With over 300 miles to travel today and having to pass through Salt Lake City traffic we planned to hit the road quite a bit earlier than we’re used to….7:oo am.
I got up at 5:30 am so I’d have time to relax, check my email and do some Facebooking before having to fix breakfast and finish my move day chores. Michael was up at 6:00 am as he didn’t have much to do other than unhook the power and stow a few odds and ends.
Our biggest hurdle was getting hitched up and pulling the coach through the double doors of the fence to Zack and Kelsea’s backyard. There’s only about 6 inches of room on either side of the coach for us to squeeze through. When we arrived here 13 days ago Michael backed in like a pro….when we left he did just as well…he’s my hero!
I’d kind of intentionally told the kids goodbye last night as leaving them is so hard so I was doing ok until Zack texted and asked if we needed any help. We were just finishing getting through the gate by the time I saw the message and the tears started flowing. All I could think about was how Cameron came to the house every day when he came home from school. He’d be saying, ”Nana, Nana.” And have something to tell me and be looking for his daily sucker.
We ended up pulling out right on time…6:55 am. We made our way to I-15 and traffic was pretty good until we got just south of the Antelope exit at which point things slowed down a bit but only for a short period. However, the closer we got to Salt Lake City the slower the traffic got.
Once we got south of SLC things flowed pretty freely although we did come upon an accident around Lehi (just a small fender bender) that slowed the traffic down a bit. The two cars we parked in the middle lane so that entire lane was backed up and the cars were trying to get into the lanes on either side which slowed down the traffic to those lanes.
Once we were past all the hubbub of SLC and its outlying areas it was smooth sailing. Little traffic, beautiful blue skies, awesome vistas…couldn’t ask for anything more.
After we’d left Zack messaged us to let us know that we’d left a spot in the driveway that looked & smelled like diesel. Ugh… Not much we could do other to can keep an eye on it and hope that it was something that was an easy fix. Thankfully, we’ll be at a rally where there are a ton of people who can help, if needed.
We stopped for about an hour for lunch but rather than dine at Kelly’s Kitchen we decided to stop at a Mexican Restaurant at exit 109 called Kan Kun. We’ll be dining at Kelly’s Kitchen every day for the next 4 days so something a little different was in order.
Michael ordered a 3 enchilada (shredded beef, chicken & cheese) plate while I ordered the deluxe nachos with shredded beef. The beef was very flavorful and I really enjoyed my nachos. Michael was happy with the flavors the meats in his enchiladas but wasn’t impressed with the corn tortillas they used to make the enchiladas as he’s used to flour tortillas. He also though the Mexican rice was a bit on the bland side. Oh well…you take what you get when you’re not in south Texas!
Back on the road after lunch we had just 86 miles left of today’s journey. The closer we got to the park the prettier the scenery became. Rolling hills, craggy outcrops, pink rock formations, beautiful fall colors…fabulous!
We arrived at Bauer’s Canyon Ranch RV Park about 1:45 and after a trip to the restroom for both of us we got checked in and directed to site 12. The park is quite small so it wasn’t hard to find our site. It was a bit of a tight turn into the actual site but Michael handled it well and before I knew it he was parked where he wanted to be and we were ready to level, hook up to power, put out the slides, set up the satellite dish and hook up to water and sewer. Easy Peasy.
As we pulled in we were greeted by Trace, our rally host. This was our first time meeting him in person although we knew him from the Heartland forum.
Shortly after we started getting set up Jay and Stella came by and we got big hugs and handshakes from two of our favorite people! They didn’t stay long as they’d just come from the grocery store and needed to put their groceries away and we needed to finish getting set up.
I was finished getting the inside of the house settled when I heard voices outside and found Bette & Stella in our front yard chatting with Michael. I got a hug from Bette and gave Milo and Tramp both pats on the back.
Bette and Stella told me about all the fruit trees on the property (plum, pear and several varieties of apples) so I walked with them as they took Milo and Tramp for a walk. I picked several of each kind of fruit and can’t wait to try them!
We had a meet & greet at 5:00 pm and since the park is pretty small we didn’t have far to go! We ended up going out about 4:15 pm and visited with Jay and Bette until others started to arrive. Lots of people we know but lots more that we’d never met…many of who are from the southern California or Utah chapters.
We hung out until after 7:00 pm but getting up at 5:30 am started catching up with us so we headed home to sit in our recliners and watch some TV before heading to bed. We have a busy few days ahead of us so we’ll need all the rest we can get!