With excitement and anticipation, McTraveler begins the first leg of the 2013 Spring RV Trip which will take us on a 6,000 mile journey through CA, NV, AZ, UT, NV, CA, OR, WA, Vancouver BC, WA, ID, MT, WY, SD, IA, NE, KS, MO, IL, IN, and KY.
|Our winter refuge at Indian Wells Carefree RV Resort as seen from|
Shields Date Gardens, Indio, California
Taking I-10 we head west towards LA then headed north up I-15 towards Las Vegas, Nevada; we drive through lots of open desert and surprisingly light traffic. With the spring rains, the desert was greener than when we arrived last December and the wildflowers were starting to bloom.
|Even the Joshua Trees were starting to bloom.|
|Since we've already been, we be bypass the Mojave|
on this trip ... always pack extra water if you go.
|About 50 miles from St. George, Utah|
|I-15 construction as we near St George|
|Driving through the Virgin River Gorge area|
|McTraveler does a great job handling these grades and curves through the|
mountains. We keep a copy of the Mountain Directory by the co-pilots chair
as a reference on driving conditions through mountain passes and steep
grades. When we plan ahead we don't have to say "If I'd only known ..."
From Vegas we wander in and the NW tip of Arizona a couple of times.
|Finally catch a glimpse of the Virgin River|
|Red rocks are appearing on the cliffs of the desert landscape|
|McTraveler was like a roller coaster ride ... raise your arms and yell weeeeeeeeeee.!|
Well, that's not exactly what the driver was yelling.
|Can't wait to see the red cliffs up close and personal|
|St George Utah, our base camp to Zion National Park|
We just had to start our 2013 Spring RV Trip by staying at McArthur's Temple View RV Resort in St George, but quickly found out the owners were not long lost relatives. We found stunning red rock cliffs and a view of the Mormon Temple as the backdrop of the RV Resort.
|Nope, they are not long lost relatives|
|Nice RV Resort with lots of amenities and activities|
Hence the name of the campground ... McArthur's Temple View RV Resort
After leaving triple digit temps of the southern California desert, our bodies were shocked when we stepped out into St George's afternoon of mid-70s with nightly lows in the 40-50s.
Well McTraveler took us on a beautiful drive today through ever changing views of the low-desert to high-desert landscapes; through wide open spaces to tight mountain cliffs on our way to St George, Utah.
Hope you enjoyed the ride and that you'll be back soon.
Wishing you safe travels!
Pam, Jim, Maxx and Mollie