We loaded our gear into a UTV shuttle for the ride down the bank to the Antelope Marina far below. We could have walked down, but Dave and I had checked out the marina a few days before and we knew what kind of a walk we'd have.....
|no, we didn't rent one of these lux houseboats.....|
we could have, but chose not to
|we elected John navigator, but eventually Pam stepped in|
|after she was finished.....|
|John enjoyed the ride but kept the|
charts close at hand
|We were lucky to be able to hire the senior captain from|
Mr. David's Professional A-1 River Pilot Serivce
to guide us
|preparing to beach our craft in a quiet cove|
The remainder of our time in site 24 was spent doing odds and ends and staying out of the high winds that swept through our area. We could see huge white caps on the Lake from our vantage point at the campground and were very happy we chose a calm and beautiful day for our day on the water. The now familiar views took on a different feeling with the veil of dust and sand blowing in the air.
|interesting cloud over the top of Navajo Mountain at dusk|
Thursday we broke camp and drove about 170 miles north and east to our next stop in tiny Bluff, Utah. On the way we drove through the magnificent and iconic Monument Valley.
This area is in the north east part of Arizona and on Navajo Indian Reservation.
Most of the way was open range, meaning cattle and horses may be present on the road at any time. Many years ago we drove through the Valley with a young Jesse and Dave's mom after dark. Not particularly smart, but we were on a time budget and had no choice in getting from point A to point B. We saw many horses and cattle roaming across the road and sleeping on the shoulder and it was nerve wracking. This time, thankfully, we only came across three young men sauntering across the highway.
|himself taking his sweet time to cross the road|
As we approached Bluff the rock formations appeared to have frosting pouring down from the top. We're constantly amazed by the many types of rocks, sizes, shapes, colors, formations we've seen on our travels.
We're settled into our basic, gravel site at the Cadillac Ranch. This is a very small (15 pull through sites), full hook up campground in the middle of the town of Bluff, population about 300. There is a nice little pond full of coots and blackbirds in front of us and views of the bluffs behind.
|bluffs behind Beluga|
Its early spring here, as you can see by the leafless trees and Dave's winter jacket...we must disconnect our water hoses at night so they don't freeze.
Last night we joined John and Pam at a local restaurant. I had Indian Fry Bread Pizza and it was fantastic! The restaurant is modest but serves delicious food, is very close and you can't beat the backdrop! We'll be back again, I'm sure!
|Dave, Pam and John waiting for me at the aptly named Twin Rocks restaurant|