Posts Tagged ‘campsite’

Airborne sleep?

1st February 2011 by Helen

After a day of pottering around, getting a bit of shopping done, etc, we camped at one of the RV parks just outside Moab, to take advantage of some hot showers and a laundry. The day had been pretty cold and getting colder. By the time we were putting the tent up at the campsite it was already -10C, with a wind chill factor making it feel well below that. Deciding we would get out our arctic sleeping bags Paul climbed on Landy’s bonnet and pulled them out of the top box (that big silver box over the windscreen you can see in some of the pictures). I was on the ground putting something away in the car when a flash of something light coloured flew past me. It looked for all the world like an old carrier bag being sent flying along by the wind, tumbling light and fast over the ground. And in an instant I realised what I was seeing. One of our sleeping bags in its storage sack. Within seconds Paul was throwing the other sleeping bag at me as he went sprinting across the RV park in the dark, bravely and gallantly rescuing some of our warmth for the night!!

Campsite – Portal RV park just outside Moab

Summer at last!!

31st January 2011 by Helen

With the warmth of summer sun beating rays through the tent walls I positively threw off the duvet this morning and relished in the warmth – whadya mean, it’s only 6 degrees of Celsius outside!!  After the cold of the last few days it felt like summer had arrived even if the temperature gauge disagreed with me.

Rest Room

Rest Room

With daylight we realised what a delightful campsite we’d stopped at last night.  Landy was nestled at the bottom of a cliff of the typical red sandstone of this area, amongst the campsite trees.  Right in front of us, on the other side of the road, ran the Colorado River.

Thompson's Bottom campsite

Thompson's Bottom campsite

As campsites go this is classified as even more ‘primitive’ than the usual primitive site.  Clearly this refers to the toilet facilities.  And we had to laugh.  Five wooden walls.  No roof.  Vault (non flushing) toilet with the usual toilet seat and toilet paper to one side.  No door – just a chain you loop across the opening with a sign on it saying ‘occupied’!!

After a day of catching up with emails we returned to the same campsite for another peaceful, if colder, night.

Campsite – William’s Bottom

Switchbacks in the Canyon

30th January 2011 by Helen
sitting on the edge

sitting on the edge

After such a glorious sunny day yesterday we woke this morning to clouds and cold.  However by the middle of the day it had brightened up again and we explored the rest of the ‘Island in the Sky’, marvelling at yet more scenes of canyons and trees before heading back into Moab via the Long Canyon Road.  This delightful little road leading down from the ‘Island’ and into the canyon that stands between the Island and Moab is described as a 4×4 road.  Hmmm.  With high cliffs on one side and a vertical drop (Paul: “rubbish”) on the other, compacted snow under our tyres, and some 180 degree switchbacks as we travelled (often steeply) down hill to the bottom of the canyon, I found getting out to take photos and walk rather more compelling that watching the world go by from inside the car!!

After finishing off with some jobs to be done in Moab we found a campsite just outside of town, called William’s bottom, and in the dark set up camp.

Campsite – William’s Bottom

Distance travelled – 76 miles