With less than a month left of my winter retirement Bill and I are trying to plan one more road trip. And making a plan, which as many know, is part of the fun of traveling. Yet there can be glitches.
At first we talked about Chaco Culture National Historic Park with many ancestral Pueblo ruins to explore. That would have included El Mapais National Monument’s diverse geology and El Morrow National Monument where a reliable water hole brought people from the past. But it’s kind of far away and kind of cold at night (low 30s). We also talked about southeastern Arizona for more warmth, but again kind of far. My budget always hits a low the last month before returning to work and paycheck. So that’s a big part of the how far. Yet it keeps these places on the list.
Instead we’re now talking about Snow Canyon State Park in St George, Utah where we typically go shopping. Snow Canyon features red Navajo sandstone, capped by an overlay of black lava rock. Should be some great photo ops that I sure wish I had my big Nikon back for. Plus the temps are predicted for high 75F and low 53F. I like that. So it would be a several day trip, mid week to avoid crowds. Except we can’t get reservations at their campground. So once again the plan changes to spending an afternoon in the park, camping in the Virgin River Gorge Tuesday night, and shopping on the way home.
Always best to just go with the flow when a plan doesn’t quite come together.
And of course we’ll try to fit in some day trips and local hiking before I head back to the North Rim Grand Canyon for the summer. It’s hard to believe it’s almost time to return to work. Where did the winter go?