Today was a long driving day. We left the house at Cave Creek at 6:45am, and landed in Fillmore Utah at 4:30pm. We drove for the first four hours, after getting gas, with no stops. Where is the dog when I need her? Speaking of Natasha, Mij said she whined and howled a bit after we left, but she took her into work, and it sounds like they both survived. Mij was kind enough to send a pic of Natasha, lying in my chair this evening:
Natasha was upset this morning – she kept hopping in the car as we were getting it loaded up. We’re sure she will become Mij’s shadow while we are gone.
We are enroute to Jackson, Wyoming. The plan is to get there in two days. Today was a 500+ mile drive. We were both dreading getting in the car again, but the drive turned out to be beautiful. It was much more scenic than expected, and all the roads were good. The weather was also perfect. I took over 500 photos … there was so much to see. Of course, not all of them are worth looking at 🙂 Be warned though, there are a ton of pics in this post.
We are staying at the Best Western Paradise Inn in Fillmore, Utah. And it is Paradise … clean beds, air conditioning that works (don’t really need it), and an onsite restaurant. All for $79. We miss the mutt, but did enjoy the chance to have dinner in the restaurant – nothing fancy, but it was FINE. Even if peas were the vegetable of the day.
Following are a ton of pics from the day’s drive, and they really don’t do justice to one scenic mile after another.
Here we are on Hwy 17, climbing our way to Flagstaff (didn’t we just do this?). We’ve been on the road about half an hour at this point.
We picked up I40 at Flagstaff. You can’t tell, but that is a Cemex Ready Mix truck in front of us. We were on I40 for a few miles, before catching Hwy 89, which is one of the main routes to the Grand Canyon.
We were on Hwy 89 for over 250 miles. There were several stands along the way, selling crafts like jewelry. This area in Northern Arizona is part of the Navajo Reservation.
This is the old bridge that crosses the Little Colorado River. We could see the cliff/ridge of the Grand Canyon when we looked to our left. I’m going to guess that is West, but you know how good my geography is.
There were many really interesting rock formations – much like in the Painted Desert.
Here is another group – it looks like the photos I showed earlier this week, but the “dunes” are not as well-formed.
Lots of red rock in the cliffs as we drove along. We also saw some interesting artwork.
A look in the direction of the Grand Canyon. Of course, you can’t see the canyon from here – you have to drive quite aways to get to the rim.
We stopped in Page, AZ for lunch (Jack-in-the-Box), and continued on Hwy 89 across the Glen Canyon Bridge.
Glen Canyon Dam is a concrete arch dam on the Colorado River in northern Arizona in the United States, near the town of Page. The dam was built to provide hydroelectricity and flow regulation from the upper Colorado River Basin to the lower. Its reservoir is called Lake Powell, and is the second largest artificial lake in the country, extending upriver well into Utah. The dam is named forGlen Canyon, a colorful series of gorges, most of which now lies under the reservoir. (source: Wikipedia)
This photo is from Wikipedia, and shows the Dam, as well as the bridge on top. We didn’t have time to stop and visit, but it looks interesting.
This is our photo of the bridge today. You can only see the top of the dam as you drive over.
A view of Lake Powell – this is one of the most popular lakes for house boating and other water activities.
You can barely see a large houseboat out on the lake.
Just after Lake Powell, we cross the border into Utah.
We continued to see many different kinds of rock and cliff formations.
The vistas just don’t stop. This was near the turn off to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The monument comprises 1.7 million acres in Utah, and has many different geological formations. Definitely a must do for a return visit.
If you don’t like weird rock formations, just skip ahead a bit where there are some cows.
I said I took a lot of photos …
Kanab was the first bigger city we came to in Utah. It’s got a lot of western character, and is reasonably close to the entrances for Zion and Bryce National Parks.
After Kanab, the road winds up the mountain, reminiscent of parts of the Sedona area.
There was such diversity in the rock – it kept changing, and in some areas, you could see all kinds of geological chaos occurring.
We saw lots of horses and cows today. I include this one, because I know Maris likes horses 😉
There were a few small segments of cliffs that looked like this – foreshadowing what we’ll see in Bryce Canyon next week.
This is a deer warning sign that has twinkling lights around the edges, to get your attention (I guess). It is solar-powered.
A farm with cows.
Cows with a view. The red cliffs are most likely part of Bryce Canyon National Park.
We turned off of Hwy 89 onto Hwy 20, in order to cut over to I15. We saw some more cows – this one is going to wrong way, according to the sign.
Hwy 20 was also very scenic. It did have some windy parts that reminded us of Hwy 330 to Running Springs.
We joined I15 North, and had about 70 miles to go to get to Fillmore. There were still some good views, but not as striking as on 89. We shall see what tomorrow brings, since we go past Salt Lake City and then into Wyoming.