From May to June we were on the move with an action packed agenda. For a quick summary watch the video below otherwise keep reading. 🙂
Our last few days in Moab were rainy which turned our camping spot into a giant red sand mud pit. Once our last visitor left town we were ready to go North to Rabbit Valley BLM camping area to visit with friends for a few days. While we were there we took a day trip over to beautiful Colorado National Monument. Here we drove Rimrock Drive all around the park. Eloise became a junior ranger but due to the cold rainy weather we weren’t able to get any hikes in. It was very scenic and definitely worthy of a longer stay.
Continuing on down the road we had arranged a family meet up at Capitol Reef National Park. It was a long and twisty drive over to Capitol Reef with amazing scenery. The weather there was mixed with snow at higher elevations (which the girls loved playing in) but some warm sunny days too at the lower elevations. We were sure to take our time here and spent nearly 2 weeks exploring the area. We stayed on nearby BLM land which was easy to access and only a few miles from the national park entrance. Eloise completed the Junior Ranger program here, we got several scenic hikes and jeep trails in, and we visited with 5 different families during our stay.
Goblin Valley was our next stop and what an amazingly neat spot it is. If you ever get the chance to visit; its so unique. Of course it was spring time and the weather turned on us. We were only able to visit this Utah State park for a few hours however one could easily spend all day here. They had a campground that had several empty spots but it would have been a tight fit for our RV and plus there was no cellphone service so we said goodbye and continued south.
We had several stops in New Mexico planned and first up was Farmington BLM campground which was brand new. Of course it was snowing/raining when we arrived and there was 1 spot left in this campground for us. It was a neat area and we visited with friends who were staying there as well. We enjoyed a day searching for nearby geocaches and Kevin had some work done on the truck. One day we took a very long day trip up to Mesa Verde National Park were we got to climb the steep ladders and enjoy a guided tour of the ancient cliff houses.
Next we joined the Xscapers RV club for a meet up in Taos and Santa Fe. This was an actioned packed 10 days with: a visit to Meow Wolf (if you’ve never heard of it look it up—its so cool!), taco party, potlucks, hikes, live music, and a walking tour of Santa Fe. We were also reunited with our very good Australian friends Lynne and Michael who we really enjoyed catching up with. Oh and how could I forget—a special someone turned 7 year old in Santa Fe. We made an amazing Elsa birthday cake together, visited the local Childrens museum, smashed a pinata, opened presents, and had the while group sing happy birthday to her! Kevin hit up several mountain biking trails while in New Mexico however the conditions in general were still wet and spring-like.
In early June we headed North to Colorado to Great Sand Dunes National Park with Lynne and Michael and our new friends the Brown family. This National park was really neat. Because it was spring Medano Creek was experiencing surge flow at the park. “Surge flow” is a neat naturally-occurring, but rare phenomenon where creek water flows in waves across the sand. The girls had a great time playing in the water and sand and we took them there several times. Eloise and her friend tried sliding down the sand dunes but it was exhausting work climbing to the top of the dunes!
Our next stop in Colorado was Pagosa Springs which is a cute little town centered around several hot springs. We had planned it so we arrived just in time for the Pagosa Springs folk and bluegrass festival which was an entertaining weekend. The girls loved the kids activities and face painting and the music was great. We enjoyed the festival with friends and the girls and I enjoyed a day at the hot springs (which were very hot!) before moving north for a weekend hang out at Colorado Farm Brewery.
The brewery opened its parking/field area up and we packed 11 Rvs into the space. There was a playground and generally good weather for enjoying a beer outside! The story of the brewery and its beers is genuinely a first of its kind in the US, some of their beers are made entirely of on property grown/processed ingredients!