Sunday, May 19, 2013

An All American Road to Moab, Utah

 Mob, Utah

We pulled out of Cannonville bright and early Saturday morning...destination Moab, Utah.
 We chose to travel on Scenic Byway 12.

Scenic Byway 12 was named Utah's first "All American Road".  It is a total of 124 miles that connects Red Canyon to Capital Reef National Park.

 If you are ever in this part of Utah, this byway is a must do.

The Aspens are so pretty...the leaves just beginning to open. They are native to cold regions with cool summers.

Aspen wood is white and soft, and has low flammability. Also, I found it interesting that they do not thrive in shade.

The byway offers an isolated landscape...don't expect to find diesel here. You will travel through canyons, plateaus, and valleys ranging from 4,000 to 9,000 feet in elevation.

 The last part of the byway for us, was through Capital Reef NP. 


 So here we are...settled in at Portal RV Campground and Resort. It's a beautiful place. Our pull-in site faces a small Koi pond with very pretty landscaping.

Today was spent buying groceries and going to Moab's downtown visitor's center as well as a stop at the visitor's center at Arches NP. Thank goodness for the senior pass!

 There is a nice variety of flowers and grasses all around the pond and the sites.

I have to say, I missed so much of nature's beauty in my younger days.

 I guess I am trying to make up for lost time!

 I am just so in awe of everything around me...

 I took so many pictures of the dragonfly...I so wanted to get it in flight. His wings spread out so big with beautiful stripes.

 We are looking forward to lots of hikes and off road rides.
 Hope you had a wonderful Sunday and next week will be loads of fun.
 Thanks for stopping by...
Y'all come back!


  1. Portal was a wonderful park. It looked like you could be in the same spot we had. Do you have a picnic table or a table and chairs. Our spot, I think #30, had an owner so we had the table and chairs which was really nice. Enjoy your time at the park. Have a terrific time in the area. You'll be busy every day with all that surrounds you.

    1. Yes, we are in #30....with a table and chairs. That's so cool you were here too! The owner returns on June 1 or we would stay longer!

  2. You will enjoy Moab. Beauty everywhere! Great flower pics.

    1. We will hit the trails today...can't wait! I can already tell our 2 weeks here will fly by!

  3. I love your blog posts! You are doing exciting things, sharing your adventures through your writing and photos, and those photographic captures are wonderful!

    John and Ellen

    1. Thank you. I always look forward to your new photos. I worked and worked yesterday to capture a honey bee!

  4. Have a wonderful time in Moab. It's an amazing place. I know what you mean about not appreciating nature when we were younger. Your pictures are really incredible.

  5. Wow, that looks like a beautiful drive. Kevin's Uncle and Aunt go to Utah every April so we are hoping to meet up with them there next April. Love your pictures there are gorgeous.


  6. I hope you can visit is beautiful!

  7. I never even considered going to Moab before, but I am learning through blogs that this place has much to offer. That campground looks amazing too!

    Your nature photos inspire me to slow down and marvel at the beauty all around us. I am especially drawn to photos of bumblebees and dragonflies and appreciate how hard it is to get a perfect shot.

  8. It is not that you did not care about nature when you were younger it was that you were busy building a carreer, a home or a family. In other words your priorities have changed now that your life has slowed down, Isn't it wonderful! Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  9. Beautiful Pictures Gay! We changed our route plans and headed for cooler weather on the the West Coast. We'll take in the Utah sights through your photos for now. Safe Travels.