We left Moab around 3pm which was later than I had planned, but we wanted to hang out with Shane as long as possible. For some reason I thought that the drive from Moab to Escalante would only be about 2 to 3 hours, but I was wrong, again. This has happened before…
One time on our drive from Crescent City, California to Mendocino, California, I thought the drive would be about five hours...after nine hours of driving, I finally pulled over at a hotel for the night and finished the drive the next day. If you ever have the chance to visit Mendocino, I highly recommend it! Beautiful coastline and beautiful town!!
(Photos from our Summer 0f 2014 road trip)
We drove south on Highway 24 with the typical Utah scenery…it was rugged terrain with boring shades of brown, arid desert landscape with rocky cliffs that just push up abruptly out of the basin/valley. As we continued, we got to the fork in the road...turn left to go to Lake Powell and right to head to Torrey. This was the “town” of Hanksville, home of the Hollow Mountain gas station. A convenience store carved into a cave in the side of a big rock. I wouldn’t really put this on my bucket list of “gotta-see-places”, but it was interesting in a slightly creepy kind of way.
(Photos are from the web. I didn't think to take pics, but I guess this place is a "thing".)
After we stretched our legs and checked out the store, I pulled out my pre-printed Mapquest driving directions, actually looked at them, and realized that this was going to be a much longer drive than anticipated, more along the lines of 4-5 hours. With the days already getting so much shorter and the daylight quickly fading, I made the executive decision to stop in Torrey for the night.
On the way, we drove past Capitol Reef National Park. Now this will be on my bucket list of “places-to-come-back-to”! It was so beautiful driving past the red rock walled cliffs contrasting with the green landscape. I wished we could have stopped, but this mama has a plan, so we pushed on.
Despite the spotty cell service, I was able to find an RV park on the outskirts of Torrey called Wonderland and it was such a lucky choice! This is a family run RV park and the super sweet daughter-in-law of the owner checked us in. She gave us one of the few sights left which unfortunately backed up to the highway. But fortunately, there was hardly any traffic at night. The site was another back-in but without an empty lot across from it (like in Mesa Verde), which means this was going to be interesting…especially since of course, it was dark out. Luckily, the lovely office woman called her husband to come help back’er in. I thought he would just give me some direction, but instead he asked right away if he could just do it himself…hmmm, let me think about this…for a nano-second…YES! Have at it!
If you ever find yourself in this neck of the woods, I give this place two thumbs up!
(Not the most glamorous of sites, but it worked out well!)
(This was the view away from the road. Actually, quite beautiful.)
We decided to keep the rig hooked up to the car for easier departure the next day, so we never actually made it into the town of Torrey. I had it on good authority that it was a cute place to check out, so I will add that to the list as well.
Next stop...Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument