Our On The Road Journal – Page 8
7/22/2018: Leaving Durango we went west on CO-160, then North on CO-98, about 260 miles to Page, AZ. Once there, it’s just a couple of miles to Wahweap Marina RV & Campground on beautiful Lake Powell. There’s a decent-sized menu of camping options, from tents to motor coaches, but from my personal experience (limited to motor coach use) it’s well beyond average, particularly for a “National Recreation Area”. Keep in mind too, that if you are planning to stay here, there is a fee just for the park. If you have a ‘Senior Pass’ from the fed, ( I’m told it’s up to $80 now!) make sure you have it with you to come and go from the park….it’ll save you money! Apart from the remarkable views, great sites, nice hook-ups, an occasional roadrunner, etc., the park is still damn good. You’ll find a review here on GAIGRV (my new acronym for Good As It Gets RV).
The Campbells (with the Allegro Bus that looks just like ours — hope that doesn’t confuse anyone with the pictures) just got a new 28′ pontoon boat (300 HP & 3-pontoons no less!) have kinda made Powell their 4th home (the others being Steamboat Springs, CO., Springdale, UT., and Indio, CA.) so we feel blessed to have them as the ‘Lake Powell docents’ so-to-speak, for our 4-day stint here. Needless to say, along with the Petersens, (in the Marathon/Prevost) Carlie and I enjoyed a well-planned, albeit brief exploration of the southern end of the lake. I won’t try to explain all we saw, and the pictures certainly don’t say it all, but you can use your imagination to fill the blanks. It’s a REALLY large lake, with REALLY high banks in many places. It’s hot here in summer, with water temps approaching 90 degrees. Still, with the benefit of a full-boat Bimini top, complete with over a dozen water-misters, (and perhaps an icy beverage or two….) one can have a great time! Can’t thank our hosts enough for their efforts here! Scott & Barb, you guys Rock!
The pics below are in no special order, but pretty much represent what one sees here…
7/26/2018: On our way (only 140 miles!) to Campbell’s home in Springdale, Utah, entrance to Zion National Park! Along with the Petersens, we will be stopping just short of Springdale, in Virgin, Utah, at Zion River Resort , our home for this 4-day stop. It’s a really nice park (already reviewed on our Good As It Gets RV site, under Utah Parks) with concrete pads, full amenities, and a killer location right on the river! While here we did a re-visit to Zion, had some great meals, and took advantage of the Campbells’ hospitality. What fun, and splendid sights!
7/30/2018: We have to start for home eventually, and that’s today. We bid fond farewell to our dear friends the Campbells, and head out for our 237 mile trek to Ely, Nevada. Our plan for this is North on US-15, the West on UT-56 to UT-93, then North to US-50 and into Ely. I’ve never been this route, (loneliest highway in America) but it turns out to be pretty good road and somewhat relaxing. Our stop in Ely will be Ely KOA . While not a full-service kind of park, we were comfortable, and hook-ups were good. Remarkable as it sounds, we had side-by-side sites with an un-obstructed view of the valley and mountains beyond. (Picture below)
7/31/2018: We finish our trip with a relatively long day (336 miles) across Nevada on US-50 to Reno/Sparks where will split up with our good friends Doug and Karen Petersen. They live in south Reno, whereas we will be spending our last night in Sparks, NV at Sparks Marina RV Park . But that’s not all! We’ll take advantage of one more chance to enjoy the Happy Hour at Bistro Napa on the 2nd floor of Atlantis Hotel in Reno! We’re planning to meet the Petersens there at 4pm! GET THIS: No sooner than we get checked in and hooked up in Sparks, we get another nice surprise! Our good friends Dave & MJ Conkle (see our Oregon Coast trip, Editors’ Updates – Page 6) show up at our door! They were on their way home, in Northern California, from their trip to Rapid City, SD! Turns out they can join Doug & Karen Petersen with us for Happy Hour! What a fun way to finish up our trip!
8/1/2018: It’s a very comfortable 121 miles for us this morning to our Sacramento-area home. Overall, our Colorado Loop excursion was really a good trip. It was sometimes a bit warm, but the weather can do that, and it was hot at home as well. We hope something in this report looked good enough that you will take the time to experience it yourself. Happy (and safe) travels!