Monday, May 24, 2010

Blanding, UT


We drove 35 miles to Blanding yesterday morning with a 30 mph tailwind. Last year we spent a night at KamPark RV Park ($20/night with full hookups) behind the Shell station, so we decided to park it here again for a couple days and watch the dust blow, which is why the haze in the above photo. What a day! The air was brown, winds gusted to 45mph, and we stayed in the rig and rocked all day. But at least we have power so we could keep the windows closed.

This morning the wind was much less, but it was in the upper 30’s, and we actually had about an hour of snow flurries! Too bad you can’t really see the snow in the picture, but it was really coming down hard.


I did many loads of laundry this morning while Jim vacuumed all the dust out of the rig, so we are all clean until the next windstorm.

This afternoon it warmed into the 60’s and the sun came out so we drove about 14 miles west  to the Butler Wash ruins. There is a half mile trail to a viewpoint of the Anasazi ruins there.  Always amazes us how they lived in places like that.

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It was a beautiful area, and we continued walking along the slickrock to another nice view.


No wind and sunshine sure improved our attitudes today. Tomorrow we’re heading 10 miles north to a Forest Service campground to use as a base to visit Canyonlands National Park. We don’t want to fight the crowds trying to get a site in the National Park campground.

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