Wed June 12th - Goblin Valley and 'the middle of no where"
The highlight was we had the best game of hide and seek ever. First the kids hid and I looked for them, Claire won that round. Then me and the kids hid and Dad looked for us...he never found Claire and I that is how great this place is.
After a couple of hours in the canyon we headed to the RV for lunch and to cool down. Thank god for the Generator, it can run at any time and give us air conditioning. For those non-RVers, today's RV's are very sophisticated. You can go up to three days without a "hook-up" as the lingo goes. There are full hookups - Electric, Water, Sewer, just electric, electric and water. For the most part I tried to get full hookups, as it is just easier. It also would cause me less stress. But in many of the national parks, they have VERY LIMITED full hookups, and they go years in advance literally. We have not had a full hook-up since Moab. Now, we are not "using" the RV in LA. It is parked in Andrea and Bob's drive-way. So it will be 6 nights without a hookup - which now makes me nervous on how cold the refrigerator will be!!
Arnie also wanted to do the Wild Horse slot canyon which was 2 miles down the road, still in Goblin Valley. The hike was ranked really high and recommended by some friends. Well the women in the group were WIPED out, I mean spent from the time in the valley. I am guessing real temperature was 105, but with the hot sand felt hotter. I have never sweat so much so quickly. My girls said "no way" to this and I knew my mom would want to sleep, so I stayed in the RV too. Well the boys LOVED the hike, and it was EASY! Bummer, but still glad that we got some rest.
So off we headed south towards the Grand Canyon. Our goal was to get a few hours of driving in to make Thursday's drive to Arizona a bit shorter. We didn't know where we would stop, but felt OK with no hook-ups, so it would be an adventure and it was. Around 7:00 I started to think ok let's find someplace (and I was driving, so took control of the situation), so we can have dinner and get everything set up before sunset (remember...no electricity hookup). We were in Southern Eastern Utah, north of Lake Powell, entering the Glen Canyon recreation area. This is a very large canyon that sits on the northern edge of Lake Powell. Lake Powell is the huge lake the Colorado feeds before going into the Grand Canyon, like Lake Mead is coming out of Grand Canyon. The odd thing is we stopped in the Hite area. It had a HUGE boat launch, literally 150 yards long, 25 yards wide, but the river was dry. Rainy season is July- August, so I am guessing it is BUSTLING then, but we were the only people here, in this massive canyon, with our own rest area and clean bathrooms and it was FREE.