Sunday, July 3, 2022

2022 Utah National Parks Trip - Day 2

May 28, 2022

Leaving Albuqurque

Left Albuqurque this morning around 7:30 or so after the standard Holiday Inn Express breakfast. 

Miles at Breakfast

Got everything back in the van and Jessica got us going west toward Gallup where we then turned north. 

Jessica Driving from Albuquerque

Snacks in nowhere

Desolate drive through some very poor rural areas. No real commercial areas until we hit Kykotsmovi Village, AZ where there was an actual real looking gas station, except there was zero branding at all. Not even their name above the door. We bought a bunch of snacks there to try to bolster their economy.

Tuba City

We continually saw signs for Tuba City, which, having James in the car meant we had to stop and get some pictures. I found out later that it is actually named after Chief Tuuvi and has nothing to do with the musical instrument. We sent pictures of him to his tuba tutor.

James in Tuba City

North of Tuba City

We were on our way north on highway 89 when I was overcome with how pretty the landscape was and we make our own observation stop. This was our first taste of what the week had in store for us.

North of Tuba City

Amelia in Front of Red Rocks

The Navajo Bridge locatedin the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is a pair of bridges, one historic (1929) and one new (1995). The new bridge is now used for cars and the historic is open for pedestrians. It is one of only seven crossings of the Colorado River for 750 miles. 

James at the Navajo Bridge
Navajo Bridge

Miles at Navajo Bridge

Colorado River at Navajo Bridge

Kaibab National Forest

Leaving the Navajo Bridge you travel up in elevation out of the canyon and make your way north through the Kaibab National Forest. Our plan was to refuel in Fredonia which was the next large town, but as we climbed, our remaining range estimate kept falling. So as not to become stranded in the wilderness, we purchsed two of the finest gallons of gas at the Jacob Lake Inn which did seem like a lovely place. 

Jacob Lake Inn
Jacob Lake Gas

It turned out not really to be necessary as the rest of the trip was all downhill and we really didn't use any more range at all, but I'm still glad we played it safe this time.

Welcome to Utah

Welcome to Utah

Arrival in Washington, Utah

We got to the house and got it unlocked and the car unloaded. It's super nice and besides the internet not working, I knew we were going to have a great time there. We went out to eat at Morty's Cafe which was good but super filling burgers and fries. 

James Contemplating Dinner

The kids were sent downstairs for showers and after twenty minutes one of them finally came up and said that the hot water wasn't working. Not sure why it took twenty minutes for them to report on this. It turns out that the downstairs how water heater is not left operating when there are not vistors using that level, here so the kids will all have to showers in the morning.

Friday, May 27, 2022

2022 Utah National Parks Trip

May 27

On the Road Again

Long day. Woke up at 5am CDT but didn't leave until 6:30. Hit Lubbock around 1pm and checked into the sweet Holiday Inn Express in Albuquerque at 5pm. Not a lot of traffic, but west Texas is boring to drive. 

Miles and Amelia ready to go
James at the ready

Post, TX

We stopped at the Post City Park to use the restrooms and stretch our legs. James announced that he had in recent years decoded our super secret code that Jessica and I would use on trips when we would look for a "P.G." He's a clever kid that one. !Amelia and James on a Seesaw.jpeg !Miles riding a whale.jpeg !Jessica at the playground.jpeg !Pete with a popped collar.jpeg

Miles riding a whale
Amelia and James on a see-saw
Pete with a collar popped by the wind
Jessica with the wind in her hair


The kids swam in the pool which was bitter cold. It's 90 degrees in the afternoon, but the low every night is in the high 50's. 

James in the pool
Jessica lounging next to the ice cold pool

Went to Nexus Brewery to get on the wait list for dinner. We found it on the drive over and were super excited. They have fun non-hoppy beers and pub food. They said it was gonna be 75 minutes so we went out to buy gas and pick up some local beer to bring back home. We ended up at Urban 360 Pizza instead. It was fine, but of course after we sat down there we got the text message that our table was ready at Nexus. Oh well. We enjoyed dinner. Early bed time. 

Jessica enjoying some pizza