No week seems complete for us without some technology challenge. As a full-time Airstreamer, I’ve come to understand and expect these challenges. I’ve also learned to never assume things will go as planned, even when we think we have covered all potential issues. We were excited for the remainder of our week in Moab. We had a great campsite, our internet was working, Chris had phone coverage…what could go wrong?
So, in keeping with tradition, or so it seems, our Monday morning was a bit chaotic. The local Verizon store did not open until 9:30 a.m., but since Chris operates on eastern hours, we drove into town and sat in the car while he used my phone and waited for the store to open. They were able to figure out why the phone was not working but unable to do much about it. It had something to do with the charger connection. So, he figured out that if he propped something on top of the charger, the connection would work. And, that’s how he worked for the remainder of the week: using cups or books to make sure the charger was charging his phone. Although it wasn’t an end-of-the-world crisis, it made for an interesting Monday.
On Tuesday, we were introduced to some challenges of desert living. While the temperatures remained in the 90s, the wind really picked up and at one point, I thought the Airstream might blow away like a tumbleweed. I also learned an important lesson: Never EVER leave the windows open when the wind is blowing in the desert. No matter how many times I swept the floors, I could create massive sand dunes in my kitchen/living room/dining room/guest room. I found sand in my refrigerator, in the cubby hole under the bed, on my countertops, on my kitchen table, and I don’t even want to begin to think about how much sand is gathered in my seat cushions. I may be finding sand months from now.
We departed Moab on Thursday, a day earlier than we had hoped but our site had already been reserved by someone else that night. On the way out of town, I convinced Chris that we must take the scenic byway 128. It added some time to our trip, but was well worth it. Being a fan of movies, I read that this particular road was often scenery for many western movies so, of course, I had to see it. What a great road and we traveled it at sunset so the colors were perfect!
Finally, as we neared the end of the road, we were delighted with a view of the setting sun and the rising moon. It was a beautiful drive through Castle Valley. We also discovered this is a road full of many Bureau of Land Management campgrounds, a good thing to remember for when we return. And, we will return…for we still have a lot to see in Moab!