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Day 42 – Slowing Down

Yesterday was a long day at the wheel driving 310 miles in a northwesterly direction. The morning started out in Wyoming with a beautiful red sunrise to the west.

While breaking down camp it started to rain but not too hard. As we drove west in the rain we could see light at the end of the tunnel.

Sure enough it wasn’t too long before we drove into beautiful Southern Utah with nice sunshine.

It looks like Utah doesn’t want you to stay too long with the “No Parking” sign planted right in front of their welcome sign. The scenes in Southern Utah are beautiful and we saw some huge trains struggling up the mountains.

Here’s just a sample of what we mean by “beautiful”.

The rest stop where we had our morning coffee was really cool and we took advantage of the scenery to spoil it with our faces 😉

After a few hours we started to drive out of the mountains heading for Idaho and the high desert.

It wasn’t long before we were leaving Utah and saying hello to Idaho.

There are still some mountains in Southern Idaho but you can see that we are heading down to a more desert like area.

It was a long day of driving but we arrived at the Village of the Trees Campground in Declo, Idaho. We set up camp and settled in for a nice evening.

It’s a lovely shaded campground right on the Snake River. The people are very nice and we think we’ll hang out here for a few days. There is virtually nothing to see or do in the area which will be perfect for recouping from all the hard driving we’ve been doing this past week. The temperature when we arrived was in the mid 80’s but the humidity was only 22%, so much nicer than what we’d been in for the past couple of weeks. For the first time in a long time you could actually sit outside and enjoy the great outdoors without feeling like someone had thrown a big wet blanket on you. This morning it’s 60 degrees which made for some nice sleeping. We think we’ll enjoy our stay here.

Our friend Betty from Virginia said that it was sounding like we were really getting the itch to head home since we were driving so hard. While it will be nice to be back home and see Ms. Kitty Kitty we’re in no particular hurry. We were just driving like mad trying to get out of the heat and humidity and back into a country that had some scenery. We’ve found it and now we’re slowing down again.

 

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5 Responses

  1. Well, you two have had quite a trip. Glad the Eastern US didn’t gobble you up or melt you. Hard to believe it’s been 42 days already. Welcome back to Idaho…the sunshine and low humidity is why I moved here and I love it! If you guys are ever back through CdA area give me a call!
    Holly

  2. Its a shame you missed some beautiful canyons in Utah in your rush to get north. We recently had friends that spent a week exploring there. More friends spent the entire summer there a few years ago.
    Hope you cool down and slow down to enjoy more of your trip.

    • Hi Peggy,

      Actually I, Ken, have been through the Utah canyons and spent time there and you are correct they are absolutely beautiful! This trip was more about seeing old places, old friends and traveling around the country to see what we’d like to go back and visit. Our future vacations will be going to places like Utah and spending a week or two discovering one area and “camping”.

  3. Time to recharge the batteries Kenny.

  4. Since Ohio is our home state we ‘like the looks of the flatland fields’ of corn, wheat, soybeans, hay, etc. Where you on the other hand like the mountains and hilly countryside. Isn’t it wondeful we all do not like the same thing <);o) It's fantastic that you have not encountered vehicle problems or other mishapts along the way. Safe driving is one thing that comes to mind and stopping early is another good thing you do. We have enjoyed traveling with you across these beautiful United States!
    God Bless You both and GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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