I’m still not done posting photos from our Have Love Will Travel trip this past summer! These photos from the summer and the desert will get me through the cold, damp winter.
We camped for the night at a hotel that had an area for RVs and tents. The night before while walking to the shower I noticed there were two cats in that RV! They were snoozing on the dashboard. I really want to travel with Juniper! I think to do it right and make your kitty friend happy you do need something bigger than a car. They need room to roam around!
Utah is quite possibly my favorite state.
We spotted an old truck and some odd metal art. We HAD to stop!
I like when people build and gather oddities on their property AND make it public for everyone to see!
There were some objects that looked like they were supposed to be spaceships.
Do you see the cast iron pans?
Hello little guy!
This was apparently an unmarked rest area. Fine by me!
While travelling on back roads you’ll find many old and abandoned homesteads.
We try to stop at as many scenic pull outs as possible. Eric likes to read about the history of the area. I’m more into the geology of the area. He doesn’t mind that either.
Beautiful! Too bad there’s a big ‘ol road going right through it.
One destination of the day was Goblin Valley State Park.
These formations, referred to as goblins, are made out of soft sandstone and were formed over millions of year from wind and water. You can see the goblins from the parking lot, but we decided to hike down into the valley. It was pretty hot this day. And I remember sweating like crazy! I’m not used to the heat. The Pacific Northwest has made me weak!
Aren’t they awesome?!
We just wandered around a bit, but there are marked trails that you can follow.
Eric and I really want to come back here to camp! The nearest town is about 25 miles away which means basically no light pollution. Let’s go stargazing!!
We hiked across to the other side of the valley to climb up a small hill.
The layers of sandstone are so awesome to see.
There’s a big chunk that broke off.
Eric posed with some goblins to give you an idea of how big these were.
I’m pretty sure this was called Temple Rock. It looks similar to the Mormon temple in SLC.
On our way out of the valley we spotted a silver fox. Cute!
There was another pull out along the road that had these signs with metal tubes on them. When you look through the tube you can see where exactly certain mountains and buttes are. Rather helpful! The only probably is that some of these pipes are quite tall and that makes it hard to see when you’re 5’4″. Do I need to bring a step stool with me?
We made it a point to stop at a gas station that was built into the side of a mountain. I love it!
Five m.p.h. and twisty road for three miles ? Yes please!
The road wound along a steep cliff.
This was the view from the top! It is probably one of my favorite photos from the trip. Look at the colors of the dirt AND the curve of the earth.
West Forever. We love Utah. And we added a Hey I’m Over Here Sticker!
Don’t the rocks and the sky just make you fall in love with Utah. Tell yourself yes!
We are going to drive down that road!
And now on to Valley of the Gods!
We were on mostly dirt roads most of the day. My Yaris is a great a little workhorse on these roads.
If I were allowed to live here I bet I would. Give me some tofu and a pillow and I’ll be fine!
After a drive through the Valley of the Gods it was off to Monument Valley!
The last time we were in Monument Valley was in 2008. I don’t remember this part of Monument Valley and Eric thinks it was built sometimes in the past few years. To see the part of Monument Valley you have to pay a small fee to drive in the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The road will take you back to an area which was made famous by western films. This was hands down the WORST road we’ve ever driven on. And we’ve been on questionable roads. And we’ve been off-roading in sage brush. There aren’t many photos of how bad the road actually was because we both had death grips on the inside of the car. You can pay to have someone who lives on the reservation drive you in a super tough truck down the road. Eric and I only drove about 1/4 of the road because it took forever. I think the whole tour is 17 miles. If you go to Monument Valley you must go on this road, but you should seriously pay for the tour! It would be well worth the money.
There are two rock monuments that look similar to the large one in the center of the photos. These are referred to at The Mittens!
Isn’t it gorgeous!? I love the orange earth and blue sky. Here is one of my top five favorite places on earth. Do you recognize it from any old westerns?
Some folks living on the reservation make and sell jewellery. I bought a necklace made out dried juniper berries and turquoise. Have you ever been to Southern Utah? Does this make you want to go there? It makes me want to go there again!