Sunday, May 27, 2012

UTAH IN THE RAIN

The time from Bryce to my current place on the Salmon River was nice at first, then boring and then, after one afternoon of eagle and elk stalking at my destination, has turned to rain showers with a wind chill of about 36 degrees. I can't say it is fun to be outside, but, at the risk of becoming claustrophobic I am trying to be out there as much as the weather will allow.

The general rule of RV travel is never look at the distances, always  the topography since it  really determines how hard the miles will be. Since my aversion to Interstate highways is so strong  I found myself on the first day out of Bryce Canyon marching up and down the hills of Cedar Breaks National Monument when SR 14 from Bryce to the Nevada state line was closed for reasons neither apparent nor announced. This detour was welcome since the weather was still marvelous and the scenery its equal. Yet it made the trip longer, which was long enough since my hope was to reach Wells, some 430 miles away near the top of the state before night fall. I knew the trip from Wells to my present place at North Fork Idaho was a long day's ride because of all the things to see along the way and the winding road that borders the Snake River all the way here.. At 430 PM we were here and had a lovely evening that stretched well beyond my usual expectations due to the rising latitude. Full darkness came near 1000PM and I slept in this lovely quiet place in the hope that the rain would somehow miss this happy little valley.

I was very wrong.

The next day dawned cloudy, windy, and (for me) cold. The threat of rain persisted all day and while I ventured out several times. I was never far when the next showers would bring a cold rain. While cold is not  something I eschew, cold, wind and water together are not conditions I enjoy all at once. Thus, Friday was a day of indoor cleaning, organizing and catching up on electronic editions of newspapers. Napping was also involved. Two days of 400 mile driving fatigues me now and I was enjoying the zen like silence of my small home. There are no telephone signals here nor television. There is WiFi  and Satellite Radio so I don't feel completely isolated.

It is now Sunday. Yesterday was a day of  rain. Today is better as the wind has died off and only an occasional shower darkens the brightening sky. I am hoping for a nice day tomorrow before we move on to a housekeeping motel stop in Montana and on to Glacier National Park before crossing into Canada..

Of all the trips I have taken in the spring over the years, this is the first Memorial Day I can recall that was this cold and nasty. I was due for one, and it has not been entirely unpleasant. Because I am this far north, there no crowds here wandering about in general disgruntlement about how their weekend has been "ruined." There are seven RVs here, all but I enjoy the company of at least two dogs each and it is hardly a rowdy bunch. In all, it is a pleasant break.

The weather map tells me that a front filled with rain sits just along the border, a giant comma-like shape that covers the area that I was planning to travel. With luck, it will move before I get there. Without luck, I will  change it and move above it. It doesn't matter. There is still much to see either way.

10 comments:

  1. Global climate change, my friend. Everything is different now. And wet always makes cold feel colder--add in some wind and 40 degrees feels raw. Stay dry and warm. Here's hoping you have nice mild weather for the rest of your trip

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    1. As Willie Nelson says "I'm not cold I'm not wet and not hungry so color these the good times."
      I am all of the above so life is good.

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  2. I'll be looking forward to your reports from Montana. My husband's brother lives in the Flathead Lake area.

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    1. Farm wife,

      Going right past there on the way to Kalispell and Hungry Horse. I'll wave! The weather up there is actually warmer than here at the moment.Loved the cow picture today...peaceful souls.

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  3. It sounds like you are having a marvelous time on your trek. Not having preset expectations allows you to enjoy the moment that is, and it sounds very much like you are doing that.

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    1. As someone Tolkien, I think I spelled it right:
      "All who wander are not lost." I do like to do that, but do occasionally get lost!

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  4. Memorial Day in Georgia is warm and partly cloudy, temperatures in the 80's, with the possibility of some showers later on from tropical storm Beryl that came ashore this morning near Jacksonville, Florida.

    Our next-door neighbors in Bellevue, Nebraska, from 1962 to 1965 were Jim from Thermopolis, Wyoming, and his wife, Helen, from Kalispell, Montana. Give a shout out to them, too, as you go by, for old times' sake.

    Your travelogue posts are second to none.

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    1. RWP:

      A great Holiday to you despite the weather. Hope your grandson is still hitting the ball. Sorry to hear about the weather, but apparently D.C. had the concert called off due to weather warnings...THAT must have been a zoo...I envy you you 80 degrees. Sun coming through today and we are up to 49!

      Stay well.

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  5. Holiday came and went, as did Tropical Storm Beryl. Grandson is signed up to play summer travel ball, where he is planning to work on switch hitting and even doing a little pitching. Little brother (14) has taken up golf and can drive farther than his dad. A happy rest of the voyage to you!

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  6. Holiday came and went, as did Tropical Storm Beryl. Grandson is signed up to play summer travel ball, where he is planning to work on switch hitting and even doing a little pitching. Little brother (14) has taken up golf and can drive farther than his dad. A happy rest of the voyage to you!

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