Pictures Enroute to Utah

So we headed out on April 10th for Moab.  Our pace is 250 miles a day.  We went over the river and through the woods the first day to the Campgrounds at Barnes Crossing in Tupelo, MS. This is a pleasant campground reasonably convenient to the highway, shopping at Barnes Crossing and Cracker Barrel.  

Campground at Barnes Crossing

Our second night was at Toad Suck Ferry Corps of Engineers Park in Conway, AR.   They raved about this place on RV Park Reviews. And of course I had to go there just to say I'd been to Toad Suck Ferry.

Toad Suck Ferry Corps of Engineers Campground

Our third day brought us to Oklahoma City.  We planned a few days rest at Tinker AFB FamCamp.  They didn't take reservations and were full.  We were offered dry camping until a space freed up but it seemed too hot to be several days without air conditioning. I didn't have a backup plan and we leaped before looking.  Briscoes wasn't that bad, but it wasn't that good either.  Camille said it looked like some people came to camp in the 40s and never left.  Briscoes has joined the Parkview RV Park in Fort Stockton, TX as the least attractive places we've stayed.  The thing is there was no real alternative within miles and miles of the Parkview.  There were lots of alternatives in OKC.


We did the OKC National Memorial and Bricktown.  The Memorial was very moving and certainly a must see if you are in OKC.  There were no photographs allowed inside the Memorial exhibits.  Bricktown was pleasant. And of course we stocked up at the PX, Commissary and Class 6.

From OKC it was a two day run to Taos with an overnight at the AOK RV Park in Amarillo, TX. On the second day we stopped in Las Vegas, NM for road information and lunch.  We both had tacos at Charlies Spic and Span.  They were the best tacos we've ever had and one of the culinary highlights of the trip.

Charlies Spic and Span

One of the reasons I wanted to stop for a while at Taos was the Enchanted Circle. Reading my Scenic Drives in NM, I learned about Cimerron and we decided to add that to the tour.  


We didn't realize that the Philmont Scout Ranch is near Cimerron.


We had a long enjoyable visit with the gentleman at the Cimerron Visitors Center and a good hamburger at the place across the way. We played tourist in and around Taos, including the Taos Pueblo and lunch at Orlandos, another culinary highlight of the trip.


One of the places around Taos was the Taos Gore Bridge.  Once again we marveled at the stupidity of our fellow tourists.  If you want to stop and look at the bridge and gorge you just stop and look.  Never mind that it's a major east west US Highway.


Off to Durango.  It was a beautiful drive, stopping at a couple of overlooks that had been plowed only at the entrance so we had to back out.  


Delightful lunch at Pasagola Springs.  

Pasagola Springs

These guys checked in ahead of us at Alpen Rose and were set up before we got parked.  

Fellow Campers

Alpen Rose taken from the little train.

Alpen Rose

We had an enjoyable visit and they told us all about the Million Dollar Highway (part of the San Juan Skyway), especially Red Hill Pass where you look down 2 thousand feet on one side and up two thousand feet on the other.  

Red Hill Pass

Did that.  It was awesome.  Especially between Silverton and Ouray where they had to put in a snow shed to keep cars from being thrown off the road in avalanches.  

Snow Shed

And of course we rode the little train.  

Durango and Silverton

Both of these were things I've read about for years and wanted to do.

Onward to Utah