Moving on – to Hurricane,UT

5/27/15 Wednesday in Hurricane,UT (St. George RV Resort-RPI/KOA)

Something a little different this time: we shopped for milk, eggs and bread before leaving. We’d realized that we’d need those items when we reached Hurricane and the grocery store is 10 miles away from the campground. This one is almost across the street so it made sense to shop before we left. The levelers didn’t want to quite come up so John needed to clean those back two naughty ones. On our way at 8:20 (on Hwy 160), a good time for arriving at Las Vegas around 9:20. We were hoping to beat the commuter rush. It worked out very well. Thanks to advice from our neighbor trucker, we were careful to be in the right lane when nearing I-15 and sure enough, that lane was marked as I-15 N ONLY, then, as soon as we turned up that way, we got into the left lane for I-15 N, and onto the freeway. [Our GPS instructions were simply to take a left turn here] We stayed in the middle lane throughout I-15 through Las Vegas and that worked very well. Traffic was moving well. We were really glad we’d chosen to go through Las Vegas, saving 30 minutes extra driving. We just stayed on I-15 until near our campground.

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Nevada has turnouts for the rest stops we saw. Perfect for those of us with built-in bathrooms. Very cheap to maintain compared to full rest area amenities. Maybe Massachusetts should consider them!

We crossed a corner of Arizona, then on into Utah for the first time.  Before the Utah border we were traveling through the Virgin River Canyon. Wow. Such a deep gorge, it felt like a mini Grand Canyon.

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If you come to this campground be sure, if coming from the south, to use exit 16 and the following directions given in the RPI book, NOT exit 22. Do not follow your GPS. Thank heavens we had the right directions. We arrived at 12:30, but the site we were assigned was really not level, not large enough for our coach and the tree branches were hovering inches above our roof. We pleaded our case. In the 90 degree heat, they finally found a spot we could fit into, that also had TV reception. Very poor cell phone reception, so be warned that my posts will be infrequent until we move on. Not really strong power, but we did get 50 amps without extra costs. As RPI we paid $14/night plus taxes. It is in a beautiful setting, although we face a hill, but behind our rig is a great view. Clean bathrooms. Nice, warm pool. It’s going to be a very hot 11 days, but that’s to be expected in June. We are near Zion and Bryce National Parks, so we’re excited to see them.

We spent the rest of our day inside our air conditioned rig, thankful that we had leftovers to just heat up for supper.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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