The length of time between blogs is directly related to two very important items – the staggering beauty of our location and being consumed by that, or the lack of internet strong enough to post. In this case it was about 60/40 in that order.
Our first visit to this area of Utah has not disappointed. We decided to base our discovery at Gooseneck State Park, the closest town being Bluff, Utah. Gooseneck is as close as you will come to boondocking but still pay a fee. For $10 a night you will receive pit toilets, garbage receptacles and some degree of comfort knowing that Rangers patrol the area. Oh and also firepits and picnic tables. The rest is up to you. Our solar power, invertor, etc. have already been tested this trip, and they paid for themselves at the end of this stay. That all sounds quite priceless, doesn’t it? But what I can only show you is the view. Monument Valley was always in our sites, as well as breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, colorful rock displays, and nature at it’s best. Click on each photo to open it and enjoy to the fullest.
We travelled through Monument Valley and Valley of the Gods, and were able to see up close the Monuments observed from the campground. I think the majestic nature of these rock protrusions and the uniqueness of every one is what makes Monuments as popular as they are. As you drive down the road, every time you turn your head you see a different arrangement and a new sight.
Oh and then of course we had to take a short drive to see the rock that Mexican Hat is named for…
We spent 3 nights here, not only enjoying the sights, but also the privilege of sharing our campfire with some new friends. We met Kim and Linda from just down the road – Pigeon Lake, Alberta – and our goodbye included exchanged numbers and emails and promises to visit once we are all home. We also spent time with Lynn, who was travelling from Oregon.
And that concludes three nights in Gooseneck. We are moving down the road, only about 20 miles, to visit Natural Bridges National Monument, which as a park, not a single “monument”.
Oh the places you’ll go when Driving Miss Donna
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