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Sand Dunes in my Airstream

Posted by on October 8, 2009
No week seems complete for us without some technology challenge.  To be a full-timer, 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?
While I know I’ve discussed the importance of internet for us to maintain this lifestyle, equally important is Chris’ phone.  He spends nearly ten hours a day on the phone…I have no idea how he does this and maintains his sanity.  On Sunday evening, as we were settling down for the night and feeling good about the rest of the week, his phone died.  And, it showed no signs of recovery.  To make matters worse, my phone didn’t receive the most reliable coverage at our site.  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.  For the remainder of the week, we did not do as much exploring as we thought we would.  Chris was simply too busy.  But, we still had an enjoyable week. With our large window facing east, we were awakened every morning with a beautiful sunrise.  I am not a morning person…at all…but even I would get out of bed to watch this sunrise.  Amazing!
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.
The wind stayed around for the remainder of our stay, bringing with it cooler temperatures.  At times, we sat in amazement as we watched sand blow by the trailer.  Our views of Arches National Park would briefly disappear during these moments.  We could even see the sand coming towards us and then right by us on many occasions.  It was actually quite entertaining.
We departed Moab on Thursday, a day earlier than we had hoped but our site was reserved that night.  Thankfully, we were allowed to park in their overflow parking lot and finish the workday before heading out 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 right at sunset so the colors were perfect!  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!
Scenery along Rt. 128

Scenery along Rt. 128

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?

While I know I’ve discussed the importance of internet for us to maintain this lifestyle, equally important is Chris’ phone.  He spends nearly ten hours a day on the phone…I have no idea how he does this and maintains his sanity.  On Sunday evening, as we were settling down for the night and feeling good about the rest of the week, his phone died.  And, it showed no signs of recovery.  To make matters worse, my phone didn’t receive the most reliable coverage at our site.  
A before and after shot of the sand

A before and after shot of the sand

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.

For the remainder of the week, we did not do as much exploring as we thought we would;  Chris was simply too busy. But, we still had an enjoyable week. With our large window facing east, we were awakened every morning with a beautiful sunrise.  I am not a morning person…at all…but even I would get out of bed to watch this sunrise.  Amazing!
Dewey Bridge

Dewey Bridge

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.

The wind stayed around for the remainder of our stay, bringing with it cooler temperatures.  At times, we sat in amazement as we watched sand blow by the trailer.  Our views of Arches National Park would briefly disappear during these moments.  We could even see the sand coming towards us and then right by us on many occasions.  It was somewhat entertaining.
The Moon Rise

The Moon Rise

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!

Along the way, we also passed the Dewey Bridge…or what’s left of it.  [According to a Google search, the bridge was the longest suspension bridge in Utah, until in 2008 when a child in a nearby campground accidentally started a fire that made its way to the bridge, destroying the wooden deck and rails.]  

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!

One Response to Sand Dunes in my Airstream

  1. Rich C

    Hey there. Love the pics! I found your site through Bert Gildart’s site, and had to say hi!

    Seems like you’re close to several of my favorite locations. If you get a chance while in UT check out the Grand Staircase Escalante, and cross the border into AZ to see Coyote Buttes if possible. The Airstream will have to park somewhere, but each area can be a nice day trip.

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