Day 26: Monday, April 18, 2016
Traveling north yesterday from Monument Valley to Mexican Hat, UT, we were able to see a little of The Valley of the Gods (a miniature Monument Valley). The unpaved road into the valley held pools of water and the weather-beaten sign at the entrance warned that the road was impassable when wet. Needless to say, we decided not to attempt the 17 mile drive. Instead, we went a few miles south and camped overnight at Goosenecks State Park. It is primitive camping (no showers, flush toilets, electricity, water, etc) but with our Odysseus we lived it up in luxurious style, having on board everything necessary for our comfort.
Goosenecks Park provides an astonishing view of the great meandering canyon carved by the San Juan River 1000’ below the overlook. We camped right along the overlook and spent the afternoon and evening gazing at the wonder of this desert upland. The altitude here is 5000 feet and it is rather chilly this morning. Odysseus’ generator is running quietly, providing us with heat, electric, and all the amenities needed (including my two cups of coffee). One amenity that cannot be provided here is the use of the Internet and cell phone. We once lived without these, but now they seem a necessity. Why, I won’t even be able to post this until we are connected again!
Today we will drive east on Rt. 163S, 160E, 64E and then 550 into Albuquerque NM unless I change my mind as we go. There is still snow in CO, and some serious weather in TX and OK, which we will watch closely and attempt to avoid. Like the mighty San Juan River here at Goosenecks, we will continue meandering along these wonderful highways toward home.