Be-UTAH-ful!Westward Ho, Day 42: Beaver, UT, to Moab, UT
This morning we left Beaver with mixed feelings about spending the day mostly on freeways—20 miles north on I-15 from Beaver to Cove Fort, then 182 miles east on I-70 to Crescent Junction, where we'd turn south for the final 30 miles to Moab on US-191. On the one hand, we've been enjoying the simplicity and unusual roadside sights on some of the two-lane backroads we've been traveling. Yet snow was in the forecast again today, and knowing we had some mountain ranges to cross, we conjectured that since they were likely to have heavier traffic, the interstates might be clearer than the less-used roads. Under those circumstances, we thought it was worth sacrificing a more interesting route for one that might be safer.
|Pahvant Range summit near Cove Fort|
Coming down into the basin near the town of Sevier, we were lured by the brief burst of blue sky, the striking terrain and a sign announcing Fremont Indian State Park. We took Exit 17 straight into the park, which was adjacent to the freeway. In fact, the construction of I-70 was responsible for the development of this park.
|Fremont Indian State Park|
Continuing east, Ken drove while I worked on writing the clue for the letterbox we had just hidden. At a rest area about 70 miles east, we stopped to search for a letterbox (which we couldn't find due to a good snow cover) and eat our picnic lunch. From there, we returned to I-70, ready to plod east for another 100 miles. But then... things changed.
|Snowy scenes along I-70|
Instead of burying my nose in the laptop and work, the incredible landscapes between mile marker 86 and 182 had our eyes glued to the windshield and the side windows. "Look to the left!" "Check out the right!" We could not stop marveling and gawking at the ever-changing array of Utah's scenic vistas. See for yourself.
Near mile marker 103, we stopped at the Salt Wash View Area, one of several scenic overlooks along the highway. The views from this little rest area were simply breathtaking.
|Salt Wash Overlook|
Tomorrow we plan to visit Arches National Park and other nearby scenic spots as time allows. We're recharging our camera batteries for another day of photo overload. Where, oh where, is our photographer brother Woodie when we need him?
More Photos from Today
|Mailbox of the Day: Fremont Indian State Park|
|I-70 from the Salt Wash View Area|
|One of many gnarly old junipers we saw today|
|Salt Wash View Area|
|Another old juniper|
|Spotted Wolf Canyon|
|Beautiful vistas at every turn|