We are actually off the road this July 4, taking a day of R&R at the foot of Ute Mountain near Towaoc, Colorado, about 10 miles south of Cortez, along Route 160. The history of the Ute Indians is an interesting one along with the histories of other Native American tribes and pueblos and the current Reservations. How appropriate to reflect on all of that and the beginning of a country that did not treat its indigenous people all that well. https://www.southernute-nsn.gov/history/
And here we are, 244 years later debating the issues of slavery, racism, the separation and divisions of human beings because of differences and figuring out ways to improve our cultural humanity. Little did I know that we would put down here on this day on land owned by the Ute Indian Reservation, sacred land in their tradition and that of their brother and sister tribes in other parts of these Disunited States of America. I will leave that there for now, perhaps come back to that discussion later in another, different kind of blog.
ON THE ROAD was intended to be a bit of a travel log/blog of our wanderings for these 6 weeks, having left home Jun 8. We’ve now covered about 2/3 of our itinerary and since that last posting about the Columbia River, we spent another night in Boardman, Oregon, then made tracks across the rest of eastern Oregon high desert and mountains, into Idaho, more mountains, and on to Boise. A quick overnight there and another in Draper, Utah, burb of Salt Lake City. And yesterday, more mountain scenery with which we are familiar on Route 6, then on to Moab for a lunch stop, looking at the line of traffic to get into The Arches, across the Colorado River and onward to our current location and two night layover here at our current location. 37 degrees 12′ 22″ N and 108 degrees 41′ 12″ W. 5720 ft altitude, dry, windy, warm and comfortable.
The variety of this trip is impressive, at least to me. Deserts, mountains, forests, ocean, rivers, fields, farms, ranches, wildlife, highways and towns, small villages, large cities, different stories from many people, ribbons of roads up and down and around and no hotels, few restaurants and no crowds by design. Several places we wanted to visit to learn more were closed due to the Covid 19 crisis but we adapt, adjust and move on. So far, 14 different camping stops, about 3375 miles and 26 days ON THE ROAD. Next time, perhaps some info and details on cooking and camping with amenities and meeting a few interesting people along the way. Let me know what interests you most and I will try and respond accordingly.