Saturday, August 23, 2014

Moab to Towaoc

We left the OK RV park this morning heading south on US 191 moving to the Ute Mountain Casino in Towaoc, CO. We planned to boondock in the casino parking lot in Towaoc, so we wanted to leave Moab about noon. That plan changed when the clouds got real dark and we decided to skip town before the rain set in. We went south on US 191 to Monticello, UT, then turned east on US 491 which goes southeast to Cortez, CO, then south to Towaoc. We got to Towaoc about one pm in beautiful sun shiny weather. The temperature is about 80, a little warm for me to be boondocking, but we expect it to be in the fifties tonight.

As we left Moab the mountains were mostly sandstone and granite. The rock colors were mostly eggshell white and tan with dark green shrubbery and light green grass. After we turned at Monticello we began seeing a lot of fields that had been plowed, but nothing was planted yet. As we moved further south and east we saw a lot of dark green crops and many, many water sprinklers irrigating the fields. I saw one irrigation ditch that was about fifteen feet wide and made a loop around what I would estimate to be a twenty acre plowed area.

As we got into Colorado we started seeing a lot of cattle and a few horses. We are used to seeing groups of ten to fifteen cows, but today we saw a herd of about 100 as we neared the Ute Reservation. We always see horses in front yards and in pastures on the reservation.

Purple sage always reminds me of western movies.

Our Alfa in the Ute Mountain Casino parking lot.

Picnic area on the casino grounds. Several tepees and a covered pavilion.

Close up picture of a tepee.

Casino entrance with hotel on the left.

View from my window as I write.

Today was a short drive of about 130 miles, Tomorrow we plan to drive about 210 miles to Casa Blanca, New Mexico and stay at the RV park by the Dancing Eagle Casino. 

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