American Locations 29

The trip is from Lewis & Clark Monument, Illinois, to Kickapoo State Park, Illinois, by way of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah

Early the next morning we left Bryce Canyon National Park traveling north on Rte. 63 to just north of the city of Bryce, then turned west back onto Rte. 12. Near the end of Rte. 12 we stopped at the Red Canyon visitor center, where I hiked the short Hoodoo Trail.

These weren’t as impressive as in the national park, but if you were approaching from the west it would give you a hint of what lay ahead. We continued west on Rte. 12 to its west terminus, then turned south on Hwy. 89. It was another scenic drive into Kanab. We spent most of the day there having maintenance done on our motor home. We replaced the house battery, taped up the hose leak, and made an appointment to get the generator serviced.

Late that afternoon, we drove back north on Hwy. 89 to Hancock Road, where we turned southwest onto 43, then south on that to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. We secured a site.

I walked from the campground into the sand dunes for a barefoot hike.

See my footprints. The sand was really loose and each step sank in deep, which made for difficult walking.

See the tracks? ATV’s were all over these dunes.

I climbed up the tallest dune. It wasn’t easy because the sand kept spilling out beneath my feet.

See those little people way down there? That’s how high I was.

Some of them climbed up with me.

So I climbed back down and let them have it to themselves.

After a long walk back out to the campground…

…I relaxed for the rest of the day enjoying the view from our site.

We saw a few jackrabbits in the campground. That night we were far enough out in the country that I could enjoy a beautiful dark night sky. The stars are amazing out west.

Next Location – North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

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