Even though we didn’t have much cell phone reception, Jon was able to communicate with Marc Wassmann through the DeLorme inReach. The road into Valley of the Gods is dirt and relatively unimproved. As we pulled into the entrance to the Eastern end of the road, a Ford Mustang was driving out. The driver was being very cautious, but it seemed like he didn’t have any problems with the road.
We passed by a couple of the buttes and then pulled onto a side road to reach the group camping spot. The view from the campsite was pretty spectacular. There were four vehicles. Two were XP Campers (Marc’s and Kent’s).
We were in the Mitsubishi Fuso. The other was the Turtle Expedition Vehicle. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a clear photo of Gary & Monika Wescott’s vehicle. It is right behind ours.
We spent some time hanging and and meeting everyone.
I enjoyed playing with Arly, Marc’s 10 month old Leonberger puppy. It was so nice having a big dog to play with.
The landscape was really amazing, especially considering how the light changed on the rocks.
Marc used to be a professional chef, so he prepared dinner outside using a propane “campfire” and Gary & Monika’s Mexican wok.
He created a wonderful dinner of chicken, steak, Brussels sprouts and salmon.
We were all hungry, so the food was gone in short order.
The sunset was incredible.
We all hung out for a while. It was cold, but at least it wasn’t raining. We sat around the “campfire” to keep warm. It had been a great day.
I’ve broken up this trip into parts since there are lots of photos while we were at Valley of the Gods.
We left the Overland Expo on Monday. It was really nice being able to leave on Monday rather than trying to get out on Sunday. We had plans to meet with Marc Wassmann of XP Camper and a few other people at Valley of the Gods for the next couple of days. We needed to make a few stops before heading up. We were in great need of a laundry and grocery. So we stopped for both.
On our way up, we stopped to have lunch at the Wupatki National Monument near the Lomaki Pueblo. Since we were in a hurry to get back on the road, we didn’t follow the trail, but it was a very pleasant place to stop that had some very nice views. Plus there were the ruins of the old Pueblo.
After that, we headed up to Valley of the Gods. We made a short stop in Kayenta AZ for a little wifi since we knew it might be a while before we had access to it again.
The drive up Hwy 163 into Utah is really striking, especially with the storm clouds as background.
We always enjoy seeing Monument Valley. It was particularly interesting this year since I read from the new version of the Roadside Geology of Utah book.
The down side of taking that highway is that there are a lot of erratic drivers. Cars will just stop in the middle of the road to take photos and people will often stand in the road to get photos. I took a few photos on the fly, but we visited Monument Valley last year and were in a hurry to get to the Valley of the Gods.