Last leg of 2018 journey – On the way to Arizona for the winter!

Bakersfield, Las Vegas, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon North Rim and the Verde Valley

So here we are in September and we are now on our last leg of our 2018 journey around the country.

Heading east from the Carmel area of California, we stopped in Bakersfield for a couple days.  This area is a major hub for agriculture and oil production.  Kern County is the most productive oil-producing county and the fourth most productive agricultural county in the United States.

And it’s HOT!!!  So i looked up the average temps here…

Summers are very hot and there are extended stretches of hot weather with 108 days per year above 90 °!  In addition, 33 days are above 100 ° and a handful of days each summer can be expected to top 110 °.

 

Hitting the highway again, we pass through Barstow and then the Mojave Desert on the way to Las Vegas.  We passed the town of Zzyzx, (formerly Soda Springs).  LOL, we didn’t stop.

Right at the Nevada border, in Ivanpah Dry Lake, California, we came down out of some mountains into a huge valley and saw this!

This is the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (SEGS) – a solar tower technology to produce clean, reliable solar electricity to more than 140,000 homes. When it’s completed it will be the largest solar thermal power tower system in the world. This solar farm is built on 3,500 acres of public desert land.  When you see it, the size and magnitude of it is breathtaking!  There are three towers and thousands of arrays of solar panels – it’s just an amazing sight.

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On the Road again with the RVFoodys 2018 Road Tour!

Our winter layover in Fort Myers, Florida is at its end, and once again the Wike’s are on the move!

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The Utah journey continues – Capital Reef & Bryce Canyon National Parks

CAPITAL REEF NATIONAL PARK – After leaving the hot desert of Moab, Utah we headed southwest to the town of Torrey to continue with our Utah adventure of the “Mighty 5”.    With Arches and Canyonlands behind us, Capitol Reef is our third to visit.

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Arches/Canyonland National Parks (Moab, Utah) and a rodeo! – 2017

Carol and I left Grand Junction, Colorado and headed to southern Utah to take in the first two of what’s known as the “The Mighty 5”.  The Mighty 5 are Utah’s 5 national parks – Arches, Canyonlands, Capital Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion.

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK (Moab)– With over 2000 incredible rock formations, it is no wonder why Arches National Park is one of the most fascinating national parks in the United States and a place everyone should visit in their lifetime.  Remember you can click on any picture in the blog post, and you will see a slide show of large versions of the pictures!

The park is located just outside of the cool little town of Moab, Utah and is home to the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches including the famed Delicate Arch, which is proudly displayed on the Utah license plate. Towering spires, fins and balanced rocks complement the arches, creating a remarkable assortment of landforms in a relatively small area.

The best hike we did in this area was actually not in a national park!    We drove on Potash Rd( also known as the Potash-Lower Colorado River Scenic Byway) outside of Moab.  It runs along the Colorado river through a deepening, sheer-walled wingate sandstone canyon for 15 miles.  We parked at the trailhead for the Corona Arch trail, and hiked to see Bowtie Arch and Corona Arch.  We did this hike in the afternoon and it was HOT!  This was the LAST one we did in the afternoon!

Bowtie Arch has a narrow, circular opening – a former pothole – above a streaked sandstone bowl.  Corona Arch, which is much more dramatic – a graceful, free-standing curve 140 feet across and 100 feet above the ground, projecting outwards from the cliffs.

 

CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK  (Moab) – From the rim you glimpse only segments of the Green River and the Colorado River, which flow together at the heart of Canyonlands. But everywhere you see the water’s work: canyon mazes, unbroken scarps, and sandstone pillars.

The paths of the merging rivers divide the park into three districts. The high mesa known as the Island in the Sky rises as a headland 2,000 feet above the confluence.   We only spent one day in Canyonlands and this is the area we visited.  South of the Island and east of the confluence is The Needles, where red and white-banded pinnacles tower over grassy parks and sheer-walled valleys.  Another area of the park is The Maze, a remote region of pristine solitude. The Maze is the least accessible district of Canyonlands. It’s big, wild, remote and untamed. Roads require high-clearance four-wheel-drive. There are no amenities – no food, no water, no gasoline.  Needless to say, we took a pass on The Maze!  LOL!

Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo –  Carol and I also went to see a rodeo in Moab, something neither of us had ever seen in person.   The Canyonlands PRCA rodeo was going on at the Old Spanish Trails Arena, which was right next door to the RV park where we were staying in Moab.  It was a fun night!
Coming up next?   Capital Reef & Bryce Canyon National Parks!  Stay tuned.