So here we are, camping in the eagle valley. Yes camping as we stranded at a RV camping that has a few lodges for rent. We just finished our own home made BBQ with some pork and steak (and of course corn and sausage) from the local camp store. I must warn you as I am writing this under the influence of a bottle of very nice Hopper Creek chardonnay number one which we picked up in Napa and has been rolling around in the trunk of the car for to many days. How did we end up here? What have we been doing today?
Today we started our day bright and early. In the morning I went down the stairs of the Austria Hoff to get breakfast for ourselves from the lobby. It was not much, just some fruit, yogurt, a muffin and some orange juice. But it was enough to put a smile on the face of my darling. After breakfast we dragged our luggage down the stairs and headed out into the unknown. We set our target for Zion National Park in Utah, around 9 hours of solid driving, far far away. We kind of knew we would not get that far, but it gave us a destination. We headed out along highway 120 towards highway 6. We changed the voice of our AA stewardess Garmin Navigation device to an Australian dude, quite more friendly, we will call the voice Matt for now as he reminds us of an old friend in Bermuda.
The landscapes and scenery were amazing. On the plains you could see the dust devils swirling around. As far as you could see there was nothing but prairie in the valleys. We passed an occasional RV trailer which blocked our view and progress, but other than that, the land was all ours. Ironically we ended up staying in a park surrounded by dozens of these horrible homes on wheels.
Around noon we fueled both the Altima as well as ourselves. We bought a little cup noodle and enjoyed our MSG saturated bowl of healthy noodles in the parking lot of a gas station. Still a lot better than a burger king or just three candy bars. After our quick lunch we headed on as we still had the idea of getting to Zion in reasonable time. Matt told us to turn into highway 375 which was marked on the map as the Extraterrestrial Highway.
Halfway down the 90 mile stretch we came across the town of Rachel, or better Alien Village. Surprised by the flying saucer and the odd appearance of the approximately 100 people town we stopped and investigated. We entered the local eatery and bar and found out that this town is the gateway to Area 51, the so called testing site of the US army. As you all know this is where the US hides the secrets to alien life forms. The bar/eatery was simple yet very interesting. The walls were covered with photos of UFOs and military experiments. Behind the bar was a big collection of foreign bank notes with notes from visitors. I added our last Bermuda 5 dollar bill (is about as much as 1 US dollar relatively) with the note, “Jeroen and Linda. From the Bermuda triangle”. So if you ever head out to Rachel, look for our note. We enjoyed a bite and a drink and after chatting a bit with the barman, an alien expert, he pointed out the village of Pinoche as an interesting stopover.
So on our way we programmed Matt to bring us there. On our way to Pinoche we drove pass a state park called Cathedral Gorge. We headed in to see what this was all about and on the parking lot we met the ranger. She was just about to lead a group of tourists around, so we followed her into the park and joined the group of strangers. It turned out that this group had just met each other the day before. They where all journalists of some sorts. The group was invited by the state of Nevada to write positive things about the state parks. We happily joined this group of interesting people and hiked the paths of Cathedral gorge with them. We kind of fitted in as we are some sorts of journalists ourselves, only with a very small audience. The Cathedral Gorge is (according to the ranger) similar to Bryce canyon, only then a lot smaller and intimate. We enjoyed our hike and learned interesting facts about the park and its features. Linda took another 300 or more photos which she has to sort out tonight. I am sure there will be some amazing shots in there.
After our hike we tried to get a hotel for the night. But as it seemed this group of reporters took all the rooms in the hotel that was recommended to us. The ranger was kind enough to point out the place where we stayed this night, the Eagle Valley RV Resort. After a short drive from the park we ended up in the middle of nowhere, absolutely lovely. We checked in and parked our car next to the cabin. We headed out to the camp store and bought BBQ essentials. We lighted up the Weber and just about an hour ago we finished our home made dinner. Life couldn't be better than this. But we will try to exceed our expectations tomorrow...