May 3rd, 2011
Finally as unpacked as we could get, we closed up the house and picked up the MotherShip and headed north on Interstate 25 to Bernalillo NM to our favorite KOA campground. We got the MotherShip all docked and settled and we called the shuttle to take us to the nearby casino. Most casinos have very good meals for very small prices! This was not one of them so I ended up with a meatball sandwich and Chuck got two hot dogs! Then we both took a Twenty and hit the slots. I should have quit when I was ahead but Chuck broke almost even after 90 minutes of playing.
May 4th, 2011
We headed out of Bernalillo on one of our favorite highways, US Highway 550!
The scenery is breathtaking on this highway, the roads are very good, four-lanes and very little traffic. We followed it northwest to Bloomfield NM and then took a short jog west on Highway 64 to Shiprock NM then headed north on Highway 160/451 to Towaoc Colorado. Here we stayed at the Ute Casino and Campground. The campground was very nice and clean with large spaces. $19.00 a night with water and electric.
The campground was almost empty! This is a great time to go camping… every campground is happy to see you! Spring is just beginning here, new leaves popping out on the trees.
After we walked the dogs and got the MotherShip docked and set up, we headed to this casino hoping for a better meal and better luck at the slots! The restaurant was ok, not great but not expensive either! We both had better luck at the slots tonight too, going home just about even!
May 5th, 2011
We are seeing snow! Way off in the mountain tops, all covered with snow!
Little did we know we were coming to these mountain tops! Maybe not these, because these were in Colorado, but we rode through several mountain passes with plenty of snow!
We were in Colorado only a short time following Highway 451 NW into Utah. In Monticello UT, we picked up Highway 191 and followed it north to Interstate 70 West. Everybody knows I don’t like Interstate roads! We were on it for only a few exits, in a very rural part of Utah so it was fine! We got off the Interstate at Green River UT still on Highway 191 North which we followed until we got to Wellington where we pulled into a campground in Wellington… not our favorite, but the price was right at $15 for water and electric and there was a good restaurant within walking distance, so we didn’t have to unhook. As we walked the dogs, we realized the pasture next door was home to a llama and several sheep!
May 6th, 2011
We left Wellington early, following Highway 6 in a northwesterly direction and picked up Highway 89 through Provo UT, where it became Highway 189/40. This highway took us right through downtown Provo and it was a beautiful place! Easily traveled and well marked and we actually enjoyed this detour from Interstate highway and Salt Lake City! We did pick up Interstate 84 for a short drive to Highway 189 again. Highway 189/80 was great… we began seeing more of the Utah snow covered mountain ranges!
The highway made a slight eastern jog into Wyoming and it was in Evanston where we pulled in for the night. The RV Park offered cable TV so we went right to the weather channel to catch up on weather! NOT good! Rain and snow and flooding was expected in the Logan area! Folks were sandbagging their property hoping to keep the Logan River from their door! We called our Area Managers of the Logan Canyon campgrounds to find out if we should come on in or not. They didn’t respond that day.
May 7th, 2011
We held tight in Evanston, glued to the weather channel. Finally the Area Managers called back and said to come on over, the flooding reports were a bit overstated. Chuck and I were still a bit wary of getting into a flood warning area!
May 8th, 2011
Finally Chuck made the decision about noon to undock the MotherShip and head west to Logan and Spring Hollow Campground. We knew it was only about 3 hours away. We traveled beautiful country roads, Highway 16 North to Highway 30 to Highway 89 South. Highway 89 took us to Bear Mountain Pass… snow everywhere! Deep snow covered the roadsides as we passed through the most incredibly beautiful area! It looked more like January instead of May here. Of course, here, my camera batteries died! I took photos with my cell phone, but I don’t know how to get them from my phone to my computer! Coming down from Bear Pass, we entered the Cache Valley/Logan Canyon area. What a beautiful drive! We found Spring Hollow Campground and pulled in, docked the MotherShip for the four-month stay we are to work here.
The day was gloomy, rain falling off and on and chilly! But we were here! The MotherShip had landed and docked! We met our Area General Managers, Sharon and Ernie and they are very nice. We have full hook-ups, water, electric and sewer here plus a nice salary. Sharon came over and showed me how to do the paper work.
May 9th, 2011
The next day the weather cleared, we had blue sky and snow capped mountains and fresh water streams! We loved it!
I will keep on working on the blog while we are here at Torrey UT. I promise to get caught up! Just keep checking back daily for awhile. You may have to choose the option to view older posts as I am adding pages so quickly now!
We love you all! Happy Trails from the MotherShip!