Drive to Arizona; Nov. 14 to 20, 2019

This time we crossed at the Aldergrove crossing, and it was the easiest crossing into the US yet. We soon connected to Interstate 5 and were headed south! With good traffic through Seattle we arrived at our Portland RV Park in good time. It is a nice park and we will probably be using it often on our treks down south. The next day’s drive took us along the Columbia River which is beautiful, but today we couldn’t see much because of all the rain. The next night we stopped in Boise, Idaho where we met up again with Crystal and Nikki, friends we met on a trip in South Africa. We had a nice dinner with the two of them and this time they brought their Mom!

The next day we headed to Salt Lake City, where we had 3 nights booked at a campground right in the city that is famous for being home to the headquarters of the religious cult of the Mormons. The first day we spent walking around Temple Square, which is a 10-acre complex owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints , in the center of the city.

In recent years, the usage of the name has gradually changed to include several other church facilities that are immediately adjacent to Temple Square. Contained within Temple Square are the Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake Tabernacle, Salt Lake Assembly Hall, the Seagull Monument, and two visitors’ centers.

The square was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1964, recognizing the Mormon achievement in the settlement of Utah. We were not all that impressed, but we did enjoy a free pipe organ recital in their huge conference centre. On the roof of this building is a “living roof” and we were able to have a tour, which was pretty cool. The next day the weather was nice and we went for a great cycle through the city and up into the neighbouring mountains, but once we hit snow it was time to turn around!

On the way back we stopped and admired the State Capital Building which is a replica of the Capital Building in Washington, quite impressive. The drive in and out of Salt Lake is stunning with the white snow capped mountains.

This trip down we turned left on the #89 which took us through Bryce and Zion country. We are so looking forward to seeing these National Parks in the spring on our way back home, because just driving on the highway between them was stunning!

With a one night stay in Kanab, we continued on the #89 into Arizona and through Page. With a quick stop on the bridge for some pictures of Glen Canyon and the Dam we kept on moving as we wanted to get through Flagstaff before the snow started falling.

We have made it all fall without any snowflakes hitting us, and we certainly did not want them in Arizona! We arrived in Sedona without seeing any of the white cold stuff and made our way to Rancho Sedona RV Park. This is another one of our favourite locations with it being nestled along Oak Creek looking out at Snoopy Rock! As always, it feels great to be in Arizona.

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