Days 26 and 27 Monticello to Panguitch, Utah

Day 26 – We hung around camp and relaxed, I did class stuff, and blogged. Friday was the last day of my online classes and the assignments were flooding in. I have this next quarter off. I did get good news…When we return I’ll be contracting with Grant Thornton again. It’s a part time gig doing some organizational change assessment on a DMV project that didn’t go well. Yeah…a little late, but that’s the State! :-). I’m looking forward to working with the folks at GT again.

Day 27 – We started out very early (6:45 am) the long ride to Panguitch, Utah, about 300 miles. We took the Bi-centennial Scenic Highway (95) and had the road to ourselves for an hour. Then we only had one car pass us. It’s a beautiful drive that passes Natural Bridges National Monument, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon, and over the Colorado River again! We took 95 to Hwy 24 that passes Capital Reef National Park and then another Scenic Highway 12, into Pangultch. It was the most scenic drive we’ve had thus far.

The view out the windshield

The view out the windshield

Outlook along the way

Outlook along the way

The driver takes a break

The driver takes a break

The scenery!

The scenery!

We’ve been making comments about all the cow signs by the side of the roads to warn about cows grazing on national lands. We had yet to see one cow, when low and behold on Hwy 12 between Torrey and Boulder (Utah) we came upon an entire herd of cows in the middle of the road. They had traffic stopped in both directions. We had a good laugh! That surely made up for all the signs we had seen along the way.

The cows

The cows

It was a long day, especially for Ralph who drove the entire 314 miles along two-lane, curvy, windy roads that rose to 10,000 feet in many places. We arrived in Panguitch at 3:00 pm: that’s eight hours of driving.

Tomorrow we are visiting Bryce Canyon, which is only about 20 miles from here. I got a little taste of it today as we skirted the side of the park on our drive to Panguitch.

Laters…

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