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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

MWT – Going to town, an all day affair

01 Grassy Lake SR67S Kaibab NF AZ (1024x768)

Grassy Lake, yes that’s snow at the tree line

Last Friday was time to go shopping and get off the cold Kaibab Plateau. I’ve been shivering ever since I arrived the 12th of May, even with my long johns on.

02 Page loop

It’s not just a quick trip around the block to get groceries when living on Grand Canyon’s North Rim. But certainly worth the trade off.

03 Grand Staircase Escalante from SR89A N AZ (1024x685)

Grand Staircase Escalante

We journeyed 80 miles to Kanab, Utah then hooked a right. I wanted to go to Page, Arizona because of more shopping choices and we took the long way around.

04 Cockscombs & House Rock Valley Rd in Grand Staircase Escalante SR89E UT (1024x737)

Through the Cockscombs red rock past the turn off for House Rock Valley Road (for a different trip), 75 miles east to Page.

05 Glen Canyon Dam & Navajo power plant from SR89E Page AZ (1024x522)

Glen Canyon Dam and Navajo power plant

Shopped to the point the truck and cooler where full and hoping not to have to do this again for several weeks.

06 Marble Plateau with Kaibab Plateau in background from SR89S Page AZ (1024x496)

Kaibab Plateau in distance

Then dropped down from Page 30 miles onto the Marble Plateau.

07 Echo Cliffs with SR89 in notch from SR89A Bitter Springs AZ (1024x766)

SR89 goes through notch in Echo Cliffs

Then about 10 miles to…

09 Echo Cliffs beyond Navajo Bridge over Colorado River in Marble Canyon SR89A AZ (1024x768)

…Navajo Bridge where we made a quick stop to look for Condors but none were hanging around, darn.

10 Meadows SR67 S Kaibab NF AZ (1024x766)

Past the Vermilion Cliffs (sorry no pics was staring into the sun), up onto the Kaibab Plateau about 45 miles back to Jacob Lake where we stopped for a milk shake. Then through the forest and meadows back home another 45 miles. That’s one of my possible shopping trips with glorious sights along the way. And I was warm all day.

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25 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I would love to spend all day going shopping if I could look at views like that :-) Diane

Martha Z said...

You have me reliving that part of our Southwest trip; from Kanab to Page.

Diane AZ said...

What an awesome trip to get groceries! I love your scenic pictures. :)

Janie said...

That's a long way to go for basic shopping, but the geology and scenery throughout the trip is spectacular.

John M. Souva III said...

Outstanding pictures and trip! I enjoyed reading and viewing it, thank you.

John
backcountrybanter.blogspot.com

Gary said...

Isn't it fun to live in the wilderness. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Teri said...

Great pictures! I loved my trip through that part of the country, but would like to spend more time there (when its a bit warmer).

Barb said...

What great scenery on the way for groceries, Gaelyn! Still looks mighty cold there. Our son went to Breck this weekend and said hardly any snow had melted from our yard!

Lyndsey said...

What a great way to see such great places. Love the view on they way to the store.

Carolyn said...

What a wonderful spot to call home for the summer and I thought Canadians were the only ones who did cross border shopping!! I like the idea of making a mini holiday out of shopping. Thanks for stopping by. Stay warm and have a wonderful week.
Smiles

Firefly said...

Happy 800! It looks like an amazing trip with some beautiful sights. Quite a way to go fo "bread and milk" though.

*Honest Abe said...

Quite a nice drive for groceries.

Bill S. said...

Looks like a beautiful drive to me. Just get enough groceries for a week or two. But then gas is coming back down.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Road trip!! When I was a kid in Eagar, Arizona we would make occasional trips to either Phoenix or Albuquerque and pick up groceries while we were there.

Lucy (aka rharper) said...

I've driven that road so many times and am about to again when I go up to see my dad in Twin Falls Idaho maybe around the 15th. I always get to a certain point and then decide which way I want to go. Though both are great, I always like Kaibab the best. Those Vermilion Cliffs are just to incredible to miss. Always a different color.

Kathiesbirds said...

Gaelyn, you deserve an Olympic medal for long distance shopping! Since I have been through Kanab and page, I do know a little bit what it is like for you! Wow! I wouldn't want to do that to often either!

Elaine said...

Your shopping trip certainly gave you some beautiful scenery along the way! Hopefully the north rim will warm up soon so you can put away your longjohns. We've been in the 80s all week and I've been too warm, plus we are well into fire season with several fires not far from town. I would be very happy to see some rain. Congrats on your 800th post!

Esther Garvi said...

What a wonderful journey!!

Small City Scenes said...

Well I am glad you finally warmed up---and---take the long, backroads way is always grand. MB

Merikay said...

Bet you use a list! It would be a bummer to get home and see you forgot something you really, really needed!

Camels & Chocolate said...

You have got to have the most gorgeous backyard of anyone I know!

Larry said...

interesting lifestyle.I guess running to the store just to get some creamer for your coffee would be out of the question.I imagine you must make your shopping list out very carefully.

Ola said...

in such places I always enjoy the vast spaces

Bernie Krausse said...

I took some of this wonderful drive not too long ago. The colours and contours and textures will drive the beauty into one's very soul.

dowhatyoulove said...

I love how shopping becomes an all day event when you live "remotely". I think it creates more efficiency in ones shopping, as you really have to make sure you get what you need, and none of the extras. You aren't making trips to the store every couple of days. And it doesn't hurt that you have beautiful scenery along the way!

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