Driving through the Rockies is beautiful, gorgeous, and absolutely awe-inspiring. Not a bad way to spend Thanksgiving. Not at all.
We left Provo during a snow storm. After our recent stay in the desert, Fletcher wasn’t quite sure how this was possible.
But the higher we went in elevation, the more snow we saw. And the more snow we saw, the more he discovered his natural love of all things snow!
Along the way, we found Penny’s Diner…
…and a Thanksgiving feast fit for a king!
We have so much to be thankful for.
Turn left off of I-70 somewhere between Crescent Junction and Green River and drive off the pavement for about 10 miles. That was our next destination. We tried to call to make reservations, but there was no working number.
There was certainly plenty of room to stretch out.
And the views?!?!?
So many awesome rock formations, so little time.
I wasn’t sure what he’d think, but Fletcher really enjoyed the desert.
I should mention that White Wash Sand Dunes is a massive area that is totally open to off-roading in all of it’s forms. I mean, just look at the sign…it’s says OPEN!
Of course, I was pining for Ruby Jean like crazy. Maybe it was time to see what our mighty little Canyon could do!
Not bad at all! Certainly not bad for a fully stock truck designed to pull, pull, and pull some more! The various 4×4 modes handled everything we threw it them, and the low-ish clearance wasn’t an issue. I even gave Fletcher a turn at the wheel.
Little did I know that the Canyon would soon have a chance to show what it’s really capable of. But before we get to that, let’s settle down by the fire and enjoy an evening in the desert.
Rest up folks, ’cause there’s a storm a brewin’… Like, for real.
Fletcher really enjoyed our time in Roswell. And not just because he loved the International UFO Museum Research Center so much. There were thousands of new sights and smells to explore!
We spent some time wandering among the proud pines of Ruidoso.
Known mostly as a mountain resort and ski town, hiking in Ruidoso was full of lovely rolling alpine vistas.
But the scenery quickly changed as we headed north.
After spending the night in Cortez, CO we were treated to this stunning sunrise.
And soon we entered into the region surrounding Moab.
Dramatic views at every bend in the road.
But where we’re going, we don’t need roads…
I had to pop out for a meeting this morning. Apparently, Fletcher missed me.