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Published: September 12th 2019
After a great nights sleep, and a leisurely breakfast, we headed out for a scenic ride along Rt 128 which meanders along the Colorado River. During the first few miles it began to rain. Actually we were looking forward to a little rain to wash off the mud that was covering our van. Plus we knew it was only going to be a short shower and would not ruin our day. We stopped at a movie museum that was located at the Red Cliffs Lodge. It was filled with memorabilia from the hundred plus movies, and thousands of commercials that have been filmed in the Moab area. We were surprised to find that some of our favorites, like the Eiger Sanction and City Slickers had been filmed here. After finishing our visit to the museum we came out to cleared skies so proceeded down the road. Just when you think it couldn't get any more beautiful, you turn another corner and it's time for another photo op. We headed back to the lodge for lunch along the river, the headed back to Moab on the Castle Valley Loop. This road was narrower, and brought you through the interior areas. As we
were driving along we were flagged down by a young couple. They had run over a large rock in the road and had damaged the undercarriage of their SUV. There was fluid everywhere, and it was no longer drivable. The car rental company said that is would be some time before they could get a tow company there to retrieve it and them. They asked if we could take them where ever we were headed so that they could get another rental. Of course, we said yes, and piled them and their back packs in the back of the van. Shortly after we realized we were in trouble. Evidently way back before we met the young couple, we took a wrong turn. We were now headed into Colorado! The road became the typical canyon road with switchbacks and drop offs. We saw deer and cows in route, and had quite a few laughs along the way. The laughing stopped, however, after we dropped the young couple off and realized that our drive back was going to be 2 1/2 hrs!! We really didn't plan on visiting Colorado, but there we were. We took a different route back to Moab, as
we did not wish to go back on the gravel road we just came down. You guessed it, more vistas, switchbacks and drop offs. By the time we got back to Moab, we had barely 5 minutes to stop at the condo for a pit stop before leaving for a dinner cruise on the Colorado river. After driving all day Ray was really ready for a drink by then, actually we all were. The cowboy dinner was fabulous, and at dusk we boarded the boat and floated down the Colorado. The 2 hour cruise was really good. One of the crew gave a great explanation of the geology surrounding us, as well as the history of the area. Then there was a great light show projected on the canyon walls. Nicely done. We finally headed back to the condo and crashed as soon as we got in the door, except Diane, who still had to do some laundry. Tomorrow we head out for Page, AZ.
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