Saturday, August 20, 2011

Goblin Valley State Park, Ut.

Trey has been a driving machine. He has been putting in close to 400 miles everyday. I thought it would take us 8-10 days to get to Denver. But after driving only five days we will be arriving today. I don’t think we would have driven so far yesterday but finding a place to boondock was next to impossible. We just kept driving and ended up staying at a rest stop just outside of Vail. Trey and I have been getting horrible sleep the last four nights and last night was no different. Between noisy rest stops and the heat we are finding it impossible to sleep. The night before last was by far the most ridiculous night of “sleep” ever. Our day started in eastern Oregon. We drove all the way to Southern Utah via Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City was a nightmare. A rock flew off a truck hauling mulch and put a huge crack in the windshield. So, we drove to three different glass repair places only to find them all closed down or not there at all. After watching Treys face go from red to pink back to a normal peachy color we moved on. We drove till it was dark and we could see an awesome lightning storm way off in the distance. We were headed right for the storm so I freaked out and wanted to stop driving because with our luck we would end up in it. I kept having visions of the camper being struck. So, we stopped. We were just north of Goblin Valley in Utah.
From the time it took me to get from the passenger seat to the camper door I had been bitten eight times by mosquitoes. It was about 90 degrees out and the bugs were horrible. We spent our entire night killing bugs. We couldn’t figure out how they were getting in. However, we do live in a paper house so I guess they can get in however they choose. We ended up turning off all the lights and sitting in the dark. I eventually just laid in bed but the bed left like a heated blanket. Trey and I ended up holding ice packs and using a wet wash cloth to try and keep cool. We were up most of the night. The next morning we woke to find that we parked right next to the only marshy water pit in Utah…sigh.

Goblin Valley was amazing and totally worth the drive. There is so much to see: the goblins are truly freaky and the mountains reminded me of the huge gothic church that stands out in Prague, CZ.