Fred Puts on Shorts!

Since I’m becoming quite behind in this blogging thing, I’m now adding  accurate travel dates to the posts, as the posting dates seem to run about a week behind. Since I am doing this sort of as a reference, it seems like the weather should at least be when it really happened, instead of like the snow falling in the middle of June or something, when it actually fell in May…

May 12, 2014

We left Lee’s Ferry campground taking a scenic route into Utah through Jacobs Lake. We again decide to forgo the Grand Canyon, since the road to the North Rim (where we are now) doesn’t open for another three days, and we are anxious to get into Utah.

At the junction of our turnoff, we see this cute laundry, and needing to do some, stop in for a quick wash and dry, before heading out.

 

Marble Canyon Laundromat
Marble Canyon Laundromat

 

And this was next door!

 

Marble Canyon Showers
Marble Canyon Showers

 

It can’t get any better than being able to take showers, while the clothes are washing. Little did we know that 95% of the washing machines didn’t work, and 98% of the dryers were inoperable. And that the washers were sort of antiques and took forever…and the dryers took even more forever…

But oh well, while there we met two lovely ladies who were about to embark upon a six day river rafting trip down the Colorado. These ladies had been friends for over 30 years, have lived in different states for over 20 years, and decided to venture out together for this once in a lifetime trip together. They were awesome!!

We shared stories, histories, and soon photos and videos of our grandchildren. I can’t remember the names, but I’m sure they had a fantastic trip down the river, and have many many memories to share and take back to their families.

 

Leaving the Vermillion cliffs
Leaving the Vermillion cliffs

 

Hours later…we continue winding away from the Vermillion Cliffs, and head up to higher elevations. Much higher!

 

Fred Finally Dons Shorts
Fred Finally Dons Shorts

 

Those of you who know Fred, know he’s not much of a shorts kind of guy. In fact our kids have probably never seen this picture of their dad. So it’s pretty ironic, he decides to finally put on shorts…and we come across this. More snow.  (O.k., he did just wash his two pair of jeans – which maybe explains it.)

 

Pia Enjoying the Snow
Pia Enjoying the Snow

 

Pia, on the other hand, rather enjoyed the snow.

We made it to Jacob Lake, at almost 8,000 feet, just as it was about dark, and the one and only campground wasn’t open yet. It obviously opens the same day as the Rim Road to the Grand Canyon. Anyway, we found a nice forest road that wasn’t too muddy, spotted a wide area, and pulled over, popped the top and yay…turned on the heater!!!

You see, our Eurovan has a propane heater with a built in thermostat, which we’ve enjoyed quite liberally with all this cold weather.

 

2 thoughts on “Fred Puts on Shorts!”

  1. Nice legs Fred 🙂
    Our blog is also falling way behind, but we’re blaming it on poor Internet reception. Weather has taken a sudden change for the better over here in Eastern Europe. Today, sat in in a very slow que at the border for Romania, the van temp gauge rose to 42°
    Brilliant.

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  2. We have what’s called a Verizon Jet Pack, which supposedly gives us 4G wherever there is cell reception. It’s really awesome when there is cell reception, and works great, but here in Utah, with all the canyons, the cell’s been pretty non-existent, except for when we go into cities.

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