The house was sold, our contracted jobs for the year were done and on November 5th it was finally time to hit the road. Of course there was a Winter Weather Advisory that day to add a little bit of fun to our attempt at getting out of Colorado. In an effort to avoid all the surrounding mountain passes we opted for the unpaved county road that would keep us at a lower elevation and hopefully out of the snow and ice. This was the first time towing our new-to-us Casita trailer further than a few miles and we were hoping to do it as safely as possible.
As it turned out, that unpaved county road had been snowed on the night before and since melted, turning the road in to a sloshy mud pit. The very first 30 minutes of our drive was comical as the Casita got completely caked in thick, chunky mud. We couldn’t help but laugh. It never fails that any attempt to leave Colorado this time of year results in a filthy mess. It was a mess we were happy to deal with as we weren’t about to wait another three days for the weather to clear.
Typically we would take our time meandering through Utah but with lows expected to dip below zero we had our sights set on warmer weather. We squeezed in two easy stops at state parks just off the interstate. The first was James M. Robb State Park at Island Acres just east of Grand Junction, Colorado.
This is a beautiful park that sits alongside the Colorado River. Sites are spacious and well spread out. We thought this would make for a convenient stop since they offered full hook-up sites and we ran out of time to dump and refresh our tanks before leaving. Unfortunately, upon arriving, we learned that the full-hookup sites were closed for the season. In addition all the water at the campground had been shut off and the bathroom and shower house was also closed. All things that would have been nice to know before paying the $31/night fee. Oh well, the beautiful walking path along the river more than made up for it the next morning.
The next day we continued west to Green River, Utah.
It was just us and a couple of other campers at Green River State Park. Since fall had ended many weeks prior in the Rockies, the mild temps and lingering yellow leaves made for an enjoyable overnighter. This park is conveniently located right in town (not that there’s much going on in town) and also sits alongside Green River. I imagine this park feeling a bit tight during a busy weekend but for us it couldn’t have been better. Though, we did learn a valuable camp lesson that will stick with us from here on out. Always take a flashlight with you to the shower, you never know when the lights are going to go out. Not a problem you want to have in a somewhat clean public shower facility : )
Next up, 12 glorious days outside Hurricane, Utah. Between an excellent boondocking site, unrivaled hiking in Zion National Park, and making friends with fellow travelers, our life as full-time RVers couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. Stay tuned for more!