We slept great ... as expected.
I had a few minor projects to complete while Linda continued moving in her kitchen. It really does take two days to get moved and settled.
Of course, Linda has it looking much better and homier than when I first saw it. It used to be an office for the campground and has only three rooms.
Here are some photos of the interior of our temporary home.
The living area and kitchen are one big room.
Full size refrigerator, microwave, oven, and plenty of cabinet space. No dishwasher though. :)
The bathroom is huge, but the shower stall isn't much bigger than the one in our rig.
And there is no light in the shower, so it's very dark. Linda has already put in a work order. :)
But the water pressure is good and the tankless water heater works well.
The bedroom is barely large enough for the queen bed and wardrobe.
There is no closet in the cabin at all, so we actually have more room for clothes in the rig. We've had to be selective on what we've brought in.
There are sixteen solar panels on the roof and plenty of sunshine. So far, we can't tell that we are "off grid". :)
Since we had no cell service, I mounted our Wilson Trucker antenna on the gutter of the cabin, ran the cable in through a window and plugged into our amplifier. Now we have one bar, but it works.
We also moved in our second laptop with the docking station and printer. Got all that hooked up and working.
Then I moved in our bedroom TV and DVR. Unfortunately, while hooking up the DVR, it fell on the floor. Now it doesn't work and all the troubleshooting I did over the phone seems to indicate we'll have to get a new one. Bummer.
Jack came by after lunch, and we took his Jeep to check out one of the 4WD roads in the park so we can tell our campers how it is.
Oh, by the way, Jack has a nice write-up on camphosting here at Arches. Check it out on his new website. Here is the link to the article - Workamping At Arches.
We drove out Salt Valley Road which is a dirt road leading to a couple of trailheads and on through the park until it connects with Hwy 191 north of Moab. We turned off Salt Valley Road onto the Tower Arch 4WD road.
It seems easy enough when you turn, but soon we had to do some climbing that requires a high clearance 4WD. I started taking pictures once we got to the top of an incline where we had this view.
Jack has the classic Jeep pose down. :) You can see from the door in relation to him that it's a challenge to get in his Rubicon for us short people.
In a rough downhill section, I got out to spot. Well, I was out in case I needed to spot. I didn't so I just took pics.
It doesn't look too bad in the pictures (in 2D), but it definitely required high clearance and some experience.
After he passed me, I was wondering if he was going to stop to let me get back in. :)
Hey! Wait up!
Finally! Oh, one more pic first. :)
Once through that section, it wasn't too bad the rest of the way to the Tower Arch parking area. I snapped a shot or two out the window along the way.
At the parking area, we found a couple that had ridden out on horses and were just leaving.
I got this nice shot of some pillars with the La Sal Mountains in the background as we started down the trail.
More ... ho hum ... scenery. :)
Tower Arch (over Jack's head) from a distance.
Jack decided not to go all the way to the arch, since he's done it before. But I hiked on down.
and closer ...
Oh. There's a double arch off to the side.
Wow! This Tower Arch is huge!!
I climbed up behind it as far as I dared. You have to be cautious climbing on the rocks out here. Some of them are very slick with moisture, sometimes there is sand that doesn't let you get traction, and coming down is a lot harder than going up.
So I didn't push my limits, but I did get far enough to get a couple good shots from behind the arch.
Jack was kicked back taking in the sunshine when I finally returned from my hike.
So now we're driving back out seeing what we didn't see behind us coming in.
Back on Salt Valley Road heading home.
And finally, a distant view of Skyline Arch up by the campground.
Well, that was a couple hours of time well spent. :)
Back home, Linda started dinner and I got out the grill. We hadn't grilled since early November.
I nice little dinner in between helping arriving guests. We aren't officially on duty until tomorrow, March 1, but we just had to assist the folks coming in and looking confused. :)
With the lighting good, I went out to get a couple pics of our place. One from the side ...
and one from the front.
After dinner, Linda started a campfire and I chopped a little kindling. Then I went up on the rocks behind our cabin to watch the sunset.
While I was up there, I got a shot of our backyard.
And one of our side yard to the west.
I climbed back down to help get the fire going a little better. Jack & Danielle & Poppy arrived and we sat by the fire chatting ...
and watching the millions of stars in the dark night sky after the sun completed it's descent.
Even the nights are beautiful ... and oh so quiet. It doesn't get much better than this folks. :)