We often say that our plans are set in jello as full-time RVers. Plans sometimes change with little notice, and that’s been our story for most of 2017. Coming to Colorado at all was a major change of plans, with that idea not even considered until the end of July. Two industry events in Denver were the catalyst for this trip, but the excitement for it was sparked by a little research. And just like that, we absolutely had to take a train ride through the Rockies!
Our first event in Denver was the 37th National Narrow Gauge Convention, where we represented our manufacturing customers to model railroad enthusiasts. You can’t be around that many steam train fanatics for long without getting excited about experiencing riding aboard a real train for yourself.
Our latest visit to Tucson, Arizona has taken us to a few well-known places, but mostly off the beaten path to some fabulous, lesser known destinations. If birding or nature photography are among your interests, add these to your checklist of must-see spots within about an hour’s drive of Tucson, some within the city, itself.
Pacific Coast Highway 101 runs from southern California to Washington. It’s a very scenic highway, but one that requires the driver's full attention. The road in many places is narrow, windy and hilly. You can expect to negotiate steep grades and sharp curves along most of its length.
To say that Canyonlands National Park in Utah is huge is a massive understatement. It would take days to visit only the highlights. The park covers 337,598 acres and is divided into three separate areas, Island in the Sky, The Maze, and The Needles. On our short visit in September we only had time for the Island in the Sky district, which was the section closest to Moab. With more time and a 4WD vehicle, it would be a blast to explore the rest of the park.
The drive into Moab, Utah and Arches National Park features an abrupt and spectacular change of scenery from plains to colorful cliffs and canyons. Moab, itself, is rustic and eclectic, not quite the typical tourist trap. It sports several restaurants, bars, lodging, stores featuring local artists, and places to rent or buy a bike, ATV, jeep, or kayak. Outdoor patios were full to capacity on each of our drives through town, all of them with misters and fans to keep patrons cool.
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