Onward to Moab

IMG_1011From Green River, Utah we headed to stay at a commercial RV Park in Moab.  The drive was easy but, for us, this place was crazy and super busy.  We were “camped” about two feet from the people to our back and about four feet from the people to our front.  There was no grass in between and the picnic tables were awkwardly placed atop concrete pads.  Our neighbors’ table was directly next to ours.  In the park’s favor, there were nice trees and a nice swimming pool.  We had full hook-ups so we could leave the dogs in the trailer with air-conditioning on the days we went to the national parks.  The dog area was just a dirt patch and more people should clean up after their pets because it was covered with poop and made a terrible place to exercise our border collies.  We did find a nice dog park in the town adjacent to a trail along a creek.  

Things I’ve Learned

  1. Commercial sites are going to be an exception in our traveling life.
  2. Delaying our visits to the National Parks until the evenings because we were working during the day had its advantages.  First, a lot a people left the trailer park during the day and it was fairly quiet.  We had the swimming pool to ourselves and was a nice midday break.  In the evening when people are returning to the trailer park it is noisy and smelly as many folks are driving RZRs.  We leave the trailer park for the national parks which are cooler and less crowded in the evening. 
  3. The RV Park may actually refund your money if you decide to leave early, which we did.  We headed out of the desert and headed for the Manti-La Sal mountains

Places to Visit 

Arches National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Dead Horse Point State Park

State Parks

IMG_0949At first, setting out doesn’t seem different from any other trip you take.  But it isn’t long before the learning curve begins.  Our trip to High Line Lake State Park from Franktown, CO took a lot longer than anticipated.  We had to stop several times and there was a delay in Glenwood Canyon for construction.  In some ways, it doesn’t really matter but mentally it is helpful to have a realistic estimate of your arrival.   In the future, I will always add another 50% for the trip duration, therefore, a two-hour trip will take three.

The state park itself is enjoyable.  There is a path all the way around which the dogs really enjoyed, especially the swimming in the lake part and later that evening my husband and I took our mountain bikes back to an area with a really fun place to ride.

We stayed here only two nights before heading into Utah.

Things I’ve Learned

  1. In order to work, we need electricity.  The solar panel from the old trailer (with the adapter) doesn’t charge the phones or iPad successfully.  We will probably pick up a generator in Moab which is in a few days.
  2. Start the mail forwarding process sooner than later.  My husband was traveling out of the country right before the trip so we were having forms notarized the day we left.  The scan didn’t come out well enough for the company to read and also my name was to be notarized too.  These things are more easily handled at home but I guess that’s part of this; how to handle these things when you’re not in your normal environment.

 

ONWARD

The drive to Green River State Park was very windy, a headwind to be exact.  This dropped the fuel efficiency on the truck way down and there were no gas stations for about 60 miles.  The first stop we came to had relatively expensive fuel so we only filled up enough to get us to Green River.  The state park here is quite nice and some areas are better shaded than others.  We stayed here three nights.  We were able to ride ourIMG_0962 bikes and walk the dogs into town but we had to drive quite a way to find good hiking.  The river wasn’t viewable directly from the campground.  It does have a golf course and ultimate frisbee course directly adjacent to the campground.  It was too windy to spend much time outside or attempt ultimate frisbee.

 

Things I’ve Learned

  1.  Pull-through sites sometimes really mean pull-aside sites.  Our trailer ended up in a bit of an awkward spot because we had to pull in enough for the slide on our trailer to not stick out into the road.  I will definitely look at facility maps a little closer when making a reservation ahead of time.
  2.   Bring dog toys and dog grooming equipment.  We probably won’t always be in a place where our dogs can get a two- or three-mile hike each day so the ball thrower we got at the local hardware store has already been used.  Also, dogs will roll in as much grass and leaves as possible so a brush would be helpful too.

Places to Visit Nearby

The John Wesley Powell Museum in Green River, Utah

Goblin Valley State Park about 50 miles southwest of Green River, Utah

 

The Road to Hitting the Road

IMG_1793A recent trip to my husband’s birth country (South Africa) this February made us feel as though we wanted to travel and take advantage of better weather, old friends, and new scenery and places to explore. With my husband running his own business and my recent retirement from the classroom and working for myself comes the possibility of working remotely.  We’d like to spend more time on our sailboat when not in charter and travel around our beautiful state and country for extended periods of time.  Given this is a big change, we decided to do this in phases.  Phase 1 involved getting the right recreational vehicle for us and taking off for a month to test things out.  Details of how we decided upon this combination and then, how we personalized our trailer to suit the needs of running a business are in other journal entries.

The road to getting on the road was a long one for me.  In the midst of preparing to be gone for a month, we made a significant change to our diet and my husband was traveling for business for the last several weeks before our departure.  He got home from Dubai and we left the next day.  In addition, I’ve been de-cluttering and cleaning stuff out on the off-chance that we’ll put our house on the market soon. 

The idea is to try a month of living and working on the road.  My husband owns an engineering consulting company and I’m creating products for Teachers Pay Teachers.  We currently live in a 3,000 square foot home on five and a half acres forty miles southeast of Denver.  Our whole family is the area.  My parents, two kids and their SO’s plus my husband’s two kids their SO’s and three grandsons.  Plus we have his sister, three of her four kids and their kids in the metro area.

I wasn’t fully aware of how much it would take to reorganize our lives so that we might live remotely.

  1. Disconnected satellite tv.  I didn’t really need to do this but why pay so much money for something you won’t be using and there are so many online options.
  2. Enrolled in a mail forwarding service
  3. Moving toward getting rid of the business server, including quick books and my husband needing a computer with a terabyte of memory.

This trip has a variety of experiences for us so we’ll be able to figure out what we like and don’t like. 

  •      A state campground with no hook-ups,
  •      A state campground in another state with electric,
  •      A commercial campground in Moab with possible doggie day-care for dogs,
  •      No reservation with attempt at finding free BLM sites,
  •      A state campground with full hook-ups, and
  •      Our land in the mountains on 35 acres. 

Each of these taught us something about work, play, or rest.  Please look for other posts related to these experiences.