Well – waking up to the sun rising over the rock formations of the Valley of The Gods, all right outside your bedroom window – it’s hard to beat. Unfortunately, the next stop on our trip is one of my personal favorites, so Kirk’s plea to stay another night goes unheard … but instead we promise to come back soon – and stay for long!
Leaving the Valley via the remaining few dirt miles, we head north and pull the trailer up the Moki Dugway: a narrow, 3-mile gravel road with 10% grades and serios switchbacks – but an incredible view to make it all worth it!
The Oakland A’s made it to the playoffs this season and since today is Game 1, we’re both decked out in our A’s gear as we get on the road, searching for cell or radio signal to listen to the game. As we leave the Valley, a truck stops next to us and another A’s fan stops & admires our outfits! (as well as giving us some pointers where we may be able to get some signal).
As we head north and east towards Moab, UT, we’re only a few miles from Natural Bridges National Monument (another favorite of mine, we’ll be visiting at some point in the future!), pass along the south-east side of the Abajo Mountains and Canyonlands National Park.
We’re getting cell service along parts of the drive, but the baseball game is not going in Kirk’s favor. The A’s are struggling … fingers crossed. It is late afternoon by the time we get into Moab, and as we still need to dump, refill, refuel, restock and grab dinner, it is almost sunset by the time we leave town to head into the destination for the next 3 nights: Arches National Park!
I was able to score sites inside the park, at the Devils Garden Campground, at the very far end of the park. What a find! We pull into our dry-camping site – well spaced from our neighbors, within beautiful rock formations and surrounded by Arches waiting to be explored – as it’s almost getting dark and after a long day, we’re ready to relax.