Set the alarm again, only the second time I've done that but I intended to drive a long way! The day began with Monument Valley;
I took a highway just outside of Mexican Hat, UT, which on the map looks perfectly fine, Utah State Highway 261. Known as the Mokee Dugway I knew I was in trouble when there were huge warning signs-No RVS, No towed vehicles, etc, etc. Three miles of narrow, dirt, hairpin switchbacks! The view was stupendous, again one of those a camera cannot capture! Besides I didn't dare stop as it was two- way and few places to get out of the way! Thankfully, I only met one car and that was close to a small (read tiny) pull over spot. I am so glad I was going up!
Next stop, Natural Bridges National Monument. Small and rather remote it was a treasure chest of canyons and unusual rock formations (saying that, Lucas would LOVE it!) Here are the three natural rock bridges inside the monument:
Leaving there I headed towards Blanding, UT. Happily, I could see snow capped mountains to the east-meaning I was nearing Colorado! I passed by both Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park, both were on my original list of places to see but, I had driven for two days along side, buttes, bluffs, ridges, mesas, rock formations etc, etc, etc and I couldn't get up the enthusiasm for more! Missed my turn in Moab, don't know how (guess I should have enabled Samatha, you know the GPS) and so missed a valley that is really neat. I didn't care enough to go back. Driving due north, knowing that I soon would intersect with I-70 (the one that goes only a mile north of my house!) about 5-10 miles away I saw the buttes that I know from past trips run along the side of the highway, excitement! When I saw the semis headed west on it I actually cheered! A few miles after getting on I-70 I entered Colorado! Really cheered--am only two states away from home! Can you tell I'm anxious to be there? Anyway, spent the night in Grand Junction, had a dinner at Outback and feel like I've returned to civilization! Next up, over the pass, through the tunnel to Denver and my brothers house! (Then it's only one long day until I'm home.)