Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Day 7- May 30- Heading to Utah

We woke up to no heat in the camper and a dead battery.  The battery was so dead that we were unable to get the slides in.  David was creative enough to put together some extension cords and reach the bathroom that was close to us, so we could get the slides in.  We saw four of these guys right next to the camper before we left the park. 

We did find a mobile camper repair guy who would be able to squeeze us in if we dropped the camper at his house and started our day.  It ended up adding more time to our drive, but we were still able to see everything we wanted to-  starting with Four Corners.  For those of you that don't know, this is the only place in the U.S. where four states touch-  New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona.  

This is the point where all states actually meet.  Other than this, the area is not much to speak of.  There are some Native American stands set up in each of the states, but it is pretty much just a tourist trap.

If you saw the entrance to Four Corners, you would laugh, because it literally is in the middle of nowhere on an Indian Reservation.  Right outside, we were welcomed back to New Mexico where we stayed for about 10 minutes before- 
We came back into Utah.  
As we were driving, there is a lot of free range farm animals.  We would often see cows, goats, and sheep next to the road or crossing the road.  Here are some of the sheep that we passed.
From there, we drove on a road that went up the mountains on a gravel road.  It was a crazy beautiful drive, but we were thankful that the camper was at the repair shop.
David was able to get his drone out and fly it around these beautiful rock formations.  He had it out over 1 mile away and 600 feet up.  
We were planning on having the camper with us when we made this trek, so it is a good thing that we needed to leave the camper at the shop.  In the picture below, you can see how windy the road is and imagine how difficult it would be to pull a 35 foot camper up that mountain.  
 The view were totally worth the drive though-  

We drove to Natural Bridges National Park which has 3 natural bridges. The first bridge that we saw was Sipapu Bridge which was the youngest of the bridges.

The second bridge was Kachina bridge, which was the one that we were the least impressed with.  It was the "middle child" of the bridges.  
The third and final bridge was the oldest and the most magnificent in our opinion.  Owachomo Bridge was flat and delicate looking.

From there, we headed to Hovenweep, which was also cool.

It was a short walk around to see the beautiful ruins, but it was very hot and we were there at the end of the day.  

We saw this very cool lizard at Hovenweep- 

When finished, we headed back to Cortez and ate dinner at a local Mexican restaurant.  It was too late to get back to the camper and make dinner. It was really good food.

We headed back to the camper guy's house to pick up the camper.  We were grateful to find someone whose specialty was electrical work. Everything was working great and we headed to Devil's Canyon National Forest Campsite.  We were grateful that we were able to do everything that we had originally planned, even if it meant more driving.

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