I thought I would start this blog where the South Africa one left off….(this is for you Tina!)
I bought myself a little digital tape recorder so I could record my thoughts and experiences while I drive and I am totally addicted to it now. Watch out…you may get taped!! (evil laughter)
So, my day started off leaving at 4:30am for the airport and taking a 5 hour flight to Salt Lake City. We arrived in SLC late but I still made my connecting flight to Grand Junction, Colorado where I sat next to a guy that looked EXACTLY like my friend Doug! It really kind of freaked me out! This guy probably thought I was a psycho-freak stalking him because I kept looking over at him to make absolutely sure it wasn’t my friend Doug and I was being rude by not saying hi. Flying all day and being tired does weird things to one’s mind….
I landed in Grand Junction and promptly picked up my car that will drive me all over the West for the next week. I was sooo happy to see it was a little red Kia that reminds me so much of my little red Beetle! I feel right at home!
I began my drive to Moab and when I say I was driving in the desert…I was driving in the desert!! I found myself singing “Raw Hide” out of nowhere!! Beautiful scenery and one section that looked EXACTLY like South Africa when I was on the safari. So much so I was waiting to see giraffe and zebra! I had a hard time driving at first because the speed limit was 75 and I felt “guilty” going over 65. Within about 10 minutes…I was going 90!!! (lol!) I loved it when I got into Utah because their license plates don’t just say “Utah,” they say “Utah!” with an exclamation point! Talk about being excited about your state! I couldn’t help but think about how totally cool it would be to ride these roads on a Harley! Ed and Lisa where are you when I need you!!
I finally arrived at my dwelling for the next 2 days, The Redstone Inn in the cute little town of Moab. I unpacked my things, almost caught my hotel room on fire when I lit some incense, and then headed to the grocery store to fill my cute little kitchen with food.
I decided to drive into Canyonlands to get a sneak peak in the daylight of the Mesa Arch Trail that I will be hiking tomorrow morning at sunrise. What a beautiful park! I could spend days here and never see the whole thing! As I was driving back from the trail, a few “friends” decided to cross the road (very leisurely I might add!) and proceeded to look at me with a “what the heck are you doing here?” look.
Tomorrow I will be hiking the Murphy Loop which is about 11 miles. Keep your fingers crossed…it is supposed to rain tomorrow. But you all know me…I will be hiking anyway!