000 miles through 11 states; had 3 flat tires in case you lost track, moved our solar panel nearly everyday but only used it twice, and still have our tiny analog TV with our government free converter box. Diesel prices have ranged from 2.69 to 3.19. We spent last night in Newberry Springs, Ca. at a little RV park that had 2 little fresh water lakes and a little pool that Chris felt was too...

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Jun 16, 2010 - Walnut Canyon and Wupatki, Ar.

Hello to all! We are very sad that this will probably be our last day of explorations. We head to Walnut Canyon National Monument, 7mi E. of Flagstaff. The Sinagua Indians (pronounced: See-Know-Wa) inhabited this canyon ~ 1180AD and for 400 yrs cultivated the land and built their homes in the cliffs. The trail here actually allowed you to hike right along the ridge past the dwellings, down 240 steps. It was very cool. We ran into the couple that had asked Peg at Canyon De Chilley if she was training for a marathon. Then we headed N. to...

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Jun 15, 2010 - Flagstaff, Ar (pop. 60,000)

We are now in the time zone of home and we are getting sad that our adventure will be ending soon. We stopped at the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert Visitor center and watch a 20min film. We decide we've seen more spectacular "painted deserts" and won't be missing much by driving around fields of petrified wood. We did however want to stop at a couple attractions en route to Flagstaff and both were closed. Arizona economy?? We travel Rt. 66 into Flagstaff stopping at the visitors center which is at the Amtrak station. We are camped just 3...

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Jun 14, 2010 - Canyon De Chilley

Brrrrr! It's only 50 in the rig this morn and we contemplate putting on the furnace! Think we are at 6000'. We get an early start for our big day and head No. First stop the Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado. This is the oldest continuously operating trading Post in Navajo Nation. It is now run by the Nat'l Parks but was built by John Lorenzo Hubbell and from the age of 25 until his death he lived, ran and raised his family here. We got to tour the house and grounds. Gorgeous collection of rugs, hand woven by the Natives. Yesterday on NPR we...

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Jun 13, 2010 - Flat tire # 3!!

We take to the road heading W. to Gallup. At Gallup we plan to head NW to Canyon De Chelly, pronounced Canyon Du Shay. We stop at the local Wal Mart; we get our cash there by using our credit card and being able to get 'cash back'. We arrive at the truck with our purchases to discover a flat tire on the rig. Lordy! This time it takes ~ an hr for Good Sam come to the rescue. We thought being in a town of 20,000, they would have come in minutes but seems there are no Good Sam contracts in Gallup. The good thing is it has happened at Wal Mart...

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Jun 12, 2010 - Happy Pride Day, Albuquerque!

We seem to be having a smidgen of difficulty adjusting to the new time zone; no problem with over sleeping for AAA. We are both feeling very good energy here in Albuquerque even though our truck has died; everything happens for a reason. Tow man arrives exactly on time and we get the Dodge loaded up and head to the dealer. We are welcomed there by Jenee and she assures us they will do their best to expedite diagnosis and fixing of our problem. Shortly there after, we smell cookies baking, popcorn popping (Peg's fav). Never been to a...

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Jun 11, 2010 - Route 66 to Albuquerque (pop. 500,000)

We don't encounter any earth shaking rt. 66 attractions as we exit Texas and enter New Mexico. Mother Nature is once again slapping us with SW winds. N.M. has a welcome center immediately across the border and the staff is very welcoming as well. We gather our usual vacation and campground/state park guides. We get out to the truck and Peg no longer has the keys. Probably set them down when signing the register?? We retrace tracks-no keys; we leave our name and address and are thankful we have 2 sets of keys. Peg does more searching...

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Jun 10, 2010 - Texas Rt. 66

Peg is a bit under the weather and lacking sleep (too much fun in OKC) so she tries to sleep while Chris goes to the museum in Elk City, Ok. to get another route 66 experience. Per Chris: "sitting in the front seat of a caddy traveling down rt. 66 on film and in the backseat of a convertible watching creatures from the Black Lagoon on the drive in movie screen complete with the window speaker." There was a great movie on transportation and the building of rt. 66 and its heyday vintage autos lined the road with back drops of tourist...

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Jun 9, 2010 - Route 66

On the road again, we just can't wait to get on the road again. We are going to travel Route 66 home, 'just for kicks'. Nicknamed the "main street of America" and considered the 'mother road', Route 66 got it's official beginning in 1926. It was made famous initially in the 1930's by John Steinbeck's novel 'The Grapes of Wrath'. Stop 1: El Reno, Ok-Canadian Co. Historical Museum which is rated as one of the outstanding museums in Ok. The museum complex had the old El Reno Hotel, depot, barn, jailhouse, church, school and the first Red Cross...

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