Category Archives: on the road

Zion to Canyonlands

Sunset at Needles Outpost
Sunset at Needles Outpost

Sorry for the radio silence, but we’ve been in remote country since we left the Zion area. We had a beautiful—and sometimes harrowing, in the high mountains—drive through the interior of Utah; spent a really cool night on some BLM land near Capitol Reef National Park that looked like it was the surface of the moon; took a detour to Goblin Valley State Park; and are now camped at Needles Outpost, a nice little private park with an interesting history1. The campground is right outside the southern entrance to Canyonlands National Park, which is beautiful and unlike any other landscape we’ve seen so far. It is also much less crowded than the parks up by Moab (which will be our final destination on this trip2), a nice contrast from Zion, which, while beautiful, was crowded.

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  1. The campground, with a small store, gas and about 50 sites, was formerly run by a couple for whom hospitality was an afterthought. Susan stayed here years ago and didn’t have any bad encounters with the hosts, but the Internet is full of screeds against them. Luckily, the camp has been bought by new owners, who appear to feel a bit differently about being in the service industry.
  2. In fact, we are not planning on going to Arches National Park. The crowds over there are crazy right now (are they always?), and I have no desire to take the same damn picture of the arch that everyone else does. You ok with that, Matt? 😉

Portland to Palm Springs

casita in tehachapi

We left Portland as planned, on Friday, February 26. We took a leisurely, four-day ride through southern Oregon and northern and central California. Oregon sent us on our way with some pretty crappy weather, which lasted until we drove past Mt. Shasta on Saturday morning. Since then, it’s been mostly sunny, warming up considerably here in our first extended campground in the Palm Springs area.

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