Once settled into our new home, a home with a view I might add, we set out in search of some petroglyphs aka rock art. After a little research, I knew just where to go. From our home located off Highway 191 we headed south and picked up Utah highway 279.
Utah road 279 located several miles north of Moab is a paved two lane road that meanders along the Colorado River and is a popular place with rafters, canoeists, and kayakers . There’s numerous places to access the river as well as a few designated campsites.
The hunt for these petroglyphs or rather referred to as Indian writing and also known as rock art is an easy search. There are actually a couple of brown signs near pull-outs that say “Indian writing”.
Al and I parked the truck and stood near the road glancing up at the red rock wall. After a couple of minutes scanning the wall, I screamed out while pointing a finger, “There….up there. Can you see it?”There are several areas along this rock wall that were engraved with Indian writing – petroglyphs – rock art, whatever one calls it, that obviously told a story. Most of the rock art is located on the smooth blackish face of the wall at least 20 feet up or higher.I could’ve stood there for quite some time starring up at this unique historical site trying to decipher the story. This was someone’s journal…..a blog post! Hmm, wonder how long it took them to complete a blog post with all the carving and chiseling required. I guess we have it pretty easy with our simple clicks and auto correct 🙂
We continued down Utah road 279 also known as Potash Road and stopped to observe some rock climbers. Ah, to be young again. However, even twenty some years ago I would’ve viewed the climbing part as perhaps a little too much work, but repelling? Now that’s fun and I would still consider doing that today…..just beam me up Scottie and I’ll repel down.
We continued down Utah road 279 but not without getting side tracked with a gravel road that shot off to the west. A little four-wheeling in the back country found us surrounded by huge majestic rock cliffs that left us admiring their beauty in awe.
Had we taken a map with us, we may have explored this back country road a little more, but the further in we drove the worse the road conditions got. No map and a worsening road had us turning around. We returned back to paved road 279.
Shortly after this slight back country road diversion and back on 279, the pavement ended near a large boat ramp. This was the perfect place for our picnic lunch. Beyond this point, folks with Jeeps or bicycles access Shafer Road; a gravel road leading up to Canyonlands. High clearance vehicles are a must as well as a sense of adventure.
Across from our picnic area was the Intrepid Potash Plant. I’ll share more about Potash in my next post. For now it’s time to return to camp.But before returning to camp, we needed to stop at Lion’s Park located at the intersection of Roads 191 and 128 in Moab to fill up our five gallon jugs with water.Remember our day from hell……you know the day we blew a tire? Well, that blown tire damaged our water lines. We all know what a precious commodity water is especially when boondocking (dry camping). Every time we turned on the water pump, we’d lose some water on the ground through the sliced line, thus we found ourselves going through water a lot quicker than normal even with our MacGyver patch.
With jugs filled, we returned to camp where Al preceded to fill our RV tank with fresh water. Being self-sufficient in this lifestyle is a must and having a MacGyver for a husband is a big plus.
It’s interesting how all winter long we stayed in RV Parks with hook-ups with a plan to spend most of April boondocking. As luck would have it, we damaged the water lines just as we were entering our boondocking phase of the journey, which required us to travel through some pretty remote parts of Utah.
Unable to find the ‘right’ parts to fix the water lines properly, MacGyver aka Al used some tape to stem the loss of water and with a little more conservation on my part, we managed to still enjoy our boondocking. Yep, it’s good to have a MacGyver around. Once we get to a bigger town, we’ll getter all fixed up.
Just another day in the life of an RV’er…………
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