So close! We are stopped for the night in Ennis, MT which is about 6 hours away from Glacier Park, our final destination. The trip has definitely been an adventure and I'm sooo glad we are doing it.
Days 1 and 2: Kerrville, TX to Brantley Lake State Park, NM (near Carlsbad)
stayed 2 nights here and spent the next day at the Living Desert Gardens and Zoo - really cool place!!
Driving-wise pretty un-eventful - had a nice tailwind and wasn't too many hills. We have a 3.98 rear end ratio and have a top speed of 68 on flat highway. On the 7% grades, she slows down to about 35-45 depending on how long it is. All in all, I'm pleased with how she's doing though. With the 'ol AT545, downhill is a little challenging, but I just downshift and stab the brakes every so often to keep a certain speed range, and it stays in control just fine.
All hooked up and ready to go! got a dual receiver hitch so I could put the hitch basket (which I mounted the generator to) and still be able to use the tow dolly.
Checked and double-checked all the connections and ready to roll!!
Our little bobble-head and bobble-tail armadillo we got in Mexico! Sits on the dash and guides us on our way!
our campsite the first night - we had to switch spaces the 2nd night as they were filling up. Luckily it is very eeasy to hook up and un-hook the car and dolly setup!
There was TONS of bunnies here....
....and also snakes!
Our 2nd night spot was even better!
Days 3 and 4 - Brantley Lake to Santa Fe, NM (Hyde Memorial State Park)
A grueling, boring uphill day. Went from 3000 feet to 8700 at our campground!
Santa Fe is about 7200FT! The highest State Capital in the US! Met up with an old boss there and had a nice time. The campground was absolutely breathtaking and we even had some snow!!
Nestled in the trees at 8700 ft! such a cool spot!
Nice and quiet spot!
Snow! Not sure if you can see the flakes, but they were there!
Drove further up the hill and got a great view of the Santa Fe valley!
Day 5 - Santa Fe to Navajo State Park, Colorado
Easy day from Santa Fe - just spent 1 night here, but another great spot! My wife made a comment on how well I did on choosing the spots!
Neat campground - very open along a lake!
Was nice to have a covered picnic table! Super nice sunny day!
The cat finally got a chance to survey the new surroundings!
I finally got to set up a campfire too! New Mexico parks had fire restrictions due to it being very hot and dry.
Days 6 and 7 - Navajo State Park to Salt Lake City, UT
Holy ****! That was a long day - I unfortunately don't have any pics, but that was a grueling day. 3 HUGE mountain passes and lots of white-knuckling steep grades.
Southern Utah is breathtaking, and I will get up the pics that Erica took in a later post. Stayed 2 nights at the KOA there - pack 'em in like sardines!
Days 8(today) and 9 - Salt Lake City to Ennis, Montana
Today's drive was more like it! Nice and flat Interstate for most of the time, and really excited to be back in Montana! We think we will spend tomorrow night here too, then have an easy 6 hour final run to East Glacier Park Village!
Yesterday with all the mountain passes we averaged about 5MPG... OUCH!
Today with some flatter terrain, we did 8.7! Much better!
Welcome to Montana! Just missed the Welcome sign - you can see the edge of it on the right side.
Our setup in Ennis - nice little RV park.
That's all for today! I will put up another update as soon as we are back on the road!!