Saturday, May 21, 2016

Heading to Hurricane

May 18, 2016

It looks like we got out of the Elks Lodge in Boulder City, NV just in time.  The city was installing water lines in the area and had the street dug up and covered with steel plates.  The Elks were going to have their parking lots repaved soon and we wanted to avoid that also.

We packed up and left this morning with Hurricane, UT as our destination.  A few miles down the road the warning light came on for our leveling jacks and I pulled over to make sure they were retracted.  One had about 1/2 inch of clean metal showing and I manually raised it and the warning light went off.  

It was a relatively uneventful trip until we were near the Virgin River Gorge south of St. George, UT.  Then the low fuel light came on and beeped at me.  I knew we had more than enough fuel to make it to Hurricane but every time we went down a hill the light came on.  I pulled into the worst Pilot fuel station we've been in after guessing how to enter the station.  There weren't any signs to indicate entry.  We had to go past the station, turn left on a side road and go behind the station and then enter on a road that wasn't clearly marked.  To top it off, as I tried to fuel up, the pump kept stopping and finally stopped altogether with only 12 gallons of fuel.  I said the heck with it and drove off.

The ride through the Gorge was nice and Gerry snapped some nice shots.  Heading south it wasn't so nice for the drivers since it was down to one lane for miles and backed up going very slowly due to construction.  We had a little construction but made it through the area with only a little delay.

I-15 North near Virgin River Gorge
Southbound construction Virgin River Gorge

Yep, it's that steep going down hill

Virgin River

There was a small section of the desert where some Joshua trees were growing.  So, where did the Joshua tree get it's name?  One explanation is:  "The name Joshua tree was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree's unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer."

Joshua Trees

Neat rock formation

Corral in the middle of nowhere.

Land of the big Mesas
 We arrived at the Willow Wind RV park in Hurricane, UT and snagged a nice tree shaded parking space.  Our back in site was at an angle and that made it all the more easy to park the motor home.  I wish all campgrounds would have their sites at an angle like this park.

It was nice enough to sit outside and enjoy the pleasant evening.  Salsa & chips made the adult beverages taste even better.  We hated to go inside for dinner but finally did so.  Nice end to a relaxing evening out here in the West.

That was our day, how was yours?

1 comment:

  1. That is a beautiful drive through the gorge. Hope you found a place for fuel. 12 gallons won't take you very far.