A non-stop flight from Baltimore to Salt Lake City started my Moab Adventure. I wanted to take my Jeep, but it would have been at least a three day trek across the country ~ Just to get there. I didn't have the luxury of that extra time.
Jeep Momma Tip #1
Next time, I will book my flight to Grand Junction, Colorado. The drive is just under two hours. The drive from Salt Lake City is four hours.
So... whenever I am on vacation, my goal is to eat at restaurants I have never tried before. As I headed for Moab, I found a Mexican Fast Food place. Mexican is my favorite cuisine. Del Taco was yummy and fresh. Definitely not Taco Bell ~ much better.
To get the most out of my trip, I did a lot of internet research. One of the great ideas I found was a link to Moab's Scenic By-ways. Utah 128 was a little detour I just had to take. A spectacular route along the Colorado River gorge.
It was absolutely amazing!
But my first stop was Cisco, Utah - population zero. Yep, a ghost town. Check that off my Bucket List!
Cisco was founded in the 1880's as a saloon town and a water refilling station for steam locomotives along the main line.
Cisco is on Utah 128, so I just kept on driving towards Moab. It was very exciting to see the famous Moab sign. Of course a selfie needed to be taken. Then it was on down the scenic by-way.
The scenery was breathtaking as I wound thru the canyons along the Colorado River. I kept stopping at the turnouts to take pictures. I didn't think I was going to make it to Moab before nightfall.
By the way, the La Sal Mountains became my friend during this trip. They were with me every day. I could always count on seeing them at least a couple of times during the day.
After checking into my room, I headed out to look for a spot for dinner. Being alone I wanted a place to eat where I could sit at a bar. There is more of a chance to met people that way. Zax Pizza was it. I ordered a glass of wine and a small pizza. YES, there is alcohol in Utah. The same wine and beer as you can get anywhere. AND you can even get hard liquor.
I ended up meeting some very interesting folks. Two guys from Idaho mountain biking the trails for the weekend. One young kid who had no idea what he wanted to do with his life, so he is out traveling trying to figure it all out. He is leaning towards the military A guy on a Harley. Like me it was supposed to be a big trip with his family, but they all bailed too. He wasn't going to let that stop him. #YOLO Then there was the guy who got fired. He decided to see the country and was on his second month of traveling the US.
There is no way I would have met these folks had I not been alone. Meeting new people and hearing about their adventures always inspires me!
Wow! what a first day. I went to bed that night with a smile on my face anxiously looking forward to the next day's adventure.